Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University
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Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers
KYle Garver,Marian Matyn
Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers
Clark, Robert, Jr.
1829-1898, and undated
.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.
The material is in English
Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers are open for research.
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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.
- Clark, Robert, Jr.
- Clark, Mary E.
- Clark, John Marshall, 1949-
- White Pigeon (Mich.)--History.
- Saint Joseph County (Mich.)--History.
- Chicago (Ill.)--History.
| Container / Location
Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers. [series]:
Robert Clark, Jr., Biographical Materials, undated
Robert CLark, Jr., Correspondence and notebook re: Michigan Militia, 1829, 1832-1834, undated
Mary E. Clark, Correspondence, Personal, 1832-1839, 1840-1846, 1847-1850, 1870
Mary E. Clark, Deeds, Indentures, Mortgages, 1834-1857 (scattered)
Mary E. Clark, Sketch for a bronze memorial tablet re: Robert Clark, Jr., 1898
Mary E. Clark, Tax Receipts, (St. Joseph County, Michigan and Cook County, Illinois), 1850-1858
Oversized Folder, Robert Clark, Jr., Quartermaster appointment certificate, signed by Lewis Cass, 1833