Matilda Clarke

Female19 March 1826–1914

Brief Life History 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

Sources (14)

  • Matilda Bell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Matilda Clarke, "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881"
  • Matilda J Bell (1826 - 1914) - Find A Grave Memorial

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 January 1851Menard, Randolph, Illinois, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (10)

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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.


    Age 13

    Historical Boundaries: 1839: Illinois, United States

    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 and Irish: variant of Clark .

    History: This name was brought independently to New England by many bearers from the 17th century onward. Nicholas Clarke was one of the founders of Hartford, CT (coming from Cambridge, MA with Thomas Hooker) in 1635.

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

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