John Clark

New York, United States

The Life of John

John Clark was born in 1808, in New York, United States. He married Lucy Brown on 24 February 1831, in Portage, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Schuyler, Herkimer, New York, United States in 1855 and Jamestown, Ottawa, Michigan, United States in 1870.

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John Clark
Lucy Brown
Marriage: 24 February 1831
Cornelia Clark
Sarah Clark
Andrew Clark
John B. Clark
Adeline Clark
Elbert Clark
Charles Clark

Spouse and Children


    Lucy Brown


24 February 1831
Portage, Ohio, United States


    Cornelia Clark


    Sarah Clark


    Andrew Clark


    John B. Clark


    Adeline Clark


+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 0

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 19

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 38

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klērikos, a derivative of klēros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites ( see Levy ) ‘whose inheritance was the Lord’. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write, so that the term clerk came to denote any literate man.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Clark, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Clark, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Clark in entry for Elbert Clark, "Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897"

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