Descendants of Jeremiah Clark
Generation 1

Jeremiah Clark-1 was born on 15 Jul 1760. He died on 15 Jan 1846 in Holland, Hunterdon, New Jersey, USA.

Notes for Jeremiah Clark:

General Notes:

Jeremiah Clark was a private in Captain Manus Yost's Company, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA militia. First Regiment of Foot, in the service of the United States. Commanded by Colonel John Keller. Captain Manus Yost's Company mustered in October 11, 1781. Returns containing name of Jeremiah Clark recieved October 14th 1781.

See pages 428-432. Volume 5, Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series.

Signed by H. H. Shenk, Custodian of the Public Records, Harrisburg PA January 28, 1921



Jeremiah Clark and wife are buried in Milford Christian Cemetery, Milford, Hunterdon County, New Jersey


Following is on record in Flemington, NJ:

Jeremiah Clark purchased 175 acres of land from James Parker and wife, April 1796 in Holland, Alexandria Township, NJ

Jeremiah Clark and Wife moved to this farm from Rum Corner, now Ferndale PA in 1796 and died on this farm.


PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES Fifth Series Volume V 1906



Bucks County Pennsylvania Pages 426-433

For September and October 1781

Captain, Manus Yost

Lieutenant, Adam Magel

Ensign, Samuel Wilson



Henry, John

McEntire, Robert

Myers, Peter



Bernet, Jacob

Ervin, Jared

Mills, Yost


Privates Enlisted Remarks

Ableback, Ludwig

Alshouse, Benjamin

Alshouse, Daniel

Anderson, Jacob Sept 24 1781

Anderson, Thomas

Baron, George

Beang, Christopher

Beang, Bastian

Bell, Samuel

Bennett, John

Bergy, Jacob

Bernet, John

Berson, Henry

Berson, Peter

Berson, Philip

Black, Geroge

Bremour, Frederick

Campbell, William, Sen.

Charles, John

Clark, Jeremiah

Daniel, Nicholas

Davis, Robert

Detesman, Philip

Dickinson, Jonathon

Diel, William [nee Deel]

Dritteback, Michael [nee Drilteback]

Emig, Henry

Erhart, John

Fackendahl, Henry

Frankefield, Henry, Jun.

Geiger, Leonard

Gidleman, Dewald

Glore, Moses

Godfrey, Henry

Good, Henry

Groman, Michael

Handerson, Arthur

Hart, Samuel

Harvy, William

Hedrick, John

Henry, Godfrey

Herner, Jacob

Hertsel, Henry

Hines, Patrick

Hinkel, Adam

Hinkel, John

Hoover, John

Iker, Peter

Jones, Joshua

Joseph, George

Keller, Henry

Koon, Henry

Kyser, Michael

Lacey, John, B. G.

Litseberger, Adam [nee Littseberger]

Long, James

Magel, John

Marsteller, Clark Valentine

McCarty, Patrick

McCarty, Thomas

McNeil, William

Mellinger, William

Melone, Lott

Muckelroy, James

Nehs, Henry

Nicely, George

Nicholas, Henry

Nicholas, Jacob

Overpeck, George

Oyer, Philip

Rear, Valentine

Renner, Jacob

Richy, Jacob

Rude, Peter

Rudy, Nicholas Sept. 24, 1781

Sasseman, Jacob

Shank, Jacob

Sharer, Adam

Sheffer, George [nee Shaffer]

Shoe, Adam

Shoeman, George

Shoub, Henry

Simon, Anthony

Sloyer, Michael

Smith, Henry

Smith, James

Smith, John

Smith, Philip

Snider, Daniel

Steckel, Philip

Stine, Benjamin

Stoneback, Balser [nee Stonebach]

Thompson, Robert

Wile, Andrew

Wisel, George

Yeller, Christopher

Youngken, Jacob

Ziegefus, George



Margaret Ritchie daughter of Henry Ritchie and Ann was born on 07 Apr 1762. She died on 07 Nov 1845.

Notes for Margaret Ritchie:

General Notes:

Margaret's parents, Henry and Ann Ritchie, were owners of 250 acres of land near Rum Corner, now Ferndale, Bucks County, PA on the Nockamixon creek Haycock Township.



Jeremiah Clark and Margaret Ritchie were married on 11 Sep 1784. They had the following children:

2. i.

William Clark was born on 18 Sep 1786. He died in 1868.

Generation 2

William Clark-2 (Jeremiah-1) was born on 18 Sep 1786. He died in 1868.

