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Donald Scott Lee Clark Pedigree
Eliza Jane Clark (1812-1886)
2 Great Grandmother
Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Marilyn Maxine Miller (1924-1996)
Virgil Scott Miller (1888-1956)
Lewis Miller (1845-1918)
2nd Great Grandmother
Eliza Jane Clark (1812-1886)
Clark Family Ancestors Genealogy
Eliza Jane Clark (1813-1886)
2nd Great Grandmother
Eliza was born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky on January 28, 1812.1 Eliza’s parents, William B. Clark and Eleanor Ellen Pate were farmers. Eliza married William Miller (1812-1884), the son of a family who had a farm just down the road. The Miller and Clark families were good friends. Most likely, Eliza knew William for a long time before they married, perhaps going to the same small school and attending community functions together.
Eliza and ‘Billy’, as everyone knew him, were married on February 20, 1831 in Breckinridge County.2 Making their home in Breckinridge, Eliza and Billy had the following children: Mason, Thomas A., John, Mildred, Sarah, Lewis, Susan, and Jefferson.2 3 4 Eliza lived her whole life in Breckinridge County, along the Ohio River. It was an exciting place at the time, as the ferry docked in Cloverport, which back then was called ‘Joe’s Landing’. This was the same ferry that President Lincoln crossed as a boy, with his family, when they moved across the river from Kentucky to Indiana.
Eliza’s husband, had been a cripple since his youth. However, he did serve in the Union’s 14th Regiment and 68th Infantry of the Kentucky Infantry as a Private and Sergeant in Companies D, A and C.5 6 In 1884, Eliza’s husband, Billy, passed away. He was 71 years old. Two years later Eliza followed her husband and died on July 26, 1886.
Eliza,s mother was Eleanor Ellen Pate (1793-1890). Her father was William B. Clark.
William B. Clark (1796-1818)
3rd Great Grandfather
William was born on November 10, 1796, in Campbell, Virginia. William married Eleanor Ellen Pate (1793- on April 11, 1811, in Dyer, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.7 When William died, Eleanor married Ephraim Comstock in 1819 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.8 So with this record of Eleanor’s second marriage, we know that William B. Clark died at the age of about 22 years, before January 27, 1819.8 William’s mother was Mildred Moorman and his father was Thomas Martin Clark.
Thomas Martin Clark (1761-1811)
4th Great Grandfather
Thomas was born in Albemarle Parish, Surry County, Virginia on January 13, 1762. Thomas married Mildred ‘Milly’ Moorman in 1787.9 Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800, have the date of marriage on December 22, 1782.10 Thomas was a ‘slave holder’. Thomas and Milly moved west like so many other families in those days. Thomas is listed on the 1810 U.S. Federal Census as living in Breckinridge, Kentucky on a farm with ten members in the family and five slaves.11 Thomas died one year later, on October 12, 1811. Thomas’ parents were Mildred Martin (1741-1827) and Micajah Clark.
Micajah Clark, Jr. (1740-1808)
5th Great Grandfather
Micajah Jr. was born in Albemarle County, Virginia on February 27, 1740. Micajah married Mildred Martin12 in 1761 in Albemarle County. Micajah’s mother was Judith Lewis Adams Clark (1716-1774). Micajah’s father was Micajah Clark Sr.
