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Mary __?__
Husband:  Ephraim CLARK III
Birth:  bef. 1738/9, Elizabethtown, Essex Co., Colony of New Jersey [now Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ]
Death:  1809-12, Christian Co., KY
Will proved:  11 Jan 1813, Christian Co., KY 
Father:  Ephraim CLARK, Jr.
Mother:  Elizabeth LYON
Wife:  Mary __?__
Could this Jesse CLARK be his son?  And the Richard CLARK associated with this Jesse?
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Year Location Event
  New Jersey Colony: Essex Co.: Elizabethtown birth of Ephraim CLARK
Jan 1738/9 New Jersey Colony: Essex Co.: Elizabethtown Ephraim CLARK is mentioned in his grandfather's will
    birth of Mary __?__
    marriage of Ephraim CLARK & Mary __?__
1759 SC: Craven [now Lancaster] Co.: Camp Ck. Ephraim CLARK is granted 100 acres
1762 SC: Craven [now Lancaster] Co.: Lower Camp Ck. Ephraim CLARK is granted 100 acres
1762 NC: Mecklenburg Co. formed from Anson Co. (includes all of part of nine SC counties)
1766/7 NC [now SC]: Mecklenburg [now Cherokee] Co.: Broad R. Henry, Nathaniel, and Ryderus CLARK get land patents
1768 NC: Tryon Co. is formed from Mecklenburg Co. (includes all or part of nine SC counties)
1769 SC: creation of 96 Judicial District 
1772 Boundary between NC and SC finally drawn (Tryon Co., NC, no longer includes any SC counties)
1783 SC: 96 Dist. Ephraim CLARK witnesses deed
1785 SC: 96 Dist. Ephraim CLARK named executor in will
1785 SC: 96 Judicial District divided into counties
1787 SC: 96 Dist. [now Cherokee Co.]: S side Broad R. Ephraim & Mary CLARK sell 200 a.
1787-90 South Carolina to Tennessee family moves
1790 Census - not found in NC or SC; no censuses taken in KY or TN
1792 Kentucky achieves statehood; Logan Co. is formed from Lincoln Co.
1796 Tennessee achieves statehood; Montgomery Co. is formed from Tennessee Co.
1797 KY: Christian Co. is formed from Logan Co.
1800 Census - TN and KY censuses lost
1800 TN: Montgomery Co./KY: Christian Co. Ephraim CLARK of TN sells NJ land to nephew in KY
bef. 1801 KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: W Fork Red R. Ephraim CLARK sells land patented earlier (when?)
1804 KY: Christian Co. Ephraim CLARK, taxpayer
1806 KY: Christian Co. Ephraim CLARK, taxpayer
1809 KY: Christian Co. Ephraim CLARK, taxpayer
1810 Census - not found
1813 KY: Christian Co. will of Ephraim CLARK is proved
1820 boundary between KY and TN finally settled*
*Christian Co. loses southern one-quarter to Montgomery Co., TN, virtually doubling the size of Montgomery Co.


