William Clarke1

Male, #45865, (1763 - 16 Jan 1831)
Father*John Clarke1 (1728 - 1794)
Mother*Judith Mallet1 (2 Sep 1736 - )
Birth*1763 He was born in 1763 at Lunenburg Co., Virginia.1 
Death of Father1794 His father John Clarke died in 1794 at Edgefield District, South Carolina
Death*16 Jan 1831 He died at Putnam Co., Georgia, on 16 Jan 1831.1 
Biography* William(6) Clark, son of John(5) and Judith (Mallett) Clark, was born in Lunenburg Co., Va. in 1763 and died in Putman Co., Ga. Jan. 16, 1831. On Oct. 23, 1792 he married (probably in Greene Co., Ga., where her father was living at the time) Mary Harvey, daughter of Evan Harvey and his wife Charity Powell, and niece of James Harvey who married his sister, Sarah Clark (see Harvey, Powell, and Williams Families). She was born Sept. 22, 1776, probably in Edgefield Co., S.C., and died Nov. 8, 1830 in Putnam Co., Ga., William Clark was a soldier in the Revolution under Gen. Elijah Clarke and on Oct. 1, 1784 was granted land in Washington Co., Ga. for his services (see also, Smith "Story of Ga. and the Ga. People", p. 614, where William Clark is cited as a soldier). This land fell into Greene Co. on the organization of that county and William Clark lived there for a number of years, but later moved to Putnam Co., Ga. and was one of the first settlers there. William and Mary Clark were faithful members of the Baptist Church, and built a large and commodious home in the Kinderhook Neighborhood in Putnam Co., where their youngest son, Benjamin W. Clark, later lived. I saw the house in my youth, but it has since been burned. Further details regarding William and Mary Clark and their family will be found in the biography of their son, Rev. John H. Clarke, in "Georgia Baptists, Historical and Biographical" by J. H. Campbell (p. 492 ff), but will be omitted here through lack of space. The children of William and Mary Clark were the following (dates of birth, etc. being taken from their Family Bible, which is now in my possession):

I. Jeremiah(7) Clark, b. Jan. 11, 1794, d. April 5, 1849, married four, times, his first wife being a Miss Henderson and his second a widow, Mrs. Abercrombie. He had the following six children: Benjamin, William, James, Jeremiah, Elizabeth and Emma.

II. Rev. John(7) Harvey Clark, son of Wiiliam(6) and Mary Clark, was born Nov. 30, 1796 in Greene Co., Ga., and died Apr. 23, 1867 at Henderson, Houston Co., Ga. He married in Putnam Co., Ga., Dec. 28, 1820 Elizabeth Kendrick (b. 1805, d. after 1878), daughter of James and Tabitha (Rogers) Kendrick (see Kendrick Family). He joined Enon Baptist Church in Putman Co. about 1828, and was one of the charter members of Ramoth Baptist Church along with his wife on the organization of that church in 1836. He served for several years as a deacon at Ramoth, but was finally ordained to the Baptist ministry there Nov. 13, 1847. He was a pastor for several years in Putnam, Jones and Baldwin Cos., but moved to Houston Co., Ga. in 1854, and later served churches in that county, Macon, Dooly and Lee Cos. The eight children of Rev. John H. and Elizabeth (Kendrick) Clark were: James M., Mary Ann, Charity C., Benjamin, Sarah, Judson, Isabella S. and Frances.

III. Judge James(7) Clarke, son of William(6) and Mary Clark, was born Aug. 28, 1798, and died after 1876 in Atlanta, Ga. He married (1) Martha Alexander of Putnam Co., Ga. in 1822 and had one son, William. He then married (2) Permelia S. Wellborn of Putnam Co., a sister of Congressman Marshall S. Wellborn, by whom he had seven children: Elizabeth, Mary, John Thomas, Ameba, Marshall J., Alice and Eugenia.

IV. Jesse Clark, son of William6 and Mary Clark, b. June 4, 1800 died young.

V. Charity(7) Clark, b. Dec. 15, 1808, d. Aug. 11, 1867 in Houston Co., Ga., married Ephraim Jones Kendrick (b. 1797 in Washington Co. , Ga., d. 1854 in Houston Co., Ga.) son of Martin and Jane (Whitehead) Kendrick, of Putnam Co., Ga. (see Kendrick Family). They had 13 children: William, Sarah, Jane Malvina, Mary, Martin van Buren, John, Eliza Caroline, Civility Coates, Permelia Elizabeth, Benjamin Campbell, James Dawson, Amanda Louisa and Martha Virginia.

VI. Evan(7) Harvey Clark, son of William(6) and Mary Clark, b. June 25, 1806, died young.

VII. Benjamin(7) Williams Clark, son of William(6) and Mary Clark, was born in Putnam Co., Ga., July 9, 1810, and died there July 4, 1886, while attending services at Ramoth Baptist Church, of which he and his first wife were charter members in 1836, and of which he had been a deacon since 1848. During the War between the States he went to defend Atlanta among the old men and boys called up by Gov. Brown at the last for that purpose. Benjamin W. Clark married (1) Oct. 25, 1832, Julia Caroline Kendrick (b. 1813, d. Jan. 19, 1850), daughter of James and Tabitha Rogers Kendrick of Putnam Co. (see Kendrick Family) He married (2) Sept. 2, 1851, Permelia A. Haughton (b. 1813, d. April 1, 1885). By his second marriage, he had one son, Benjamin Willis Alexander Clark, b. Nov. 12, 1855, who died unmarried as a young man. Benjamin W. Clark lived all his life in the home and on the plantation of his father, William6 Clark, and is buried in the Clark family burying ground there, along with his two wives, his father and mother, William and Mary Clark, and his first wife's parents, James and Tabitha Kendrick. A tablet to his memory stands in Ramoth Church. By his first marriage to Julia Caroline Kendrick, Benjamin Williams Clark had the following six children: Mary Etta, William, Virginia Ann Judson, Adeline Elizabeth, Julia Frances and Emma Louisa.

[Note: There were many descendants of Benjamin Williams Clark detailed in the original version of this document by B. C. Holtzclaw, "Clark of Surry and Isle of Wight Counties", FTM CD191, Southern Genealogies #1, Historical Southern Families, Vol. I]1

Last Edited24 Apr 2008


  1. B. C. Holtzclaw, "Clark of Surry and Isle of Wight Counties," Southern Genealogies #1, Historical Southern Families, Vol. IFTM CD191.