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Rev Elijah Henry Clarke
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Birth: Dec. 13, 1835
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 1898
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

Rev Elijah Clarke, 1st married Mary Jane Burdette, about 1857 in GA. They had 5 known children; William Henry, Mary Melinda, Benjamin Burdette, Alice Moore, and Albert Andrew Clarke.

After Mary's death about 1870, he married 2nd to Martha America "Mattie" White, 17 Dec, 1871, Dekalb Co GA. Tey had 7 known children; Nancy Pearl, Robert Melville, Charles Eugene, James David, Julia Anne, Ruth, and Frank Kirby Clarke.

Rev Elijah was the son of Rev William Henry & Melinda Poe [Kirby] Clarke. The grandson of William & Lucy Ann [Ligon] Clarke.

From a descendant of Rev Elijah, Donald Clarke writes the following Bio on his ancestor: (edited)

Rev Elijah Henry Clarke was the son of Rev William H & Melinda [Kirby] Clarke. His father was born in Cumberland Co VA in 1804, and he and his wife then moved to Dekalb Co GA by 1844. He became the minister at Ebenezer Methodist Church, and later, minister at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Dekalb Co GA.

He was the representative for DeKalb County in the Georgia House of Representatives.

A worshipful master of the Masons Pythagoras Lodge 41 in Decatur.

After the Civil War, he had considerable land holdings, in Decatur and Dekalb Counties.

Civil War Service:
He achieved the rank of Captain of Company D of the 42nd Georgia Volunteer Regiment in the Confederate Army, and fought in the Battle of Atlanta and in battles in Mississippi, Alabama and North Carolina, where his unit surrendered with Johnston's Army at the end of the conflict, in North Carolina.

Merchant Business:
E H Clarke had a store in the Snapfinger area, which went bankrupt. He had a sawmill later and is said to have built the communion rail at Wesley Chapel Church, demolished in 2010.

The Georgia State Archives has a picture of Elijah when he first enlisted as a solider, in the confederacy, and also a photo of him, when he worked for the Hapeville Trolley Line in Fulton Co GA between 1913 and 1917. Believe these pictures can be accessed online at the Archives.
 (bio by: Mike White) 
Family links: 
  Martha America White Clarke (1848 - 1936)*
  William H Clarke (1858 - 1922)*
  Mary Melinda Clarke White (1859 - 1928)*
  Benjamin Burdette Clarke (1862 - 1923)*
  Alice M Clarke Gibbs (1867 - 1931)*
  Albert Andrew Clarke (1869 - 1926)*
  Nancy Pearl Clarke Fortune (1872 - 1964)*
  Frank Kirby Clarke (1884 - 1953)*
*Calculated relationship
Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Confederate
Originally Created by: Family Tree Shaker
Record added: Mar 01, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7221267
Rev Elijah Henry Clarke
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Rev Elijah Henry Clarke
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Rev Elijah Henry Clarke
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With Honor and Respect today on the 150th anniversary of the end of the War of Northern Aggression, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
- Birdgirl
 Added: Apr. 9, 2015
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten!
- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Feb. 13, 2015

- Birdgirl
 Added: Jan. 15, 2015
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