Matilda Clarke

19 March 1826–1914 (Age 87)
County Down, Ireland

The Life Summary of Matilda

When Matilda Clarke was born on 19 March 1826, in County Down, Ireland, her father, James Clarke, was 27 and her mother, Margaret Johnston, was 25. She married Gideon P. Bell on 1 January 1851, in Menard, Randolph, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Menard, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Mason, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died in 1914, in Union, Illinois, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in White Cemetery, Union, Tennessee, United States.

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Gideon P. Bell
Matilda Clarke
Marriage: 1 January 1851
Peter D. Bell
Mary Margaret Bell
James Clark Bell
Rachel Wilson Bell
Eliza Jane Bell
Harriet Matilda Bell
Jacob W. Bell
Anna Gideon Bell

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening
Age 4
Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Black Hawk War
Age 6
"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
Age 30
William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Clark .

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

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Sources (14)

  • Matilda Bell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Matilda Bell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Matilda Clark in entry for Jacob Bell, "Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999"

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