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…

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…

And then there were none

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…

Washington County Maryland 1877

According to the 1870 census, my third great-grandparents 40 year old shoemaker Morgan Clark and his 34 year old wife Susan have eight children. The census taker also recorded the families living near the Clarks. It was interesting to read the list of names, but it was far more interesting to see the neighborhood in 1877,…

Morgan Henry Clark 1830-1910

Morgan Clark intrigues me. My 3rd great-grandfather was born in Maryland 25 Feb 1830 to Rebecca Margaret (nee Ridenour) and her husband Mathew Clark. Morgan followed in his father’s footsteps (no pun intended) and made his living as a shoemaker. Both father and son were politically active according to newspaper accounts of the time. But…

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.

August Anniversaries

My paternal grandparents Harold Clarke MUELLER and Frances Lois MANGELS were married in Chicago on the 24th of August in 1930. Other August anniversaries in my family tree include: Susan E BERG and Elmer Eugene CLARKE were married for more than 60 years. Their wedding took place in Chicago 03 August 1892. Widower James WALTON…