Josiah Clark

Brief Life History of Josiah

When Josiah Clark was born about 1796, in Galloway Township, Atlantic, New Jersey, United States, his father, Joseph Clark, was 42 and his mother, Elizabeth Sooy, was 43. He married Parthenia McAdams about 1816, in Hamilton, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 8 daughters. He lived in Dayton, Campbell, Kentucky, United States in 1860. He died in August 1869, in Campbell, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Josiah Clark
about 1796–1869
Parthenia McAdams
about 1796–1870
Marriage: about 1816
Sarah Ann Clark
Salina Clark
about 1821–
Mary Clark
about 1824–
Joseph Clark
about 1830–1900
Rebecca Clark
about 1840–
Elizabeth Clark
Lucinda Clark
Frances Clark
Parthenia J. Clark

Sources (5)

  • Josiah Clark, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Josiah in entry for Haifer and Elizabeth Clark, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Josiah Clark, "United States Census, 1860"

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World Events (8)

about 1796 · Wilderness Road Opens to Wagons

In 1796, the Wilderness Road opened up for wagon use. The route was used by colonial and early settlers to reach Kentucky from the East. It started in Virginia, and went southward to Tennessee and then went north to Kentucky. The main danger of this route was Native American attacks.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

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.

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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: 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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