William Franklin Clark

1 January 1832–27 August 1884 (Age 52)
Union, South Carolina, United States

The Life of William Franklin

When William Franklin Clark was born on 1 January 1832, in Union, South Carolina, United States, his father, Littleton Ballard Clark, was 31 and his mother, Hannah Vinson Jackson, was 25. He married Nancy M. Kyles on 9 May 1854, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in District 496, Fayette, Georgia, United States in 1850 and Western Division, Walker, Alabama, United States in 1860. He died on 27 August 1884, in Coweta, Georgia, United States, at the age of 52.

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Family Time Line

William Franklin Clark
1832–1884
Nancy M. Kyles
1829–1868
Marriage: 9 May 1854
Luther G. "Dock" Clark
1857–
Mary Eleanor Clark
1860–1889
Emily Jane Clark
1862–1911

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
9 May 1854
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 0

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 0

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.
1846

Age 14

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)

  • Franklin Clark in household of Littleton Clark, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William F Clark, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William F. Clark, "Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957"

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