The Clarks of Storrington Township, Ontario

by David A. Wyatt
Copyright ©2000-2008 David A. Wyatt
Email: dawwpg@shaw.ca

Storrington Township 1891 (click here for 1891 map of eastern Ontario [634K]) I am researching the ancestry and descendants of George Clark and his wife Martha Tuff [Tough], who relocated from Caldwell Manor, in the Clarenceville/Alburgh area of Québec and Vermont to Storrington Township, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada about 1837. Towns in Storrington township include Battersea, and Latimer (sometimes "Lattimer").

Several spellings of the family surname have been seen including Clark, Clarke, and Clarck.

George Clark Martha Tuff [Martha Tough]
  • b. 1809 Lower Canada (Quebec), son of James Clark (b. c1770 Maine - d. Vermont/Québec) and Catharine Miller (b. New York state).
  • listed in the 1851/2 census [age 44], 1861 census [age 53], in the 1871 census Martha is listed as a widow
  • d. 1869, buried in Sandhill Cemetery, Battersea, Frontenac Co., Ontario
  • b. 1816 Scotland, daughter of William Tough (b. 1774 Scotland - d. 1855 Québec) and Jane Munro (b. 1777 Scotland - d. 1853 Québec).
  • listed in the 1851/2 census [age 36], and 1861 census [age 44], 1871 census [age 55], 1881 census [age 65].
  • d. 1889, buried in Sandhill Cemetery, Battersea, Frontenac Co., Ontario
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  • Married 23 October 1834 Caldwell Manor (near Clarenceville [now Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville]), Lower Canada (Québec)
  • Residence: 100 acre farm at Concession 9, Lot 4, Storrington Township [1851/2 census, 1861 census and 1871 census]
  • Religious affiliation: Ch. of England (except Martha who is Presbyterian) [1851/2 census], "Messiah" [1861 census], "Prim. Meth." [1871 census].

George Clark and Martha Tuff raised a family of about eight children:

