Hugh and Mary Ann Clark

Source: "The Colliers" <gunner@totacc.com>, June 2002

 

Hugh Clark was born March 11, 1841 in Cocke County, Tennessee. Mary Ann Bible was born August 17, 1843 in Cocke County, Tennessee. Hugh and Mary Ann married April 14, 1861. Hugh Clark was the son of John Hunter Clark and Mary Ann "Polly" Hood. Mary Ann Bible was the daughter of Jacob Biel Bible and Arabel Cleary. Hugh and Mary Ann lived in Del Rio, Tennessee, where they had eight children:

  • Joseph Ezra, April 4, 1862;
  • Mary Ellen, October 13, 1864;
  • John Mordecai, September 22, 1867;
  • William Andrew, August 25, 1870;
  • Sarah Jane, October 14, 1875;
  • Judy Maybell, May 30, 1879;
  • Oceola "Ocie", October 20, 1882;
  • Loyd Robert, March 1886.

Hugh and Mary Ann moved from Del Rio, TN in 1873. They put the women on a boat to New Orleans and then to Galveston. The men came by wagon and walked. They met the women at Galveston and traveled to Burnet County, Texas.

Hugh was a hog farmer in Tennessee. In Texas he farmed, hunted and fished. He was never content without a river nearby. Hugh would plant three chinaberry trees close together, and when they started to grow, he would braid them. As the trees grew, he would tie a weight to the top of the trees. He kept putting more weights on the trees until he had the right curve. He then cut the tree, peeled the bark off, put a rubber cap on the bottom and he had a beautiful walking cane.

Hugh bought a place on Morgan Creek, which runs into lake Buchanan, according to Courthouse records. According to Burnet County history, Hugh abandoned this property because it was against his religion to own a lot of property. Hugh along with his two sons, Will and Joe and their families, moved to San Saba County, Texas in 1903.

Mary Ann's ancestors came from Germany and she was proud of her heritage. She didn't fear the wilderness or the Indians. She was used to hard times, always trying to make ends meet. She continued her frugal ways after moving to Pleasant Valley. When walking to visit her brother, Barrs Hood, or other neighbors, she carried her shoes in order to keep from wearing them out.

Hugh and Mary Ann are buried at the Richland Cemetery between Marble Falls and Smithwick in Burnet County, Texas.

Sources: Jack Clark of Rockdale, TX and Naomi Chadwick of Austin, TX

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