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CLARK Family of Louisville
John CLARK & Anne ROGERS and Their Descendants
|Source: Kathleen Jennings. 1920. Louisville's First Families: a Series of Genealogical Sketches. The Standard Printing Co., Publishers, Louisville, KY (online at Ancestry.com).|
KENTUCKY is justly famed for her hospitality, but an incident of inhospitality in a pioneer home on the Ohio river near Carrollton is the basis of an interesting anecdote for the descendants of John and Anne Rogers Clark, who emigrated from Virginia in 1784 to take up their residence at the Falls of the Ohio, where a home, "Mulberry Hill," had been made ready for them by their son, Gen. George Rogers Clark. Mr. and Mrs. Clark, their children and servants, escaped death at the hands of Indians when Mrs. Elliott, the wife of a Capt. Elliott, who had frequently been a guest at the Clark home in Caroline county, Va., failed to extend the courtesy of her house and board to them on March 3, 1785, as they voyaged down the Ohio.
The Clarks had apprised Capt. Elliott of their plans to journey to the new settlement, and had been urged by him to visit his home and to become acquainted with his wife and young daughter, of whom they had so often heard him speak. Although they left Virginia in October, owing to the bad condition of the roads, the inclemency of the weather, and the obstructions in
|the Monongahela, it was March when the party in boats arrived at
the mouth of the Kentucky. John Clark and one of his men landing,
went ahead to announce to Capt. Elliott the arrival fo the party.
was greeted by Mrs. Elliott, who told of her husband's absence on
a hunting trip. Abashed at the coolness of his reception
joined the travel-worn party in the boats and proceeded to Fort Nelson,
where they were welcomed by the settlers.
Hardly had the Clarks resumed their journey before Indians on the war-path attacked the Elliott cabin, killing and scalping Capt. Elliott's brother, who, with several of is workmen, arrived immediately after Clark's departure to be mortified that his sister-in-law had not dispensed hospitality to the travelers. Mrs. Elliott and her daughter made a miraculous escape from the cabin to the river bank, unseen by the savages. They were joined by Capt. Elliott, who, returning unexpectedly, saw the warriors' canoes on the river and his home in flames. The Elliotts, haivng rescued the body of their kinsman from the ruins, embarked to seek security at Fort Nelson, where they were comforted and befriended, first of all, by the Clarks.
Mrs. offered excuses for her inhospitality, relating her confusion at the thought of receiving the Clarks in her crude frontier dwelling, know-
|ing as she did the style and comfort of their life in Virginia,
explaining that in years she had not seen any white persons save the members
of her own family, that she was overcome with embarrassment at the encounter.
She assured Mrs. Clark that the latter owed her life and that of
her family to this breach of courtesy.
The pioneers John and Anne Rogers Clark had ten children, six sons, five of whom were officers in the Revolutionary war, the sixth being too young to serve; four daughters, two of whom married officers, and two soldiers in the Continental army.
Gen. George Rogers Clark, whose history-making career is too well known to be repeated here, had been in Louisville long enough to change his residence several times before his parents decided to join him, having moved with the first settler families from Corn Island in 1779 to a fort at the foot of Twelfth street, and in 1782 to Fort Nelson, built by the troops on the north side of Main street, between Sixth and Eighth.
"Mulberry Hill," a fine estate two miles east of the city limits, boasted a spacious double-log house, with a wide hall through the center. There were four large square rooms, porches and store rooms, with the kitchen in a separate building some distance from the house and near the spring.
|Gen. Jonathan Clark, who came to Louisville years later
than the other members of the family, had married Sarah Hite in
Virginia. He built a home at "Trough Spring," east of Mulberry Hill.
The Bernheim place, Shadyside, and the old Richardson place are part of
his farm. A French cabinetmaker came from New Orleans to make the
furniture for his use. His daughter, Anna Clark, who married
Anderson Pearce, came into possession of "Trough Spring" and used it
as a country house, her home in town being on the River front. When
old Fort Nelson was razed and the property sold, Pearce bought the
land and erected a brick dwelling with an iron veranda, at what is now
the corner of Seventh and Water. This home, in which the Pearce
children were born, was torn down when the property again changed hands,
and the Burge home was built there.
