Clark -
The First
in Canada

History - Significant events
The birth of Thomas Clark Sr. in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, Worksop, England
Marriage to Mary Ann Rollett in St. Mary's Priory, Worksop, England. Click 1833 to view.
Mary Ann Rollett Clark dies in Watt Junction on June 8th aged 108+
1851 - 1857
Emigrated from England to St. John, New Brunswick
First official Record in Canada a land purchase in St. James, Charlotte, N.B. July 25.
Thomas Clark dies on May 6th aged 84 years in St. Stephen,N.B.
     The earliest attainable record of anyone in the Clark / Rollett family is the birth of Mary Ann Rollett in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, Worksop, England on October 5, 1801. It was so difficult to find this as she is referred to as Mary Ann, Mary and sometimes just Ann.
     Thomas Clark Sr., according to the 1841 England census records, was born in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, Worksop, England abt. 1807. His birth year was derived from his age at death published as May 6th, 1891 in The Saint Croix Courier on May 7th, 1891.
     Mary Ann and Thomas were married at St. Mary's Priory in Worksop, England on July 14, 1833. They had their first child, Eliza, on October 13, 1830 and on December 6, 1836 had a son, Thomas Rollett Clark, this writers great grandfather. He was the second of nine children all born in England except the last two who were born in New Brunswick. The last child, Esther was born March 29, 1855 in Watt Junction, N.B.
     According to the 1901 census of Canada Thomas Clark Jr. emigrated in 1847 however, the family still appears to be in England as they show up in the 1851 census in Nottinhamshire, Nottingham, Worksop, England. So, it's likely they arrived in Canada between 1851 and 1857.
     In 1909 an article in the St. Croix Courier, "A remarkable life", chronicled Mary Ann Rollett Clarks life in great detail. According to the article the family first landed in St. John, New Brunswick then went to St. Andrews, N.B and finally settled in Lawrence Station, N.B. Click on 1909 to view the article.
     The first record of the Clarks in Canada was that of a land grant in St. James, Charlotte, N.B., Canada dated Janaury 25, 1858. For perspective, the United Kingdon of Great Britain and Ireland was formed in 1801 and Thomas Jefferson was inagurated president that very same year.
     The Clarks may have lived in St. John briefly after arriving from England and then St. Andrews before buying land to build a homestead in St. James parish. The homestead was in Lawrence Station / Watt Junction, N.B. I've never been able to get an exact location. Thomas and Mary lived there most of their lives while in Canada. One daughter, Ethel, became this writers grandmother. Following a naming tradition that goes back hundreds of years my mother must have been inspired by that tradition and took my grandmothers maiden name to be my middle name.
Photo - Worksop Priory - Worksop England. Photo by Pam Wild
The birth of Mary Ann Rollett in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, Worksop, England October 5th.