Elizabeth Clark

about 1798–21 July 1853 (Age 55)
Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Clark was born about 1798, in Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States, her father, James Clark, was 40 and her mother, Hannah Given, was 33. She married Josiah Whitham on 26 October 1822, in Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 21 July 1853, at the age of 55, and was buried in Jefferson Village Cemetery, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States.

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Josiah Whitham
Elizabeth Clark
Marriage: 26 October 1822
James Melvin Witham
Julia Witham
William Whitham
Mary Whitham
Lorenida Whitham

Spouse and Children

    Josiah Whitham



26 October 1822
Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States


    James Melvin Witham


    Julia Witham


    William Whitham


    Mary Whitham


    Lorenida Whitham


Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 2

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 6

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 21

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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)

  • Elizabeth Witham in household of Josiah Witham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Elizabeth Clark in entry for Julia Perkins, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"
  • Elizabeth Witham in entry for James Witham, "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912"

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