The following is from a History of Limestone County
by the late Jack R. Hawkins
John McCoy Clark is listed with his father Samuel Clark on the Sumter County, South
Carolina U.S. census for the year 1850. Samuel’s age was 72, planter with real estate
valued at $2,000.00, born in North Carolina. Samuel’s wife Sarah Pringle1 is not listed.
Their children were all born in South Carolina, and moved to Kemper county, Mississippi
after Samuel’s death in December 1850.
Children of Samuel and Sarah (Pringle)1 Clark were: with birth year, Franklin
Clark???, Ransom J. 1807, Sarah 1809, Manson 1912, Abigail 1821, Jane 1821, Susan
1823, Elizabeth 1825, Elijah 1827, John McCoy 17 April 1832.
John McCoy Clark married Harriett Caroline Ross (See Michael Ross) on 26 October
1854 in Kemper County, Mississippi. After first daughter Mary Alice was born in
December 1855, they moved to a homestead on Duck Creek waters in Limestone County,
Texas. The nearest postoffice town was Eutaw in 1856. He spent the next thirty years
raising a large family, farming the homestead, and farming land on Steele’s Creek. He
enlisted on April 27, 1862 Elmore’s Company ‘D’ 20 th Reg’t Texas infantry til the end of
the War between the States. Some time was spent visiting Clarks in Kemper county MS,
and Ross relatives in Washington county. He died 21 February 1886 at High Prairie,
Limestone County and was buried Eutaw Cemetery. Their twelve children (all born
Limestone County except Mary Alice and Annie Mae) and their descendents follow:
1. Mary Alice born 1 December 1855 Kemper County, Mississippi died 21 October
1865 Limestone County, buried Eutaw Cemetery.
2. Theodosia Elizabeth born 22 June 1858, died March 1860 Limestone County.
3. Amanda Augustus ‘Gussie’ born 10 January 1860. She never married
4. John Michael (twin) born 19 July 1862, died 30 December 1862.
5. Daniel Ervin (twin) born 19 July 1862, died 19 June 1942, Cross Plains, Texas,
buried Cross Plains Cemetery, married Martha Elvira Squyres who died in 1888. One
son John Michael born 3 January 1885. Daniel Ervin Clark and second wife, Mattie’s
seven children: Ernest Cader born 17 October 1890 d 30 December 1965. Lila Mae
born 10 April d 15 January 1969. Willis Wilkens born 20 July 1893. Alice Eugenia
born 28 Dec. 1893. Homer Manson born 11 Feb. 1898 d 23 March 1976. Joe Urban
born 22 Aug. 1901 m Zula E. Armstrong. Rufus Rayburn born 22 Aug. 1901.
6. Annie May born 13 April 1865, Washington County. Died 2 Feb. 1941, married Jeff
Owen. One son Wilson Sam Owen born 1886 married Pearl Harper.
7. William Eugene born 21 April 1867, married 1891 Lillian M. Harrell (no children)
Members Ebenezer Baptist Church.
8. James Ransom born 25 September 1869, died 16 May 1918, married 1893. Kate
Emeline Harrell, born 27 July 1874, died 13 1958. Members Ebenezer Baptist
Church. Children Lillian Pearl, Eddie Leone, James Ray, Nannie Augusta, Orrie Lee,
Robert Carey, Harrell McCoy, and Milford Howard.
9. Sarah ‘Sally’ Verzilla, born 28 June 1872, married Samuel Ancil Crockett. Children
were Nita Murel, Liene, and Estell.
10. Edmond Webb, born March 1876, died 13 June 1961, married 4 September 1898.
Lettie Lou Ann Crockett, born 16 April 1883, died 25 July 1947.2
11. Druery ‘Drew’ Manson, born 5 November 1876, died November 1934. Married
Lillian Pierce. Children Elma, Carmen, Mae, and Juanita.
12. Robert Charles, born 10 May 1880, Limestone county, died 7 November 1946,
married Dixie Wilma Wood, born 25 June 1903. One son Robert Franklin Delano,
born 1 April 1933, married Edith Gibson, born 11 November 1934. Children Robert
Michael, Sandra Kaye, Charles William, and Rhonna Jo.
“Mother said that her dad Webb Clark was sick and the doctor said they had to move
him to another climate. She said he was so weak that Uncle Bob and Uncle Dan had to
load him in the wagon. They moved to Brown County for one year, made and helped
gather a crop and then moved on to Childress County. Uncle Bob, Grandad and his
mother Harriett moved to Childress. While at Childress, Aunt Dutch was born. Grandma
Harriett died about 1909 the coffin was loaded on the train. Grandad and Uncle Bob
accompanied her to be buried in Eutaw Cemetery beside her husband.
In 1913 Uncle Bob and Grandad moved to Kent County and were joined later by
Uncle Jim and family. In the drought of 1918 and 1919 things got so bad in Kent County
that Grandad sold his land and animals. They loaded what they could on the train and
went to Oklahoma City where Granny worked in the laundry. Grandad, Mother and Aunt
Lelea worked in the slaughter and packinghouse. They lived in the house with Uncle
Drew’s family and Aunt Annie. Aunt Annie kept the small children while the rest of
them worked. Uncle Webb and family moved back to Kent County after about seven
1. The Sarah Pringle mentioned as the wife of Samuel Clark is not correct. Sarah
McCoy was the wife of Samuel. Susan Pringle was the mother of Sarah McCoy.
2. I did not include the length generations that followed Edmond Webb’s entry.
3. This last story was recited by Joy Jean Hunnicutt Kidd to Robert F.D. Clark who is
the Author of this history.