Sylvan Ward Clark

Brief Life History of Sylvan Ward

When Sylvan Ward Clark was born on 2 September 1892, in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States, his father, William Wheeler Clark, was 37 and his mother, Martha Caroline Ward, was 32. He married Zella Vean Rhodes on 28 November 1917, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Lehi Election Precinct, Utah, Utah, United States in 1940 and Utah, Utah, United States in 1950. He registered for military service in 1918. He died on 2 February 1975, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Lehi City Cemetery, Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Sylvan Ward Clark
Zella Vean Rhodes
Marriage: 28 November 1917
Nola Vean Clark
Ward Rhodes Clark
Dale Roland Clark
William Martin Clark
Sylvan Kenly Clark

Sources (48)

  • Sylvan W Clark, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Sylvan W Clark, "United States Western States Marriage Index"
  • Sylvan Ward Clark, "Utah, World War I County Draft Board Registers, Name Index, 1917-1918"

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.


First Federal election.


August: Australia becomes involved in World War One as Britain is preparing to declare war on Germany.

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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