My PopPop growing up he was just PopPop my fathers Dad. I know he loved to fish and often took his sons and sons in law down to Jersey for some deep sea fishing. He was an electrician and worked for Midvale Steel in Nicetown, Philadelphia. He also ran his own business that he and his brothers started repairing washers, refrigerators and other appliances. After a time he bought his brothers out and was the sole owner.
My memories of "the Shop" as we called it are seeing my poppop taking apart and fixing all different types of machines. he would spy us sneaking around the various machines playing and always had time for us. Many of us picked up some repair skills just observing him work. Oh the many questions we would ask of what, why and how? He would always patiently explain what he was doing and answer us with no mind to the countless times we would ask. All of his sons and many nephews also worked at the shop at different times The Shop was called Clarks and was at 4307-09 Main St. Manayunk, Philadelphia. In talking to my cousin Bob son of his brother Andrew, I learned that before the 4307-09 location it was located a block down on the opposite side. I do not know the address but I remember the building as it had a fuel pump in front.
4307-09 will always be The Shop to me. My grandfather owned both buildings and the living spaces above them. Different relatives lived in 4309 at different times. My dad, mom and my siblings and I lived there when I was about 4 or 5 years old, Uncle David and Aunt Sabine, Cousin George and Kay, Aunt Pat and Uncle Bill are just a few, My PopPop and MomMom lived above 4307. I cannot remember them living anywhere else. I can still picture the place in my mind and all the memories come flooding back. if I close my eyes I can still feel his whiskers on my cheek.
Until I started my research I knew nothing else about my PopPop but since then I have learned a lot.
PopPop was born on his fathers birthday, what a gift he must have been. From 1911 to about 1917 he lived in Sicklersville NJ and 3 of his siblings, Andrew, Leslie and Margaret were born there, while he and his other siblings were all born in Philadelphia. From the stories told his father wanted to try his hand at farming and my Great great grandfather bought him a farm in Sicklersville, but he returned to Philadelphia by 1917.
|Martha M Hanson Clark Paulie Will|
Poppop lost his father in 1919 and became the man of the house. According to his mothers will " he has always been my stand by thru life" upon her death she left him with the charge of his younger siblings who were "not old enough to take care of themselves." His mother died in 1927 shortly after the birth of her 11th child, also named John for her second husband John William Paulie. His older sister Ellen had gone ahead in 1926, and his youngest sister Martha in 1922 at the age of 2. PopPop is also his youngest brothers' Godfather.
To my PopPop family was and is everything. With the exception of young John who was raised by his father PopPop took on the raising of his siblings Andrew-16, Leslie-14, Margaret-12, and William-9. These 4 lived with my grandfather. he made sure that they also kept in touch with their youngest brother John they often visited and took him for outings. Edna, Charles and David had married. The above will and the probated copy along with other family papers were found in a box of PopPops possessions and are now in my possession.
It was not until he was sure they could fend for themselves that he married in 1931.
|PopPop and MomMom Anniversary|
|Return of a Birth|
April 24, 1904.
All this I discovered recently. I do not remember if he ever told us of his growing years. He may have but given our youth we may not recall it. There is some confusion about where he was born but with research and Andrews son Bob verifying the information I know I have his history correct. Aside from his Return of Birth I also have his Death Certificate that lists David Clark and Martha Hanson as his parents information supplied by my MomMom though it does state Sicklersville as his place of birth. Given his age at his parents passing and the responsibility of raising his younger siblings this could just have come about by way of confusion due to siblings being born there.
As shown above he was born April, 24, 1904. He along with his siblings were all baptized at St David´s Episcopal Church In Manayunk on the same day, February 15, 1920 . It is unknown if they were baptized previously as this occurred after Martha moved with her children back to Manayunk to be closer to her family after David's death.
Poppop went on ahead when I was about 13, He was 67 years old. I remember his viewing and meeting a man who said he was his brother John. I was crying at the time and I stopped, gave the man a look and said, "No you ain't, my Poppop is John and we are Clark's. He then explained that he was PopPops youngest brother from their mothers second marriage. It is something I forgot until I started researching and that memory helped in my research. PopPop is buried in the Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, Chester, Pennsylvania 
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On 25 May 2015 at 23:13 GMT Philip Smith wrote:
Category: Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, Pennsylvania Thank you.
On 19 Nov 2014 at 00:17 GMT Anne B wrote: