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George Rogers Clark and Locust Grove – Jefferson County

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.

And jugglers!

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.



Blandford-Clark 1820 Marriage Bond

wc-mar-1Know all men by these presents, that we, John R. Blandford and Robert Greenwell, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of Fifty Pounds, current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this 2nd day of October, 1820.  The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas, there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound John R. Blandford and Miss Elizabeth Clark, daughter of Joseph Clark, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void – else, to remain in full force and virtue in law.

John R. Blandford, Robert Greenwell

Teste.  Stephen C. Brown, Washington County Clerk


Sir, you will please to grant license to John R. Blandford to gain the laws of matrimony with my daughter, Elizabeth Clark.

Joseph Clark

October 2, 1820

Robert Greenwell, Joseph Claton

Today In Genealogy History – March 8

Wedding Bells Ring Today!!!!!

Washington County, Kentucky

Thomas Willett married Sarah Bryan 08 Mar 1804
William Givens married Sally Donan 08 Mar 1809
Joseph Odell married Mary Farris 08 Mar 1815
James Murry married Peggy Moore 08 Mar 1816
Benedict Beaven married Mary Clark 08 Mar 1819
Berry Lewis married Polly Hays 08 Mar 1821
Mountford J. Peter married Elizabeth Parrott 08 Mar 1830
Benjamin F. Beaven married Juliet Anne Wade 08 Mar 1834
Abraham Wright married Eleanor Gardner 08 Mar 1841
James Norris married Julia Moore 08 Mar 1842
French E. Brown married Margaret Gardiner 08 Mar 1844
Pleasant Carrier married Letty Ann Crow 08 Mar 1847
William D. Cornish married Elizabeth Clark 08 Mar 1859
John W. Gabhart married Jane Goodman 08 Mar 1864
George W. Devine married Caroline Perkins 08 Mar 1866
James Gardner married Delilah Litteral 08 Mar 1869
Thomas Warford married Lavina Searcy 08 Mar 1874
William Graves married Mary Bottom 08 Mar 1880
Edward Whitehouse married Nancy Young 08 Mar 1881
George L. Parker married Alice K. Cambron 08 Mar 1887