William Clark, Jr. (1846 - 1903)

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Birthplace: North Crawley, Buckingham, England
Death: Died in Saint Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1846 Buckinghamshire, England

Death: Feb. 9, 1903 Saint Charles Bear Lake County Idaho, USA

William Clark, Jr., was the son of William Clark Sr., and Catherine Fleet Sanders. He was born September 30 , 1846, at North Crawley, England. He married Martha Priscilla Barker, the daughter of Thomas Barker and Elizabeth Thompson She was born February 8, 1846, at Marston, England. After the birth of their first three children, Joseph, Mercy Ann, and William, the Clarks came to America. They had accepted the gospel taught to them by missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They left Liverpool, England, September 15, 1875. Liverpool to New York on the ship: Wyoming Arrival: 27 Sep 1875

Family links: Spouse: Martha Priscilla Barker Clark (1846 - 1929)* Burial: Saint Charles Cemetery Saint Charles Bear Lake County Idaho WILLIAM CLARK AND FAMILY by Muriel F. Clark William Clark, Jr., was the son of William Clark, Sr., and Catherine Fleet Sanders. He was born September 30, 1846, at North Crawley, England. He married Martha Priscilla Barker, the daughter of Thomas Barker and Elizabeth Thompson. She was born February 8, 1846, at Marston, England. After the birth of their first three children, Joseph, Mercy Ann, and William, the Clarks came to America. They had accepted the gospel taught to them by missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They left Liverpool, England, September 15, 1875. How glad they were when the ship arrived at its destination -- especially Martha Priscilla, as she had been very ill during the voyage. She was expecting her fourth child a girl who was born at St. Charles, Idaho, January 29, 1876. The baby was given her mother's name. They made their home in St. Charles. Three more children were born to them -- Josiah Henry, Elijah, and Samuel Elias. As the children grew up, they learned to work and to help supply food and clothing needed. In England, William had worked in a cut glass factory and also sold glassware. He also dealt with chinaware and was an expert in his knowledge of various types of china. He bought china for merchants. He worked in London, Bedfordshire, and Lancashire.. It was difficult for William to adjust to the type of work which he was obliged to do in America. He and his family made a living by fishing, hunting wild game, working for wages on farms, trapping in the winter, and feeding cattle. Williams's wife, Martha Priscilla, made and sold beautiful "English Pillow Lace" which she had learned to do in her native country. So perfect and beautiful was her work that she at one time had made lace for Queen Victoria of England. In later years the Clarks took up a 60-acre homestead at the northeast end of Bear Lake. Elijah and Josiah built a fence around the homesteaded area with some financial help from their older son, William. Josiah and Samuel built there a log cabin with one door, one window and a bed and stove. In these early days, money was scarce. Samuel Clark recalled taking eggs to town to trade for other foods, and also remembered the family paying their tithing in eggs. Elijah and Josiah Clark remembered shooting the geese and ducks for feed. The green heads of mallard ducks were saved and sold to make ladies' hats. People in Montpelier would order muskrat furs to make coats. The Clark boys could earn a bounty of 2 to 1 1/2 cents apiece for catching squirrels in their traps. Commercial fishing operations were first carried on by the early settlers of Bear Lake Valley during the 1880's. Fish were hauled by ox team, and later on with horses to Evanston, Wyoming, the nearest railroad station and town, a distance of approximately 75 miles. Fish were bartered for household goods and farm implements at first. Then late in the 80's and by 1890, fishermen started receiving money for their products. This was one of the relatively few sources of cash money in the Bear Lake area. The women took a part in this work by making the nets used. Amanda Clark, wife of Elijah Clark, recalls helping her Husband tie the nets. She remembers, too, that the Clark family gave away some of the suckers they caught to those with large families in need of food. The Clark family loved music and the young folks gathered at the Clark home to enjoy the music played there. Joseph played the accordion, Josiah played a guitar and young Samuel a mandolin. The guitar and mandolin had been ordered from Montgomery Wards. When each had arrived, a boy rode bareback on the little gray mare, Nellie, from St. Charles to Montpelier, a distance of 18 miles, and then rode home