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William Clark

Male 1790 - 1856  (66 years)


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  • Name William Clark  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 1 May 1790  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Jul 1856  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Buried Clark-Dickey Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Notes 
    • One of his descendants, Elaine Wells, emailed in November 2012 that "I have visited the Dickey-Clark Cemetery in Sabine County Texas.  I do not personally have a photo of the headstone for William Clark, but there is a photo on Ancestry.Com which shows the exact date of birth as May 1, 1790. Date of death July 4, 1856. It also showed that William Clark served as a Pvt. in the Mississippi Militia in the war of 1812. I was present at the ceremony when the Historical Marker was dedicated. "

      When John William Clark of Oklahoma City published his 1971 book, SOME DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM CLARK OF SABINE COUNTY, TEXAS he was conducting research to prove a theory that William Clark born about 1790 in South Carolina was related to or descended from Elijah Clark, father of John Clark, Governor of Georgia 1819-1823. He wrote in the preface to his book that "Several clues have pointed the way to research this angle as follows: Elijah Clark went from South Carolina to Georgia in early days following the Revolutionary War as a General. His son John became Governor of Georgia. John's sons went to Miss., such as Elijah, Gibson, Etc. One of John's grandsons became a political figure in Texas. A William Barnett Clark was granted a Georgia passport by the governor, signed by the Solictor General Elijah Clark to proceed across the western country to Miss. in search of land. Our William names a son William Barnett in later years after he was in Sabine Co., Texas."

      The author, also noted that there were three William Clarks in Sabine County, Texas at the same time, "however our William Clark was the only one that remained there until he died."

      He listed the following facts about our William Clark in the preface of his book:
      a) Born ca 1790 in South Carolina
      b) Fought in the War of 1812
      c) he was married in Mississippi, Amite County, to Elizabeth Isaacs 16 Mar 1812 and again to Mahala Graham ca 1836 in Sabine County
      d) Received a land grant from the Mexican Government in Zavalla's Colony in June 1835
      d) has a total of about 21 children by two wives, many of these descendants still living in East Texas
      f) the only one of the three William Clarks living in Sabine county before 1850 that remained in that county and died there
      g) the only land owned by William Clark south of Hemphill, TX was land bought by William and not granted to him as original owner
      h)All paper of William Clark were signed by an "X" and witnessed by someone else
      i) William was listed on the census records of Sabine County in 1835 and 1850, and second wife Mahala was listed in 1860, 1870 and 1880. This and the wills indicate he died prior to 1860.

      The author also stated that other two William Clark's who were associated with Sabine County were:

      ---William F Clark (William Fain Clark). This William F. Clark received a land grant from the Mexican Government south of Hemphill on the Sandy Creek. This was later conveyed to Joseph Sullivan, and he evidently moved away since he is not shown in subsequent census records. Obediah S. Smith bought this land later and lived on it for years.


      ---William Clark Jr., a political leader in the Sabine District, born in either Va, Ga, or N.C.  on 14 April 1798, and a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a representative from the Sabine and Nacogdoches District who married Martha Wall. They were the parents of Margaret, Francis, Sarah Jane and William, and this family moved from Hemphill to Nacogdoches County prior to 1860. There he ran a hotel and land business, and on the 1870 census of Nacogdoches, he can be found with his daughter, Sara Jane GRIFFITH, the wife of Dr. L. E. GRIFFITH, who one practiced medicine in Hemphill. William Clark Jr died 3 Jun 1871 in Nacogdoches and has a monument erected in his honor in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches.

      On page 1 of his book, John Clark writes that "The first record found of him (William) shows him as a private in Captain John Lowry's Company of Militia, Mississippi Territory Regiment of Infantry, commanded by Lieut. Col. George H. Nixon. He served in the war from 19 October 1813 to 28 Feb 1814. he was given travel pay to travel 300 miles from Tom Bigby River or Camp in northeastern Mississippi to Amite County, Miss."

      White and Toole, in  SABINE COUNTY HISTORICAL SKETCHES AND GENEALOGICAL RECORDS wrote of William:

      "He served in the War of 1812, from Mississippi, and married Elizabeth Isaacs of Amite County, Mississippi March 16, 1812. They moved to Coahuila, Texas long before the days of the Republic and received a land grant from Lorenzo de Zavala on the waters of the Palo Gacho consisting of one league. His wife died in childbirth in the Run-away-scrape in 1836. According to legend, while William Clark's ox wagon was stuck in the mud at Sandy Creek, and he was trying to extricate it, he met his second wife, Mahala Graham. They were married in 1837, and settled on Big Sandy, and with the children of his first wife there were 21 children." SABINE COUNTY HISTORICAL SKETCHES AND GENEALOGICAL RECORDS

      On April 16, 2009, Dr. Gary Clark (drgclarke@msn.com)  emailed that "There is a record of probated wills of Edgefield County, Vol. II, p. 98. David Clark and wife Amy willed their plantation to their children: William, Sarah, Edward, David, James and Mary; May 3, 1813. He requested that they all live on the plantation, if possible.

      The list of children in this list is limited to six. I would like to know should anyone else determine that David and Amy are William's parents. Another volume on Edgefield County references William purchased property there in April,1783; and David served on a petite jury in 1788."