James Pearce, who was a Virginian, a man of affairs and considerable means, presented the river frontage before his home, the two blocks of Water street and wharf, to the city, making a proviso in the deed which brought an interesting suit in 1880. In that year the C. & O. railroad attempted to obtain a right of way for a line along the river front and was bitterly opposed by merchants of the city who protested that the buisness on the wharf would be ruined by
|this arrangement. A number of indignation meetings were held,
attended by business men of Louisville. Temple Bodley, a young
lawyer in those days, a grandson of James Pearce, was approached
by a committee of merchants to ask his mother, Mrs. William S. Bodley,
to file a suit to prevent this use of her father's gift, for they had found
the old deed which provided that if the city permitted any building, etc.,
to be erected, obstructing the view of the Ohio river from the donor's
home, garden or vineyard, the property should revert to the heirs.
Mrs. Bodley brought the suit and an injunction was granted.
There are no descendants of Gen. George Rogers Clark in Louisville, for that distinguished member of the Clark family was never marreid.
Gen. Jonathan Clark and his wife, Sarah Hite, had seven children, three of whom have descendants in the city. Their eldest daughter, Eleanor Eltinge Clark, married Dr. Benjamin Temple, the prominent Methodist minister, and their family also was a large one. Their son, John B. Temple, whose third wife was Blandina Brodhead, was a prominent banker and man of affairs in Frankfort and later in Louisville, being president of the Mutual Life Insurance Company. His widow made her home in Louisville with her daughters, Mary Temple (Mrs. R.A. Robinson) and Annie Temple, her death
|taking place last year. Another daughter is Blandina
(Mrs. William Griffiths).
Ann Clark, the third daughter of Gen. Jonathan Clark, married James Anderson Pearce, and to them eight children were born. Their son, Edmund Pearce, who married Myra Steele, was the father of Amelia Neville Pearce, who became the wife of George Weissinger, and of John C. Pearce, who married Susannah Steele. Mrs. Frank Snead, Mrs. Nolan Milton and John Clark Pearce are the children of John and Susannah Pearce, Ellen Pearce married the lawyer, Judge William S. Boddley, and was the mother of eleven children, of whom the following survive: Martha and Ann Jane Bodley, who live together on Fourth street; William Stewart Bodley, and Temple Bodley, who married Edith Fosdick.
Dr. William Clark, the son of Gen Jonathan Clark, married Frances Ann Tompkins. He inherited the Mulberry Hill home of John and Anne Rogers Clark from his father and in turn bequeathed it to his daugther, Mary, who married Dr. George E. Cooke, and Eugenia and Eliza Clark, who never married.
Dr. Clark's daughter Ellen married Newton Milton, of Memphis, and her death occurred not long ago at the home of ther grandson, Karl Jungbluth, Jr., in Garvin Place. William Clark mar-
|ried Annie Bailey, and was the father of Kate Clark,
now Mrs. John C. Doolan, and of Louise Clark, Mrs. Harry
Whitaker, of Wheeling, West Virginia.
Ann Clark, eldest daughter of John Clark, married Owen Gwathmey, and was the mother of eleven children. There are a number of her descendants in Kentucky. Samuel Gwathmey...
|Elizabeth Clark married Col. Richard Clough Anderson,
who settled here in 1738...
|... [more on the ANDERSONs]
|Lucy Clark, another daughter of John and Anne Rogers
Clark, married Major William Croughan, who had located in Louisville
as early as 1782. Their home was "Locust Grove," the scene of generous
hospitality. Here Lucy Croughan's brother, Gen. George
Rogers Clark, died and was buried in the old family burying ground.
Fanny Clark, the youngest of the four sisters, was married three times. The sons of her first husband, Dr. James O'Fallon, removed to St. Louis. Her seocnd marriage was to Capt. Charles Minn Thruston...
After Capt. Thruston's death, his widow married Judge Dennis Fitzhugh...
|William Clark, the youngest son, referred to above as too
young to fight in the Revolution, was the explorer of the Lewis and Clark
expedition from the Mississippi to the Pacific, 1804-06. He was afterward
Governor of Missouri.
Gov. William Clark married Julia Hancock, of Fincastle, Va., and his son, Meriwether Lewis Clark, married Abigail Prather Churchill, of Louisville. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., who mar-
|ried Mary Martin Anderson, spent a number of years in Louisville. He was one of the incorporators and the first president of the Louisville Jockey Club in 1875 when the first Kentucky Derby was run, and served as a judge at the track long after the club changed ownership.|
|Family Group Sheet of John CLARK & Anne ROGERS|
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