|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1835|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 1922|
Thomas died at his daughter's home in Crystal Plains, Smith County, Kansas.
Marriage; 12 Feb 1872, Decatur, Macon co., Illinois to Mrs. Susan (Stoops)Strode.
Thomas arrived N.Y. in 1855 after his parents died,
Thomas was in 17th N.Y. Vol. Inf.CO. C (Civil War) which he enlisted on 20 May 1861. He was naturalized at Decatur, Macon co., Illinois in 1864.
Thomas Clark was born of English parentage at Cheapside, England June 12, 1835.
The Challenge to the land of promise and big opporunity to America, then in its development, was too great to be successfully resisted, and in 1855, at the age 20 yrs old, he came to her shores to cast his fortune with her future history.
When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the 17th New York Volunteer Infantry, choosing to do his share in preserving the liberty he had come to seek. He was mustered out of this organization in 1863, and then re-enlisted and remained a soldier to the end of the war.
The distance and circumstances of his youth had closed effecitually the door to his youth and its surroundings and friends. The information here was best given by quoting from an affidavit made by him in later life, concerning the excat age and other incidents of his youth, in the affidavit we read the following interesting paragraph;
"that I am unable to furnish any public records or a family record showing the date of my birth, and state the following reasons; first, I was born in England, and after both of my parents died, I came to the United States of America in 1855, as I now recollect, bringing with me some of the family tokens, among which was the family bible, in which my parents had the record of the births and death of the family. I was youngest child, and at the time I enlisted in Said Company C aforesaid, I had the Bible and other tokens with me in the service and the same was lost and destroyed at the time our company was pursuing the enemy between Fortress Monroe and Harrison's landing....I am unable to give the date, but in the pursuit I was on detail with the wagon train, about the middle of the day, the train stopped to rest and we all laid down our knapsacks, and rested. When orders were given to proceed, mine with several others were missing, in which I was carrying the Bible and other tokens, and I have never found nor seen it since."
Other paragraph "From this bible I obtained my age at the time of enlistment, which was on the 20th of May, A.D. 1861. And my age is so recorded on my original discharge as well as on the rolls which were given me and taken from the record in said Bible."
A striking example of his affection, was shown in later life he sought his sister and finding her in illness health, he brought her to his home and cared for her till her death. After the war Thomas settled in Illinois, He met Mrs Susan (Stoops) Strode, she was widower with 5 young children with no husband/father to support family as Susan's first husband John Nelson Strode died in 1869. Thomas and Susan were married on February 12th, 1872, he proved through the trying years of long pioneer life, an unselfish benefactor; a loving husband and a devoting father. To this union 2 daughters were born in Illinois (Mary Lethey and Arrena). The whole family moved to Smith County, Kansas in 1875 and homesteaded in Crystal Plains and has been resided there ever since. Mrs Susan Clark has passed away on April 17, 1911. In the infirmity of his advancing years he made home with his daughter Arrena and her family whose ministry of loves left nothing undone for his comfort and ease.
Mr Thomas Clark was of striking personality, vital and virgorous..of honestality, vital and vigorous of cheerful disposition, he made friends everywhere he was known..He was honest, industrious and religious. Having joined the church more than forty years ago, he ever remained a true to her teachings of life and faith. He moved his letter, several years ago from the Methodist Protestant church of his pioneer day to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Smith Center. He maintained marvelous vitality for one of his age, due largely no doubt, to the fine spirit of optimsim and enthusiam which characterized his life. Neither did peevishness show itself with illness. He never thought in terms of what others owed to him, but always longed to be no burden to those to which service for him was the finest expression of their regards and loves for him. The approach of his death was met with faith and fortitude. He grieved not to go. And should he? He had done well a full day's work, and there awaited him the reward of faith and service.
Thomas quietly slipped away on December 27th, 1922 as he had often longed to go quietly without struggle. He was 87 years, 6 months and 15 days of age. Besides the daughter, Mrs Arrena Hammond, Robert G Strode, Mrs Adda Belle Prosser and Mrs Nellie Frost and Mrs Georgeanna Allen. The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal Church in Smith Center, Smith county, Kansas. The G.A.R. and the Woman's Relief Corps were presented. Thomas is buried with his wife Susan at Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, Kansas.
Susan Ann Stoops Clark (1829 - 1911)
Mary Lethey Clark (1872 - 1877)*
Arrena Clark Hammond (1874 - 1960)*
Plot: Blk 4; Sec A; Row 5
Created by: Karen
Record added: Dec 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62840350
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Thanks for your services for our Country. May God be with you always. 2 Grt Grandfather|
Added: Jan. 8, 2011