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Re: James Clark and Eleanor Kirkpatrick (1808)
Posted by: Nancy Gornichec Date: December 02, 2001 at 06:58:57
In Reply to: James Clark and Eleanor Kirkpatrick (1808) by Jan Stryker of 1448

Hi, this was in my Morton's History of Preston Co. Vol. I.

CLARK, James b. 1732 d. 1808, m. (1)Mary Ramsey, 1762, (2)Eleanor Kirkpatrick, 1773. Children by 1st wife:
John b. 1765-Indiana
James b. 1768 -Indiana

Children by 2nd wife:
Isabella b. 1779 m. James McGrew
Margaret b. 1781, d. 1805 m. John Curry-Indiana

The name of James Clark is of special interest, since by repute it was borne by the first permanent settler of Preston. This pioneer was born in County Derry, Ireland. In 1762 he married and sailed for America. He soon pushed into the interior, and according to tradition located in 1769 on the Big Sandy, four miles above Bruceton and one mile below the state line. His cabin stood on what is now the Pysel farm. Yet according to the Land Office Records of Virginia his settlement was not until 1776, and until then, his name does not appear in our annals. In 1773 Clark visited Ireland, returning with a second wife. Upon his death in 1808, he was buried on the farm by the side of his first wife. The widow removed to Indiana, accompanied by all of the surviving children except Isabella.

This is all it had. This book has been known to contain errors, so just wanted to give you a heads up on that.

Nancy :)

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