with great joy in his heart, carrying the precious boxed instrument. A great day arrived in the Clark home when a six octave Windsor organ arrived form Mongomery Ward after it had been ordered my young William Clark. Priscilla took twelve lessons on the organ and then got married. There were twelve lessons left in the course, and Samuel, the youngest, had the privilege of finishing out the lessons given by Mrs. Luanna Booth Pugmire. Samuel later studied at the Chicago Musical College, and graduated from the New England Conservatory at Boston. He spent his life teaching music at Logan, Utah. He taught many of the college students attending the A.C., there. He taught his students more than music. Each one felt the strength of his character and the goodness which radiated from his warm personality. He brought much joy to others through his talent. He was married to Ida Charlotte Anderson and they had one child, Ida Marie. The oldest son, Joseph, was married to Laura Ann Larsen and they had the following children Laura Ann, Joseph Eugene, Winnie Eulila, Florence Natalie, Della Vernice, Rosella Maria, Alan Jospeh, and Calmar Willilam. Joseph was successful in his chosen work in the fishing industry. He operated fish hatcheries in various parts of the state, finally settling at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he managed the fish hatchery there. Joseph was a man of outstanding character -- well-read, and a deep thinker. The second son, William, followed farming as his occupation. He took great pride in his work and especially in the growing of beautiful sweet peas and luscious strawberries. Will also spent a good share of his time working on a mine located northwest of St. Charles. William had a brilliant mind. Through correspondence courses, he attained an education. Josiah also became a tiller of the soil and remained in St. Charles. He also took great pride in raising the finest and the best of whatever he chose to plant. Josiah loved the great out-of-doors. He loved to hunt with his old Winchester, Model 1873, "the gun that won the west." The greater part of his life was spent alone because his wife, Ida Marie Nelson, passed away after their second child was born. He was the father of one girl and one boy -- Patience and Carl. Elijah Clark worked hard as a young man. He had a great desire to accomplish the high goals he set. He attended school for a time at the Utah State Agricultural College at Logan. Following his marriage to Amanda Sabra Adams, Elijah did construction work on the Oneida Irrigation Canal. Following this, they spent two years at St. Charles, where two children were born to them. -- Theron and Monta. In 1906 they moved to Riverdale, Idaho. Two lovely daughters added love and spice to the William Clark family. the elder, Mercy Ann, was a great help to her mother. She was always a willing worker. When she married albert Lindsay and had her own home, she displayed her talent of being a good homemaker and a good mother to her seven lovely children Priscilla, Iris, Virginia, Lionel, Stanley, Orville, and Emerson. When her mother was left a widow, she had great concern for her showing great love and kindness by her frequent visits. Mercy Ann lost her sight in later years and suffered much before her death. The younger daughter, Martha Priscilla, was a beautiful girl. She was blessed with charm, wit, and humor, which gave her the ability to be at ease conversing with anyone. She was self-educated, had studied Shakespear's work, and other great literature. She and her husband, Howard Groo, were the parents of four children Winston, Oral, Hortense, and Helen. William Clark, father of this family, passed away on February 19, 1903. William's good wife lived on as a window for nearly 27 years after her husband's death. She carried on taking added responsibilities. Along with these, she continued to make beautiful lace. Her life came to an end November 29, 1929, at St. Charles, Idaho

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William Clark, Jr.'s Timeline

1846
September 30, 1846
North Crawley, Buckingham, England
1866
July 2, 1866
Age 19
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
October 31, 1866
Age 20
Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire, England
1871
June 4, 1871
Age 24
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
1873
January 8, 1873
Age 26
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
1875
January 29, 1875
Age 28
St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho
September 15, 1875
Age 28
Liverpool, Lancashire, England

On steamship "Wyoming"

September 27, 1875
Age 28
New York, New York, USA
1877
September 23, 1877
Age 30
1878
February 16, 1878
Age 31
St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho