George Washington Clark

Brief Life History of George Washington

When George Washington Clark was born on 20 March 1836, in Union, South Carolina, United States, his father, Littleton Ballard Clark, was 35 and his mother, Hannah Vinson Jackson, was 29. He married Martha Ann McEachern on 6 November 1856, in Fayetteville, Fayette, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in District 709, Fayette, Georgia, United States in 1880 and District 1262, Fayette, Georgia, United States in 1910. He died on 18 November 1925, in Fayetteville, Fayette, Georgia, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Fayetteville City Cemetery, Fayetteville, Fayette, Georgia, United States.

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George Washington Clark
Martha Ann McEachern
Marriage: 6 November 1856
Annie Laurie Clark
Elizabeth Clark
Mary Eleanor Clark
Georgia Tallullah Clark

Sources (16)

  • Unknown, "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 "
  • George W. Clark, "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950"
  • George Clark, "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927"

World Events (8)

1838 · Orders No. 25 Removes Cherokees

A small group of Cherokees from Georgia voluntarily migrated to the Indian Territory. The remaining Cherokees in Georgia resisted the mounting pressure to leave. In 1838, U.S. President Martin Van Buren ordered U.S. troops to remove the Cherokee Nation. The troops gathered the Cherokees and marched them and other Native Americans from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama along what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.” Approximately 5,000 Cherokees died on their way to Indian Territory.


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


In 1860, South Carolina quit the United States because its citizens were in favor of slavery and President Lincoln was not. The Civil War started a year later.

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.

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