Clark Family

Submitted by Peggy Bone Colella

Jane Fulton Clark, daughter of William Fulton Sanders Clark and Emma Douglass (See Douglass Family), married the 18th of June 1854, William Leonidas Bone, they were my great-grandparents. Jane (Jennie) was born 20 Mar. 1832 Sumner Co., died 20 Dec. 1904 Sumner Co., buried in the Old Douglass Cemetery on Station Camp Creek. Mr. Clark has been a source of frustration to me. Family tradition says he was related to Robert Fulton of Steamboat fame. This seems possible as he gave two of his children the middle name of Fulton. I did find that the Bondman for William and Emma Clark's marriage was a David M. Fulton. Robert Fulton had one son, Robert Barton Fulton. One of Charles Clarks's daughters had the middle name Bartona. One of Robert Fulton's sisters married a David Morris. Any family mention of our William F. S. Clark says he was from Maryland. A record of him found in the Mormon Church files gives his date of birth as 7 Jan. 1806 Sumner County, Tennessee. The source of this information is given as the Clark Family Bible in possession of Miss Corinne Bone of Gallatin. No one knows where this Bible is today. In "Sumner County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records", by Snider & Yorgason, 1981, it shows the Rev. William F. Clark, died 16 Aug. 1847, buried in the Old Douglass Cemetery on Station Camp Creek. I had not found this grave when I searched the cemetery, so I'm very grateful for this valuable reference work. On the 1850 census, Emma Clark is shown as head of the household with 10 children listed: (dates are from the Edwards family Bible in possession of Judge B.D. Bell of Nashville).

  1. Jane Fulton Clark b. 20 Mar. 1832 d. 20 Dec. 1904.
  2. Reuben Douglass Clark b. 28 Jan. 1834 d. 29 Dec. 1864 near Tuscumbia, Alabama.
  3. Charles Clark b. 18 May 1835 d. 1 Apr. 1911 m. Martha Brown (the only one of the Clark sons to marry, two of his descendants live in Milan, Tenn.)
  4. Malissa Clark b. ca. 1837.
  5. William Clark b. ca.1839, he was retarded and lived all of his life with his mother. In her will, she made provision for his care after her death.
  6. Elizabeth Edwards Clark b. 2 Oct.1840 m. Ben Harris.
  7. David Fulton Clark b. 16 July 1842 d. 13 May 1863 near Raymond, Mississippi.
  8. Edward (Ned) G. Clark b. 28 Apr. 1844 d. Nov. 1862.
  9. Elinor W. (Ellen) Clark b. 16 Dec. 1845 d. 2 Jan. 1928 m. Dr. Alfred D. Brown.
  10. Sophia W. Clark b. 20 Nov. 1847 m. Henry Dorris. (One of their sons, Roland Dorris, later bought the old Clark home).


From - EARLY HISTORY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE by Edward Albright 1909

The old house out on Big Station Camp Creek was originally a Fort built sometime early in 1783 by Elmore Douglass and James Franklin, Charles Carter, James M. Cain and others, as protection from bands of Indians who were harassing and killing these pioneers.

By an act of the North Carolina legislature, Sumner County was established in 1786, named for General Jethro Sumner, a brave officer in the War of the Revolution. It is said the first court held in Sumner County was in the barnyard of this Fort, home of Col. Edward Douglass of the War of the Revolution. Col. Douglass was a prominent figure in the affairs of the early settlement. He came from Scotland to Farquhar Co., Virginia. In 1740, he married Sarah Gorge (George). He gained great renown as an Indian fighter. From himself and his sons are descended a long line of honored citizens of Sumner County. Two of his sons, James and Edward, having participated in writing the Constitution of Tennessee.

This old house, believed the oldest in Tennessee, is kept in good condition and is a home. It was an Inn for a time, and finally came to some members of the Douglass family. After some repairs, the old fort became the home of William Fulton Sanders Clark and Emma Douglass Clark where was reared a large family. Their four sons, Reuben, Charles, David and Ned (Edward) were in the Confederate Army. Only Charles came back. The Clark Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, Gallatin, is named for these four men.

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On the summit of a rough and rugged hill, that rises above Station-Camp Creek, stands a tall, old fashioned house in which William F. Clark, of Maryland, and his wife, Emma Douglass, of Sumner Co., reared a large family of children. Four of them were boys. Here they spent their childhood and fitted themselves for the call; the future had in store the defense of their homes in that awful four years struggle. It is the unanimous verdict of their comrades, that four nobler, braver or more valiant men were never sacrificed by one mother, upon the altar of her country.

The youngest, Edward (better known as Ned), a hotheaded youth of 17 years had just entered the Cumberland University at Lebanon. He was the first to answer the call to arms. Enlisting in Capt. Baber's Company (C) 7th Tennessee Infantry, April, 1861. (Col. Robert Hatton's regiment.) He was wounded at the battle of Seven Pines, again at Cedar Run, and early in the action, at the battle of Mechanicsville (July, 1862) had his arm broken. After having it dressed, he hastened back to the battlefield and worked heroically during the rest of the engagement, carrying the wounded from the field. He had not recovered from this wound when the second battle of Manassas occurred in November of the same year. While taking part in this engagement, he was shot through the body and died instantly. His body was never recovered. After Ned had joined the army, Reuben Douglass Clark, the elder son, repaired to Camp Trousdale and enlisted in the same company in order to be with his younger brother. Their regiment being the first to leave Camp Trousdale to join General Lee and General Loring in north-western Virginia. Reuben was promoted in March, 1862, and placed on the staff of General D.S. Donaldson, where he remained until the death of General Donaldson at Knoxville, Tenn. He was then transferred to General T.H. Bell's staff and was with him until Hood's raid into Tennessee in November, 1864. He was severely wounded at Murfreesboro on the 9th of Nov. during the retreat of our army from Nashville. Riding in the bitter cold, without sufficient covering on his wounded limb, he contracted pneumonia, from which he died, near Tuscumbia, Alabama, Dec. 29th, 1864. His younger brother, Charles, was with him when he died. He was a school teacher by profession, had educated David at Clarksville and was educating Ned when the trumpet blast of war was sounded.

The third son, David Fulton Clark, was teaching school in Panola County, Miss., where he joined the Panola Guard in early 1861. He was captured at Fort Donelson Feb. 16, 1862, and imprisoned. While in prison, he endeavored to hold up the weaker ones, especially in moral and spiritual matters. An old "messmate" says of him, "I never knew him to fail in the discharge of every duty, a Christian pure and undefiled was he". After the exchange, in the fall of 1862, he was transferred to Co. F., 30th Tenn. Infantry, and was killed May 13th, 1863, near Raymond, Mississippi. After the close of the war, his remains were removed to the cemetery at Raymond, and the grave marked. When his comrades asked to have the bill of expenses forwarded to them, the citizens replied, "they are our dead."

Charles Clark, the second son, was his mother's only dependence, and did not enlist until the spring of 1862. He then joined Capt. Webber's Co., in Morgan's Cavalry. He was transferred to Capt. John D. Kirkpatrick's Co., and was with Morgan when he made his raid into Ohio. He made his escape and afterwards remained in Gen. T.H. Bell's Brigade (Forrest's Cavalry) until the close of the war when he returned to the old home where he now lives; loving and cherishing the memory of the grandest struggle the world has ever known; the southern sons' defense of their country. No more fitting choice could have been made than we, the Daughters of the Confederacy, made by honoring so noble a mother, in calling ours "CLARK CHAPTER."

(The original was found in papers of Aunt Corinne Bone, now in the possession of Mrs. W.L. Bone of Gallatin, TN.)

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