Joseph Clark

about 1740–
Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Clark was born about 1740, in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut, United States, his father, John Clark, was 28 and his mother, Ann Jervis, was 24. He married Abigail Cleveland Johnson on 23 April 1761, in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters.

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Joseph Clark
Abigail Cleveland Johnson
Marriage: 23 April 1761
Calvin Johnson Clark
Olive Johnson Clark
Johnson Johnson Clark
Chester Johnson Clark
Diah Johnson Clark
Thomas Johnson Clark
Willis Johnson Clark

Spouse and Children


    Abigail Cleveland Johnson


23 April 1761
Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America


    Calvin Johnson Clark



    Johnson Johnson Clark


    Chester Johnson Clark


    Diah Johnson Clark


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    John Clark


    Ann Jervis




    Thomas Clark



    John Clark



World Events (6)


Age 36

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 41

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 62

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."

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)

  • Joseph Clark in entry for Willis Clark, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Joseph Clark in entry for Johnson Clark, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Joseph Clark in entry for Diah Clark, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

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