Margaret Smith was born on 20 Mar 1793. She died in 1848.

William Clark and Margaret Smith married. They had the following children:

3. i.

Smith Clark was born on 26 Apr 1816. He died in 1892.

Generation 3

Smith Clark-3 (William-2, Jeremiah-1) was born on 26 Apr 1816. He died in 1892.

Catharine Strouse was born in 1819. She died in 1904.

Smith Clark and Catharine Strouse married. They had the following children:

4. i.

Josiah Clark was born on 19 Oct 1854. He died on Unknown.

Generation 4

Josiah Clark-4 (Smith-3, William-2, Jeremiah-1) was born on 19 Oct 1854. He died on Unknown.

Isabel Jewell was born on 31 Mar 1855. She died on Unknown.

Josiah Clark and Isabel Jewell married. They had the following children:

5. i.

Arthur Jay Clark was born on 26 Jul 1888 in Quakertown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Grace Markley on 26 Jul 1919. He died on 13 Aug 1952.


Helen Clark.


Jewell Stanley Clark.


Frank Bruce Clark was born on 28 Mar 1886 in Quakertown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA.

Generation 5

Arthur Jay Clark-5 (Josiah-4, Smith-3, William-2, Jeremiah-1) was born on 26 Jul 1888 in Quakertown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on 13 Aug 1952.

Notes for Arthur Jay Clark:

General Notes:

1940 Census taken April 10, 1940

Name: Arthur Clark

Respondent: Yes

Age: 51

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1889

Gender: Male

Race: White

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Marital Status: Married

Relation to Head of House: Head

Home in 1940: 752 Main Street, Pennsburg, Montgomery, Pennsylvania

Street: Main Street

House Number: 752

Farm: No

Inferred Residence in 1935: Pennsburg, Montgomery, Pennsylvania

Residence in 1935: Same House

Sheet Number: 5B

Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 125

Occupation: Repairman Automobile

House Owned or Rented: Rented

Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 15

Attended School or College: No

Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year

Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 60

Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work

Weeks Worked in 1939: 52

Income: 624

Income Other Sources: No

Household Members:

Name Age

Arthur Clark 51

Grace Clark 46

Helen Clark 16


1920 Census taken January 13, 1920

Name: Arthur J Clark

Age: 31

Birth Year: abt 1889

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Home in 1920: North Wales, Montgomery, Pennsylvania

119 Shearer Street (?)

Race: White

Gender: Male

Mechanic Garage

Relation to Head of House: Head

Marital Status: Married

Spouse's Name: Grace Clark

Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Mother's Birthplace: New York

Home Owned: Rent

Able to Read: Yes

Able to Write: Yes

Household Members:

Name Age

Arthur J Clark 31

Grace Clark 26


U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

about Arthur J Clark

Name: Arthur J Clark

217 Jumper Street, Quakertown, PA

Mechanic Garage, emp William A. Destine(?), Pennsburg, PA

County: Bucks

State: Pennsylvania

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America

Birth Date: 26 Jul 1888

Race: Caucasian (White)

Draft Board: 3






Grace Markley daughter of Kehl Markley and Ida A. Meyer was born on 22 Jul 1893. She died on 21 Oct 1969 in Dalton, Massachusetts.

Arthur Jay Clark and Grace Markley were married on 26 Jul 1919. They had the following children:


Helen Lucille Clark was born on 31 Jan 1924 in Palm, Pennsylvania. She married George Alton Nicholls on 04 Aug 1946 in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. She died on 30 Jun 2012 in 21 Beverly Street, Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA.

Notes for Helen Lucille Clark:

General Notes:

Pittsfield, March 20, 1945 - Mr and Mrs Arthur J. Clark of Pennsburg, Pa. announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen L. Clark, to Second Lieutenant George Alton Nicholls of the Marine Corps, son of Mr and Mrs Samuel N. Nicholls of 77 Elm Street. Miss Clark attended the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and is now studying in New York. Lieutenant Nicholls, who attended the University of Pennsylvania, was trained at Camp Lejeune, NC and Quantico VA. He will leave New York by plane March 31 for Camp Pendleton, CA.



Helen Clark Nicholls 1924-2012 PITTSFIELD


Helen Clark Nicholls passed away peacefully at home on June 30, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. The daughter of Grace Markley Clark and Arthur Jay Clark, Mrs. Nicholls was born in Palm, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 31, 1924. She married G. Alton Nicholls of Pittsfield on August 4, 1946. They moved to Pittsfield in 1948 and enjoyed 43 years together until his death on Dec. 21, 1989.


