Orpha CLARK, b. Oct 1842 Hyde Co., NC, d. 27 Feb 1917 Bath Twp., Beaufort Co., NC. Orpha was the daughter of William & Polly CLARK, according to her certificate of death.
From what I can piece together (and it is possible that … gasp … I’m in error), it would appear that William CLARK d. prior to 1850. In that census, there is a Polly CLARK, aged 36, with a young female, Alafarrow or Alliefare CLARK, aged 4, residing at the Hyde county poor house. In that same county, Orpha CLARK is living within the Wm. & Peggy SMITH household.
I cannot locate Polly CLARK or Orpha CLARK in 1860. However, there is an Ally FARROW, aged 14, living with Wm. & Belinda SMITH.
In 1870 Currituck Twp., Hyde Co., Orpha appears to be married to James LOYD and has a daughter, Elizabeth, aged 1. Same year, same county, but in Lake Landing twp., D. CLARK, aged 17 is listed as the head of the household including Polly CLARK, 60, Alafarrow CLARK, 25, and Willis CLARK, 4. This is the last that I find of Polly and Alafarrow.
Orpha SAWYER is living as a boarder in the James LOYED household in 1880 Pantego Twp., Beaufort Co. - James LOYED’s wife is listed as Clarissa. This is confusing to me - a different James LOY(E)D or Orpha's previous husband?
Orpha remains in Beaufort Co., NC until her death in 1917. She married Junius FULFORD, b. Jan 1845 in 1895.
According to the 1910 census, Orpha had been married 4 times and had given birth to 5 children, with 1 still living. This living child was Seleta Mobile COLLINS, b. 21 Dec 1880 and married Eppa Augustus CORNELIUS.
I’m attempting to ascertain the names of Orpha’s 4 husbands. I believe them to be 1. James LOYED m. abt 1868; 2. James SAWYER m. Nov 1876 div. 1883; 3. Joseph or Jacob COLLINS, m. abt 1883; 4. Junius FULFORD m. abt 1895. I’d like to find info to prove or disprove these marriages.
I’m also interested in any information pertaining to William and Polly CLARK.
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