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Robert Clark Lane

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Mt. Healthy, Hamilton Co., Ohio, United States
Death: September 4, 1907 (84)
Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Indiana
Place of Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, near Mt. Healthy, Hamilton Co., Ohio
Immediate Family:

Son of John Lane and Rosana Lane
Husband of Sallie Corriell Lane and Augusta Swift Wood
Father of Ella C. Lane; Frank Lane; Harry O. Lane; J. Edgar Lane; Jacob C. Lane and 4 others
Brother of Aaron Van Doren Lane; Abram Crum Lane; Daughter Lane; Garret L. Lane; George Lane and 6 others

Occupation: Started in smithing business at 16. After his failed partnership in Dayton, Clark returned to Hamilton where after years of trials he eventually became a very successful businessman in smithing and manufacturing of machinery. "The climax of our business
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About Clark Lane

A native of Hamilton County, Clark Lane was born 5 April 1823, the son of John and Rosanah Lane. He was born in a one-room log cabin on the farm of his parents. The property at the junction of Hamilton Avenue and Mill Road was still in family hands at the time of his death in 1907. His parents had come to Ohio from New Jersey in 1793 and settled 10 miles north of Cincinnati. According to a page compiled from a Lane family Bible, he was named Robert Clark Lane, but the first name was seldom if ever used.

Clark was a Hamilton industrialist and philanthropist. Lane, who first came to the Butler County area at age twenty-one as a blacksmith.

See the website of the Lane Libraries for much more about the biography of this abolitionist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.

"Clark Lane's determined belief on slavery, the burning issue of its time, was shared by other members of the Lane family. According to One Square Mile, a history published by the Mt. Healthy Historical Society in 1992, the Lane home was said to be a station on the so-called “underground railroad.” Feelings ran so high in Mt. Healthy that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) closed its doors for five years over the question of slavery."

"...There is evidence that the Lane home was a stop on the Underground Railroad that helped slaves to freedom prior to the Civil War..."

" 1844 there was a presidential election: James K.Polk, Henry Clay and James G. Birney, the latter being the Liberty Party candidate, who advocated abolition. Clark Lane recorded that he was a confirmed abolitionist since the age of 16. “Day following said election the smoke and flame and cursings of pro-slavery wrath burst upon me with such threatening of violence... that my contract though but half done had to be abandoned....” In Hamilton, or more specifically, the town of Rossville, he was denounced as “an abolitionist, an idiot, fool and traitor to his country.” He decided to seek opportunities and residence elsewhere and booked passage for Dayton, Ohio..."

..."I was an abolitionist, I voted for Birney, the abolition candidate," Lane recalled in an 1892 interview. "Next morning, Brown (the wagon maker) came into the shop, and in language more forcible than polite, told me, that no abolitionist should work in his shop."


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Clark Lane's Timeline

April 4, 1823
United States
Age 20
Age 20
October 12, 1846
Age 23
November 20, 1846
Age 23
- 1876
Age 22
Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio
January 14, 1849
Age 25
December 31, 1850
Age 27
August 18, 1853
Age 30
Hamilton Co., Ohio