Micajah Clark, Sr. (1718-)
6th Great Grandfather
Micajah Sr. was born in New Kent County, Virginia on September 16, 1718. He was the fifth of eight children born to Captain Christopher Clark and Penelop Johnson Clark. Micajah married Judith Lewis Adams in October 1735 in Hanover County, Virginia. Judith’s parents were Captain Robert Adams and Mouring Lewis of Henrico, now Goochland County, Virginia. Micajah was a Revolutionary War soldier as were five of his sons.12 Micajah died at the age of 91 years. It is said that “that the poor never passed unheeded of him”. Micajah’s father was Christopher Clark.13
Captain Christopher Clark (1681-1754)
7 Great Grandfather
Captain Christopher was born in Somerton, Suffolk County, Virginia in 1681. Captain Christopher was a Captain in the Virginia Militia, a lawyer and a merchant. He was a Quaker. His law partner was Nicholas Meriwether, ancestor of Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Christopher was a wealthy tobacco planter and a Captain in the Colonial Army. Christopher married Penelope Bowling Johnson of St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County, Virginia in 1705. Penelope was the daughter of Colonel John Bolling and Mary Kennon. He was one of the first Justices of Louisa County (1742). He joined the Quaker Society late in life and in 1749 was one of the Overseers of a Friends Meeting near Sugar Loaf Mountain. He wrote out his will on August 14, 1744. Christopher died on Mary 28, 1754 in Louisa, Louisa County, Virginia. Both of Christopher’s parents were immigrants from the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England. Christopher’s mother was Sarah “Sallie” Anne Moorman (1662-1709). His father was Micajah Christopher Clark.14 15 16
Micajah Clark (1659-1706)
8th Great Grandfather
Micajah Christopher was born on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England. He married Sarah “Sallie”Anne Moorman before 1669 in England.17 Micajah died in Virginia in 1706.18
Micajah (Michael) Christopher Clark
9th Great Grandfather
Michael was born in England, on the Isle of Wight, in the then county of Hampshire. The Isle of Wight was regarded as part of Hampshire County untill 1890. Hampshire and Southampton are one in the same.
He inherited his father's Virginia lands, although he apparently never resided there. In the spring of 1669, he and his family sailed from England, with the Moorman family, to Barbados, where he was a landholder in Christ Church parish.
Micajah’s spouse was Rebecca Margaret Yarrett. Micajah died in Barbados on 5 Aug 1678.
Ref. Find-A-Grave Memorial ID 51559459
First Encounter Beach Plaque
The Pilgrims had their first encounter with the local Nauset Tribe of the Wampanoag Nation in December of 1620. It was not a good meeting, as we like to think about on Thanksgiving. This encounter included arrows fired by the natives and the English firing back with their muskets. The names of those who were present, led by Captain Standish, are on the plaque. It includes the name of “Master Mate Clark”, that being John Clark, Master’s Mate and pilot of the Mayflower.
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Clark Family
The Clarks arrived in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, before 1810. Along with the Hendricks, Balls, and Millers, they were excellent farmers who were successful in what they did. They were good neighbors, war veterans and patriots, active in community affairs, including the church. They were christian folk who worked hard to make a better life for their families.
Cloverport was called Joe’s Landing back in the early 1800s.
The number of people residing in the Virginia Colony increased gradually from 1700-1730; but, between 1730-1760, these numbers increased dramatically from about 114,000 to 340,000.
In 1716 Virginians were encouraged to explore and build new settlements beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In 1750 Dr. Thomas Walker, Scientist, discovered the Cumberland Gap between Virginia and present-day Kentucky and Tennessee. It later became part of the great Wilderness Road to the West. Nineteen years later Daniel Boone blazed his 200 mile long trail from Virginia to the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.
Captain Christopher Clark’s Will
Additional reference to the Clark family at Our Family History by Dana Huff.
Micajah Clark’s Bible Notes
The images below are Micajah Clarke’s Bible notes which were copied by Thomas E. Moorman.
Image courtesy of Ancestry.com
Image courtesy of Ancestry.com
Micajah Clark Jr.
A Tribute to Micajah Clark by a friend published in the Richmond Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, August 2, 1808.
Image courtesy of jmbmont1 at Ancestry.com
References: 1) U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current 2) 1850 U.S. Federal Census, District 1, Breckinridge, Kentucky 3) 1860 U.S. Federal Census, District 2, Breckinridge, Kentucky 4) 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Cloverport, Breckinridge, Kentucky 5) U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 6) U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 7) Kentucky, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850 8) Breckinridge County Court Book 3, p.69, 1819; genealogy.com, Ancestors of Tonya Nunn: Information about Eleanor “Ellen” Pate; http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/m/e/r/Tonya-Mercer/WEBSITE-0001/ UHP-0579.html 9) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 10) Virginia Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800 11) 1810 U.S. Federal Census 12) Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia; p. 51 13) Find A Grave #55272086, Courtesy of Bonnie’s Daughter, recorded July 22, 2010 14) U.S. Find A Grave Index 15) U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 16) Christopher Clark Will, proved May 28, 1754; “Our Kin” page 674 17) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 18) Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s to Current.
Illustrations: Cumberland Gap - Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Willking1979 Colonial Williamsburg - Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Patrickneil 2008 The American Soldier - Continental Army; H. Charles McBarron, Jr. 1902-1992