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Nicholas Robbins Family


LUCY (ROBBINS) CLARK (Biographical data supplied by Richard G. Smith from his Clark family records together with related U. S. Census abstracts) Re: The Nicholas Robbins Family, No. 7.45.2


Lucy Robbins, daughter of John and Polly (Allen) Robbins, was born 29 Oct 1828 at Guilford, Maine. When she was a toddler, the family removed to Exeter, Maine, and later to Oxford County, Maine, where she was raised to adulthood. On 2 Mar 1846 she married John S. Clark. John was the son of Moses and Hannah (Vickery) Clark. He was born at Bridgewater, Grafton County, New Hampshire on 23 Jul 1821. At the time of their marriage, John was residing at Boston, Massachusetts, where he was employed as a painter.


After marriage John and Lucy settled in Maine, where John took up farming. At the time of the 1850 Census they were residing with Lucy's father, John Robbins, Jr. at Worthley Pond, Peru, Oxford County, Maine. John's surname is given as "Clarke" according to the Peru vital records showing the birth of his son, John. Sometime before the birth of their fourth child in 1864, John and Lucy resettled in Massachusetts. According to the 1880 Census, they were residing at Harvard, Massachusetts. In that census the family name is again spelled "Clarke". Listed with John in the 1880 Census was wife Lucy, mother-in-law Polly, and three children: George, Frank and Lizzie.


Lucy (Robbins) Clark died at Worcester, Massachusetts on 5 Oct 1898. Husband John Clark died there on 10 Dec 1901. Their known children (list may not be complete) were:


1.  Moses R. Clark was born at Worthley Pond, Peru, Maine. According to the 1900 Census for Westborough, Massachusetts, Moses was born in January, 1847 in Maine, age 53, married 21 years, occupation: shoe stitcher, residing with wife, Flora M. Clark, born in March, 1855 in Rhode Island, age 45, married 21 years, 1 child/1 child living, no occupation listed, and son George B. Clark, born in June, 1881 in Massachusetts, age 18, single, student. By the time of the 1910 Census, Moses, Flora and George had resettled together in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where Moses was noted as a stitcher in a shoe factory and George as a public school teacher.


2.  John Louis Clark was born at Worthley Pond, Peru, Maine on 16 Feb 1850. He married Eliza Frances "Lizzie" Farnham at Townsend, Worcester County, Massachusetts on 9 Jun 1873. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. A. G. Adams, a Methodist clergyman. Lizzie was the daughter of Columbus S. and Abigail D. (Ridley) Farnham. She was born on 3 Dec 1853 at East Cambridge, Massachusetts. This couple settled in Boston, Massachusetts after marriage. John was employed there as a hostler in 1877 and was recorded as a teamster in the 1880 Census for South Boston. John and Lizzie had two children, an unnamed infant who was born and died in 1875 and a son, George L. Clark, who was born at Boston on 14 May 1877. John and Lizzie later resettled in Harvard, Massachusetts, where they were residing when the estate of Lizzie's mother was probated in February, 1892. John died at Harvard on 3 Jun 1893. He was listed as a "cabinet maker" at the time of his death. Lizzie died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts on 12 Jan 1941 at age 87 years, 1 month and 9 days.


Son George L. Clark married first, Marie-Louise Antonia "Annie" Panneton in 1899. Annie was born 8 Nov 1879 at Three Rivers, Quebec, Canada. According to family records and later censuses, George and Annie's family included: Mabel Florence Clark (b. 1900, m. Joseph Rioux in 1924); Mildred Irene Clark (b. 1902, m. Ernest Charles Smith in 1921); Gilbert Farnum Clark (b. 1908, m. first, Dora Helen Tourtellot and secondly, Leona Schade); Gladys Etta Clark (b. 1910, m. William M. Sargent in 1931); Norman Ammi Clark (b. 1915, m. Lucille Allyson); and Bertha Evelyn Clark (b. 1918, m. Jean Emile Metivier in 1939). Following Annie's death in 1947, George married secondly, Ethel Johnson in 1948. No children for this couple. George died in 1955 and Ethel followed in 1974.


