I found William H. Clark's will in the Hall County Courthouse last fall.For the use of any interested party, this is what I have on him. I plan to go to Carnesville, Franklin County, Georgia, tomorrow to search the early records at that courthouse.
William H. Clark was a signer of the Watauga Convention, according to one source, and was a private at the Battle of King’s Mountain, NC, in 1780, under Col Sevier. Hefought in the Battle of Eutaw Springs under command of Gen. Francis Marion and Gen. Nathaniel Greene.
He married Elizabeth Sevier, daughter of Gen. John Sevier of Tennessee.John Clark gave a deposition in 1826 regarding the property of Gen. Sevier saying that he had known Gen. Sevier as a near neighbor for many years.He recalled three children of Elizabeth Sevier and William H. Clark:
1. Elizabeth Clark, born July 20, 1787.She married John Elston, son of David Elston of Elizabeth, NJ.John was born Oct. 8, 1775. He and Elizabeth lived near the South Carolina-Georgia border on the Tugaloo River in what was Pendleton District and is now Oconee County. They moved about 1815-16 to Habersham County, Georgia where they lived until 1834 at Owl Swamp.Their next move was to the Creek Nation in the Upper Coccolocco Valley, Alabama. Both died there andare buried on the farm of Allen Alston, their son, in Calhoun County.They had eleven children, six born in Pendleton District and the others in Habersham County.Most of the children moved to Alabama.
2. Sarah Hawkins Clark, born about 1788, and died after June, 1861. Shemarried James Rutherford Wyly.
3. John Clark, who might have died young.
Elizabeth Sevierwas born in 1768 in Augusta County, now Rockingham County, Virginia, and died Nov. 15, 1790, at Fort Madison, SC.Her father, John Sevier,was born Sept. 23, 1745, in Augusta County, Virginia, now Rockingham County. He married in 1761 in Frederick County, Virginia, Sarah Hawkins, born in 1746,who died in 1780 in Washington County, Tennessee.
William H. Clark married again and produced a large family.He lived at one point in Franklin County, Georgia, and sold land there to his son-in-law, James R. Wyly.He moved to Hall County, Georgia, where he died June 4, 1843, leaving a will.
A will for Sevier Clark was found in Probate records in Gainesville, Hall County,by Stephen Edmondson, Nov. 2, 2011, written June 12, 1842.It named his wife Elizabeth but no children or other heirs.He left land in Tennessee and Georgia.The will was probated Sept. 12, 1842.This discovery led to the will of William Clark, page 20,dated August 2, 1842, and probated June 13, 1843. The will names his wife, Ruth Clark, and granddaughter, Polly Ann Clark, son John Clark, daughter Sally Wyly, son Oliver Clark.John Clark was named executor and was left the land and home and several slaves.Sally Wyly was left all the cattle stock. Oliver was left a slave, a negro man, Martin. Polly Ann was left two slaves, Piamah and Manda.
Was Sevier Clark another of William’s sons?
From James Taylor Wyly:Oliver Clark lived inCulpeper County, Virginia.He is held by some to be possibly the father of William H. Clark, or a close relative.
The book, "Tennessee Cousins"by Worth S. Ray (Pub. 1950) is a good source (if correct). It is available from
Amazon.com in paperback form at about $20.00.See Page #64. It is under a Carter County, Tenn. heading and talks about William Clark of theWatauga Association (GOOGLE) and his being the son-in-Law of John Sevier.Carter County wascut out of Washington County after 1778.Mr. Worth states that the father of Wm. H. Clark was an Oliver Clark of Culpeper, Va. per Court records of 1763.A recently found Court Document shows an Ephraim, John, and Oliver, as all older Clark family members living in the county at that same time.The birthdate of 1738, which you have sent me on an Oliver Clark, son of William Clark and Winifred Martin, would at least be a possible match for the father of our Wm. H. (B: 1757).Also the "E" on the last name of Clark, as in Col. Elijah Clarke of GA. (Unrelated??) is definitely a possibility early on.Elijah Clarke's last name is
apparently changed, and the letter "E" s dropped by his son John Clark,governor of GA. from 1819-1823.
