William Clark

Brief Life History of William

When William Clark was born in 1835, in Ohio, United States, his father, Robert Clark, was 28 and his mother, Christiana Wiant, was 20. He married Matilda Jane Poland on 9 March 1859, in Johnson, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died before 1880, in Penn Township, Johnson, Iowa, United States.

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William Clark
1835–1880
Matilda Jane Poland
1842–1910
Marriage: 9 March 1859
Robert Martin Clark
1860–1954
Silas William Clark
1861–1932

Sources (8)

  • William A Clark in household of Robert Clark, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wm W Clark, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • W W Clark in entry for Silas W Clark and Ethel Emma Mathers, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.

1847 · The Great Seal of the State of Iowa is made

The Great Seal of the State of Iowa was created in 1847 and depicts a soldier standing in a wheat field surrounded by symbols including farming, mining, and transportation with the Mississippi River in the background. An eagle overhead bears the state motto.

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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