Mrs. Nicholls graduated from Pennsburg (PA) High School in 1941, and from the Allentown (PA) Business College in 1942. She was a 1945 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, located in Philadelphia and New York City. Mrs. Nicholls received a coveted full scholarship to the Academy. Trained as an opera singer and stage performer, she studied drama with Dr. Herbert Graf of the Metropolitan Opera. Mrs. Nicholls was a member of the Junior League of Pittsfield, where she was active in Children's Theater. She was a member of the Pittsfield Town Players. Her final stage role was as a hilarious Buttercup in a church production of The Pirates of Penzance. A member of Zion's Lutheran Church,


Mrs. Nicholls served on many committees and the church council and volunteered in the church office. She sang in the church choir along with her husband Al. With the family business, Pierce Coal and Oil Company, Mrs. Nicholls served as treasurer from 1959 until the business was sold in 1968. She was employed as secretary-receptionist to the late Dr. Donald C. Exford from 1970-1976.


She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Berkshire Motor Sports Club, and the Y's Menettes of the Pittsfield YMCA. She enjoyed singing, playing piano and listening to music, dancing, traveling, swimming, reading, laughing, and caring for her home and family.


Mrs. Nicholls was predeceased by her husband Al Nicholls; her sister Grace Clark Moyer and brother-in-law John Moyer; and countless beloved family members and friends. Mrs. Nicholls will be dearly missed by her son, Clark W. Nicholls of Lee, and daughter, Pamela Nicholls of Albany, Calif.; as well as son-in-law Robin Woodland, granddaughter Ella Rae Woodland, nieces Sally Johnson and Helen Rood, and a circle of dear friends and family. We cherish memories of Helen's sparkling wit and wonderful sense of humor, and her generosity and love.


FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The funeral will be held at WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, Reverend Dennis P. Kohl and Reverend Timothy Weisman officiating, Mon., July 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. Calling hours are omitted at the request of the deceased. If friends desire, gifts may be made in Helen's name to Zion's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or HospiceCare in the Berkshires


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O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee,

I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.


O Light that followest all my way, I yield my flick'ring torch to thee;

My heart restores its borrowed ray, that in thy sunshine's blaze its day

May brighter, fairer be.


O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain And feel the promise is not vain

That morn shall tearless be.


O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee;

I lay in dust life's glory dear, and from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.



Helen Clark Nicholls


Helen had a childhood surrounded by a huge family and extended circle of friends, in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Pennsburg Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. Her parents were Arthur Jay Clark and Grace Markley Clark, and she had one older sister, Grace.


Helen was a star from the first - as a gymnast, singer, actress, pianist, stage performer, and all-around high-spirited cutie pie.


Helen used her local fame to good advantage. She often laughed about the time she answered an essay question on a High School history test with a simple answer, like this: "They went to war, etc. etc. etc." She received full credit for her answer.


Helen's glory years reached their peak during the years in Philadelphia and NYC, when she was a student at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and afterwards when she pursued singing, acting and dancing. Helen received a full scholarship to the Academy, the one recipient chosen from among many competitors - big news back home in Pennsburg. At the Academy, she was trained as a mezzo-soprano opera singer.


Helen sang and performed on radio, with big bands, with the USO, in churches, and in stage performances.


Helen considered herself a city person, and always missed her two cities, New York and Philly. One favorite story involved pranks pulled by Helen and her best friend Sally Moore, who was also opera-trained. They'd board the same subway train via different doors, stand in different sections of the car, burst into harmonic song, then exit via different doors.


Helen met her match in Al Nicholls, whom she met through a mutual friend in Philadelphia. Helen and Al had a beautiful romance and 43 happy years together. Al loved her sense of humor, her talent and high spirits, and Helen loved his smile, laugh, intelligence, and inner strength. Just this year, Clark placed a wedding day photograph of Al looking adoringly at Helen on display in Helen's room. Helen reveled in this reminder that she had truly been loved in this life.


After a couple of years in Philadelphia, Helen and Al moved to Pittsfield for Al to run the family business, Pierce Coal and Oil Company. Helen was the very well-organized and skillful treasurer of the business.


During her first decade and more in Pittsfield, Helen kept active with the arts. She performed in the Junior League's Children's Theater (Pinnochio and Rose White were two of her roles) and she was a member of the Town Players. She sang in numerous churches at Sunday services and for weddings and funerals. She continued playing piano.