1.  Family Group Sheet compiled by Georgie Tolleson and Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati. 

2.  Myra Sydney (Davis) Dipple.  nd.  Chronology of the Life of Col. Henry Clark.  Extracts pertaining to Ephraim CLARK(s). 
Date Event Source
1732 Oct 08 Henry Clark was born to Ephraim and Elizabeth Lyon Clark -probably at Elizabeth Town, Essex County, NJ. John Wheeler Rev. War Pension #W8999 and will of Ebenezer Lyon.
1739 Jan 22 The probated will of Ebenezer Lyon of Elizabeth Town, NJ, named his daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Ephraim Clark, and their children:  Elizabeth, Ephraim, Hannah, Darkis, Henry, Riderous, Nathaniel and Ichabod Clark. NJ Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills, 1730-1750, Lib. of Congress, page 270.
1748 - - Efrem Clark and Rydarus Clark are listed together as two tithes in Lunenberg County, Va.  List of tithables from the "Mouth of Falling River Upwards" [VA] taken by John Phelps.
1749 - - Ephraim Clark, Henry Clark, two tithes; Reyderus Clark, one tithe. List taken by Nicholas Haile from "Goose Creek to the extant of the County upwards." [VA]
1750 - - Ephm. Clark, Henry Clark, Rideras Clark listed together as three tithes. List taken by John Phelps "from Falling River to Goose Creek".  This area is now located in Bedford Co., [VA,] created in 1754.
1759 Mar 02 Ephraim Clark was granted 100 acres on Camp Creek.  -
1762 - - Ephraim, Ichabod and Henry were each granted 100 acres on Lower Camp Creek, Craven County. -
1800 Aug 22 Ephraim Clark, oldest brother of Henry, of Montgomery Co, TN, sold a house and lot at Elizabeth Town, NJ, to John Clark.  This property was an inheritance willed by Captain Ebenezer Lyon, Henry's maternal grandfather. Christian Co. KY Deed Book A, Page 251-251 and the will of Ebenezer Lyon.
1806 May 14 Ephraim Clark was exempted from paying County levy and from working on roads. Christian Co. KY Court Order Book A, Part 1.  Manuscript preparation by Lon Bostick, sr.; indexed by Elizabeth Harrington. Christian Co. Family and HIst. Research Soc., Hopkinsville, KY 42240, 1987.
1813 Jun 11 Hopkinsvile.  The will of Ephraim Clark was proven by the oath of Isaac Clark, witness, and ordered filed. Christian Court Order Book B, Part 2, Page 291, Christian Co. Family and Hist. Research Soc., Hopkinsville, Ky 42240, 1987. Manuscript preparation by James Taylor Killebrew.

3.  1790 Census.  Not found in NC or SC.  No TN or KY censuses taken.

4.  1800 Census.  Not found, but the TN and KY censuses were lost.

5.  1810 Census.  Not found, but the TN census was lost.

6.  Christian County, Kentucky.  Deed Book A, pp. 251-252 (typescript transcription courtesy of Myra Davis Dipple):
This indenture made this 22nd day of August One Thousand Eight Hundred between Ephraim Clark, Jun'r of the State of Tennessee, Montgomery County, Eldest son of Ephraim Clark, Sen'r formerly of Elizabeth Town and the State of East Jersey of the one part and John Clark of the the State of Kentucky, Christian County of the other part witnesseth that I the said Ephraim Clark, Jun'r hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargain and sell, alien, remise, convey and convirm and assign over all my rite and title to a house and lott and Salt Meadow in the East Jersey State and Town of Elizabeth that was left to my mother Elizabeth Lyon alias Clark, the wife of the aforesaid Ephraim Clark, Sen'r, and the heirs of her body by (Capt) Ebenezer Lyon by his last will and testament and recorded in the clerks office of Amboy and all other legacies heirship emoluments or dues of any kind left or owing to me in said East Jersey State for a certain sum of money to me in hand paid by the aoresaid John Clark the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, I do hereby warrent and forever defend the afore house and lott, and Salt Meadow, legacies, heirship, Emoluments and dues as aforesaid from myself my heirs Executors, administrators or assigns and from all and every person and manner of persons whatsoever claiming under me signed sealed and delivered in the presents of us the under subscribing witnesses, day and date above written.
Ephraim Clark
David Beatie
John Cearns
Samuel Baty

State of Kentucky

Christian County, this day personally came before me John Clark, Clerk, to said County Court the above and within named Ephraim Clark and acknowledged the within deed and bargained premises and legacies, heirships etc unto the within named John Clark as and for his Act and deed for the within mentioned purposes and thereupon a true copy was admitted to record in my office given under my hand this 22nd day of August 1800.

John Clark, CCCC

7.  Christian Co., KY, tax rolls (Heritage Quest Microfilm, V20-72; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Year District Dates of 
Persons Names 
Chargeable with
the Tax
A B C D E F Acres Watercourse In Whose Name
In Whose Name
In Whose Name
1st 2nd 3rd
1801 South Mar 23 Thompson Peter 1 - - -  6 - -
W F R River
W F R River
E Clark
P Thompson
Legend for numerical data [grey indicates that particular datum was not taken that year]:  A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20; C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses & Mares (gelded male horses and female horses); F = Stud Horses; 1st/2nd/3rd refers to 1st Rate, 2nd Rate, or 3rd Rate land.  Abbreviations:  W F R R = West Fork Red River
"E Clark" is almost certainly our subject.  Peter Thompson is the father of Thomas Thompson, who married Delilah Davis, granddaughter of Ephraim's brother, Col. Henry Clark.

