Clark, David

Submitted by David B. Taylor on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:11

David Clark, the son of William Clark, was born in Washington County PA on 17 October 1788. He was raised on the farm, and moved with his family to Mercer County PA. where his father William purchased 250 acres of land in December 1803.

In December of 1811, David's father William was sick, and he began the process of land distribution to his children. On 18 Dec 1811, David purchased from William 100 acres for 100 cents.

This land remained in David's family until the 1890's.

Volunteers were called during the War of 1812, and several members of the Neshannock Presbyterian Church joined the war effort. Captain Matthew Dawson formed a company and James and William Clark were members. Several members entered service elsewhere. There was a David Clark in the Washington County Volunteers, and family history says he served in the war. Since there were five David Clarks in the War of 1812, and records in the National Archives are skimpy in details, no actual proof of David's service was found.

The Bell family were members of the Neshannock Presbyterian Church, and in 1818, the church members erected a new structure for worship. This church was instrumental in distributing books to members, and two Clark books survive today. In this church, on 4 December 1821, David Clark married Margaret Bell. This date was furnished by descendents of the Robert Clark family, the brother of David Clark.

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