Over time, Helen pulled back on her artistic creativity to focus on caregiving for her home and family, including her mother Grace Clark and her in-laws Clara and Sam Nicholls, and her two children, Clark and Pam. While she never expressed regret about choosing the roles of wife and mother rather than as performer, she very much missed those earlier years and wished she had been able to better balance her home and creative lives.


Helen and Al enjoyed church activities at Zion's together, including singing in the choir. Like Al, Helen served on many committees and on the church council. She also volunteered in the church office.


Helen's final stage role was as a hilarious Buttercup in the Pirates of Penzance, directed by Charlie Benz at Zion's in the early '70's. Her husband Al played the role of the tender Frederic. Pam was in the chorus, along with Sue Hohl and Sammy Slack, and many other friends were in the cast. It was pure joy.


Helen and Al were each wonderful dancers, a delight to watch on the dance floor. They enjoyed traveling to tropical climes, bringing Clark and Pam along for the fun in early years. Later, Helen and Al spent happy winter months in Florida.


Al's arteriosclerosis landed him in the hospital for surgery almost yearly during his last decade, and then cancer took him quickly and unexpectedly. Helen cared for him during those scary times. After Al passed away on December 21, 1989 - and was buried on his 67th birthday, December 23 - Helen's broken heart never fully recovered. She couldn't believe she had to live so long without her beloved, and often longed for the time when she would join him in heaven.


In addition to Al, the great majority of her friends and family members passed before her. Helen grieved her many losses -- and counted her many blessings.


# # #


Helen was a devoted and incredibly supportive wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, neighbor and friend.


(Perhaps acknowledge people at the funeral whom she cared for - Sue Hohl McMahon, Helen's "second daughter"; the Hathaways, next-door neighbors and churchmates with whom she shared many good times; Rona Hathaway Mitchell, who was Helen's god-daughter; niece Sally Johnson, a beloved friend; people from Zion's, her spiritual and social home for decades . . .)


Helen's son Clark loved and enjoyed his Mom. When Helen became widowed and later home-bound, Clark stepped up to the plate. He took his Mom out for meals, took care of her practical needs, and visited her often, made sure that she was never alone for too long. He ensured that Helen's home was cared for and bills paid, that she and her care team had plenty of food and supplies, that the air conditioner was installed and the emergency generator in place, and so much more. He was the hero in Helen's later life.


Helen and her daughter Pam grew to be incredibly close over the years, despite the many miles between their homes. For years they enjoyed daily phone calls between Massachusetts and California, in which they'd share life updates and revel in their mutual love and appreciation. They both looked forward to that call each morning. Too, Pam sent a daily email that awaited Helen each morning. Helen's love and generosity are at the center of Pam's life.


Helen and Clark enjoyed twice-yearly visits from Pam's family, including Helen's now 20 year-old granddaughter Ella Rae Woodland. Helen adored her "Snicklefritz" who owned Helen's heart. Helen was proud of Ella Rae's intelligence and grace, adored her humor and her loving heart, and marveled at the unbelievable fact that this September Ella Rae will turn 21. Where did the years go? A cherished blanket Ella Rae made for her Gramma covered Helen day and night. All caregivers and visitors knew how much comfort Helen took from that cozy blanket, and from her granddaughter's love.


Helen and her "son-in-love" Robin Woodland were great good friends for 29 years. They ran their own mutual admiration society. Helen always counseled Pam to count her blessings and cherish Robin, this wonderful husband, who was such a devoted father - and brother- and son-in-law, too. On Father's Day a few weeks ago, Helen was deeply appreciative that Robin supported Pam in being here in Pittsfield with her, rather than at home with him.


In her last years, Helen had a loving team of caregivers who enabled her to stay comfortably in her home when the time came that round-the-clock assistance was required. Helen and her caregivers built some very meaningful and joyous friendships. Helen retained her sparkling sense of humor, and enjoyed countless laugh sessions and heart-to-heart talks. She got a big kick out of her "campfire girls" sessions with her smoking friends, and enjoyed a little wine at the end of the day.


The team of Helen's Angels who held her during these past 2 1/2 years or so included: Linda Cranson, Ellen Hall, Amy Whitmire, Margaret Dodge and Sally Daley. Linda and Ellen were with Helen for more than 4 years.


Helen knew that she was as well cared for as a Queen, and "put a penny in her thank-you bank" each day in gratitude for her many blessings, as numerous as leaves on a tree.


