John Owens Clark

John Owens Clark

Death 3 Jan 1811 (aged 47)
Ross County, Ohio, USA
Burial Greenland, Ross County, Ohio, USA
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John Owens Clark, son of William & Margaret (Owens) Clark, was a Scots immigrant who arrived with his parents and at least one brother before the American Revolution. They are said to have settled for a time on Maryland’s north shore. By 1773 the family had located near Dunning's Creek in Bedford Tp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. This was their home throughout the War, while the men who were of age traveled extensively in defense of their nascent state.

Coming of age during the War, John served multiple enlistments from Bedford County with his brothers and their father, Capt. William Clark, in both the Militia and the Rangers on the Frontiers. (Rangers specialized in unconventional warfare, living off the land, and moving rapidly without the gear of militiamen.)

John married Mary Blair, an Irish immigrant, sometime near the end of the Revolutionary War. The couple remained in Bedford Co. where their first 7 children were born. Around 1797 John & Mary relocated to farmland on Hay Run, a small tributary of Deer Creek, 12 miles northwest of present-day Chillicothe, Ohio. This land lay within newly formed Ross County (1798), and presumably had been scouted by John and his father during wartime expeditions as Rangers on the Frontiers. Here the couple had 4 more sons. In time, several of their 10 sons served together from Ross County in the War of 1812 -- including Col. William Henry Clark, founder of Clarksburg, Ohio, and Sgt. Major John Blair Clark, later a practicing physician in Putnam Co., Indiana.

John died at age 47 on 03 Jan 1811 in Ross Co., Ohio, and is buried on land which once comprised his homestead. Old Clark Farm Cemetery, as it is remembered today, lies near Waugh Run, another tributary of Deer Creek. A gravestone authorized by the Veterans Administration to commemorate John’s military service has been placed at nearby Browns Chapel Cemetery Veterans Memorial. John and Mary (Blair) Clark also are named in a bronze plaque set into a stone commemorating the founding of Clarksburg by their eldest son, Col. William Clark. (The stone lies approximately 1/4 mile from Clarksburg on the south side of Route 207.)

John’s widow, Mary Blair, left Ross Co., Ohio soon after her husband's death in 1811, and settled in Warren County, Indiana, on the Wabash River. The couple’s widowed daughter Elizabeth (Clark) Baird, and Elizabeth’s children, accompanied Mary to Indiana with Mary’s younger sons, Thomas Blair Clark, Alexander Blair Clark, Samuel Blair Clark, and Dr. Wesley Clark, all settling at least for a time in Warren County on the Wabash River. Mary died there in 1842 at age 77, and was buried at Carbondale Cemetery, Warren Co., Indiana.
[--JSGjr; Jul 2015]

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(From the memorial stone pictured above, at Browns Chapel Cemetery, Ross Co., OH)