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Elizabeth "Eliza" Thompson Clark
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Birth: Jul. 14, 1859
Quebec, Canada
Death: May 26, 1930
Burleigh County
North Dakota, USA

John Clark Spent Years
as Rancher and Board Official

Clark, John, spent his life as farmer & rancher. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. On October 19, 1875, he married Elizabeth "Eliza" Thompson of Valcartier, Quebec Province, Canada. In 1880, Mr. Clark came to Bismarck. Mrs. Clark with 2 small children arrived 6 months later. Mrs. Clark, a member of the Presbyterian Church, was always willing to lend a helping hand to neighbors & others -- a trait of the pioneers. She bore 9 children, John (1883-1884); Andrew (1890-1897); Eleanor Suverly, Mandan, formerly of Livona (1876-1939), raised a family of 10 children; Janie Lee of Rapid City, SD, 4 sons (a grandson studying for the ministry); Curtis Clark of Buffalo, SD, married Sarah Smith & they have 9 children; Susan McDonnell, 413 Second St., Bismarck, 1 daughter Eliza Yvonne, now Mrs. W.W. Donaldson, who resides in Bismarck. Leslie married Gladys Doehle & lives on the old homestead, & they have 1 son, Wayne, a student at Bismarck High School; Mamie Clark, now of Hazelton, Eliza O'Callaghan, Hazelton, has 2 sons, both veterans of World War II & her eldest son, Garry, is serving as Veterans Service officer at Linton (also farming) & James is attending Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.

Mr. Clark on his arrival at Bismarck worked 3 months for Dan Manning & for Frank Donnelly the winter of 1880-1881. During Mr. Clark's spare time, he chopped & hewed logs with which to build a house, placing them on a rise of ground, where Mr. Manning said they would be safe, but in the spring of 1881, the flood waters washed them away causing a repetition of the work. In the latter part of 1881, Mr. Clark squatted on a piece of land on a reservation 10 miles south of Bismarck, where he & Mrs. Clark lived. They celebrated their golden anniversary October 19, 1925. In the winter of 1881, a stirring incident occurred to Mrs. Clark, which was alone for the day. When a number of Indians from Standing Rock Agency & bound for northern parts, stopped at the house. When she saw them coming, she rolled a 300-pound meat block against the door, but this was no obstacle to them & in pushing the block, they loosened the door's hinges & entered. They demanded something to eat. The two small children were so frightened they crawled under the bed. A couple of Indians followed & looked under at them. While Mrs. Clark was preparing the meal & they were standing about the room, one redskin took a knife from his pocket & began sharpening it on his coat sleeve, then Mrs. Clark went to the door & called her husband's name pretending he was near. At this point, an Indian produced a slip of paper & showed it to her; it being a government pass. After they had eaten, they made signs of thanks, & proceeded on their way.

Another incident happened about 1890, when an Indian outbreak was reported to settlers along the river. The people of the community packed a few belongings on their wagons & hastened to Bismarck in the night. Stayed at Custer House, but were able to return home the next day.

Source: Bismarck Tribune via

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebrated;
Celebrants Have Been Residents of
North Dakota for Past 45 Years

On October 19, 1875, Miss Eliza Thompson became the bride of Mr. John Clark, the wedding being solemnized in Quebec, Canada, and 50 years later, at their home south of Bismarck, the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, with their friends during the day.

5 years after their marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Clark came to North Dakota and have made this state their home for the past 45 years. The story of their life during those years is undoubtedly filled with the stirring incidents that made up the history of North Dakota's development.

9 children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Clark, 7 of whom are now living. They are Mrs. Sherman Suverly of Livona, Mrs. William Lee of Rapid City, SD, Mrs. J.H. McDonnell and Mrs. Garry O'Callaghan of Hazelton, and Mamie and Leslie Clark of the home address. John and Andrew are the sons who are dead. 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren complete the family group.

Mr. Clark was born in 1851 in Quebec and his wife in 1859 at the same place. Their large circle of friends throughout the community extend wishes for many more years of happy married life.

Source: Bismarck Tribune, October 19, 1925
via: Allen & Elaine (Marquart) O'Callaghan
Allen is grandson of Eliza (Clark) O'Callaghan

Mrs. Eliza Clark, 70, Pioneer
and Three Years Invalid, Dies

Mrs. Eliza Clark died Monday afternoon at a local hospital, following three years of illness; aged 70 years, 10 months, and 12 days.

Funeral arrangements are for services at the Presbyterian church here at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with Rev. Floyd E. Logee officiating, and for interment in Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Clark was the wife of John Clark, a pioneer farmer, 10 miles south of Bismarck in Missouri Township. She was born in Quebec province, Canada, July 14, 1859, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson. She married Mr. Clark in 1875 and came to North Dakota with him July 23, 1880.

Besides her husband, she leaves 5 daughters and 2 sons: Mrs. Eleanor Suverly of Livona, ND, Mrs. Jennie Lee of Rapid City, SD, Mrs. Susie McDonnell & Mrs. Eliza O'Callaghan, both of Emmons County; Curtis Clark of Emmons County; Leslie and Mamie Clark at home.

Source: unknown newspaper/author
via: Allen & Elaine (Marquart) O'Callaghan
Allen is grandson of Eliza (Clark) O'Callaghan

Resident Here 50 Years Dies;
Mrs. John Clark of Missouri Township
Passes Away at Age of 70

Funeral services are to be held at two o'clock Thursday afternoon from the First Presbyterian Church for Mrs. John Clark, Burleigh County pioneer woman, who died at a local hospital following an illness which extended over a four year period.

The Rev. Floyd Logee will officiate at the funeral rites and interment is to be made in Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Clark was one of the oldest of Burleigh County pioneers, having come to this country July 23, 1880. She homesteaded with her husband in Missouri Township and had lived there till the time of her death. Her residence, then, in Burleigh County lacked two months of being 50 years. Eliza Thompson was born in Quebec, Canada, July 14, 1859 and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson. She was married to John Clark in Canada in 1875 and came to the United States with him five years later.

9 children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Clark and of these, 7 survive.

Source: unknown newspaper/author, dated May 26, 1930
via: Allen & Elaine (Marquart) O'Callaghan
Allen is grandson of Eliza (Clark) O'Callaghan

Editor's Note:
Manning Township is now known as Missouri Township.
Family links: 
  John Andrew Clark (1851 - 1943)*
  Eleanor Jean Clark Suverly (1876 - 1939)*
  Jane Devina Clark Lee (1878 - 1960)*
  Susan May Clark Nicholson McDonnell (1881 - 1968)*
  John Clark, Jr. (1883 - 1884)*
  Curtis W Clark (1887 - 1977)*
  Andrew Clark (1890 - 1897)*
  Elizabeth Isabelle Clark O'Callaghan (1894 - 1989)*
  Mary Ann Clark (1897 - 1967)*
  Leslie Thomas Clark (1904 - 1985)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
Burleigh County
North Dakota, USA
Maintained by: Debbie
Originally Created by: Brian Backes
Record added: Sep 02, 2010
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Elizabeth Eliza <i>Thompson</i> Clark
Added by: Debbie
Elizabeth Eliza <i>Thompson</i> Clark
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