James Clark

1745–23 September 1794 (Age 49)
Middlesex, Middlesex, New Jersey, British Colonial America

The Life of James

When James Clark was born in 1745, in Middlesex, Middlesex, New Jersey, British Colonial America, his father, James Clark, was 37 and his mother, Ann Wood, was 21. He married Esther Marsh in 1766. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He died on 23 September 1794, in Scotch Plains, Union, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Scotch Plains, Union, New Jersey, United States.

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James Clark
Esther Marsh
Marriage: 1766
Samuel Clark
Rachel Clark
Phoebe Clark
Sarah Clark

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Age 30

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 31

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 41

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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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  • James Clark, "Find A Grave Index"
  • James Clark in entry for Samuel Clark, "New Jersey, Births and Christenings, 1660-1980"
  • Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Volume VIII:1791-1795

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