Friday, December 18, 2015

Today Marks 3rd Gr-Grandpa’s 203rd Birthday Anniversary

To celebrate my ancestor’s birthday anniversary, I’m devoting today’s blog post to my 3rd Great Grandfather William Parkinson Clark. He was born December 18, 1812 two hundred three years ago. The 1865 and 1875 New York State Census say William P. was born in Orange County, New York.

William P. Clark, along with his wife and kids, were Orange County people living in the Minisink/Wawayanda area. The exception being 1850 when the family stayed a few years in Candor, Tioga County, New York

I’m not the first to note William P.’s birthday. The Orange County Press published at Middletown, New York reported Great Grandfather’s 60th birthday festivities.

Orange County Press, Middletown, New York, Friday, January 10, 1873, Page 3, Col. 1 (courtesy of Chris Barry)
   Mr. W. P. Clark, of Denton, celebrated his sixtieth birthday the 18th ult.  Upon the occasion forty-seven children and grand-children were present at the entertainment.  Several were absent 'owing to circumstances over which they had no control.'

When Great Grandfather celebrated his 60th birthday, Grandmother Charity Kimber was still living. Their children numbered eleven:

               James L. Clark
               Phebe Jane (Clark) Courter
               Keziah Bennett (Clark) Walsh
               Katherine Amelia (Clark) Pullis
              Jeremiah B. Clark
              Charles Edgar Clark
              William P. Clark, Jr.
              Howell Reeve Clark
              Charity Emeline Clark
              Benjamin Reeve Clark
              Anna Augusta Clark

Seven of his children had already married. I can’t account for all the grandchildren but I’ll bet my 2nd Great Grandfather Jeremiah B. Clark was at the gathering with his five kids—Fannie, David, Minnie and twins Frank and Amos.

You might like my earlier post 3rd GREATGRANDFATHER WILLIAM P. CLARK  published Jan. 18, 2014.

My Ancestry
3rd Great Grandfather William Parkinson Clark and wife Charity Kimber
2nd Great Grandfather Jeremiah B. Clark and wife Harriet C. Ogden
Great Grandmother Grace Lee Clark and husband Jerome Walter Wilson
Grandmother Viola Lillian Wilson and husband Frank Leroy Doty
My Mother

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