Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Pearl Belle Hale Birch Clark (or Grandpa's Clark's 3rd wife)



Pearl Belle Hale Birch Clark was Grandpa Clark's 3rd wife.  She is buried with her first husband Chauncey R. Birch at the Harshbarger Cemetery (also known as Lake Fork Cemetery) in Atwood, Piatt County, Illinois.  I find it interesting that she is buried with her first husband with no mention of her remarried name of Clark.  Grandpa's name is listed as Odes Elmer Clark on her death certificate shown below.  She died of  pulmonary tuberculosis at age 22.  Their marriage date has not yet been located.  Grandpa Clark was living with his 2nd wife's family in January of  1920 (the Butts), Viola Gladys Butts Clark died in  February of  1920 and Pearl died in May of 1924 - so sometime between Viola's death and Pearl's death they were married.  I will need to search the Piatt County Courthouse marriage records the next time I get to Illinois.

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