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Dr John Robert Clark
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1811
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 2, 1870
Union Parish
Louisiana, USA

Dr. John R. Clark, born April 11, 1811 in South Carolina, was the son of William Clark (1782-1859) and Judith Craddock Clark (1787-1856). John's parents settled in Chambers County, Alabama in 1843, and remained there until their deaths. In 1833, John R. Clark married Martha Edmunds in Newton County, Georgia. Dr. Clark became a physician and settled at Double Cabins, Henry County, Georgia, where he lived for many years and practiced medicine. Prior to the 1860 Census, he moved to northern Louisiana, settling first in Claiborne Parish, but then to Shiloh in Union Parish. Here he was also engaged in farming and the mercantile business. By the end of the War Between the States, he was practically wiped out financially and had lost both his sons. He died December 2, 1870, and in five short years had accumulated an estate of over $100,000 (Union Parish, LA Estate Files). Dr. Clark is buried at Shiloh Cemetery.

His wife Martha Edmunds Clark, was the daughter of William Edmunds and was born in Georgia ca. 1815. While on a visit to her daughter Charlotte E. Shaw in Opelika, Lee County, Alabama, she died on November 4, 1890. She was buried somewhere in the vicinity of Opelika but her grave is not located.
1840 Laurens County, SC Census:

John Clark

Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 10: 2
Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1
Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 4

Total Free White Persons: 9
Total Slaves: 5
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 14
1850 Henry County, (Dist. 42) GA Census:


Jno. R. Clark 39M Physician R$5,000 Born SC
Martha Clark 35F Born GA
W. J. Clark 16M Born GA
J. T. Clark 13M Born GA
M. C. Clark 12F Born GA
M. A. Clark 9F Born GA
J. C. Clark 6F Born GA
C. E. Clark 3F Born GA
Presley Burditt 36M Born SC
1860 Union Parish, LA Census:


J. R Clark 49M Medical Doctor R$6,000 *P$52,665 Born SC
Martha Clark 44F Born GA
W. J. Clark 27M Farmer P$2,600 Born GA
T. J. Clark 24M Merchant P$2,600 Born GA
G. A. Clark 20F Housekeeper Born GA
J. C. Clark 16F Born GA
C. E. Clark 14F Born GA
Wm. Edmunds 52M Mechanic Born GA
D. W. Fuller 34M Gentleman R$2,760 P$7,560 Born AL(?)
J. J. Bowls 23M Medical Doctor P$625 Born GA

*Slave Property Value
Union Parish, (Ward No. 4) LA Census:


John R. Clark 59M Retail Merchant R$1,900 P$300 Born SC
Martha Clark 55F Keeping House Born GA
Sharlott Clark 20F Born GA
William Barron 14M Born GA
John R. Higgins 21M Clerk in Store Born GA(?)
A letter written by Dr. John R. Clark of Union Parish, Louisiana to his younger brother James Edwin Clark of Cherokee County, Texas:

Shiloh, La.
November 3, 1866

Dear Brother,

I once more have taken my pen in hand to address you a few lines. I write in the first place to inform you that we are all in the enjoyment of good health and sincerely hope this may find you and family enjoying the same inestimable blessings. I have of course nothing else good to communicate, as we failed in our efforts for independence, we must now submit with the best grace we can to all the hardships and degradation that the United States Government and their officials may think proper to heap on us. I look for nothing good or even generous, but should it turn out otherwise I shall be agreeably disappointed. I consider that I am a great sufferer by the War having lost both my sons and nearly all my property, yet I have no fears that with ordinary luck I shall be able to make a support for myself and family, if I can only be permitted to keep the proceeds of my labor and am not robbed of it by the taxation, confiscation and other rascally schemes of the radical government of Thad Stevens, Sumner & Co. I hope and believe that such a government will be of short duration and that I may yet live to see a better time. I have left my plantation and have gone back to Shiloh to sell goods and practice Physic. I commenced selling goods here the 4th of last March and have sold from 10 to 12 Thousand dollars worth and if I can only have good luck in making collections, think I will be able to do well in the business. I bought my stock in New Orleans for cash and have sold down to a small remanent. I have now ordered some fall goods from New York and expect them soon, after which I think I can sell very fast at least for awhile. I think I will hereafter buy my goods in New York, and if so will probably go on there soon after Christmas to buy my Spring stock.

I got a letter from Sister *Charlotte not long since, she is in very bad health and don't think she can live long. She states that the doctors think that she has consumption and if so she can never know health. She is of course in very destitute condition having almost nothing to live on, and without assistance probably have to suffer for the necessities of life. She speaks of trying to come to this country and is anxious to live near me. If she can get here I will of course do all I can for her, notwithstanding I already have a heavy charge on my hands, in the way of my own children and grandchildren, four of whom are orphans and solely dependent on me.

I now wish to enjoin it upon you to look into the condition of Charlotte's business in Texas and let me know as soon as possible what can be done for her there. Get some man who is competent to assist you in this matter and give me a report of the condition of the whole matter.

If she can get her just dues it would probably help her a good deal, and you may depend she needs it. I intend to try to arrange my business so as to come out next Spring and look after her interest but as you are there and can with little trouble ascertain the situation of her business, I hope you can do so and let me know immediately. If it becomes necessary to employ a lawyer get a good honest one that will have some sympathy for the widows and orphans. Now in conclusion I insist on you having this matter looked into as soon as possible and write me what can be done.

My wife and children join me in love to you, your wife and children. Tell **Pat that the boys that are akin to me must be good boys, but the rest may go it, and say to ***Judith that when she marries be sure to marry an honest, sober, good man and one that has good sense and industry to make a good living that I hope and trust she may do well. Hoping to hear from you soon I remain your loving brother till death farewell.

John R. Clark.

*Sister Charlotte is Charlotte Susan Clark Henry, widow of Hugh L.W. Henry.

**Pat is James Clark's son.

***Judith is James Clark's daughter.
Family links: 
  William Clark (1782 - 1859)
  Judith Craddock Clark (1787 - 1856)
  Martha Edmunds Clark (1815 - 1890)*
  William J. Clark (1834 - ____)*
  John Thomas Clark (1836 - ____)*
  Mary C. Clark Barham Simmons (1838 - ____)*
  Martha Adeline Clark Moore (1840 - 1880)*
  Judith Caroline Clark Moore (1844 - 1916)*
  Charlotte E. Clark Shaw (1846 - ____)*
  Thomas Craddock Clark (1807 - ____)*
  Robert Archer Clark (1809 - ____)*
  John Robert Clark (1811 - 1870)
  William Thomas Clark (1813 - 1895)*
  Adaline Craddock Clark Higgins (1815 - 1901)*
  Harriette Kilgore Clark McIntosh (1817 - ____)*
  Mary Ann Clark Magbee (1819 - ____)*
  James Edwin Clark (1821 - 1886)*
  Elizabeth Green Clark Parker (1823 - ____)*
  Judith Caroline Clark Phillips (1825 - 1906)*
  Martha Katherine Clark Jordan (1828 - ____)*
  Charlotte Susan Clark Wise (1830 - 1900)*
*Calculated relationship
Shiloh Cemetery
Union Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Churchwell
Record added: Jan 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33292824
Dr John Robert Clark
Added by: Churchwell
Dr John Robert Clark
Added by: Churchwell
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In Memoriam.
- Don Clark
 Added: Oct. 10, 2012
Rest in peace.
- Bonnie Morris Conrad
 Added: Feb. 17, 2011

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