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Benjamin Thomas Clark and Ruth Butterworth

Journal by MsMeridy

Benjamin Clark was born on 29th February 1799 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. He was Christened on 24th March 1799 at St Peters in Cambridge. He was the son of Benjamin Thomas Clark and Elizabeth Eusden Bell.

Ruth was born 23rd April 1817 at Middleton Parish Middleton, Lancashire, England. She was Christened on 10th August 1817. She was the daughter of James Butterworth and Mary Fielding

Ruth married Benjamin Thomas Clark on 28th June 1857, seven months after her first husband John Briggs died in November 1856. She had five surviving children when she married Benjamin.

Ruth and Ben had one daughter Lavinia Alice Clark(e) born the following year 2nd June 1858 in Salt Lake City. Lavinia died in November 1860. (2 years 5 months old)

They were married less than three years when Ruth died on 4th August 1860. She left behind five children from her first marriage ranging from 24 years of age to just five years old.

Benjamin had 4 children with his second wife Ann Southwell. Two of the children were born whilst he was married to Ruth.

It seems he was married to them both at the same time.

I found an interesting fact whilst collating this information.

James Briggs son of Ruth Butterworth and John Briggs married Caroline Clark daughter of Benjamin Thomas Clark and Ann Leaford Shuker. James and Caroline were both 20 when they married on 29th April 1965.

So James married his mums new husbands daughter from his first marriage. Therefore his stepfathers daughter. No blood relation.

Benjamin married for the 4th time to Martha Larkins on 28/4/1866.

Benjamin died the following year on 4th November 1867 at Sugarhouse in Salt Lake City. He is buried at the Salt Lake Cemetery.

Surnames: BELL BRIGGS BUTTERWORTH CLARK FIELDING SOUTHWELL
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on 2008-05-18 08:09:46

MsMeridy , from Goorambat, Victoria, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since May 2007. is researching the following names: TOLLIDAY, CLARK, MILES and 65 other(s).

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by jmar21 on 2008-05-23 18:54:01

Hi,
Ruth Butterworth Briggs Clark was my husband's Third Great Grandmother through Ruth's & John Briggs' daughter Sarah Ann Briggs.
jmar21

by MsMeridy on 2008-05-25 03:29:21

Hey there,

Thanks for the comment.

I am not a Clark relative as such..tho Charles Jonas Clark married a Tolliday and came to Australia in 1855.

Once you start researching and reading you can't stop.

I hope you enjoyed reading what I found out about the family history.

Cheers

Meredith.

by jmar21 on 2008-05-28 17:28:31

Hi Meredith,
Thanks for the reply, you are right once you start searching you can't stop have been doing this for 20 years+. I also help others through a family history center-so always going. I think its cool you live in Australia, though i've never been there. Use to know some kids that lived there through Civil air Patrol, before I was married but that's been 36 years ago. Anyway thanks for your information
J Martin

by clarkgeno on 2009-08-03 18:42:06

Hi,
I'm Dale Clark and a GGGGrandson of BT Clark. My lineage is through his second son Joseph John, John Arthur, Percy Arthur John, Boyd Joseph, the me. I really appreciate your site, adding a down under branch to the tree. I have enter over 65,000 names in to PAF. I believe I'm 90 % accurate in finding a path back through the I, II, III King Henrys of England, William the Conquer, and King Richard the LionHeart.
Afther tying into these lines most of the work has allready been done.
For your info, BT was converted to the Latter Day Saints Church (or Mormons) well after most of his first family was raised and had moved out. He married again, had kids and decided to move from Cheston, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England to Salt Lake City Utah. Other wifes were add by church rules permitting Polygamy. Ruth Briggs was seriously health challenge because or the trip she and her huband and family had taken trying to reach SLC in and ill-fated handcart journey that killed her husband and soe childred and eventualy herself. She was married to BT to provide her and her childrens support.
Is there anyway you or someone on Austrailia could photo the grave markers of Charles Jonas and his lineage, I would really appreciate it.
(Also attached are photos of my line if your system will allow, and forgive my spelling)

Thanks Dale

by clarkgeno on 2009-08-03 18:44:16

Hi,
I'm Dale Clark and a GGGGrandson of BT Clark. My lineage is through his second son Joseph John, John Arthur, Percy Arthur John, Boyd Joseph, the me. I really appreciate your site, adding a down under branch to the tree. I have enter over 65,000 names in to PAF. I believe I'm 90 % accurate in finding a path back through the I, II, III King Henrys of England, William the Conquer, and King Richard the LionHeart.
Afther tying into these lines most of the work has allready been done.
For your info, BT was converted to the Latter Day Saints Church (or Mormons) well after most of his first family was raised and had moved out. He married again, had kids and decided to move from Cheston, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England to Salt Lake City Utah. Other wifes were add by church rules permitting Polygamy. Ruth Briggs was seriously health challenge because or the trip she and her huband and family had taken trying to reach SLC in and ill-fated handcart journey that killed her husband and soe childred and eventualy herself. She was married to BT to provide her and her childrens support.
Is there anyway you or someone on Austrailia could photo the grave markers of Charles Jonas and his lineage, I would really appreciate it.
(Also attached are photos of my line if your system will allow, and forgive my spelling)

Thanks Dale

by MsMeridy on 2009-08-04 02:28:06

Hello Dale,

It was a big family of Clarks..I haven't done any research or writing of journals for some time.

Life, family and working interrupt the family history bug..

I am not sure off hand where Charles Jonas Clark is buried. I will reload my data..and get back to you.

I don't live near where the family lived but I might be able to ask someone to check the cemetery.

Some sites even have photos already in the system and send them to you upon request.

Keep in touch.


PS the photos don't come through FTC, you would have to email me at MsMeridy@yahoo.com
Meredith

by bekisoo on 2009-08-22 16:51:53

I am Clark descendant. My GGGrandfather Is BT. I was born in Utah, my grandmother worked in the sugar fields of Sugar House where BT first bought his land in Utah, and where he is buried. My grandson, age 9 at this writing, is doing a family history report and i found you helping him doing that research. I never knew I had relatives down under, but it looks like your ancestor may have sailed on the ship Golconda around 1852,3,4(?)to Australia, and my ancestor sailed probably on the same ship but a different trip, mine coming in 1853 or so to New Orleans and there to Utah. I am a descendant of
ann Shuker, who was BT's first wife,who died in England. Nice to meet you all.

by MsMeridy on 2009-08-22 23:37:37

Dear Bekisoo,

I have written you a msg thru FTC. Check there..then look for my journals on Charles Jonas Clark and Elizabeth Tolliday.. this will give you some detail for my side of the family.

Charles died in 1854. Not sure where.

More research to do. I probably already have it in my papers somewhere.

Cheers

Meredith.

by MsMeridy on 2009-08-22 23:38:34

sorry that should 1894 death date.

by MsMeridy on 2009-08-22 23:47:34

Charles Jonas Clark died at Scarsdale, Victoria on September 20th 1892. Burial date 26th September 1892. So we would need to look for the Smythesdale cemetery.

by MsMeridy on 2009-08-23 00:31:30

I have today written for a photo of the gravestone for Charles Jonas Clark who was busried at the Smythesdale cemetery in 1892.

I will await the reply and forward the photo to anyone who asks me.

Cheers

Meredith

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