Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hannah Carrigan Clark of Adams County, Ohio - 52 Ancestors #37

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

My third great-grandmother was Hannah Carrigan, born between 1815 and 1819 in Ohio.  She married Daniel Benjamin Clark in about 1836[1] and by 1850, they had eight children.[2]  She died young I would say, at age 35, leaving a husband to care for several small children.  Daniel actually remarried and had several more children but that’s another story.

Grave stone for Hannah Carrigan Clark
Source:  Find-a-Grave [3]
The information I have about Hannah so far came from two resources:  the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Adams County, Ohio and her memorial on [3]  I organized the data from each resource into a table (below) for comparison and development of future research.

1850 U.S. Federal Census
Hanah Clark
Hannah Carrigan Clark
Age/Date of Birth
3 Feb 1819
Age/Date of Death

7 Mar 1854
Inscription: 35y 1m 4d
Residence in 1850
Franklin Township, Adams, Ohio

Place of Birth

Daniel Benjamin Clark
Daniel Benjamin Clark
1815 – 1895
Hannah was the first wife of Benjamin Daniel Clark, who was the son of Stephen and Rebecca Ogle Clark
Mary Clark 13

Edath Clark 12
Adah Clark (_ - 1872)*[4]
Edward Clark 11[5]

M A Clark 9[6]

Adam Clark 8[7]

Susan Clark 6
Susannah Clark
1842 - 1843*
Jane Clark 4[8]

Joseph Clark 2


Flat Run Cemetery
Adams County, Ohio

My continued research will be centered in southwestern Ohio.  Many members of my Clark family were life-long residents of Adams County, Ohio.  Others ventured to nearby Warren, Clinton and Highland counties, all in southwestern Ohio. 

Future Research
  • Find Hannah Clark’s parents and siblings
  • Verify date of birth and death
  • Find marriage record
  • Find death record and cause of death
  • Locate the Clark family in newspapers
  • Check newspapers for epidemics around her date of death
  • Locate church records
  • Continue research on her children
  • Contact person who ‘maintains’ Hannah’s Find-a-Grave memorial

Calling all descendants of Daniel Benjamin Clark and Hannah Carrigan Clark – let’s talk!  Please leave a comment below or use the Contact Me tab above.   Thanks cousin!


[1] Calculation based on age of first child listed in 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
[2] Year: 1850; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Ohio; Roll: M432_657; Page: 20A; Image: 44. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
[3] Find-a-Grave website for Hannah Clark Carrigan
[4] * Asterisk refers to calculated relationship on Find-a-Grave.
[5] Edward Clark was mentioned in the profile of Ancestor #33, Mrs. Mary Daulton Clark
[6] Mahlon Clark was Ancestor #15, Mahlon Clark, Guardian of his Sister Jane
[7] Adam Clark was Ancestor #7, Comings and Goings of Adam Clark
[8] Jane Clark Brown was my second great-grandmother, Ancestor #2, Jane Clark Brown, 1846-1918

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