This is the story of
my grandparents, their nine children, and includes a
genealogy of their ancestors. But I hope it will be more
than just a genealogy site. I want you to come away
feeling as if you know the Clarks, if just a bit.
I am dedicating this
site to all of the Clarks that have gone before us, but
to two of them in particular.
First, to my father,
James Leon Clark, the eldest of James Allen and Annie's
nine children. We lost him in 1976, an eternity
ago, and I have missed him every day since. He was
the one who really taught me the importance of those
people we call family. Nothing was ever more
important to him than his kids. And he used to
say, "There is only one thing you come into this world
with that you have any control over, and that is your
own good name. Don't ever do anything that would
cause you to lose it." And to this day, I am proud
to carry the Clark name.
Second, I dedicate
this work to my Uncle William Roy "Boots" Clark.
In 1985 he took it upon himself to compile, write, and
publish a family history book he entitiled "The Clark
Family" and to present a copy of it to ever living
descendent of James Allen and Annie, which already was
no small group. With the kind permission of his
immediate family, I will share Uncle Boot's wonderful
anecdotal family history with you. Yes, it has
some names and dates, but more importantly, it tells the
story of this family as they experienced daily life from
the early part of the last century until after
WWII. It is a warm, beautiful recollection of his
family, lovingly prepared to share family memories with
the younger generations.
This book has been my
inspiration to continue research on family genealogy,
and thanks to the internet, I have been able to make
strides that would have been very difficult for Uncle
Boots to have made 20 years ago. Somehow
I think Uncle Boots is in heaven, laughing that
laugh of his and saying, "Why girl, now I not only know
who they all were, but I've met them. It's for me
to know and you to find out!"