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Dorcas Cynthia "Jennie" Higley Clark
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Birth: Dec. 2, 1843
Port Leyden
Lewis County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 1864
Virginia City
Madison County
Montana, USA

Jennie was the eight of 11 children in a Mormon family fleeing persecution. Her parents are listed in ordinance records of Nauvoo Temple, and several of her sibling were born in Bentonsport, Iowa. The family arrived in Salt Lake in 1851, and later moved to Mountain Green, Morgan County.

Johnston's army was camped near Salt Lake about this time, and many army boys met Mormon girls. There were marriages from these meetings, and its probable that Dorcas met Leonidas (Lee) Clark while he was stationed with Federal troops. Lee was not a soldier but worked as an army teamster according to Granddaughter Amy Arave Fielding. Jennie and Lee married on October 1, 1860, in Denver (part of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory at the time.) From there, they proceeded to meet Lee's brother John who lived in Council Bluffs, IA. On August 24, 1861, son Frank was born in Council Bluffs. Then daughter Ida was born in Denver on February 4, 1864.

Lee continued to work as a teamster, supplying frontier towns with goods and miners with needed supplies. He may have done some mining, but his main work was as a teamster. Sometime in 1864, with their two young children, they moved to Virginia City, Montana, to work the Gold Rush. Stopping in Utah on the way, they borrowed a horse from the Higleys.

After arriving in Montana, Jennie fell ill with Typhoid Fever. She appeared to recover, so Lee went to Utah for a load of supplies and return the borrowed horse to the Higleys. He hurried to make the trip before snowfall. Returning from Utah there appeared an unexplainable light in front of Lee's horses on several occasions, and he felt something had happened to his wife. Jennie had tried to eat a peach and died as a result on October 10, 1864, just hours before Lee's return.

Lee had promised to take the children to the Higleys. He boarded the stage coach for Utah as soon as possible with three year old Frank and eight month old Ida. The stage encountered a severe snow storm with deep drifts near Pocatello in the Bannock Mountains. The weather was bitter cold, and Lee froze his fingers trying to thaw food on little fires. Eventually, the driver was forced to unhook the horses and burn the stage coach to keep them all from freezing. Men passengers told Lee to throw Ida in a snow bank because she would not survive. Lee packed Frank in blankets and placed Ida between pillows and successfully brought his children to the Higley home in Mountain Green.

Family links: 
  Myron Spencer Higley (1801 - 1887)
  Priscilla Ebberson Higley (1799 - 1892)
  Leonidas Clark (1836 - 1913)
  Frank Clark (1861 - 1948)*
  Ida Clark Arave (1864 - 1956)*
  Clarissa Higley Martin (1829 - 1873)*
  George Washington Higley (1831 - 1905)*
  Adelia Higley Bybee (1836 - 1921)*
  Abigail Higley Wadsworth (1838 - 1928)*
  Dorcas Cynthia Higley Clark (1843 - 1864)
  Mary Jane Higley Hardy (1847 - 1934)*
  Elizabeth Ann Higley Clark (1850 - 1926)*
  Myron Spencer Higley (1853 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Virginia City Cemetery
Virginia City
Madison County
Montana, USA
Created by: Ellis & Lynn
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64650678
Dorcas Cynthia Jennie <i>Higley</i> Clark
Added by: Dorothy Liss
Dorcas Cynthia Jennie <i>Higley</i> Clark
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