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Harriet Clark (Kennerly)

Also Known As: "Harriet (Kennerly)", "Radford", "Clark"
Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: VA, United States
Death: December 25, 1831 (43)
Immediate Family:

Wife of John Radford and Capt. William Clark
Mother of Mary Kearny; Adm. William Radford; Jefferson Kearny Clark; Harriet Clark and Edmond Clark

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About Harriet Clark

Note - Lucy Clark's first cousin.

Courtship and marriage - Clark married Julia Hancock on January 5, 1808, at Fincastle, Virginia, and they had five children:[11] Meriwether Lewis Clark, Sr. (1809-1881) named after his friend Meriwether Lewis; William Preston Clark (1811-1840); Mary Margaret Clark (1814-1821); George Rogers Hancock Clark (1816-1858), named after Clark's older brother; and John Julius Clark (1818-1831). After Julia's death in 1820, Wm. Clark married her first cousin Harriet Kennerly Radford, and they had three children: Jefferson Kearny Clark (1824-1900); Edmund Clark (1826-1827); and Harriet Clark (dates unknown; died as child). His second wife died in 1831.

After William Clark's 1st wife Julia died in 1820 he married her 1st cousin, Harriet.


Like Clark, Harriet had come to know sorrow. She had been married at age 18 to John Radford, an aspiring doctor. In something of a break from tradition, Radford was about Harriet’s age. The two had three childen and appeared poised for a long and happy marriage when Radford met with an unthinkable hazard of pioneer life: he was attacked and killed by a wild hog while traveling through the Kentucky wilderness. Harriet had moved to St. Louis to live with a brother, where she and Clark met again. They were married in late 1821.

Clark seems to have been both a good judge of women and an affable, easy-to-get-along-with man, for again all accounts indicate that he and Harriet had a happy marriage in spite of the trials and sorrows of life, which included some hard blows indeed: Mary Margaret, Clark’s daughter by Julia, died at the age of seven, and Julius died at the age of thirteen. William and Harriet had two sons together. Jefferson was healthy and strong, but Edmund died when only a year old.

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Harriet Clark's Timeline

July 25, 1788
VA, United States
Age 20
Fincastle Botetourt County Virginia
March 5, 1812
Age 23
Age 35
Age 37
Age 39
December 25, 1831
Age 43