This is another article for the series in which I'm participating, "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.
It remains to be seen whether Mahlon Clark would have played a significant role in his sister Jane Clark Brown’s life other than being one of her five brothers. But he did and therein lays many unanswered questions.
Mahlon was the eighth child of Benjamin Daniel Clark and Hannah Carrigan. Born about 1852 in Adams County, Ohio, he lived in Franklin Township, Adams, Ohio for 20 some years. On 12 Feb 1878, he married Margaret Minerva Hill in Highland County, Ohio. For the next 40+ years, he and Margaret lived in Liberty Township of that county where they raised six children. Mahlon was a farmer. The 1880 and 1900 U.S. federal censuses for Highland County, Ohio placed him within the household of Silas Hill, his father-in-law. Beginning with the 1910 U.S. federal census, Mahlon was the head of household on the farm. Silas Hill had died the year before. (Click images to enlarge)
|Marriage record of Mahlon Clark and Margaret M. Hill, 1878.|
Source: Highland County, Ohio Court Records
I learned about the significant role Mahlon played in his sister Jane’s life from the 1880 U.S. federal census which showed that he had “adopted” her youngest daughter Hannah E. Brown. I have written before about how Hannah came to live with her Uncle Mahlon.
|1880 U.S. federal census, Highland County, Ohio|
|Attestation to Insanity by Mahlon Clark|
Source: Highland County, Ohio Probate Court
Mahlon outlived Jane by a few years so if he was still able, he possibly fulfilled his obligation without having another guardian appointed. He died 19 Aug 1923.
1. Confirm legal adoption of Hannah Brown.
2. Continue record search for guardianship documents.
3. Locate descendants of Mahlon and Margaret Clark for "stories" and clues.
4. Learn more about guardianship and what education, if any, was required.
5. Other? Suggestions welcome.
1. Highland County Ohio Marriage Records
2. U.S. federal censuses 1860-1920, Adams and Highland Counties, Ohio
3. Highland County Ohio Probate Court Records
4. Highland County Ohio Death Records