Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Lloyd Clark

Lloyd Clark and Fritz in Grandma Clark's back yard, 1968

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #6 Mary Elizabeth Durbin Clark

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #6 Mary Elizabeth Durbin Clark I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Mary Elizabeth Durbin was born on 23 Nov 1861 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States to Morris and Rachel (Logue) Durbin.  She appeared in the census on 3 Aug 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States.  Her father Morris died in February of 1880 when she was eighteen years old.  She, her mother and siblings appeared in the census on 16 Jun 1880 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States.   
Mary Elizabeth and Charles Clark cir 1940

In December 1880 Mary became pregnant.  There are two stories surrounding her pregnancy.  One was that she became pregnant by a Dial boy that she knew but decided she did not want to marry; the other story was that she was raped by one of the Dial boys in town and refused to marry the culprit.  I have no idea which, if either, of the stories is true.  I do think that making a decision to have a child and not marry during that time period shows that Mary had gusto.
Charles and Mary cir late 1920's


In 1888 Mary married Charles Henry Clark.  Charles was the son of Morris T. and Mary Josephine (Metz) Clark.  Charles’ father died while he was an infant.  His mother remarried and he was raised by her and her new husband Paul Baughman.  The Clark’s, Durbin’s and Baughman’s all resided near each other in Avena, Fayette, Illinois.

Mary appeared in the census on 6 Jun 1900 in Loudon Township, Fayette, Illinois, United States. The 1910 Census shows the family in Loudon Township, Fayette, Illinois.  The 1910 census record indicates that she gave birth to 8 children, 7 living at that time.   I have not yet located Mary and Charles in the 1920 Census. She lived 1524 N. Clinton in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States on 16 Apr 1930.  The couple lived at 769 N.  Broadway in Decatur, Macon, Illinois.




She died on 9 Feb 1949 at the age of 87 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois of a cerebral hemorrhage.   Mary was buried on 12 Feb 1949 at Saint Bonaventure in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States.

Wordless Wednesday: Urman Family at the lake cir 1942

 Frank Urman in back, Robert  Urman, Danny Urman and George Meyer  (left to right) from about 1942-44 at a lake cottage a group of close families would rent each year. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #5 Charles Henry Clark

I am behind in my blog posts!  I am making an attempt to catch up.  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
Charles, Mary, Lora and Rosemary, and Rita 


Charles Henry Clark was born on 20 Feb 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States. His parents were Morris T. Clark and Mary Josephine Metz.  Charles was the only child born to the couple.  According to an affidavit dated 1-27-1891 by John Durbin, Charles was born on the Durbin Farm.  Charles’ father died less than three months after his birth.  His mother married Paul Baughman the afternoon Morris Clark, Charles’ father, passed away.    Paul and Mary had three children together.   Their union gave Charles a half-sister named Loney J. Baughmann,  two half-brothers Curtis and Joseph Baughman, two step-sisters Liza and Alnora Baughman and a step-brother James Baughman.  He appeared in the census on 3 Aug 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States in the Paul Baughman family including his mother Joesphine, Liza, Alnora, and James.
The 1880 census information for the family was located in Fayette Facts, 1880 Census, transcribed by Alenia McCord, published by the Fayette County Genealogical Society in 1982.  The family was located on page 147.  The family is listed as Powel Baughman, Josephine, Charles (age 10), Christian (Curtis age 5), Lora (5 months). 
When Charles became of age he requested his father’s pension benefits from his service in the Civil War.  His request, unlike his mother’s request for benefits, was allowed.  Charles used the money to buy 40 acres of land, a team of horses, and a wagon. 
He married Mary Elizabeth Durbin on 30 Aug 1888 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois.  Charles was 18 and Mary Elizabeth was twenty-six at the time of their marriage.   The 1900, 1910 census find the Clark family residing in Loudon, Fayette County, Illinois.
He lived 1524 N Clinton in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States on 16 Apr 1930. Charles died on 15 Apr 1943 at the age of 73 at 1275 East Condit in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States. He was buried on 17 Apr 1943 at Saint Bonaventure in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. Saint Bonaventure Cemetery is 2 1/2 miles north of St. Elmo, Fayette County, Illinois.

His obituary was published in the Banner Newspaper on 17 Apr 1943 in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. C. H. Clark Funeral Services Held in St. Elmo:

Funeral services for the late Charles Henry Clark, former resident of Fayette county, were held at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Mary's church in St. Elmo, with interment in St. Bonaventures cemetery there, Moran & Sons funeral home of Decatur in charge.

Mr. Clark, a retired farmer, died at his home in Decatur Thursday morning at 12:45 o'clock after an illness of several years.  He was 73 years of age.  He was born Feb. 20, 1870, in Fayette county, a son of Morris and Josephine Clark.  He was married in Vandalia to Mary E. Durbin, August 21, 1888.

Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Otis E. Clark of Stonington and Louis Clark of Blue Mound; a step-son, Charles Dial, of Brownstown; four daughters, Mrs. Lora Julius, Dalton City; Mrs. Jennie Tipsword, St. Elmo; Mrs. Nellie Tipsword, Beecher City and Mrs. Iva Jones of Decatur; a half-brother, William Magill of Pittsburgh, 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014