More Clarke Reminders

Those Clarkes of mine really liked interesting names. Names you won’t find in the personalized pencil display at Michael’s. I shared Zora here. Today another Clarke with a less-than-ordinary name appeared on my Family Tree Maker calendar. On this day in 1990 Lyman John Clake died in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Lyman was my 72…

Clarke Reminders

Franklin Whitfield Blake died on this day in 1955. Frank and I don’t share any DNA, but he does reside in a branch of my family tree. Seeing him on my Family Tree Maker calendar was a reminder to take another look at that somewhat neglected branch. Franklin Whitfield Blake married Zora Susan Clarke 05 Apr…

Zora (Clarke) Highbarger 1857-1940

From the January 26, 1940 edition of the Funkstown Daily Mail; “Mrs. Zora Highbarger, widow of John Highbarger, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William King, Woodburg, Baltimore County, on Thursday afternoon, at 2:00 o’clock. She was born and reared in Downsville but has lived in Baltimore for the past 20 years. She…

Morgan Edgar Clarke 1873-1876

From the Daily Mail, Hagerstown Maryland, Friday January 21, 1876; “On the 11th inst., at Downsville, MORGAN EDGAR, son of Morgan and Susan Clark, aged 2 years and 6 months. Its remains were interred in Funkstown.” Morgan has a memorial on Find A Grave.

Hester (Leffel) Clarke 1863-1912

From the Monday April 1, 1912 issue of The Springfield (Ohio) Daily News page 9, “CLARK – The body of Mrs. N. Clark*, who died in Dayton, and who was a sister of Mrs. C. L. Reese**, will arrive here at 8:17 o’clock Monday night over the Big Four*** and will be taken to the…

Are We Related? Part One

Dear Prospective Cousin, I think you and I may be leaves on the same family tree! According to the relationship chart below, your mother (or grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, sister-in-law, spouse’s cousin) Alice Hester Clarke Jenkinson was my first-cousin thrice removed. That may sound distant but consider this; Alice’s father Elmer and my 2nd great-grandfather…

The Census Mistake that Wasn’t

Something had clearly been erased and a new word written in it’s place. I assumed “farmer” was the erased word. That’s the occupation I most often associated with my 2nd great-grandfather William Penrod CLARKE. And optician? Why would the census taker have written that? William was the second of 11 children born to shoemaker Morgan…