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 Stella Estelle “Estelle Tidmarsh” Clark

Stella Estelle “Estelle Tidmarsh” Clark

Lake Zurich, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Death 3 Feb 1892 (aged 18)
Barrington, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 36381932 · View Source
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Estelle was married to William Tidmarsh (at the age of 12), but her death is recorded as Stella E. Clark. She was the mother of Blanche, Otto and Warren Tidmarsh.

Her life was much like a romance novel. She was the middle child of 3 girls born to Edward R and Cordelia (Robertson) Clark. The Clarks and the Robertsons were both prominent families in Lake Zurich at the time. Somehow she met a poor, 20 year laborer (who was also born out of wedlock) named William Tidmarsh. At the age of 12 she went with him to Chicago and married, listing that she was 18. Around that time, Estelle's family moved to Barrington, IL and she and William made their home in Millburn, IL.

Estelle and William had 3 children, the last when she was 18. She died during childbirth and offical cause was "dropsey from disease of heart." She had heart problems from a young age. Unfortunetly, the child ended up dying about 6 yrs later and William died 2 years after that. Their other two children, Blanche and Otto, were left to be raised by William's employer, Henry Wedge.

Estelle was my 2great grandmother, and although there is no possible way I could have known her I have a strong connection to her. I think that we would have been very close and we seem to have the same taste in literature and same outlook on life. We both have accomplished many things and known what we wanted at a young age. I have much love for her.

Stella E Clark, daughter of Edward R and Cordelia R Clark, died Feb. 3, 1892 at Barrington, Ill., aged 18 years. She was born at Lake Zurich, Ill., July 31, 1873, and removed with her parents to Barrington in March, 1884, where she entered the Barrington school, from the highest department of which she was graduated at the age of 14 years, being the youngest member of her class and receiving the highest honors. Poor heath interfered with active prosecution of her studies from that time. She was a quiet, industrious and thorough worker, endowed with a bright, active mind of more than ordinary ability, and was a general favorite with all who knew her. In one of her essays her idea of death is expressed by quoting from Bryant: "There is no death: The leaves my fall, The flowers may fade and pass away; They only wait through wintry hours The coming of May. "A pure, sweet, unselfish maid just blossoming into perfect womanhood; her loss will be severely felt by her family who best knew her, by her large circle of friends who were acquainted with and who thoroughly appreciated her many noble qualities, and by humanity in being deprived of one of its most potent forces for good; the example and life of an intelligent, loving and gracious woman.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 36381932
  • Michael Dunne
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stella Estelle “Estelle Tidmarsh” Clark (31 Jul 1873–3 Feb 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36381932, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Suze (contributor 47016239) .