Clark, William

Submitted by David B. Taylor on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:21

On 18 December, 1811, William Clark sold, to his son David, 100 acres for 100 cents. This land was eventually passed through David to his eldest son William, who died on the land in 1893. William Clark, the father of David and John, also transferred land to John Clark (referenced in the following will, and the distribution to William and James Clark was for the remaining 100 acres. John, David, and Nancy are the eldest, and James, William, Rebecca, and two unnamed daughters are the "five youngest".

Will of William Clark, dated 24 December 1811. "In the name of God, Amen. I William Clark of the county of Mercer and the State of Pennsylvania being very sick and weak in body but of a sound mind, memory, and understanding, blessed be God for the same but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following: Principally and first of all I commend my immortal soul into the hands of God who gave it and the body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of Executor herein after named and as to such (worldly) estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose in following manner. To Wit:

(And) as touching all the rest residue and remainder of my estate (rail) and personal of whatsoever kind the same may be in the County of Mercer or elsewhere I give and divide in the manner following: the place where I now live to be equally divided between them at my death, James Clark & William Clark. My wife to have her maintenance of the place. Nancy Phillips to have one cow. The rest of my movable property to be equally divided amongst the five youngest children. Rebecca Clark is to get one cow more than the rest of the children. The three oldest have got their part with Nancy getting the cow and John and David getting the land and David getting the horse. And lastly I nominate, (constitute) and appoint my dear wife Mary Clark and my son John Clark to be the executors of this my will hereby revoking all other wills legacies and bequeaths by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set two my hand the twenty fourth day December one thousand eight hundred and eleven. Joined sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said testator as his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed as witness.

Thomas Canon William Farrel William Clark (seal)

In the book, "80 Years History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania, published in 1876, there is a history of Shenango Township which starts on page 78. Early pioneers are mentioned, such as Thomas Cannon who witnessed William Clark's will, Dr. John Mitcheltree who's descendant married Mary Clark, (daughter of William, son of subject William). William Bell settled in the area in 1798, and is most

William Clark was a true pioneer and was one of the first to settle in Shenango Township. Descendants of this family are now located in many diverse parts of the United States.

Prepared and researched by David B.Taylor

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