      Land Grant recorded in the General Land Office in Austin as JAV11, Title Jul 2, 1835, Book 22, p. 653. Signed by George Antonio Nixon, Comisionad

      Joel Clark emailed, in November 2012, that "Someone posted info about a census in Amite county Mississippi that suggested that this William Clark (my 4th great grandfather) was a Junior.  They mentioned 2 separate households and 1 William Clark was married to an Elizabeth.  This would lend thought to William Clark's dad being William Clark Senior."
    • (Research):


      Census Listings:

      1850 Census
      Texas, Sabine County, Sabine District
      Enumerated 28 and 29 Apr 1850
      135-135
      William Clark 61 M Farmer 1000 SC
      Mahala Clark 38 F Ky
      Nelson Clark 17 M Tx
      Mariah Clark 12 F Tx
      Andrew Clark 10 M Tx
      Harison Clark 9 M Tx
      Margaret Clark 7 F Tx
      William Clark 4 m Tx
      136-136
      Powell and Sarah Fullen (born SC and Va, with dtr born in KY)
      137-137
      Elijah Clark 37 M Farmer 600 Miss
      Jane Clark 28 F SC
      Louis Clark 11 M Tx
      Elias Clark 7 M Tx
      Paschal Clark 5 M Tx
      John Clark 4 M Tx
    Person ID I426  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family 1 Elizabeth Isaacs,   b. 9 Aug 1798, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1836, Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1812  Amite County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Elijah Clark,   b. Abt 1813, Amite County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1853, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     2. Isaac Clark,   b. Abt 1814, Amite County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. James Clark,   b. Abt 1815, Amite County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. John Clark,   b. Abt 1817, Amite County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Henry Clark,   b. 18 Apr 1819, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Mary Clark,   b. Abt 1820, Amite County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Rachel Clark,   b. Abt 1823, Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Rebecca Clark,   b. Abt 1826, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1880  (Age ~ 53 years)
     9. Franklin Joel Clark,   b. 11 Dec 1827, Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1900, Lingleville, Erath County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     10. Elizabeth Clark,   b. Abt 1830, Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1860, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
     11. Amanda Clark,   b. Abt 1832, Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. William Wilson Clark,   b. Abt 1834, Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Frances Clark,   b. Abt 1836, Republic Of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1912, Lea County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F344  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mahala Louise Graham,   b. 17 Jan 1811, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1887, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1836  Coahuila and Texas, Republic of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 8
    • John W. Clark and Barbara Yancey Dore also show a son, Anderson, who died at age 12.
    Children 
     1. Mariah Clark,   b. 15 Dec 1837, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Weaver Cemetery, Newton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Andrew Clark,   b. 3 Jul 1839, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1913, Yellowpine, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Harrison Clark,   b. Abt 1841, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1861  (Age ~ 21 years)
     4. Margaret Clark,   b. 28 Aug 1843, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1898  (Age 54 years)
     5. William Barnett "Barnie" "Bill" Clark,   b. 16 Feb 1845, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1916, Fairmount Community, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F345  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 May 1790 - South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Mar 1812 - Amite County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jul 1856 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Clark-Dickey Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S461] White & Toole, "Sabine County Historical Sketches and Genealogical Records" c. 1972.

    2. [S350] Schluter, Helen Gomer "1835 Sabine District, Texas Census" c. 1983 Distributed by Ericson Books, p 10 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S144] 1850 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1850 Federal Census.), Texas, Sabine County, Sabine District Enumerated 28 and 29 Apr 1850 135-135 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.).

    5. [S1303] McCary, Kay P. & McDaniel, Weldon "Clark-Dickey Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas" Cemetery Index ; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsabine/burials/.

    6. [S1305] Clark, John W. "Some Descendants of William Clark of Sabine County, Texas" (American Reference Publishing Co., Ste. 262-250, Ridgleas Bank Building, Fort Worth, Texas 76116, c. 1971), (This book was complied by John William Clark, 1023 Harris Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 in honor of William Clark...information was obtained from family records and interviews with relatives having first hand knowledge of the facts; census records of South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas; cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions; library books in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Austin, Hemphill, Lufkin and Nacogdoches, and letters from many interested people all over the country willing to help and be helped. A copy of this book was found by Trudy Cox at the Abilene Christina Unversity Brown Library and xeroxed by her, and a copy sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas.), p.1 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1305] Clark, John W. "Some Descendants of William Clark of Sabine County, Texas" (American Reference Publishing Co., Ste. 262-250, Ridgleas Bank Building, Fort Worth, Texas 76116, c. 1971), (This book was complied by John William Clark, 1023 Harris Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 in honor of William Clark...information was obtained from family records and interviews with relatives having first hand knowledge of the facts; census records of South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas; cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions; library books in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Austin, Hemphill, Lufkin and Nacogdoches, and letters from many interested people all over the country willing to help and be helped. A copy of this book was found by Trudy Cox at the Abilene Christina Unversity Brown Library and xeroxed by her, and a copy sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas.), p. 1, 38 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S1305] Clark, John W. "Some Descendants of William Clark of Sabine County, Texas" (American Reference Publishing Co., Ste. 262-250, Ridgleas Bank Building, Fort Worth, Texas 76116, c. 1971), (This book was complied by John William Clark, 1023 Harris Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 in honor of William Clark...information was obtained from family records and interviews with relatives having first hand knowledge of the facts; census records of South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas; cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions; library books in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Austin, Hemphill, Lufkin and Nacogdoches, and letters from many interested people all over the country willing to help and be helped. A copy of this book was found by Trudy Cox at the Abilene Christina Unversity Brown Library and xeroxed by her, and a copy sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas.), p. 21 (Reliability: 3).