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Jesse Thomas Jackson Clark(e)

Of unknown parents, Jesse Thomas Jackson Clark, known to friends and family as “Tom”, was born on March 15, 1863, in Franklin County, Georgia.

Upon examining 1870 U.S. Census for a widow named Christian Adams (age 53), we see “Thomas” (age 7) living with her and her four daughters. However, this census did not request the relationship information. Because the surname of “Clark” did not appear, one might initially assume that “Thomas” was her son, but this is clarified in the 1880 U.S. Census (dated June 19, 1880) where we see “Thomas Clark” (age 17) living with Christian Adams (age 62); and her 18 year old daughter named Nancy A. Adams. Note that in this 1880 U.S. census his mother is listed as having been born in GA.

Interestingly, when examining the 1880 U.S. Census, for Henry Stoval, Jr. & his wife Sarah E. Adams-Stovall (the daughter of Jesse & Christian Adams) in Gum Log Georgia (dated June 9, 1880), we find Jesse T.J. Clark living with them as well. In this census we find that Jesse T.J. Clark (age 17) was an orphan; where he worked on Henry & Sarah Stoval's farm. In this entry his mother is listed as having been born in VA.

Considering that Jesse T.J. Clark was an orphan, and that Christian Adams' son, Mead Anderson Adams had served in the Confederate 24th Georgia Infantry (as a Corporal in Companies H & A), perhaps he had served in the war with Jesse T.J. Clark's father. Upon reviewing the roster for the 24th Georgia Infantry, there were indeed several soldiers named “Clark” in Company H:

  • Piesant G. Clark
  • J.T. Clark
  • J. W. Clark
  • James A. Clark
  • W. G. M. Clarke
  • T. Clark
  • J. A. Clarke

This becomes even more interesting when we see that the neighbor of Christian Adams (in the 1880 U.S. Census) is Mead Anderson Adams (her son)1). A few years later, Jesse T.J. Clark will marry Christian Adams's granddaughter (Mead's daughter), Sallie Tallulah Adams.

Over the years, we will see continued inconsistencies in the U.S. Census records over where Jesse T.J. Clark's parents were born.

1870 U.S. Census. Christian Adams' family begins on line 38.
1870 U.S. Census. Christian Adams' family continues at top of page.

1870 United States Federal Census


State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Free Inhabitants in: Subdivision 51
Post Office: Goodwill
Date: July 19, 1870

Name Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Christian Adams F 53 Georgia Keeping House
Sallie Adams F 16 Georgia At Home
Annice Adams F 13 Georgia At Home
Phebe Adams F 11 Georgia At Home
Nancy A. Adams F 8 Georgia
Thomas Adams M 7 Georgia

Source: “United States Census” Year: 1870; Census Place: Subdivision 51, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: M593_150; Page: 24A; Image: 266; Family History Library Film: 545649

1880 U.S. Census. On this page, Thomas Clark was living with the widow, Christian Adams, and is listed as a “servant” who is “working on farm”. Thomas Clark is listed on line 18.

1880 United States Federal Census



State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Township or other Division of County: Gum Log Dist.
Date: June 19, 1880

Name Relation Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Mead A. Adams Head M 40 Georgia Farmer
Sarah A. Adams Wife F 38 South Carolina Housekeeper
Sallie T. Adams Daughter F 13 Georgia In School
Thomas L. Adams Son M 11 Georgia In School
Fannie R. Adams Daughter F 9 Georgia
John W. Adams Son M 6 Georgia
Jesse D. Adams Son M 4 Georgia
William A. Adams Son M 2 Georgia
Christian Adams Head F 62 Virginia Housekeeper
Nancy A. Adams Daughter F 18 Georgia In School
Thomas Clark Servant M 17 Georgia Works on Farm

Note: From this 1880 census we learn that Thomas Clark attended school, could read and write.


Source: “United States Census, 1880,” Census Place: Grimlog, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: 147; Family History Film: 1254147; Page: 570D; Enumeration District: 030; Image: 0424

1880 U.S. Census. On this page, Jesse T.J. Clark was an orphan living with Henry & Sarah Stovall. Jesse T.J. Clark is listed on line 38.

1880 United States Federal Census



State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Township or other Division of County: Gum Log Dist.
Date: June 9, 1880

Name Relation Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Henry Stovall Head M 27 Georgia Farmer
Sarah E. Stovall Wife F 25 Georgia Housekeeper
Josiah T. Stovall Son M 4 Georgia
Nute E. Stovall Daughter F 2 Georgia
Jesse T.J. Clark Orphan M 17 Georgia Farm Laborer

Note: From this 1880 census we learn that, even though Jesse T.J. Clark attended school, he could NOT read or write. This contradicts the census completed by Christian Adams.


Source: “United States Census, 1880,” Census Place: Grimlog, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: 147; Family History Film: 1254147; Page: 570C; Enumeration District: 030; Image: 0423

On March 13, 1883,2) Jesse T.J. Clark (age 20) married Sallie Tallulah Adams (age 17) in Franklin County, Georgia.3) They had the following children:

  1. Fannie Lee Clark (born in January 1884 in Lavonia, Georgia - died on June 15, 1958, in DeKalb County, Georgia)
  2. William Farmer Clark (born in July 1886 in Georgia). On April 4 (or 19th), 1906, William Farmer Clarke (age 19) married Gertrude Randall (at age 19).
  3. Ollie C. Clark (born on March 2, 1889)
  4. Infant son - born on April 17, 1890 and died upon birth
  5. Viola L. Clark (born in December 1893 in Georgia)
  6. Sallie Osteen Clark (born on August 27, 1896, in Franklin County, Georgia - died on May 28, 1980, in Hendersonville, North Carolina)
  7. Meade Dewey Clark (born on March 28, 1901 - March 5, 1932, in Springs, Georgia, at the age of 30)

Sallie Tallulah Adams was known to friends and family as “Lula”.

