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Clark family papers

Call Number: RH MS P213


This collection consists of letters that discuss family affairs, droughts and crops. J. S. Clark mentions carrying mail, "following" cotton, and Mormons. Lizzie mentions raising chickens and pigs. It also contains a marriage certificate for J. S. Clark and Mary Ann Pedigrew from Kansas in 1873.


  • Creation: 1873 - 1900

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History of the Clark family

Orrin Clark spent much of his life at sea until moving to New York around the age of 25 and marrying. He and his wife had two sons, J.S. and James, and eventually moved to Kansas by 1870. Orrin Clark died in Cowley County, KS in 1905.

J. or Jay S. Clark married Mary Ann Pedigrew in Kansas in 1873, who came from Illinois. They had 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys, including Louisa, Anna, and Jennie. Mary Ann Clark died while they were still children, and the family was divided. The smaller children went with Jay Clark to Manchester, Red River County, Texas. Some of the extended family also lived in Oklahoma.

Jay Clark remarried to Nettie Viola Jimmerson, who had previously been married to William S. Srygley. They had two children. Jay Clark died at the county poor farm in Manchester, TX in 1936.

[Information retrieved from Mrs. W.O. Wood's letter in accession file at Kenneth Spencer Research Library and from


1 folder (15 items)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS P213

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. W. O. Woods, 1973.

Guide to the Clark Family Collection
Clark family papers
Finding aid prepared by kpz 1973. Finding aid encoded by amh, 2004.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Clark family papers, RH MS P213, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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