James Clark

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

The Life Summary 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 32. 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 Township, Union, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Scotch Plains Township, Union, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Clark
1745–1794
Esther Marsh
1746–1818
Marriage: 1766
Samuel Clark
1768–1854
Rachel Clark
1772–1772
Phoebe Clark
1773–1856
Sarah Clark
1777–1842

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1766
  • Children

    (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (14)

    +9 More Children

    World Events (4)

    1775
    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."
    1776
    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: from Middle English clerk, clark ‘clerk, cleric, writer’ (Old French clerc; see Clerc ). The original sense was ‘man in a religious order, cleric, clergyman’. As all writing and secretarial work in medieval Christian Europe was normally done by members of the clergy, the term clerk came to mean ‘scholar, secretary, recorder, or penman’ as well as ‘cleric’. As a surname, it was particularly common for one who had taken only minor holy orders. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established.Irish (Westmeath, Mayo): in Ireland the English surname was frequently adopted, partly by translation for Ó Cléirigh; see Cleary .Americanized form of Dutch De Klerk or Flemish De Clerck or of variants of these names, and possibly also of French Clerc . Compare Clerk 2 and De Clark .

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

    Possible Related Names

    Clarke
    Clerk
    Clerkin
    Calarco
    Clerc
    Clarkson

    Sources (15)

    • James Clark in entry for Samuel Clark, "New Jersey, Births and Christenings, 1660-1980"
    • James Clark, "Find A Grave Index"
    • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970

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