Joseph Cook Clark

27 April 1814–25 June 1882 (Age 68)
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Joseph Cook

When Joseph Cook Clark was born on 27 April 1814, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Sylvester Clark, was 27 and his mother, Lydia Cook, was 26. He married Lydia A. Burt on 1 June 1854. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He died on 25 June 1882, in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

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Joseph Cook Clark
Lydia A. Burt
Marriage: 1 June 1854
Lizzie A Clark
Caroline Richards Clark
Bertha Maude Clark

Spouse and Children


    Lydia A. Burt


1 June 1854


    Lizzie A Clark


    Caroline Richards Clark


    Bertha Maude Clark


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

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. 
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 6

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 18

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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 C Clark, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Joseph C. in entry for Lizzie Clarke, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924"
  • Joseph C. Clark, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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