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William Clark/Clerk
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Birth: 1758
Death: Dec. 8, 1827


Born free about 1758, in York County Virginia, to John Clarke, a free mulatto.

William Clerke, aka William Clark, served in the Revolutionary War with Lt. Col. John Jameson.
Col. Jameson resided in Culpeper County, as did Clark. According to Col. Jameson, Clark served with him in 1780 and 1781. During these years Jameson's unit was stationed in North Castle , New York.

When British spy John Andre, who was relaying a message from Benedict Arnold betraying the American cause in August of 1780 was captured, he was delivered to Col. Jameson. Clark was apparently present with Jameson during the transfer of Andre. Whether Clark acted as bodyservant, cook, courier, or teamster is unclear, but people of color often did these jobs during the Revolution. In addition, there were some people of color who participated by fighting as a soldier.
After the War, Clark returned to Culpeper County, as did Col. Jameson. In 1795, Clark married Hannah Peters who lived in Stafford County Virginia. William and Hannah's children were Willis (Coleman) Clark, William Clark, Betsey Clark, Kitty Clark Madden (wife of Willis Madden), and Nicholas Clark.

Clark is listed as a Free Man of Color on the United States census for Culpeper County 1810 with 7 in his family.

In 1816 he and his family were given a pass to visit his wife, Hannah's mother in Frederick County, Virginia. Two of his children Nicholas age 13 and Coleman age 18 accompanied him on the journey.

It is not clear when Clark and family migrated to Ohio, however, his free registration along with his service record appears in the book that recorded Black and Mulatto Persons of Ross County Ohio.

William (Sr.) was sixty-four years old on 22 August 1820 when he appeared in Culpeper County court to apply for a pension for his services in the Revolution.

According to his pension records, he died on 8 December 1827. There are no records to record how long Clark lived in Ross County, however, in August of 1827, the year he died, his last pension payment was made to a J P of Jackson County.

Hannah and family returned to Culpeper County Virginia before 1830, where she is recorded as a Free Woman of Color and head of the household.

His place of burial is not known.

Body lost or destroyed
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Oct 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77700303

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