William Franklin Clark

24 July 1881–5 August 1964 (Age 83)
Jonesborough, Washington, Tennessee, United States

The Life of William Franklin

When William Franklin Clark was born on 24 July 1881, in Jonesborough, Washington, Tennessee, United States, his father, Peter J. Clark, was 28 and his mother, Martha Jennie Hayes, was 27. He married Sarah Elizabeth Powell on 22 June 1907, in Decatur, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Washington Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States in 1900. He died on 5 August 1964, in Greensburg, Washington Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in South Park Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Franklin Clark
Sarah Elizabeth Powell
Marriage: 22 June 1907
Leora Clark
Alfred Clark
Howard Clark
Marie Clark
Carl Clark
William Franklin Clark Jr.
Thomas E. Clark

Spouse and Children

22 June 1907
Decatur, Indiana, United States



    Marie Clark


    Alfred Clark


    Carl Clark


    Howard Clark


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Peter J. Clark


    Martha Jennie Hayes




    Minnie Robertha Clark



    Maragret Clark



    Maggie E. Clark


World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Age 5

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 22

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

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)

  • William Clark in household of Peter Clark, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William F Clark, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Will Clark, "United States Census, 1930"

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