Our Family Legacy
The Family of William Clark and Margaret Owens
William Clark and his good wife Margaret Owens immigrated from Scotland to America and settled for a time on the "Northern Shore of Maryland." Prior to the Revolutionary War they emigrated to Bedford County in the Colony of Pennsylvania. This information was recorded by Josephine Brown Johnson and Evelyn Clark, two Clark family genealogists and third great granddaughters of William and Margaret Clark.
William Clark was born circa 1736, possibly the son of Daniel Clark of Scotland. William's wife Margaret Owens was christened on 22 March 1737 at Dundee, County of Angus, Scotland, the daughter of Adam Owens and his wife Margaret Gordon. William Clark and Margaret Owens were married about the year 1760. Upon their arrival in Pennsylvania they settled on the Dunning Creek area in the Bedford Township of Bedford County, where they cleared the land, raised their sustenance from the soil, reared their family, and became one of the stalwart patriotic families in the foundation of the United States of America.
During the year 1794 Bedford Township in Bedford County was divided to form the St. Clair Township. After that time some of the properties of William Clark and his sons became part of the newly created St. Clair Township.
It is apparent that William and Margaret maintained a religious belief in God, and taught their children in the ways and teachings of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As their children grew, many of them tended toward the preaching and methods of John Wesley, the English evangelist and theologian. Though a loyal defender of the Church of England, Wesley became the pivotal source for the formation of the Methodist Church. He was greatly admired by the Clark family, as evidenced by the number of offspring given the Christian name Wesley or John Wesley. Many of the Clark family descendants continued to adhere to the Methodist faith down through the years.
William Clark died in the year 1794 in Bedford County Pennsylvania. His last will and testament, signed 2 April 1794, was probated in the Bedford County Court on 12 Julv 1794. The ten children of William and Margaret Clark were: ...
(2) John Owens Clark, born 1 February 1763 in Scotland and came with his parents to America. He served in the Revolutionary War as a young soldier on the Pennsvlvania Line. He married Mary Blair and about 1797 moved to Ross County, Ohio.
The Family of John Owens Clark and Mary Blair
John Owens Clark was born on 1st February 1763 in Scotland, the son of William Clark and his wife Margaret Owens. The Clark family immigrated from Scotland to Maryland then to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, where they settled on the Dunning Creek area in the Bedford Township. John served as a young soldier on the Pennsylvania Line during the Revolutionary War. About the year 1783, John married Mary Blair in Pennsylvania, no doubt in Bedford County. She was born on 12 June 1764 in County Derry, Ireland, the daughter of William and Hester Blair.
The Blair family had immigrated to Pennsylvania about 1776 and settled in the same area as the Clarks. John and his bride Mary lived in Bedford County where seven of their children were born. About the year 1797 they moved to the area of Hay Run, a small stream emptying into Deer Creek, a few miles northwest of Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio. At Hay Run the Clarks turned a forest parcel into a prosperous farm. John died 3 January 1811 at Clarksburg in Ross County at age forty-seven. He was buried on the homestead at Hay Run. His eldest five sons served together in the War of 1812. Ross County, Ohio Troops. In 1838, John's widow Mary traveled west to join some of her children and their families in the Wabash River area of Warren County, Indiana. She died 11 March 1842 In Warren County at age seventy-seven and was buried in the Carbondale Cemetery, The eleven children of John and Mary were ...
(2) Thomas Blair Clark, born 23 February 1786 in Bedford County. He moved to Ross County, Ohio, with his family and served in the War of 1812 with his brother. He married Lucinda Dunn and moved to Indiana, Arkansas and Texas. (See below)
The Family of Thomas Blair Clark and Lucinda Dunn
Thomas Blair Clark, the son of John Owens Clark and Mary Blair, was born on 23 February 1786 at Dunning Creek in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. About the year 1797 he moved with his parents’ family to Ross County, Ohio. Thomas served in the War of 1812 with his elder brother Col. William Clark. Three of Thomas’ younger brothers also served in the war.
About the year 1816 Thomas married Lucinda Dunn in Fayette or Ross counties, Ohio. She was born on 26 March 1794 in Harrison County, Kentucky, the daughter of James Dunn and Keziah Harrison. When Lucinda was a young girl she moved with her parents to the area of Fayette County in the state of Ohio.
Thomas Blair Clark owned land in Fayette County, Ohio, which he sold in 1815. On 22 June 1818, Thomas and Lucinda were amongst the first buyers of lots in the new town named Bloomington in the newly formed county of Monroe, Indiana. Monroe County was created in January 1818 from unorganized Indian lands and from Orange County. In that same year Thomas was reported on the first jury in Monroe County.
A few years later Thomas and Lucinda moved a little further north into Hendricks County, Indiana, where they were closer to Lucinda's parents, Thomas served as a justice of the peace in Hendricks County. In the year 1828 they sold their property in Hendricks County and moved to Warren County, Indiana, where they were listed on the 1830 census enumeration.
