Joseph Clark

Brief Life History of Joseph

When Joseph Clark was born in 1796, in England, United Kingdom, his father, William Clark, was 32 and his mother, Frances Sarah Wingrove, was 20. He married Rachel Watkins on 24 November 1823, in Gallia, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. He died in 1848, in Morgan Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States, at the age of 52.

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Joseph Clark
Rachel Watkins
Marriage: 24 November 1823
Joseph Clark
Lorenzo Clark
William W Clark
James Jonathan Clark
Leonidas Clark
Frances S A E Clark
Andrew A Clark

Sources (3)

  • Joseph Clark, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Joseph Clark in entry for Leonidas Clark, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953"
  • Joseph Clark, "Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958"

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

1801 · The Act of Union

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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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