If you GOOGLE, The Battle ofEutah Springs, SC (1781) in which our Wm. H. participated, I believe they list him as a William Clark-e.An interesting side note is toLt. Col. Richard Campbell, who was KIA at Eutah Springs.He was the brother-in-law of Col. John Sevier, and his wife Sarah Hawkins.Richard was the husband of one of Sarah's sisters - I think a Rebecca Hawkins.Col. Richard Campbell was also a member of the Watauga Association back in NC (1776).At the time of his death in 1781, heowned a farm in Shenandoah County, VA.
By the way the Cemetary in Gainesville, GA.is a DAR Burial Site at the Alta Vista Cemetary. Wm. H. is buried next to his second wife Ruth Goodwin.I have a good contact with the SAR Chapter of Clarkesville, Ga. who you may want to contact regarding the grave location. A very nice man,Bill Raper (706) 778-2546, who took the photos for me. Sorry, but they are glossy photos and I am unable to transmit them electronically.
Sarah Hawkins Clark and James Rutherford Wyly were
married June 1, 1802, in Tennessee.(NOTABLE SOUTHERN FAMILIES gives the year as 1804). However, their first child, William Clark Wyly, was born January 24, 1804, in Blount County, where they lived January 20, 1806, when the second, Elizabeth,was born.
Sarah was agranddaughter ofGov. John Sevier of Tennessee.She was born about 1786 in Washington County, N.C. (now part of Tennessee).After the death of her mother and her father’s remarriage,Sarah was reared by the Governor.According to family tradition, the marriage of James and Sarah took place at the governor’s house in Knoxville, a modestlog place at the time.James and Sarah had eight sons and five daughters, according to the Cleveland Genealogy.Wyly proved to be an energetic businessman, militia officer and public official who acquired much property.
He served as a captain in the Georgia militia under his first cousin, Major Benjamin Cleveland, and participated in the campaigns against the Creeks commanded by Gen. Floyd in 1814.Gen. Sevier was in Alabama running the boundary of lands taken from the Creeks, allies of the British in the War of 1812, when he early fall of fever. Years later,his remains were movedto Tennessee.He was a member of Congress from Tennessee at the time he died.
When Wyly returned to Georgia, he obtainedthe contract to build the Unicoi Turnpike from Walton’s Ford on the Tugaloo River to the North Carolina line north of Hiawassee, connecting with Knoxville.The road, the first into the Cherokee country to carry wagon and coach traffic, was authorized by the governments of Tennessee and Georgia.Wyly built a house on the southern end which became known as Travelers Rest where several of the children were born. This was sold in the 1830’s to Devereaux Jarrett who enlarged the house and continued to operate it as his home and as an inn. Wyly had several other inns, about every ten miles, along the route past Toccoa Falls, the Antioch Mission, the Bethlehem Mission, running north of present day Clarkesville, to Sautee, Nacoochee, Helen, through Unicoi Gap and Hiawassee to the state line.He acquired several town lots when Clarkeville was laid out on land half of which wad donated by his cousin Benjamin Wyly.Both were active in Habersham County affairs. Wyly built a new home in the federal style in Clarkesville, on Georgia 197 today, which was bought by the York family about 1900 and is owned today by their descendants. Wyly owned the Habersham Iron Works which he sold to John C. Calhoun.A biography of James R. Wyly says he attended Greenville College in Tennesee, and lived in 1802 on a farm on the Tennessee River in Blount County. He had a fine library and was well read, his biography stated. His parents and family were Baptists.
However, Wyly was not a faithful husband as Sarah’s divorce action in September, 1836, described.She was granted a divorce by a jury headed by Devereaux Jarrett and duly approved by the Georgia legislature. He lived with a common law wife, Frances Wallace, in Union County until he died March 16, 1854.In his will, he makes no mention of Sarah though their son, John Harris Wyly, and son-in-law, John W.H. Underwood, were executors.
Sarah Hawkins Clark Wyly lived on in Habersham County. She is shown in June, 1860, in the Census in Habersham, living with the Ketchams.Mrs. Sarah Ketcham might be her granddaughter.
Sarah died shortly after, June 29, 1860, in Habersham County and is buried a few feet from her unfaithful husband, her marker making it clear she was a faithful Baptist.
The Wylys had thirteen children.