From far right; Thomas J. Clark, Lula Adams (wife - on horse) and John Wesley Adams (sitting on wagon). This is from a “tin type” picture. Date unknown.
Most of the original 1890 U.S. Federal Census records were destroyed or badly damaged by a fire in the Commerce Department in 1921. Records enumerating only 6,160 individuals—less than one percent of the schedules—survived. Those for the Clark family were destroyed.
1900 U.S. Census. Jesse T.J. Clarke's family begins at line 45.
1900 U.S. Census. This page follows Jesse T.J. Clark's family, and simply lists the boarders who were living with the family.

1900 United States Federal Census



State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Township or other Division of County: Gum Log 213 Dist.
Date: June 1, 1900

Name Relation Gender Date of Birth Age Birthplace Birthplace of Father Birthplace of Mother Occupation
Jesse T.J. Clark Head M Mar. 1863 37 Georgia Georgia Georgia Farmer
Sallie T. Clark Wife F Dec. 1866 33 Georgia Georgia Georgia
Fannie L. Clark Daughter F Jan. 1884 16 Georgia Georgia Georgia At School
William F. Clark Son M July 1886 13 Georgia Georgia Georgia At School
Viola Clark Daughter F Dec. 1893 9 Georgia Georgia Georgia
Sallie Clark Daughter F Aug. 1896 5 Georgia Georgia Georgia
Luther Hamby Boarder M June 1881 18 Georgia Georgia Georgia
Vandiver Pledger Boarder M Dec. 1869 30 Georgia Georgia Georgia

Source: “United States Census, 1900,” Census Place: Gumlog, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: 197; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0026; FHL microfilm: 1240197

1910 U.S. Census. Jesse T.J. Clark's family begins at line 12.

1910 United States Federal Census



State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Township or other Division of County: Bryant Dist. 206 GA. Militia
Date: April 29, 1910

Name Relation Gender Age Birthplace Birthplace of Father Birthplace of Mother Occupation
Jesse T.J. Clark Head M 47 Georgia Virginia Virginia Farmer
Sallie T. Clark Wife F 43 Georgia Georgia Georgia None
Viola L. Clark Daughter F 16 Georgia Georgia Georgia None
Sallie O. Clark Daughter F 13 Georgia Georgia Georgia None
Meade D. Clark Son M 9 Georgia Georgia Georgia None

Source: “United States Census” Year: 1910; Census Place: Bryant, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: T624_189; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0037; FHL microfilm: 1374202

1920 U.S. Census. Jesse T.J. Clark's family begins at line 14. His son, William Farmer Clark's family appears immediately prior - beginning at line 9.

1920 United States Federal Census



State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Township or other Division of County: Gum Log Dist.
Date: January 20, 1920

Name Relation Gender Age Birthplace Birthplace of Father Birthplace of Mother Occupation
Jesse T.J. Clark Head M 56 Georgia Georgia Virginia Farmer
Sallie T. Clark Wife F 53 Georgia Georgia Georgia Farm Laborer
Sallie O. Clark Daughter F 23 Georgia Georgia Georgia None
Meade D. Clark Son M 18 Georgia Georgia Georgia Farm Laborer

Note 1: Gertrude Randall Clarke and William Farmer Clarke lived next door to Jesse T.J. & Sallie Clark.


Source: “United States Census, 1920,” Census Place: Gumlog, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: T625_255; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 41; Image: 870

Tallulah & Jessie Thomas Jackson Clark. Photo dated 1931.
1930 U.S. Census. Jesse T.J. Clark's family begins at line 29. Their neighbors during this census was Wylie & Maggie Clark (line 32).

1930 United States Federal Census



State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Township or other Division of County: Gum Log Dist. 213
Date: April 14, 1930

Name Relation Gender Age Birthplace Birthplace of Father Birthplace of Mother Occupation
J. Tom J. Clark Head M 67 Georgia Georgia Virginia Farmer
Sallie T. Clark Wife F 64 Georgia Georgia Georgia None
Meade D. Clark Son M 28 Georgia Georgia Georgia Farmer

Source: “United States Census” Year: 1930; Census Place: Gumlog, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: 357; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 355.0; FHL microfilm: 2340092

Tallulah & Jessie Thomas Jackson Clark. Photo dated 1935.
1940 U.S. Census. Jesse T.J. Clark's family begins at line 16. Wylie & Maggie Clark are listed on line 6.

1940 United States Federal Census



State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Township or other Division of County: M.D. 216, Gum Log
Date: April 9, 1940

Name Relation Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Jesse T.J. Clark Head M 77 Georgia Farmer
Sallie Clark Wife F 73 Georgia

Source: “United States Census” Year: 1940; Census Place: Gumlog, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: T627_673; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 59-6

Jesse Thomas Jackson Clark & Lula Adams-Clark. Circa 1941.

As was the family tradition, to the grandchildren, Sallie was known as “Mama Clarke” and Jesse T.J. Clark was known as “Papa Clarke”.

Jesse Thomas Jackson Clark passed away on April 10, 1942, in Toccoa, Georgia, at the age of 79. They had been married 59 years.

Sallie Tallulah Adams-Clark died on March 11, 1952, in Toccoa (Stephens County), Georgia, when she was 85 years old. (December 4, 1866 - March 11, 1952)

2)
Source: “Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FW8B-4QT : accessed 31 December 2015), J. T. J. Clark and S. T. Adams, 13 Mar 1883; citing , Franklin, Georgia; FHL microfilm 365,742.
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