Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bell 120 Clark-Crocker

120. William Clark & 121. Susannah Crocker {Chester Co. PA, Mecklenburg Co. NC}

1721, William born in PA. (S) Gravestone. [Possibly of Jonas Clark & Mary Long, married 5/11/1713 at Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA.]
1726, Susannah born in PA, d/o §Nathan Crocker & Sr. & Johanna Bursley.
~1744, William married Susannah.
1771, they moved from Chester Co., PA to Charlotte, Mecklenbug Co., NC. (S) Pension application of son Jonas.
William and Susannah were members of the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Mecklenburg Co., NC.
4/10/1783, Jesse Clark bought 120 acres on Sugar Creek, adjacent to Wm Clark, from his brother Jonas, for £100 NC species. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB11, P254.
7/1784, William served on a petit jury. (S) Meck. Co. Crt. Minutes, B1, P490.
4/1787, William Clark vs. Will. Latham. (S) Meck. Co. Crt. Minutes, B2, P109.
(S) 1790 Census, NC, Mecklenburg Co. William: 3,0,3, 3 slaves. He lives near Phineas Alexander, father of his future daughter-in-law.
11/25/1790, William wrote his will: Being weak of body, I give to my wf Susannah, during her widowhood, my house and kitchen with all household furniture and all I possess on my farm except that which is mentioned hereinafter. I give to my son Jonas a third of my land, a third to my dau Ann, and the other third to my son James; should any die before they come of age their share whall descend to their siblings. I give to my dau Ann a featherbed and furnishings, her chest, one pot, two cows, her horse with saddle and bridle; and to my daughter Susannah a feather bed and furniture and her horse with saddle and bridle. I give to each of my sons John and Jesse 10 sh. The household furniture left to my wf I leave for her to dispose of as she pleases in her will. My wagon and gears together with all my horses and livestock, at the end of the widowhood of my wife, are to be equally divided among my children Mary, William, and Susannah; to Susannah Scott I give a Bible and a heifer. The grain in the ground is for the use of the family while they keep together. Exrs: Jesse and Jonas Clark. Wit: … William Clark, … (S) Meck. Co., Bk-A, P209.
5/2/1791, William died in Mecklenburg Co., NC; buried in the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cem.
[7/1791, Jesse and Jonas named executors of their father’s will. (S) Meck. Co. Crt. Minutes, B2, P375.]
9/6/1791, Susannah died; buried with William.

Family notes:
·        Nathan Crocker, Sr., listed on the Mayflower Births & Deaths as marrying Joanna Bursley, born 1684, have 6 children  born from 1709 - 1724.  Nathan Crocker Jr., born 1713, confirmed on several other listings, married in 1739 Mehitable Crocker, a cousin who was born in 1716.  Nathan & Joanna had a daughter Susannah, born in 1743. This Susannah is the right age to be the 7th child of this family.
·         Mecklenburg Court minutes indicate that a “John Clark”, “William Clark Jr.”, and “James Clark” were also in the county at this time. James Clark deceased prior to 1/1789. William Clark Jr deceased prior to 4/1780, John Clark his executor. Another James Clark died bef. 7/1807. [All family names.]
·         (S) Pension application – Alexander Berryhill, S16,639, West Tenn. #7542 (changed to Ala.), $33.33/year. Issued 26 April 1833: 3 Sept. 1832 Franklin County Alexander Berryhill aged 69 states he has never seen a record of his age. He enlisted in Mecklenburg County. N.C., where he resided in June 1781, under Capt. James N. Martin in the 3rd regiment, commanded by Col. William Polk. He submitted a clam in 1818 but at the time did not know he that he possessed his discharge, being unable to read and write. He recently had a friend to go through every piece of paper he owned and it was found. Dated 17 April 1781, it was signed by Col. Polk. His officers were 1st Lt. Robert Walker, 2nd. Lt. Jonas Clark, Orderly Sgt. Jesse Clark, Adjutant John Clark. John was the oldest of the three Clark brothers. James Martin, one son of Capt. James N. Clark and Charles Weeks whom he has known for about 40 years, both of Franklin County, can vouch for him. ….