8a.  A.B. Willhite.  [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1804-1809.  (self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):
Pg. in
Year Dist.* Last 
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
3 1804 South Clark Ephraim 1 - - - 2 - -
- 1805 - - -
- -
73 1806 South Clark Ephraim - - - - 2 - -
- 1807 - - - - - -
- - -
- 1808 - - - - - - - - - -
207 1809 East Clark Ephraim 1   - - 2 - -
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 and over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column not used in 1809)
C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses
*The county was divided into just two districts:  from 1804 to 1806, into North and South Districts; beginning in 1807, into East and West Districts.  The change in districts tells us that Ephraim was in the southeast quadrant of early Christian County, which later became the southwest quadrant of Todd Co. when it was formed in 1820. 
We know that Ephraim was exempted from paying a "county levy" in 1806, so it's understandable why there is no "male 21 or over" taxed in that year.   Don't know why he is not on the rolls in 1805, 1807, or 1808.

8b.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).  Ephraim Clark not found.

9.  Lon Arneld Bostick, Sr. & James Taylor Killebrew.  1985. County Court Order Book "A" for Christian County, Kentucky for the Years 21 March 1797 - 29 August 1805...  Christian County Genealogical Society (1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240).  On p. 32:
Pg. in
Book A
Date Motions
62 14 May 1806 Ephraim Clark exempted hereafter from paying a county Levy and from working on roads hereafter in Christian County.

10.  James Taylor Killebrew.  1987.  County Court Order Book "B" Part 2 for Christian County, Kentucky, for the years Nov. 1809 - 6 June 1814 for a County Court held at Town of Hopkinsville.  Christian County Family and History Research Society (4465 Cadiz Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240).  On p. 110:
Pg. in
Book B
Date Motions
291 11 Jan 1813 The last will and testament of Ephraim Clark, deceased, was exhibited in Court and proven by the oath of Isaac Clark a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be filed.
Isaac Clark was Ephraim's nephew.

11.  Brent Holcomb.  1977.  Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, Tryon County Wills & Estates.  Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC.  On p. 119:
Pp. Date Transaction
15 Mar 1783 ROBERT MONTGOMERY of 96th Dist., S. C. to HENRY CLARK of Rutherford Co., N. C., for £ 100 proc. money...land in Lincoln Co., on both sides Rudisells Creek, adj. RUDISELL, granted to WM. WYATT 29 Aug 1768...ROBERT MONTGOMERY (SEAL), ISBEL MONTGOMERY (mark) (SEAL), Wit:  EPHRAIM CLARK, JESSE CLARK (mark). Rec. Apr. term 1785.

12.  Willie Pauline Young, compiler.  1996.  Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds:  as on File in the Abbeville, South Carolina, Courthouse.  Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC (publication history obscured by current publisher; appears to have been originally published in 1950 by the compiler; was reprinted 1969 by Georgia Genealogical reprints, Vidalia, GA; republished 1977/82/95 by SHP).  On p. 413:
Will dated Mar. 20, 1785 in 96 Dist. Prov. Apr. 14, 1785. 
Exrs:  Henry Good, Ephraim Clark
Wit:  Hugh Taylor, Jesse Clark, Wm. Splean
Wife: Mary Little.  Chn:  Mary, Thos Little.

13.  Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr.  1989.  Some South Carolina County Records.  Vol. 2.  Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC (excerpts courtesy of Reneé Gore; boldface added by DGM).  On p. 513:
2-13-1787, Ephraim Clark and Mary, his wife, of 96 Dist., to John Bankhead, same place, for 178 pds, 15 shillings sterling, 200 acs. on south side of Broad River, bound by Adam Looney, Robert Good and the river.  Granted by patent to Zachariah Bullock on 4-20-1768, and conveyed by him to sd Ephraim Clark. Wit: Henry Good, Robert Good, John Adams.  No recording

14.  Mary Clark's web site:  Genealogy of the Clark Family.

15.  Email from Reneé Gore.

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