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John Clark's Family

The Clark Family
The Clark Family c1900
John and Phoebe are seated front centre.
The children in age order are:
William, John, Louisa, Charles, Fred, Harry, Arthur, Rose, Kate and Emily

This photo was taken around 1900. It was given to us with a selection of pictures from the late Arthur George.
We have no caption - so if you can help us to identify the members of the family, please contact us.

John Clark senior was born in 1836, son of James and Maria.
Like his father, John became an agriucultural labourer.
On the 2nd December 1860 he married Phoebe Warren, daughter of William.
They lived in Wellingborough Road and had 11 children (1 died): William, John, Louisa,
Charles, Fred, Harry, Arthur, Rose, Kate and Emily.

John Clark senior died in 1918 aged 82, and his wife Phoebe died in 1912 aged 73.


John Clark, son of John and Phoebe, was born in 1863 in Rushden. He married Annie Jaques in 1892, daughter of John and Caroline. In 1899 their first child, Edith, died aged 4 years and 11 months. Another daughter, May, had died in infancy. They then had three more girls: Thirza in 1899, Frances in 1900, Katherine in 1902, and a son, John Eric in 1903.

In 1888 he went into a partnership with James Jaques, as Jaques and Clark, manufacturing boots and shoes. First in Victoria Road, then they moved to a new factory in Fitzwilliam Street in 1890. They took over the iconic factory at the junction of Midland Road and Station Road, formerly owned by Austin and Bond in 1899.

John and Annie moved to Heatherbreea and established a large brickworks there, and he was also on the committee for the first Electricity works in Rushden.

John and Annie Clark
John junior, and wife Annie
Aged 61, John died in 1924, and was buried in Rushden Cemetery, grave B979. His wife died in 1953 aged 87 and was buried next to him. The gravestone tells us that the three daughters did not marry.


Gravestone on B979/980: Sacred to the memory of John CLARK of Heatherbreea House beloved husband of Annie CLARK who passed to rest Feb 25th 1924 aged 61 years. "Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit; serving the Lord". Also Annie his beloved wife who entered into rest December 29th 1953 aged 87 years. And of Thirza Beryl CLARK LRAM ARCM died February 3rd 1976 aged 77 years. John Eric CLARK 1903-1989. Also Katherine Norah CLARK died April 20th 1972 aged 70 years. Also Frances Ida CLARK BA MSc Schoolmistress died April 9th 1986 aged 85 years.
The Clark grave

postcard of Heatherbreea reverse
Postcard of 'Heatherbreea' used as a Xmas greeting but unused so no date - c1905?

Heatherbreea and car
c1910 with the car left. The plants around the door now well grown.

Ardent Supporters of the Mission Church - see Organ 1912

In 1913 he was one of seven councillors and members of the Liberal Party, writing a letter to the electorate, setting out their pre-election targets for the town, education and trade.
John Clark
John Clark

Rushden Echo, 25th December 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mud! - Up to the Knees in it.
Pte. G. Dodson, of the Royal Field Artillery, chauffeur to Mr. John Clark, of Rushden, writes from the front to Mr. Clark as follows:- "€œThank you very much for the parcel. We are getting on very well for presents. We are having some rather bad weather; it is up to our knees in mud. We shall be glad when the sunny days come again for this job. I do not see any hope of getting home yet. We are getting on as well as we can expect."


Rushden Echo, July 7th 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Resident Honoured
Mr John Clark of Rushden has this week been elected President of the Wesleyan Reform Union Conference, the highest honour which can be conferred by the Connexion upon one of its members. Mr Clark had for some years been the treasurer of the Union. He was one of the founders of the Wellingborough-road Mission, Rushden, and is the superintendent of the Sunday school.

Rushden Echo, 9th March 1923

Congratulations to Miss Thirza Clark, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Clark, of Heatherbreea, Rushden, on winning the first prize at the Bedfordshire Eisteddfod on Tuesday in the class for pianoforte-playing (radius 30 miles of Bedford). There were 20 entries.


Jack Eric Clark in 1927
Jack Eric Clark 1927 - Reg RP498


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