Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver,Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers
Creator: Clark, Robert, Jr.
Inclusive dates: 1829-1898, and undated
Extent: .25 cubic feet (in 1 box, 1 Oversized folder)
The majority of the papers are the correspondence, tax receipts for Michigan and Illinois, deeds, indentures, and mortgages of Clark’s wife, Mary E. Clark.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized into the papers of Robert or Mary Clark, then alphabetically.



Robert Clark, Jr. was a Lieutenant and Quartermaster (appointed in 1833 by Lewis Cass) in the 11th Regiment, Michigan Militia. He was a Deputy U.S. Land Surveyor, and as such, surveyed in the Grand Rapids and St. Joseph County, Michigan, areas. In 1828-1829 he moved to and bought land in the White Pigeon Village, Michigan, area which he had surveyed with other surveyors. He surveyed, mapped, and platted White Pigeon on May 6, 1830 with other interested parties. Also, he surveyed the territorial road from Nottawa Township (St. Joseph County, Michigan) to Grand Rapids in 1833. He was paid six dollars for 15 miles of surveying.

Clark married Mary E. Clark (died circa 1867.) They had two sons, one of whom was John Marshall Clark, born in 1837, whose Papers are also in the Clarke. Robert Clark died in 1837. In 1849 Mary and their sons moved to Chicago, purchasing a dairy farm near the city on Clark Street, which made them immensely wealthy. (Some of this information is from the History of St. Joseph County, Michigan.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The majority of the papers are the correspondence, tax receipts for Michigan and Illinois, deeds, indentures, and mortgages of Clark’s wife, Mary E. Clark. There is also a sketch of a bronze memorial tablet honoring Clark by the Michigan Engineering Society for his work as a Deputy U.S. Land Surveyor. Mary’s correspondence to family and friends describes family affairs and her farm business, 1838-1870. Correspondence, 1832-1837, is to Mary from Robert. It is affectionately written with brief notes about his work. Mary’s estate is detailed in a notebook, 1867-1898, in John M. Clark’s Papers.

Robert Clark’s papers also include an oversized certificate appointed him Quartermaster of the 11th Regiment, Michigan Militia in 1833, signed by Lewis Cass, and one folder of correspondence and a notebook documenting his supplies and duties as Quartermaster, 1829, 1832-1834, and undated.

Item-level index cards are available to assist researchers.

Subject Terms

    • Clark, Robert, Jr.
    • Clark, Mary E.
    • Clark, John Marshall, 1949-
    • Surveyors--Michigan.
    • White Pigeon (Mich.)--History.
    • Saint Joseph County (Mich.)--History.
    • Chicago (Ill.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Robert Clark, Jr., Biographical Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Robert CLark, Jr., Correspondence and notebook re: Michigan Militia, 1829, 1832-1834, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Mary E. Clark, Correspondence, Personal, 1832-1839, 1840-1846, 1847-1850, 1870
    Box   1 F   4
    Mary E. Clark, Deeds, Indentures, Mortgages, 1834-1857 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   5
    Mary E. Clark, Sketch for a bronze memorial tablet re: Robert Clark, Jr., 1898
    Box   1 F   6
    Mary E. Clark, Tax Receipts, (St. Joseph County, Michigan and Cook County, Illinois), 1850-1858
    Folder   1  
    Oversized Folder, Robert Clark, Jr., Quartermaster appointment certificate, signed by Lewis Cass, 1833