  1. Edwin Clark
    • b. 1836 Caldwell Manor, Lower Canada (Québec)
    • listed in the 1851/2 census as "Edwart" [age 16], 1861 census [age 26], 1871 census as "Edmon" [age 35], 1878 Atlas, 1881 census [age 45]
    • m. 1861 Mary Ann Adams (b. about 1838 Ontario) [1871 census]
    • d. 1887 Saskatchewan [ES]
    • Family of about nine children
      1. Ella [or Elenor] Clark
        • b. 1862 Storrington Twp, Ontario
        • m. 1882 Hezekiah George Matthews (b. 1857 - d. 1952)
        • d. 1943
        • 1901 census
        • One son Frederick Matthews (b. 1888)
      2. George E. Clark
        • b. 1865 Ontario
        • m. firstly 1889 Amanda Arrebella Ruthven (b. c1866 - d. 1898)
        • m. secondly 1900 Sophia Jane Loucks (d. 1954 Saskatoon)
        • d. 1928 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
        • family of at least two children: Bella [Arrabella?] (b. 1890) and Mary M. (b. 1891)
        • 1901 census, 1911 census.
        • also raised orphan Addie Clark, daughter of cousin Robert Clark and Laura Wyatt.
      3. Mary Louise Clark (b. about 1868 Ontario; m. 1887 at Storrington, Wellington Campbell Ruthven)
      4. Martha Ann Clark (b. June 1870 Ontario; m. Samuel Drummond)
      5. William Adams Clark (b. June 1870 Ontario; m. Katherine Drummond)
      6. John Wesley Clark (b. about 1875 Ontario; m. W. Northcott)
      7. Ida [or Ada] Jessie Clark (b. about 1875 Ontario; m[1]. Robert Rutlege)
      8. Bethuel Clark
        • b. 1877 Ontario
        • d. 1927
        • m. Mary Ellen "Nellie" Chrissley (b. 1873 - d. 1942)
        • 1901 census.
      9. James Clark (b. about 1880 Ontario; m. Jeannie Robinson)
  2. Thomas Clark
    • b. 1838 Upper Canada (Ontario)
    • listed in 1851/2 census [age 14], 1861 census [age 23], 1871 census [age 33], 1878 Atlas, 1881 census [age 43], 1901 census
    • m. before 1864 Jane Moffatt (b. about 1846 - d. 1901)
    • d. 1905
    • Family of about six children
      1. Martha E. Clark
        • b. 1864 Canada West (Ontario)
        • m. William Ormsbee (b. 1861 - d. 1945)
        • d. 1938
        • 1901 census, 1911 census.
        • Family of about three children: Charles (b. 1892 - d. 1962), Ethel (b. 1894 - d. 1975), and Flora (b. 1895)
      2. Charles Clark
      3. John Clark (b. about 1870 Ontario - d. 1899)
      4. Reuben Clark (b. 1872 Ontario - d. 1937, m. Annie Mabel Thomas)
      5. Thomas M. Clark (b. 1877 Ontario - d. 1943, m. Mary Robb)
      6. Ethel Clark (b. 1883 Ontario - d. 1949, m. Fred Gibson)
  3. Clarinda Clark
    • b. about 1839 Upper Canada (Ontario)
    • m. 1861 John Crickmore Thorne [Thorn] (b. about 1837 - d. 1900)
    • d. 1887, buried in Sandhill Cemetery, Battersea, Storrington Twp.
    • Listed in the 1851/2 census [age 12], 1861 census [age 20], 1881 census [age 41]
    • Family of about three children
      1. Josephine Thorne (b. about 1867, m. 1885 at Battersea, to Darius Ambrose Gardiner Pixley)
      2. George W. Thorne (b. 1870 - d. 1873)
      3. John Thorne (b. about 1874)
  4. William Clark
    • b. about 1844 Canada West (Ontario)
    • listed in the 1851/2 census [age 8], 1861 census [age 17], 1871 census [age 27], 1881 census [age 38], and 1891 census [age 47], 1878 Atlas
    • ethnicity: English [1871 and 1881 censuses]
    • m. before 1870 Nancy Abernathy
    • Residence: 200 acre farm at Concession 13, Lot 20, Storrington Township [1871 census and Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties, 1878]
    • Religious affiliation: "C. Presb." [1871 census], Methodist [1881 census], "Messiah" [1891 census].
    • Unable to locate the family unit in the 1901 Storrington Township Census Returns.
    • Family of about five children:
      1. Robert Clark
        • b. about 1870 Ontario
        • listed in the 1871 census [age 1], and 1881 census [age 11]
        • m. March 25, 1891 Storrington, Frontenac County, Ontario Laura Augusta Weagent (Laura Augusta Wyatt)
        • Laura and Robert both died at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she in 1908 and he in 1909.
        • Residence: Lot 16, Concession 2, Storrington Twp, Frontenac County, Ontario (near town of Latimer) [1901 census]
        • Residence: Town of Saskatoon [1906 census]
        • Eight children: Ernest William (1892-1927), Annie Ethel (1895-before 1901?), Jennie (1899-before 1906?), Dora Alfreda (1900-1921, Mrs. Albert R. Deeley), Grace Goram (1902-1975, Mrs. Clarence Haworth), Arabella/Belle (c1904-1983, Mrs. George Tuff), Jane (c1905-before 1909?), and Adaline May (1906-1936, Mrs. Paul C. Shea). Belle, Grace and Dora raised by Billy & Bert Wyatt in Manitoba. Addie raised by George E. Clark in Saskatchewan. Ernie rasied by William Clark in Alberta.
      2. Jessie Clark
        • b. 14 June 1871 Ontario
        • m. March 25, 1891 Storrington, Frontenac County, Ontario James Robert Wyatt (James Robert Wageant)
        • resident 1901 in Sifton Municipality, Manitoba [1901 census]
        • d. February 21, 1910 in hospital at Brandon, Manitoba; buried Elstow, Saskatchewan
        • Religious affilliation: The 1891 marriage of Jessie Clark and James Wyatt is recorded with the religious affiliation "Messiah" but in the 1891 North Crosby Township census the couple are Methodist. 1901 census they are Presbyterian.
        • Six children: Adeline Mary Wyatt, Ross Robert Wyatt, Jessie Lillian Wyatt, William Guy Wyatt, Winnifred Wyatt, and James Bryce Wyatt
        • listed in the 1881 census as "Jessa" [age 9] and 1891 North Crosby census as "Jessy Wyatt" [age 19]
        • [PHOTO] (113K)
      3. Winnifred Clark
        • b. about 1874 Ontario
        • listed in the 1881 census [age 7] and 1891 census [age 17]
        • Resident 1901 census Kingston, with uncle William Henry Potter, unmarried.
      4. William Edwin Clark
        • b. about 1879 Ontario
        • listed in the 1881 census [age 2] and 1891 census [age 13]
        • married Fanny Margaret Lusk
        • settled in Alberta, NE of Edmonton
        • 1911 census [Strathcona, Alberta]
        • two children: Alex and Margaret. Also raised nephew Ernie, son of Robert Clark.
      5. Ann Ellen "Nancy" Clark
        • b. 22 October 1882 Ontario
        • listed in the 1891 census as "Nansy" [age 8], listed in the 1901 census as "Nancy H McGuffin" [Sifton L4] and "Ellen E McGuffin" [Sifton L3]
        • married 1899 Cameron RM, Manitoba, to Manfred Alexander McGuffin (b. 1874 Ontario, d. 1966 Portland, Oregon. 1881 census)
        • resident 1901 in Sifton Municipality, Manitoba [1901 census], 1906 Brandon, Manitoba [1906 census] , .
        • Children: John Alexander McGuffin b: 26 JAN 1902 in Virden, Wallace, Manitoba, Canada, died 1964 Portland, Oregon; Clifford Franklin McGuffin b: 22 JUN 1904 in Virden, Wallace, Manitoba, Canada; Harold McGuffin; Ellen McGuffin; two others.
  5. George Clark, Jr.
    • b. 1849 Frontenac County, Canada West (Ontario)
    • Listed in the 1851/2 census [age 3], 1861 census [age 11], 1871 census [21], 1878 Atlas
    • m. before 1878 Teresa [Theresa] Coglan
    • 1881 census in Storrington Twp.
    • 1901 census in Kingston
    • d. 1911, buried in Sandhill Cemetery, Battersea, Storrington Twp.
    • at least eight children:
      1. Frances "Frankie" Clark (b. Feb. 17 1878 Ontario)
      2. Florence [Florense] Clark (b. Jan. 16 1880 Ontario)
      3. Helena A. Clark (b. Aug. 28 1881)
      4. Anna E. Clark (b. Nov. 07 1883)
      5. Lena M. Clark (b. Aug. 20 1887)
      6. George A. Clark (b. May 21 1890)
      7. Garnet P. Clark (b. Jul. 29 1892)
      8. Nancy P. Clark (b. Dec. 31 1894)
  6. Mary Clark
    • b. 1852 Canada West (Ontario), Martha's twin
    • m. Isaac Lake (b. 1844 - d. 1913)
    • d. 1921
    • Listed in the 1861 census [age 8], 1871 census [age 18], 1901 census
    • Family of about three children
      1. Harold Lake (b. 1881 - d. 1943, m. Ada Wilson)
      2. Mabel Lake (b. 1883 - d. 1911)
      3. Earl Lake (b. 1885, m. Rachel York)
  7. Martha Clark
  8. James Clark
    • b. 1856 Canada West (Ontario)
    • Listed in the 1861 census [age 5], 1871 census [age 15], 1881 census [age 25]
    • m. 1882 Arabella Mary Sutherland [1901 census].
    • d. 1920
    • 1901 census (first page) and (second page)
    • family of six children:
      1. Charles Sutherland Clark (b. 1883 Ontario - d. 1965, m. Nettie Edwards)
      2. Margaret Clark (b. 1887 Ontario - d. 1956, m. Jerry Simpson)
      3. Albert Clark (b. 1890 Ontario - d. 1928, m. Amy Scott)
      4. Martha Clark (b. 1891 Ontario, m. ? Virene)
      5. Victor Clark (b. 1895 Ontario - d. 1958, m. Violet ?)
      6. Harold Clark (b. 1900 Ontario - d. 1966, m. Florence Hodge), listed in the 1901 census as "John H."

