Mary Clark

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Clark was born on 8 September 1831, in Rainow, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Clark, was 44 and her mother, Betty Bradbury, was 40. She married William Frederick Rigby on 9 August 1852, in Hayfield, Derbyshire, England. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Heaton Norris, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 27 July 1871, in Newton, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Newton Cemetery, Newton, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Frederick Rigby
Mary Clark
Marriage: 9 August 1852
John Clark Rigby
Mary Jane Littlewood Rigby
William Fredrick Rigby Jr
George Clark Rigby
Margaret Rigby
Lavinia Clark Rigby
Martin Clark Rigby
Sarah Clark Rigby

Sources (56)

  • Mary Clarke in household of William Clarke, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Mary Clark, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Utah, U.S., Select Marriages, 1887-1966

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1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.

1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.


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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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Life Story of Mary Clark combined by Diane Larsen Hendricks

Mary Clark was born the eighth day of September, 1831 at Rainow, Cheshire, England, the daughter of William and Betty Bradbury Clark. She was christened on Oct 16, 1831 at the Wesleyan church (film …

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