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Levin Clark II (1777 - 1866)

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Levin Clark II
Born in Millsboro, Sussex County, Delawaremap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Bruceville, Knox County, Indianamap
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15 Sept 1777, Baltimore 100, Sussex County, Delaware.


1820 U S Census: Liberty, Butler, Ohio; Pg: 118; NARA Roll: M33_87; Img: 101;
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
HOH Levin Clark
FWM - Under 10 - 2 (Levin Larkin and 1/2 brother David Laymon Clark b 1817)
FWM - 26 thru 44 - 1 - (Levin Clark b 1777)
FWF - Under 10 - 1 (Daughter who did not survive)
FWF - 26 thru 44 - 1 - (Sarah Causner Clark)

1830 US Census; Knox, IN; Series: M19; Roll: 31; Pg: 244; FHL Film: 0007720;
HOH; Levin Clark
FWM - 10 thru 14 -1 David Laymon Clark
FWM - 40 thru 49 - 1) (Levin Clark b 1777)
FWF - 5 thru 9 - -- 1 (Susannah Marie Clark b 1821)
FWF - 30 thru 39 - 1 (Sarah Causner Clark)

1840 US Census; Knox, IN; Roll: 85; Page: 46; Image: 98; FHL Film: 0007727
HOH Levin Clark
FWM - 10 thru 14 - 2 Clark John Arnold and son who did not survive
FWM - 20 thru 29 - 1 David Laymon Clark
FWM - 50 thru 59 - 1 (Levin Clark b 1777)
FWF - 15 thru 19 - 1 (Susannah Marie Clark b 1821)
FWF - 50 thru 59 - 1 (Sarah Causner Clark)

  • Note that between 1840 and 1850 he loses 10 years in age.

1850 US Census: Subdivision 61, Knox, IN; Roll: M432_156; Page: 275B; Image: 428
259 Clark Levin 64 1786 bn Delaware
259 Clark Susan M 29 1821 bn Ohio
259 Clark Melissa 11 1839 bn Indiana
259 Clark John A 23 1827 bn Indiana

1860 US Census: Washington, Knox, IN; Roll: M653_272; Page: 891; Image: 102
673 Clark Levin 74 bn Delaware

Living in the next HH were his son John Arnold Clark and daughter Susannah Marie Clark, neither of whom ever married.
674 Clark John A 34 1826 bn Indiana
674 Clark Susannah M 40 1820 bn Ohio

Last Will and Testament

Knox Co. Indiana Will records Book 'B' - July, 1852 - May, 1879, page 188
Feb 23, 1861
In the Name of God Amen,

I Levin CLARK, Of Knox County, State of Indiana, being of sound & disposing mind & memory (praise be to God for the same) & being desirous of settling my worldly affairs while I have strength & capacity to do so, do make and publish this my last will and testament that is to say;

First I give & bequeath to my son John A. CLARK of my real estate to wit commencing at the North east corner of said John A Clark's land and thence North to the Creek thence West with the meanderings of said Creek to the line dividing Sections fourteen and fifteen thence South to the corner of said John's land on said line be the same more or less and one bed and beding.

Second, I give and bequeath to my daughter Susannah M. CLARK all of the residue of my real estate after taking out the above mentioned land to John A. Clark be the same more or less and all my personal property that I am now possessed of including household and kitchen furniture.

Third and lastly appoint my son John A CLARK executor of this my last will and testment hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-third day of February AD eighteen hundred and sixty one.

Levin Clark
Signed and sealed by said Levin Clark as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other and as his request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Arnold Clark
George Ganoe
EW Robertson
The State of Indiana, Knox Co.

Be it remembered that on the fourth day of August, 1866 George W. GANOE one of the subscribing witnesses ......unreadable.....foregoing last will and testament of Levin CLARK of the County deceased personally appeared before Henry S. Cauthorn, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Knox County in the State of Indiana and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court upon his oath declared and testified as follows that is to say that on the twenty third February 1861 he saw the said Levin Clark sign his name to said instrument in writing as and for his last will and testament and that this deponent at the same time heard the same Levin Clark declare the said instrument in writing to be his last will and testament and that the same instrument in writing was at the same time at the request of the said Levin Clark and with his consent attested and subscribed by the same George W GANOE, Arnold CLARK and EW ROBERTSON in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto and that the said Levin Clark was at the time of the signing and subscribing of the said instrument in writing as aforesaid of full age (that is more than twenty one years of age) and of sound and diposing mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint as the said deponent verily believes; and further deponent says not.
GW Ganoe
(50 cents US Revenue Stamp)
Sworn to and subscribed by the said George W Ganoe before me Henry S Cauthorn Clerk of said Court at Vincennes the 4th day of August, 1866 In attesting whereof I have herunto subscribed my named and affixed the Seal of said Court .
Henry S Cauthorn Clerk
Recorded August 4th, 1866
Database: PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
Levin Clark, 1866 Obit., IN
Volume: 12 Number: 3 (September 1991) Northwest Trail Tracer
Northwest Trail Tracer
Persi Code: NWTT Topics: Ohio - Issues Per Year: 4 ISSN Number: 0740-4999
ACPL Holdings: v.1- 1980- ACPL Call Number: OPEN
Repositories: Allen County Public Library
Library of Congress; New York Public Library; State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library; Newberry Library (partial holdings)
Publisher: Northwest Territory Gen Society; Lewis Hist Lib, LRC 22, Vincennes U: Vincennes, IN 47591


May 6, 1866


He is buried somewhere on his own farm. His grave is unmarked.

Levin Clark's Obituary'

From Vincenne Times Bruceville News, May 19, 1866

Death of Old Citizen

Mr. Levin Clark, the oldest man in Washington township died at his residence near this place, on Sunday evening the 6th inst. aged eighty one years. Mr. Clark although singular in some respects, was a good citizen and an honest man.

When he first located on the spot that has been his home for so many long years, he could view from his door yard the surrounding country for miles. Nothing was to be seen at that time but a few scattering oaks and prairie grass. Since then a growth of heavy timber has sprung up.

Mr. Clark, as was usual at that early day, purchased his land on time. The next thing to be done was to pay his way out and procure for himself and family a home free from debt. To do this he adopted what would be called in this fast age, a "slow coach" method. He procured four stout crocks and had a sack made in such a manner that they might be conveniently carried on a horse, two on each side. Then with his baskets of eggs on one arm and four crocks of butter thrown across his saddle he could be seen every week wending his way a distance of ten miles to Vincennes, at that time the nearest market.

The proceeds of his sales were applied to the payment of his land, and in this manner we are told he actually liquidated his debt. He also served six months as a Ranger in the War of 1812.

In 1980, the late Wanda Lee Clark, (->Henry Calvin Clark Jr b 1895- > Henry Calvin Sr. b 1860 -> Levin Larkin Clark b 1811 ->Levin Clark II b 1777 ->Levin Clark b 1750 of Clarksville Delaware) found a family history (written on lined school paper in pencil) among her late father's effects in the attic. Not in Henry Calvin Clark Jr's handwriting, or in Henry Calvin Clark Sr's. hand, it appears to have been copied out of the family Bible by Henry Calvin Clark's brother Chauncy Levin Clark, eldest son of Levin Larkin. A panel of paper experts at a genealogical conference in Seattle in 1994 said it was school paper from 1910-1920. It could be that Uncle Chauncy copied the births and deaths from the family Bible for Henry after their mother Martha Jeanette Kast Clark's death in 1915. It reads:

"Levin Clark was born and raised in England. He and his three brothers, wife and six children settled in Clarksville, Delaware (named for him). He and one of his sons were soldiers under General George Washington. Levin II was born in Clarksville, Delaware September 15, 1777. He was a soldier under General Harrison. Levin L. Clark was born May 4, 1811. He was a soldier under General Scott and was held captive in the City of Mexico. H.C. Clark was born September 7, 1860 in Sherman, Grayson County Texas."

Research has shown that "Patriot" Levin Clark b circa 1750 was born in Colonial America. There is no evidence of the three brothers, and his wife's family (the Aydelotts) had been in the Colonies since the 1680s. All of their children were born in Baltimore 100, Sussex Co Delaware. Clarksville Delaware did not exist until the 1890s, though the Clarks lived near Millsboro, a short distance of where Clarksville would eventually be established, and there is a close family tie between the Nanticoke Indian Charlie Clark who established Clarksville Delaware and our Levin Clark.

So far we have not found any Clark Y-DNA matches, but we do have exact 37 marker matches with two individuals, one a Norwegian who emigrated to the USA in the 1960s and a second Norwegian who emigated to the USA in the early 1900s. Autosomal testing of about a dozen direct descendants of Levin Sr. indicates he had Norwegian and Native American ancestry. This leads us to believe there may be a genetic link to an early Sanders Clark who served as a crewman for two voyages of the Kalmar Nyckle, which brought the earliest Scandanavian colonists to Delaware in 1638 and 1640. Sanders Clark died in Delaware in 1640 leaving a widow in Stockholm, but perhaps he contributed to the population of the New World before he died.

Clark descendants also share genetic matches with descendants of the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian settlers brought to the Colony of New Sweden in the 1630s and 1640s.

From wikipedia: The Kalmar Nyckel was constructed in about 1625 and was of a design called a pinnace. When Sweden decided to establish a trading colony in the New World under the direction of Peter Minuit, the Kalmar Nyckel was chosen for the voyage. A smaller vessel, the Fogel Grip (Griffin Bird), accompanied her. The ships sailed from Gothenburg in December 1637, commanded by Jan Hindriksen van der Water, but encountered a severe storm in the North Sea and had to divert to theNetherlands for repairs. They departed on New Year's Day 1638, arriving in North America in March 1638. A second voyage, which departed on February 7, 1640, and arrived at Fort Christina on April 17, brought additional settlers for New Sweden. One of them was Reorus Torkillus, the first Lutheran clergyman in New Sweden. The Kalmar Nyckel made four successive round trips from Sweden, a record unchallenged by any other colonial vessel.

Our first documentary record of Levin Clark is when he served in Daniel Morgan's Riflemen during the American Revolution. His payslips note that he spent the winter of 1778 at Valley Forge with Washington's Troupes, at times sick and in the Valley Forge Hospital. There is ample documentation placing him and his wife Esther Aydelott in Baltimore 100, Sussex County Delaware from 1775 onward, including church, land, civil court proceedings, orphan court proceedings, and census records.

Levin II b 1777 was a year-old baby when Levin Sr was off fighting the Revolutionary War, and as adults he and his brother William Aydelott Clark served in the War of 1812. This would be the reference to "under General Harrison" who led American forces at the Battle of Tippicanoe which the Clark brothers fought in as Indiana Rangers.

Levin Larkin Clark, b 1811 in Ohio, lost his mother in 1815. Levin II soon found a childless widow to marry, but she was not willing to take in four-year-old Levin and his nine-year-old brother George Washington Clark, on the grounds that they were "savages" (Indian). She relented after a time and took Levin, but George was sent to live with his mother's family. Levin Larkin reported that she treated him with cruelty all through his childhood, and he hated her.

Levin Larkin is in enumerated in the 1820 census with his father and stepmother in Knox Co IN, but not in the 1830 census. He bought land with his half-brother David in Knox Co in 1838, and is on the 1840 Knox Co Census. He is next found in the Snake River Precinct, St. Croix Minnesota Census in 1849 in the first census taken after Minnesota was admitted to statehood. He is there enumerated with a wife and female child.

The family history describes him fighting under General Scott and being held prisoner in the City of Mexico which is a reference to the Mexican War (early-mid 1840s) but so far we've had no luck finding records of his service. The Delaware had settlements along the Texas frontier and under the leadership of Black Beaver they fought for the Americans in the 1840s, with the understanding they would be given a homeland where they would not be harassed. Unfortunately, there is no complete list of Black Beaver's men, and only the barest understanding of what they did during the war. The US Government reneged on their promise of a homeland for the Delaware as soon as the war ended, and destroyed many of the records of Black Beaver's Unit and its service.

In 1851 Levin Larkin, now 40 years old, and his brother George, turned up in Crawford Co Wisconsin where they filed for homesteads. Both were single, and there is no sign of the wife and child Levin had been enumerated with the year before. But a deadly cholera epidemic swept the country that year, and in some counties half the population died. We surmise he may have lost his wife and child to the cholera epidemic. Within the year Levin had won the heart of the black-haired and black-eyed 13 year-old Martha Kast, daughter of a neighbour who was none too pleased.

Martha talked her older brother into posing as her father and going to the courthouse in the adjoining county with them so she and Levin could marry. Within the year they had a fine strapping son and Levin had itchy feet.

They headed for Howell County Missouri, where there was a large settlement of Delaware, and when the Delaware moved on to Kansas they followed. When the Delaware were pushed to Texas and Indian Territory they moved again, this time to near Sherman, where a group of Delaware had lived since the 1790s. There in 1860 my grandfather was born.

My grandfather Henry Calvin Clark was the only Clark man to be born at a time when he didn't have to go to war, though his eldest son (Clarence) fought in France in the First World War and his youngest (Lonnie) fought in the Second World War.

Research is on-going. Further documentation is always appreciated.


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