John Clark and Family of Storrington Township

About 2½ miles (4 km) south of the farm of George Clark was the farm of his brother John Miller Clark (b. 1811 Lower Canada (Québec)). John's family included his wife Catharine [or Kathleen] Hogan (b. c1821 Upper Canada (Ontario)) and children James (b. c1842), Mary (b. c1845), Jane (b. c1847), Clarinda (b. c1851), John Wesley (b. c1853), Henry (b. c1855), Catharine (b. c1857), Bethuel (b. 1860), and Olive May (b. c1862). [1881 census]. John and Catherine Clark resettled their family in Bay County, Michigan, USA. This Bethuel Clark(e) settled near Warspite, Alberta, and a family link with descendents of George Clark and Martha Tuff was a recurring family legend. A brief historical sketch of the ancestry of Warspite's Bethuel Clarke described the (John) Clark family as coming from Vermont.

Reuben Clark and Family of Storrington Township

Another brother of the Caldwell Manor Clarks also settled in Storrington Township. Reuben Taylor Clark (b. 1817 Lower Canada (Québec)) and wife Christianne Ansley (b. c1822 Upper Canada (Ontario)) raised a family of about ten children (all born in Ontario): Gilbert (b. c1841), Daniel [David in some sources] (b. c1842), Maranda [or Miranda](b. c1844), Harriet (b. c1845), Hannah (b. c1848), Elgin (b. 1851), Sara (b. c1854), Reuben W. (b. c1856), Melvin (b. c1859), and Martha (b. c1861). In the 1871 and 1881 censuses Reuben & Christianne reside in Hullett Township, Huron County, Ontario. Melvin and Martha can be located in Hullett Twp. in the 1901 census.

The Clark Name in Frontenac County, Ontario

Although Clark is relatively common name in English-speaking Canada, it is especially common in Frontenac County, Ontario. This is partly due to the early settlement in area by United Empire Loyalist Robert Clark (1744-1824). Robert Clark raised three sons, the eldest of whom raised a family of twelve sons. By 1878 Robert Clark's descendents numbered more than 500. (The Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties, 1878, p. 14.)


The 1871 census links are to The Library and Archives of Canada at http://www.collectionscanada.ca/. The 1880 and 1881 census links are to www.familysearch.org. The 1901 and 1906 census links are to automatedgenealogy.com.

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