Named for Thomas Clarkson, an English abolitionist.
His mother was noted suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage.
He and Sophie Jewell were married June 1, 1885, at the Episcopal church at Aberdeen, DT.
T. Clarkson Gage's sister Maud was married to author L. Frank Baum.
Thomas Clarkson (1848-1938; known as Clarkson or Clarky) graduated as part of the first class at Cornell University in 1872 (Wagner 2003:2; Schwartz 2009:29). He joined father Henry’s store as a partner before seeking his fortune in the Dakota Territory, leaving Fayetteville in 1881 for Aberdeen to set up a store with the Beard brothers, also of Fayetteville (NYS Census 1875; US Federal Census 1880; Schwartz 2009:117). Clarkson represented the financial interests of Matilda and Henry in the Dakota Territory, helping them invest in land as the territory was settled. He married Sophie Jewell, also from Fayetteville, in Dakota in 1885. Sophie and Clarkson had three children, only one of whom survived infancy. Matilda Jewell Gage was born on April 22, 1886, and died in 1986. She kept the letters from her Grandmother Gage to her parents and was Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner’s main source of information for her beginning research on the life of Gage. Her younger sisters, Alice, born in 1891, and Dorothy, born in 1898, only lived for a few days and five months after birth, respectively. Baby Dorothy Gage was the namesake for Dorothy Gale of The Wizard of Oz, written by Clarkson’s brother-in-law L. Frank Baum, who married youngest Gage child Maud.
Sophie Taylor Jewell Gage
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