3.  Edward Sewell Clark was born at Richmond, Sagadahoc County, Maine on 31 Oct 1861. He married 

Emily M. Merritt on 1 Apr 1892 at Worcester, Massachusetts. This couple resided in Worcester after marriage. In the 1900 Census for Worcester, Edward S. Clark is listed as head of a household consisting of himself, born October, 1861 in Maine, age 38, married 8 years, occupation: electric car motorman; wife Emily M. Clark, born August, 1870 in Canada, age 30, married 8 years, 2 children/2 children living, no occupation listed ; daughter Bertha M. Clark, born April, 1893 in Massachusetts, age 7, at school; and Ralph E. Clark, born October, 1896 in Massachusetts, age 4, at home. By 1920, daughter Bertha had married Guy W. Burr, born in Maine around 1876. In the census of that year, this couple were enumerated as residents of Worcester, where Guy was employed as an insurance agent. In the 1930 Census for Worcester, son Ralph E. Clark is listed as head of a household consisting of himself, age 33, born in Massachusetts, married at age 28, occupation: life insurance agency supervisor; wife Mildred B. Clark, age 29, born in Massachusetts, married at age 22, no occupation listed; daughter Nancy Clark, age 5, born in Massachusetts; and son Robert B. Clark, age 2, born in Massachusetts.


4.  George V. Clark was born in August, 1864 in Massachusetts. He married Annie Evans on 12 Dec 1887 at Boston, Massachusetts. According to family records, this was the second marriage for Annie, whose two children from her first marriage, Alice and Walter, became part of the Clark family and bore that surname. In the 1880 Census and again at the time of his marriage, George's occupation was given as "mariner". Family tradition has it that he later died at sea before 1920. Note, however, that at the time of the 1900 Census, this couple resided in Worcester, Massachusetts, where George V. Clark was listed as head of a household consisting of himself, born August, 1864 in Massachusetts, age 35, married 12 years, occupation: machinist; wife Annie E. Clark, born March, 1864 in Massachusetts, age 36, married 12 years, 7 children/5 children living, no occupation listed; daughter Alice M. Clark, born June, 1882 in Massachusetts, age 17, occupation: servant; son Walter H. Clark, born December, 1885 in Massachusetts, age 14, occupation: printing apprentice; son Roland D. Clark, born March, 1889 in Massachusetts, age 11, at school; daughter Lucy E. Clark, born March, 1891 in New Hampshire, age 9, at school; and daughter Jennie M. Clark, born December, 1892 in Massachusetts, age 7, at school.


5.  Frank Herbert Clark was born on February 3, 1869 at Boston, Massachusetts. By June, 1900 he was residing with his wife and family in Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York. In the census of that year, the family was enumerated as follows: Frank H. Clark, head of household, born February, 1869 in Massachusetts, age 31, married 5 years, occupation: preacher; wife Jessie H. Clark, born February, 1874 in New York, age 26, married 5 years, 2 children/2 children living, no occupation listed; son Lewis C. Clark, born January, 1897 in North Carolina, age 3; and daughter Florina A. Clark, born December, 1898 in New York, age 1. By 1910 this family had resettled in Haviland, Kiowa County, Kansas, where Frank was noted as a school teacher in the census and two more children, daughter Evelyn, age 9, born in New York and son Trevor, age 8 months, born in Kansas, had been added to the family. By 1920 the family had moved again, this time to Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas, where Frank was noted as a high school teacher. Family tradition has it that Frank later resided in Wichita, Kansas and probably died there.


6.  Elizabeth A. Clark was born in October, 1871 in Massachusetts. In the 1900 Census for Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, she was enumerated as a boarder in the Adelphia White household. She was noted as single, born October, 1871 in Massachusetts, age 28, occupation: nurse. By the time of the 1910 Census of Birmingham, Elizabeth had married Daniel B. Dimick. In that census their household consisted of: Daniel B. Dimick, head of household, age 36, born in New Hampshire, married 8 years, occupation: President, Casting Company; wife Elizabeth Dimick, age 38, born in Massachusetts, married 8 years, 4 children/3 children living, no occupation listed; daughter Phyllis Dimick, age 7, born in Alabama; son Daniel B. Dimick, Jr., age 6, born in Alabama; and Edith Dimick, age 4, born in Alabama. By 1920 daughter Elizabeth Dimick, born around 1915, also in Alabama, had joined the family.


Compiled by Richard G. Smith of Burnet, Texas with census assistance by the Editor. Mr. Smith is a descendant of Lucy (Robbins) Clark via her great-granddaughter, Mildred Irene Clark, Mr. Smith's mother. For further information, Mr. Smith may be contacted by email at

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