Children of William and Susannah:

i.  Adj John Clark, born 1746 in Chester Co., PA.
[See John’s daughter Harriett’s war pension application – the source of much of the family information.]
1775, John volunteered for the Revolutionary war, serving 4 months as a private in Capt. McCrea’s Co., Col. Adam Alexander’s NC Regt. in action against the Cherokee Indians.
1779, John volunteered again, serving 4 months as a private in Capt. Nathaniel Martin’s Co. of mounted riflemen; and was in the battle of Stono.
1780, John volunteered again, serving 6 months as a private in Capt. Nathaniel Martin’s Co., Col. Wm R. Davie’s NC Regt.
1781, John served with brothers Jesse and Jonas in the Revolutionary War; under Capt. James N. Martin He was appointed Adjutant to Maj Joseph Dixon. Battles included “Guilford Court House”. He also served as Adjutant in the 3rd regiment, commanded by Col. William Polk. Total service was 10 months.
1782, John married Margaret Lewis; d/o James Lewis.
1786, a probate record indicates John is married to Margaret Lewis. (S) York Co. Marr’s, P9.
(S) 1790 Census, SC, York Co. John, 121; 3 slaves. [York Co., SC is adjacent to Mecklenburg Co., NC.]
11/25/1790, John named in his father’s will.
2/5/1791, John mentioned in the will of James Lewis.
2/4/1793, John mentioned in a deed as living on/near Broad River and Cain Creek.
10/24/1797, John mentioned in a deed as living near Mill Creek.
5/10/1799, John: plat for 120 acres on Allisons’s Cr.
(S) 1800 Census, SC, York Co. John, 11001:“females” section torn from page.
(S) 1810 Census, SC, York Co. John, 11101:00101. 7 slaves.
(S) 1820 Census, SC, York Co. John, 000101:00101. 5 slaves.
5/7/1821, brothers John, Jesse, & Jonas and sister Susannah mentioned in the will of their brother James.
(S) 1830 Census, SC, York Co. John, 80-90 years old; wife 70-80 years old; 1 male 15-20 years old.
10/16/1832, John, a resident of the York Distr. of SC, applied for a war pension.
6/27/1833, John, of York Distr., was awarded an annual pension of $169.99 for his Revolutionary war service in NC. He was given an initial payment of $424.97.
1838 in York Distr., John wrote his will. (S) SCDA&H, S108093, Reel 30, Frame 54. ???
10/20/1838, John died [“age 90 years”].
8/21/1839, Margaret died [at “eighty odd years”].
Children:
Cinthia Clark, born 1/1/1783.
She married Robert M Wilson, born 1780-1790.
(S) 1830 Census, SC, York Dist. Robert 40-50, Cinthia 40-50.
Bef. 7/7/1838 she died. (S) Pension application.
Mary Polly Clark, born 7/1/1786.
She married John Miller, born 1876 in SC.
7/7/1838 she was alive according to his sister’s pension application.
(S) 1850 Census, SC, Laurens Co. Farmers with 3 adult children at home.
1851, she died. (S) Pension application.
William Clark, born 4/17/1788.
7/7/1838 he was alive according to his sister’s pension application.
Peggy Clark, born 2/20/1791 in SC.
Bef. 7/7/1838 she died. (S) Pension application.
Harriett Clark, born 1/22/1794 in SC.
She married J T Alexander.
1838, Harriett [and siblings mentioned in her pension application] mentioned in the will of her father.
12/4/1845 in Lincoln Co., NC, she applied for a revolutionary war half-pension as an heir to her mother’s pension.
(S) 1860 Census, NC, Lincoln Co. J T is a saddle & hump maker with a personal estate of $700.
James Lewis Clark, born 6/12/1796 in SC.
He married Lavicea ?.
7/7/1838 he was alive according to his sister’s pension application.
John Franklin Clark, born 4/15/1801 in SC.
Bef. 7/7/1838 he died. (S) Pension application.

