Welcome to the Ezra Thompson Clark Family Organization Website!
PURPOSE OF THE WEBSITE
This site fosters interaction among Ezra T. Clark's thousands of descendants, provides access to Clark family histories, and communicates information about the Ezra T. Clark Family Organization, family reunions, and other activities.
New! Family Reunion 2015:
This year's reunion will be held Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Details here.
With the new year of 2015, The Ezra T. Clark Family Association has much to be thankful for. Let me begin with the solemn news of the passing of one of our Family Representatives and former President of the Association, Antone L. Clark. Many of us who got to know him ALWAYS found him to be a positive soul who took a deep interest in everyone he met. He possessed a keen and quick wit as well as a profound love for the Clark Family. Antone was a journalist and chronicler of events. He published articles and books on the subject of his forebears and ancestral relatives. He had a gift for storytelling. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of a family excursion beginning in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Chicago, Illinois tracing sites that are dear to the Clark Family History. At the time of his death, he was spearheading the digitizing of documents relating to Clark ancestors so that they could become available to all and not just a few. And finally, Antone was a friend, and more personally, he was MY FRIEND. Every encounter left me better off than I was before. I'll miss his tall stature; his engaging smile; and his soft voice letting you know that God is in His Heaven and the world will be OK! Farewell, Antone.
In this the 114th year of our founding, our E.T. Clark Family Association reunion will be held at the Farmington Recreation Center on the Saturday of Father's Day weekend. This is the traditional time to remember our ancestral father and gather together to share good company. The Family Rep from the Sarah Lavinia Clark line, Rick Knowlton will be our chair and host for the Reunion. If you want to help, he'd welcome the assistance. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone is 801-789-2645.
David M. Clark
President, Ezra T. Clark Family Association
HISTORY OF EZRA THOMPSON CLARK
Born in Illinois in 1823, Ezra Thompson Clark is one of Utah's most notable pioneers. He is the father of 21 children, 16 of whom have living descendants.
His family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1835; he was baptized in 1836. The family moved to Missouri where he was a participant in the persecutions heaped upon the Saints during that time.
Leaving Missouri, his family relocated to Iowa where he grew to manhood and eventually married Mary Stevenson. He and his wife Mary had a baby in Lee County, Iowa and then began the trek westward with the pioneers. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1848, after spending an extra year in Winter Quarters.
They lived two years in the North Canyon area of Bountiful before settling in Farmington where he lived the remainder of his life. He and Mary had 11 children, including two who lived to be over 100 years of age.
Ezra Thompson Clark served five missions for The Church, including a mission to England where he became acquainted with the family of Susan Leggett, who would become his second wife and bear him 10 children.
A noted financier, Ezra was heavily involved in Church, social, political, and family activities his entire life.