Along the way, Helen also received great care from her friend Doctor Lobovits who visited her every Wednesday and shared many laughs, as well as a few drinks and song fests.


Helen benefited from HospiceCare in the Berkshires' wonderful services, especially from the skills and insights of nurses Denise Talabach and Becky Booker.


Clark, Pam, Robin and Ella Rae have been sustained by the care of Helen's Angels and the Hospice team, as well, and are very grateful for these meaningful connections.


The years of care provided a lovely ending to a long, rich, complex life. The devotion brought to her by her caregivers and her family enabled Helen to rest and receive. Helen was very grateful, as are her family and friends.


What will we do without our Helen? Our lives have been enriched by sharing them with Helen. We will miss her terribly, and will cherish the countless gifts she shared with us.


Helen told us that she longed for Jesus to take her hand and lead her home. May Helen be reunited with the many beloved family members and friends who passed before her, and whom she missed so much. May Helen experience the happiness she always deserved. We wish her peace.





Grace Markley Clark was born on 25 Aug 1920 in Pennsburgh, PA on Markley farm Upper Hannover Township. She married John Noll Dierolf Moyer on 14 Mar 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. She died on 01 Apr 2002 in Port Allegany, Pennsylvania.

Cora Brinkmeyer daughter of Edward H. Brinkmeyer and Clara Fredericks was born in Jul 1893 in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri, USA.

Notes for Cora Brinkmeyer:

General Notes:

The California Birth index shows a Jane C. Clark, born 24 March 1913 at Los Angeles, mother's name Brinkmey.



California Marriages show a Jane Clarie Clark, daughter of Arthur Jay Clark and Cora Brinkmeyer, marrying Charles Edgar Phillippi on 11 September 1946 at Los Angeles. Her husband was the son of George E. Phillippi and Etta Eunis.



California Marriage records show Arthur J. Clark, age 26, marrying Cora Brinkmeyer, age 26, on 5 June 1911 at Los Angeles. Arthur was the son of Josiah Clark and Isabel Jewell; Cora was the daughter of Edw H. Brinkmeyer and Clara Fredericks.



Cora's birthdate was a little fluid. In the 1900 census of ED 293 Precinct 9 St. Louis city Ward 19, St. Louis, Missouri, she was born July 1893:

Household Gender Age Birthplace

Head Edw H Brinkmeyer M 39 Missouri

Wife Clara Brinkmeyer F 36 Missouri

Daughter Clara Brinkmeyer F 15 Missouri

Son Alfred Brinkmeyer M 13 Missouri

Daughter Rena Brinkmeyer F 11 Missouri

Daughter Cora Brinkmeyer F 7 Missouri

Son Herbert Brinkmeyer M 5 Missouri

Daughter Meta Brinkmeyer F 2 Missouri

Servant Emma Hazelman F 18 Missouri



In the 1910 census of St Louis Ward 21, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, she was 25 years old (born around 1885):

SELF Edward H Brinkmeyer M 46y Missouri

WIFE Clara Brinkmeyer F 43y Missouri

DAU Cora A BrinkmeyerF 25y Missouri

SON Alfred W Brinkmeyer M 23y Missouri

DAU Pena M Brinkmeyer F 20y Missouri

DAU Clara Brinkmeyer F 16y Missouri

SON Herbert J Brinkmeyer M 14y Missouri

DAU Anita H Brinkmeyer F 11y Missouri

DAU Myra C Brinkmeyer F 9y Missouri

DAU Helen A BrinkmeyerF 7y Missouri

DAU Alice R BrinkmeyerF 1y 11m Missouri




Arthur Jay Clark and Cora Brinkmeyer were married on 05 Jun 1911 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA. They had the following children:


Jane Clark was born on 24 Mar 1913 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA. She married Charles Edgar Philippi on 11 Sep 1946 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA. She died on 30 Sep 1997 in San Diego, California.

Notes for Jane Clark:

General Notes:



Born 12/04/1898 IOWA

Died LOS ANGELES 07/02/1954

SS#: 564-07-0775

Age 55 yrs


Charles was a noted animation person with Disney.


He married Jane Clark (my mother's half-sister) in 1954 before he died that same year. SS#: 564-07-0098

Jane is my main interest.


Any descendants of Charles or knowledge of Jane?

Or her mother whose maiden name was Brinkmeyer?

I know Jane had a cousin John Foster.

I understand he had one child with his first wife, (Flora L. Smith who died in 1941), a son Donald Luis Philippi (12/2/1930-1/26/1993)died in San Francisco.






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