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New!
2017 Reunion
June 17th at the Farmington Rock Church. Sign-in begins at 9:00 and main program at 10.
Ends with lunch at the park, and maybe a walk down Clark or Porter Lane

This will be a special joint reunion with the Sanford Porter families. Please click here for the schedule details and participation options.


Family Board Meeting Minutes

Download Meeting Minutes from April 2017
Download Meeting Minutes from October 2016
Download Meeting Minutes from October 2015
Download Meeting Minutes from April 2015

 

Ezra T. Clark Now on Facebook

We hope you will join our new group facebook page: Ezra T Clark Family Organization Facebook Page

"Intended for all of 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. Everyone is welcome!"

 

Statue Dedicated in Honor of Great-Great-Grandson, Merlin Olsen

Photo of Merlin Olsen Football Hall of Fame inductee and actor, Merlin Olsen, died March 11, 2010. A sculpture of him was erected the following Fall outside Romney Stadium's Merlin Olsen Field at Utah State University. After playing for the Utah State Aggies, he became well known as part of the Los Angeles Rams' defensive line known as the "Fearsome Foursome". Later he acted in the cast of Little House on the Prarie, then as the lead in Father Murphy. He is the son of Merle Barrus Olsen of the Timothy Baldwin Clark branch of the family.
Statue photos:   Link to Photo of Merlin Olsen Statue   Link to Photo of Plaque on Statue    Poem and photos about Merlin from the family of his brother, Clark.  



Reunion Highlights from June 2015

Timothy Baldwin Clark Book A. Charles Clark introduced a new book he has written about Ezra's Father, Timothy Baldwin Clark, and his Connecticut forefathers. He brought the first few printed copies. Charles gave a very interesting presentation of much of the history. He presented the organization with a large framed map of Milford, Connecticut showing the location of the property of our Clark immigrant ancestors -- it was placed for view in the Ezra T. Clark home.

Family homes on Clark street were open for tours. Ezra T. Clark's original property is under development, but we were able to see at least part of the interior.
We had permission to visit the inside of the homes of Ezra T. Clark (and Mary Stevenson Clark), Susan Leggett Clark, Timothy Baldwin Clark, Annie Clark Tanner, Eugene Henry Clark, and Joseph Smith Clark.

Illustration of Clark Lane Homes

Dr. Dale Clark's Research of the Colonial Clarks

Dr. Dale Clark was an expert on the Clarks in colonial times, showcasing the influence of Deacon George Clark and some of his descendants on the development of America.

Dale, a grandchildren of Ezra Thompson Clark, compiled over 200 pages detailing the story of the colonial Clarks and their contributions to early Connecticut life, including their role in establishing the Connecticut Charter, which was a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.

Click here to read the transcript of Dr. John Clark's audio interview with Dale. The interview gives fascinating insights into Dale's research.
Or if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download the PDF file of the interview.


Did Clark boys help inspire Primary beginning?

As the Primary Association of the LDS Church gets set to celebrate its 125th anniversary, it is well to go back in time and see the role the Clark family played in that event.

Aurelia Rogers was one of Farmington's early stalwarts and a close friend of the Clark family. It is not improbable she found some inspiration from some of the Clark children as well.

Spurred by what she saw as a lack of organized activities for boys in her community, Aurelia shared her vision of an organization for children with Bishop John Hess, and then eventually Eliza R. Snow, who was then General President of the Relief Society.

Given the location of Rogers' home, (just east a block and a half from most of the Clark homes) it is likely some of the troublesome boys she had in mind were Clark boys. There were certainly a number of Clark boys in the neighborhood and vicinity.

Amasa, the 11th child of Ezra Thompson Clark and Mary Stevenson Clark, is pictured on the mural celebrating the establishment of the Primary in 1878, but records show he was not the only Clark to be part of the first Primary organization.

Journal accounts done by Aurelia Spencer Rogers, recorded in "Life Sketches of Orson Spencer and Others" show that there were 112 boys and 112 girls in the first primary. She broke the children into districts and District 4 included the following Clark children: Sarah Clark, Alice Clark, Eva Clark, Mamie Clark, John Clark, Amasa Clark, Eugene Clark and Anna Clark.


Amasa In Front of Mural