ii. Sgt Jesse H Clark, born 1756 in Chester Co., PA.
1781, Jesse served with brothers John and Jonas in the Revolutionary War; under Capt. James N. Martin in the 3rd regiment, commanded by Col. William Polk.
4/10/1783, Jesse bought 120 acres on Sugar Creek, adjacent to Wm Clark, from his brother Jonas, for £100 NC species. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB11, P254.
1785, Jesse married Deborah Alexander, d/o 244. Zebulon Alexander. [And aunt to Jesse’s brother Jonas’ 3rd wife Ann.]
11/25/1790, Jesse named in his father’s will.
7/1791, Jonas & Jesse named executors in the will of their father. (S) MeckCo., Crt. Of Comm. Pleas, B2, P375.
6/26/1792, Jesse witnessed a deed of his brother Jonas. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB14, P155.
(S) 1800 Census, NC, Mecklenburg, Salisbury. “Jess” 12010:31110.
1807 in Mecklenburg Co., Jesse served on a Jury in the case of slave Nathan belonging to Daniel Gallant accused of stealing. (S) NC Slaves and Free persons of Color, 2001, P66. [He was found not guilty.]
(S) 1810 Census, NC, Mecklenburg. 41201:02210. Jesse is listed on the page after his brother Jonas.
(S) 1820 Census, NC, Mecklenburg Co. “Jesse”, 122311:00011. 5 slaves.
1821, Deborah died in NC.
5/7/1821, brothers John, Jesse, & Jonas and sister Susannah mentioned in the will of their brother James.
1/1/1824, Brothers Jonas and Jesse sold 48 acres on Sugar Creek for $364.76. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB22, P147.
1/20/1824, Jesse sold 26 acres on Sugar Creek for $182. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB22, P73.
9/15/1824 in Mecklenburg Co., Jesse was the bondsman for his nephew Jonas Jr’s marriage.
12/7/1825 in Mecklenburg Co., Jesse was the bondsman for his grandnephew Stephen Emerson’s marriage.
10/1/1827, Jesse had a letter left in the Charlotte Post Office. (S) Catawba Journal, Oct 23, 1827.
9/17/1829, Wm Clark quit-claimed to Jesse H Clark land originally conveyed by Jesse. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB23, P381. On the same date Jesse sold this land for $220. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB23, P391.
(S) 1830 Census, NC, Mecklenburg Co. “Jessee”, 70-80 years old; 2 females 60-70 years old.
9/2/1832, Jesse, age 76, died in Mecklenburg Co.; buried in the Steele Creek Presby. Church Cem.
Children:
William L Clark, born 1788 in NC.
1828, he married Dian Manly, 1806–1845.
1846, he died.

iii. Lt Jonas Clark (60), born 5/16/1759 in Chester Co., PA.

iv.  James Clark, born ~1762 in Chester Co., PA.
11/25/1790, James named with his siblings in his father’s will.
5/7/1821, will of James Clark: Being in a low state of health, I leave $1 to each of my brother John, Jesse, and Jonas Clark; to my sister Susannah Rudisill my bed and furnishings, my chest, and my weating apparel; to my brother-in-law John Rudisill my colt and gun; and to Thos. J. Clark $100 when he reaches 21 with interest accruing to that time. All the balance of my estate including my land, after my debts are paid, I will to Polly McQuay for her support and sustenance for her natural life, for herself alone, but not to be wasted or squandered. At her decease whatever remains I leave to be divided between John and Susannah Rudisill. Sole Exr. David McDonald. Witness … Issac Alexander.
1824, James died in Mecklenburg Co., NC. (S) Will probated.

v. Mary Clark, born ~1764 in Chester Co., PA.
11/25/1790, Mary named in her father’s will.
Bef. 5/7/1821 Mary died. (S) Not named in her brother James’ will.

vi. William Clark Jr, born ~1767 in Chester Co., PA. (S) Steel Creek Cemetery Guide.
11/25/1790, William named in and witnessed his father’s will.
5/1791, William, age 23, died; buried in the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cem. with his parents. (S) Gravestone.

vii. Susannah Clark, born ~1769 in Chester Co., PA.
11/25/1790, Susannah named in her father’s will.
9/19/1793, Susannah married John Rudisill Jr, born 7/16/1767. (S) Will of her brother James.
5/7/1821, brothers John, Jesse, & Jonas and sister Susannah mentioned in the will of their brother James.
8/31/1830, John died in Mecklenburg Co.
Children:
Mary E Rudisill, born 6/18/1798 in Mecklenburg Co., NC.
1/3/1815, she married Charles Reinhardt, 1795–1847.
8/11/1870 she died in Memphis, TN.

viii. Ann Clark, born ~1771 in Chester Co., PA.
11/25/1790, Ann named in her father’s will.

Bef. 5/7/1821 Ann died. (S) Not named in her brother James’ will.

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