The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 John Wesley Clark

John Wesley Clark

Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 May 1869 (aged 51)
Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 52353 · View Source
Suggest Edits

John Wesley Clark was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. When only a child, he moved with his parents to Ross County, Ohio, where his father founded the town of Clarksburg.

He moved from Ross County to Indiana and later to Grives [Grimes?] County, Texas. (from An Enduring Lagacy, vol
1, p 62, DUP
early childhood years lived with parents in Monroe Co., Indiana a few years moved to Hendricks Co., Indiana
1828 with parents moves to Warren Co., Indiana
abt 1837 with parents moves to Van Buren County, Arkansas
18 Nov 1841 married to Evaline Brown in Van Buren, Arkansas;
1845-1846 moved to Anderson, Grimes Co., Texas (as had John's parents and family);
1850 in Grimes Co., Texas (census)

1851 left Grimes County, Texas
1853 arrived in Salt Lake City and moved to Utah in the 6th ward;
then to Grantsville, Tooele, Utah;
1857 to Washington, Washington, Utah and owned a ranch 25 miles northwest of Washington in Scutempaw [also
called New Harmony] where they spent summers (Life Sketch of Josephine Clark Brown) in 1857, John and
Evaline were commisioned by Brigham Young to help settle the area of Washington, just north of St. George,
Utah. (Clark Cousins, compiled by Anthony J. Christensen)
1869 Washington, Washington, Utah John dies

"It was here [Anderson, Grime, Texas] that they heard the gospel and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1850. They were unable to dipose of their land and cattle, so they left all and came to Utah in 1853." (Life Sketch of Josephine Clark Brown)
"Traveled with the Moses Daley Freight Train which left 6 Jul 1853 and arrived in the SL valley on 28 Sep 1853 (
"In the year 1851 they left Grimes County and treveled by steamer and oxtem to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah Territory, where they arrived in 1852." (Clark Cousins, compiled by Anthony J. Christensen)

"He [John Wesley Clark] and his wife, Evelyn Brown Clark, emigrated from Texas to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where they were among the Mormon people who were driven out by the mobs. As the Clarks began their trek across the Plains, the company halted on the banks of the Platte River long enough for Evelyn to give birth to twins, a boy (Hyrum Brown Clark) and a girl (Nancy Jane Clark). The family arrived in Great Salt Lake Valley in 1853 but were sent to settle in Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah. In 1857 they were called to help settle the Dixie country and were early residents of Washington, Washington County, Utah no. 5055 Sunbonnet, made and worn by Mrs. Clark as they crossed the Plains in the Billy McIntyre Company. No. 5050 Old Pioneer Apron. [found in the DUP museum, SLC - LJB]

"Clark, John Wesley (1818–69), 39. [A] Private, Company I, Third Platoon, Washington City. John Clark began traveling to Mountain Meadows in company with other men from Washington and Santa Clara on Monday, September 7, and arrived at the Meadows the following day (see footnote 13)13. William Young, testimony, United States v. John D. Lee, First Trial, Boreman Transcript 4:49; James Pearce, testimony, United States v. John D. Lee, First Trial, Boreman Transcript 4:103–4; Bishop, Mormonism Unveiled, 228, 379: "Lee's Last Confession"; "Lee's Confession," Sacramento Daily Record-Union, March 24, 1877.

In his closing argument for the first John D. Lee trial, defense attorney Jabez Sutherland contended that Clark remained at the militia camp during the massacre; however, this assertion is not supported by the trial testimony of eyewitnesses. Two of those who did remain at the camp during the massacre, William Young and James Pearce, saw Clark at the Meadows, but they did not say he stayed behind at the camp during
the massacre. Sutherland, United States v. John D. Lee, First Trial, Boreman Transcript 8:4, Patterson Shorthand 11:38-39."

!DEATH: died of 'black jaundice'

!BURIAL: Old Washington Cemetery, Washington, Washington, Utah

1) References in Brown, Byron W., Life Sketch of Byron Welman Brown, unpublished life sketch, copy of original and a transcribed version, in poss Linda Johnson Bailey, and
2) Johnson, Josephine Brown , Life Sketch of Josephine Clark Brown, unpublished, 8 page manuscript, written 11 Aug 1932, copy in poss Linda Johnson Bailey, 35 Todd Court, Alamo, Ca 94507; and
3) "Clark Cousins", compiled by Anthony J. Christensen and
4) "An Enduring Legacy" vol 1, p. 62 by DUP
5) For connections with the Mountain Meadow Massacre see Ronald Walker and Richard Turley's book: Massacre at Mountain Meadow, appendix C:

(Contributed by Find A Grave contributor Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)




  • Maintained by: Max Turpin
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52353
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Wesley Clark (12 Jan 1818–25 May 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52353, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Max Turpin (contributor 46863402) .