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Clarke, Robert
MAIDEN NAME:  AKA 1: Clark AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: May 1836 DIED: 23 May 1901 BURIED:  ~ Smith Cemetery
DEATH PLACE: Monmouth, Polk Co., Oregon
1st MARRIAGE - Robert L. Clark & Minerva J. Chapman md 17 Mar 1859, Monroe Co, Missouri
1860 MO CENSUS - Robert Clark, age 24, occupation farmer, b. Canada is enumerated with Minerva, age 16, b. Missouri, John W., age 1 mo, b. Missouri, and Amanda Chapman, age 18, b. Missouri.
2nd MARRIAGE - to Jane ---
1870 IL CENSUS - Robert Clark, age 37, occupation teamster, b. Canada, is enumerated with Jane, age 28, b. Kentucky, along with John W., age 10 , b. Missouri, Emma, age 6, b. Illinois, George, age 4, b. Illinois, Robert, age 2, b. Illinois.
3rd MARRIAGE - Robert Clark & Elizabeth Goodman md 12 Jan 1874, Saline Co, Missouri
1880 OR CENSUS - Robert Clark, age 44, occupation wood dealer, b. Ireland, is enumerated with wife Elizabeth, age 25, b. Canada, along with William, age 5, b. Missouri, Frank, age 3, b. Oregon, Rolla, age 1, b. Oregon, John, age 20, b. Missouri, Robert, age 13, b. Missroui, and George, age 10, b. Missouri. Also enumerated with the family is William Haines, age 19, occupation laborer, b. Indiana.
1900 OR CENSUS - Robert Clark, age 64, occupation farmer, b. May 1836 in Missouri, is enumerated with his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth, age 48, mother of 11 children 10 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Jun 1851 in Canasa, along with Lee, age 15, b. Aug 1884 in Oregon, Retta, age 13, b. May 1887 in Oregon, Jay, age 11, b. May 1889 in Oregon, Roy C., age 9, b. Apr 1891 in Oregon, Elda C., age 7, b. May 1893 in Oregon, Millie, age 5, b. May 1895 in Oregon, and Bessie, age 3, b. Feb 1897 in Oregon.
NOTE - 3rd wife Elizabeth died 17 Nov 1919 and was buried in Fir Crest Cemetery (obit Monmouth Herald 21 Nov 1919)
DISCREPANCY - Census records give differing birthplaces (Ireland, Canada and Missouri)
Robert Clarke of Monmouth dropped dead Thursday. He was 65 years old.
Polk County Observer (Fri) 31 May 1901, 3:3

ANTIOCH: R. Clark died May 23 and was buried in the Smith cemetery. While his death was expected it came very sudden. He left a wife and thirteen children to mourn his loss. He was a devoted husband and loving father and an excellent neighbor.
Polk County Itemizer (Fri) 31 May 1901, 2:6
Robert Clarke
1836 - 1901
Monroe Co, Missouri Marriage Records (FamilySearch)
1860 MO CENSUS (Monroe Co, Marion, FA#328)
1870 IL CENSUS (McLean Co, Bloomington, FA#2695)
Saline Co, Missouri, Marriage Records (FamilySearch)
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, South Salem, ED 79, FA#70)
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Bridgeport, ED 174, sheet 3A)
PCI 31 May 1901, 2:6 
PCI 31 May 1901, 3:3
ROW: 16-8  

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