THAT'S A FACT JACK!!
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Bellefontaine, Ohio
My Dad's side of the Family (Clark) had a relative that for many, many years was heavily involved in researching the Clark name and genealogy. The Clark family reunion has been held annually in Gallipolis, Ohio since the early 20s, and while he was alive he'd attend and give an annual report/update. All that data was made into book form about 30 years ago, and he gave copies to all the family members. I had one, but lost it in my house fire a few years ago, but my Mom and brothers have theres still. I need to borrow it and get a copy made.
It's an interesting read. The name "Clark" has been traced back to the Middle Ages, primarily Ireland and Scotland, and was derived from "clerk, cleric", meaning "one who can read and write". At that time, the primary members of the literate class were the clergy, and the man who kept the books was the clark. According to the genealogy in the book, my ancestry was traced back to Argyllshire, Scotland in which the occupation of one of my ancestors was "the clerk of Argyllshire". It later was anglicized into Clarke, and somewhere along the line, after my ancestors came to America in the latter part of the 1600s/early 1700s the "e" was dropped.
There's a cemetery outside of Gallipolis that has many of my ancestors buried there, and use to be called the Clark Family Cemetery. About 15 years ago, after attending the reunion, we all went there and I made video footage, along with commentary, on many of the grave sites. One of my "direct" ancestors, who is buried there, is Thomas Clark ....
Lieutenant Thomas Clark Sr was born in Montgomery County (later Giles County), Virginia, August 10, 1759. He died on 9 March 1831 at the age of 71 in Walnut Twp, Gallia County, Ohio. He was buried in Clark Cemetary on Bostick Farm, Sandfork, Gallia County, Oh. Revolutionary War Soldier and early settler of Gallia County Ohio. In December 1776, he enlisted as Ensign in the 13th Light Infantry of the Continental Army under Captain Silas Zane. In April 1777, at the age of seventeen, he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant. He was stationed at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the severe and historic winter of 1777-78. While at this post, he received a monthly pay of $27. He retired from the servince in September of 1778. He was small in stature, had red hair and a ruddy complexion. In 1787 he married Jemima Scutt and fathered six children (Thomas Clark Jr served in the War of 1812). He came to Gallia County in 1808 and was one of the earliest settlers in what was to become Walnut Township. He cleared some land on Sand Fork Creek, built a log cabin, and began to farm. Walnut Township was organized on April 13, 1819. At the first election held on Sand Fork Creek, Thomas Clark was elected one of the first Justices of the Peace. He died March 8, 1831, and was burried in the Clark Cemetery on his farm.
George Rogers Clark, and his brother William (of Lewis and Clark), the sons of John and Ann Rogers Clark, are also within that "family tree". I've always been told growing up they were distant cousins. I need to do more research on this I guess.
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