In the 1870 census, the Clark family of Funkstown Maryland looked like many families of their time. As the head of the household, Morgan was a shoemaker. His wife Susan stayed home to take care of their eight children:
The next census tells a drastically different story:
Morgan lived with his sister Henrietta and her husband Thomas Downey in 1880. Susan had died sometime after giving birth to the couple’s eleventh child who was born in 1877.
So if Morgan is living alone at his sister’s, where are those 11 children?
Because Norman A Clark was born on this day in 1862, I wanted to focus on him (see line 44). But if you look a few lines above him (on line 27), you’ll see his little brother Elmer:
Thankfully the children remained close most of their lives.
Despite circumstances that prevented them from growing up together.
For the cousins wondering how Norman and his family connect with us: