Benjamin was born about 1829. He passed away in 1864.
The 1860 U.S. Federal Census records Benjamin Clark, a farmer age 30 born in NC, and his wife Mary Ann Clark, age 30 born in NC, living in District 10, Henry Co., Tennessee. In their household are John H. age 7 born in TN; Manilla J. age 5 born in TN; and Robert W. age 2 born in TN. They are living next door to Benjamin's father, John Clark.
In a letter from James E. Clark remembering his family's history (found in The Clark Family History File at the Browning Genealogical Library in McKenzie, Carroll Co., TN), James writes that his grandparents lived in Farmington, KY. His grandfather told him that his father passed away when he was about 12 years old and they moved to Carroll or Weakley Co., TN. This happened during the Civil War and he remembered his grandfather saying they had to hide from the soldiers to keep them from taking their horses. He indicates that his great grandmother was Mary A. Clark who married 2nd a "Golden". I have not found any evidence of this mentioned marriage as yet. However, the Henry Co., TN Marriages 1868-1880 book on page 18 lists a marriage for "Franklin Diggs" and "May Clark" (spellings exactly as listed) on September 21, 1874. The information on the 1880 census would support this bride to be Mary Ann R. Wilson Clark. Mary's oldest daughter Manila J. does marry John W. Golden.
The 1870 U.S. Federal Census records Mary Clark, age 39 born in NC, living in the 10th Civil District, Henry Co., Tennessee (37/37) between her mother, Juriah Wilson (38/38), and her father-in-law, John Clark (36/36). In her household are H. a male age 17 born in TN; J.M. a female age 15 born in TN; R.W. a male age 12 born in TN; Jas. a male age 9 born TN; and M.S. a female age 6 born in KY.
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