About the year 1837, Lucinda and Thomas sold their properties in Warren County, Indiana, and moved to Van Buren County, Arkansas, where they were listed on the 1838 and 1839 tax records and on the 1840 census of Sugar Loaf Township. In the year 1841 they left Arkansas and moved to the area of Grimes County, Texas, where they were reported on the 1850 census. The Clark family secured a sizeable plantation near the town of Anderson on which they raised cotton, cattle and horses. In the year 1855, Thomas obtained a land grant for six hundred forty acres in Brazos County, Texas, about eight miles northeast of Booneville. They were reported in Brazos County on the 1860 census enumeration. Thomas died in May 1870 in Brazos County. The five children of Thomas Blair Clark and his wife Lucinda Dunn were:
(1) John Wesley Clark, born 12 January 1818 at North Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana. He lived with his parents in Monroe County and then Hendricks County, Indiana. In the year 1828 he moved with his parents and family to Warren County, Indiana. They later moved to Van Buren County, Arkansas. He married Evaline Brown in Arkansas, and then moved with his lather's family to Grimes County, Texas. John and Evaline later moved to the Utah Territory. ...
The Family of John Wesley Clark and Evaline Brown
John Wesley Clark, the son of Thomas Blair Clark and Lucinda Dunn, was born 12 January 1818 in Indiana. He spent his first childhood years in Monroe County, then a few years later moved with his parents to Hendricks County, then later to Warren County, Indiana. Warren County was created in January 1827 from Indian lands. About the year 1837, the family left Indiana and moved to Van Buren County, Arkansas, where on 18 November 1841, John manned Evaline Brown. She was born 29 July 1822 in Pulaski County (later White County), Arkansas, the daughter of Rainey Parsons Brown and Margaret Edwards.
About the year 1846, John and his bride Evaline moved to Grimes County, Texas, to be near John's parents. They acquired a sizeable amount of land and grew cotton and raised cattle. Soon thereafter John and Evaline were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the year 1851 they left Grimes County and traveled by steamer and oxteam to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah Territory, where they arrived in 1853. They settled for a short time at Grantsville in Tooele County.
In 1857, John and Evaline and their family were among the first group commissioned by Brigham Young to help settle the area of Washington County in southern Utah. John and his family settled in the village of Washington, just north of St. George, where they farmed, raised cotton and livestock, and had peach orchards. John died on 28 May 1869 at Washington from black jaundice at age fifty-one. Evaline later moved to Nutrioso, Arizona, to join her grown children who had moved there in 1880. Evaline died at Nutrioso on 6 September 1893. The thirteen children of John and Evaline were:
(2) James Madison Clark, born 29 May 1844 in Van Buren County, Arkansas. He married Dorcas Averett and lived at Glendale, Utah.
The Family & Posterity of James Madison Clark and Dorcas Averett
James Madison Clark, the son of John Wesley Clark and Evaline Brown, was born 29 May 1844 at Little Red in Van Buren County, Arkansas. When just a baby he moved with his parents to Grimes County, Texas, then later to Utah. On 23 September 1863 at Washington, Utah, he married Dorcas Averett, She was born 14 December 1846 at Pottawattamie County, Iowa, the daughter of Elisha Averett and his wife Sarah Jane Witt. Elisha Averett had been a flutist in Co. B of the Mormon Battalion. James and Dorcas resided for a time at Washington in Washington County, Utah, then moved eastward to a small pioneer settlement several miles southeast from Glendale in Kane County, called Clarkston (which no longer exists today) then later moved to Glendale, Utah. James died 13 September 1898, and Dorcas died 22 February 1907, both at Glendale. Their fifteen children were:
(7) Elizabeth Melvina Clark, born 18 October 1875 at Clarkston. On 17 March 1892 she married Alva Milo Leithead at St. George. Utah. He was called "Allie” and was born 17 April 1873 at Glendale in Kane County, Utah, the son of James Leithead and wife Lucinda Sevella Gardner. Elizabeth and Allie lived the first three years of their marriage at Glendale, then moved south to Thatcher, Arizona, where Allie went into the freighting business. He died 31 August 1902 of typhoid fever at Thatcher. Following his decease Elizabeth sold out and moved north with her four small sons to Glendale, Utah, where her youngest son died. In the spring of 1903 she left Glendale and moved north to Lovell, Wyoming, with other family members. She provided for her family by working as a cook in construction camps. A few years later she married secondly William Wesley Willis at Lovell. To this marriage was born one daughter. Elizabeth died on 25 December 1930 at Long Beach, California. The six children of Elizabeth and her two husbands were:
Francis Willis, a daughter born on 2 May 1913 at Lovell, Wyoming, married Gus Whipple, and resides at Ogden. Utah.
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