Locust Grove decorated for Christmas in the traditional manor of the 1810’s.
Information on the family of George Rogers Clark is taken from articles written for The Filson Club History Quarterly 1935-1940, by Rogers Clark Ballard Thurston. In his latter years, General Clark lived with his sister, Lucy, who married William Croghan. Their home was Locust Grove, located on Blankenbaker Road near the Ohio River. Ritchey and I love to visit Locust Grove – in addition to being open all year, special events are held – a spring garden show in May, a Jane Austen festival in July, an 18th Century Market Fair the last week in October and Christmas at Locust Grove in December. I will share some photos we’ve taken.
Tea during the Christmas festivities.
George Rogers Clark was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1752. Within a few years his family moved to Caroline County, Virginia. Parents John Clark and Ann Rogers had ten children, all born in Virginia: Jonathan; George Rogers; Ann; John, Jr.; Richard; Edmund; Lucy; Elizabeth; William and Frances Eleanor. Some of the general’s family moved to the Louisville area of Kentucky – including his parents. His parents home, Mulberry Hill, was on the eastern outskirts of Louisville, on Beargrass Creek. Of the six sons of John and Ann Clark, five served as commissioned officers and the youngest, William, was one-half of the Lewis and Clark duo whose famous expedition to the northwest was made 1804-1806.
Cooking Carolina rice and his Lordship’s beef – delicious together in a bowl – at the 18th Century Market Fair!
With bread and cheese we had quite a sumptuous meal!
George Rogers Clark was a surveyor and as early as 1772 made a trip down the Ohio River. By 1776 he stayed in Kentucky and became the one to whom others in the state looked to for advice and leadership. For a short time Clark was at Ford Harrod in Mercer County.
Ritchey talking about cannon and shot.
The general and I discussing his last visit to Washington City.
In 1809 General Clark stumbled and fell at the fireplace and one of his legs was burned. Erysipelas set in and his leg was amputated above the knee. It was at this time that he came to live with his sister and brother-in-law at Locust Grove. He lived an additional nine years, dying February 13, 1818. Immediate survivors were his brother William, in St. Louis, and three sisters, Ann Gwathmey, Lucy Croghan and Fanny Fitzhugh. He was buried in the Croghan family cemetery at Locust Grove.
General George Rogers Clark, November 9, 1752, died February 13, 1818. Croghan Family Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
In 1869, from a bequest from Isaac Clark, son of Jonathan, lots were procured in Cave Hill Cemetery, and many of the graves were moved to that location, including General Clark’s.
General George Rogers Clark’s burial spot at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Categories: Family Stories
Really good and informative article – I had no idea!!!
Thanks this was most interesting. Did not know this. The book “Undaunted Courage” about the expedition is a must read. v
Undaunted Courage is one of my favorite books!
One of the places I have loved reading about over the years. My husband has Grogans in his line, and there was a big debate as to whether the Grogans were originally Croghans or Crogans. I don’t think that has been resolved. We lived in Louisville 50 years ago but weren’t into genealogy at that time. Now we look back on it and wish we had visited Mulberry Hill. Love your article!
There are trees on Ancestry showing that George Rogers Clark married Jane Mercer and that they had children. Everything I have read states that he never married. Any idea where the marriage information originated? Thanks.
I’m not sure where they got their information, but he did not marry.
I am currently reading Undaunted Courage and it is excellent. Prior to that I read From Sea to Shining Sea by James Alexander Thom. It is amazing! It’s about the Clark family, mainly George Rogers Clark and William Clark.
Undaunted Courage is one of those books I couldn’t put down! I’ll put From Sea to Shining Sea on my list!