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The Greenbrier Hotel
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
The Dorothy Draper Main Lobby
35mm 1959 AGFA; July, 2003
Photo By Shanet Clark


View From Rockfish Gap, Virginia
Blue Ridge Valley
The Staunton and Charlottesville Road
35mm 1959 AGFA April, 2004
Photo By Shanet Clark


Old Tamworth Mill 1789
Buckingham County Virginia
35mm 1959 Agfa 2004
Photo by Shanet Clark


Shan Clark
David Shanet Clark, M.Ed.
Photo by Beverly Cox Clark 2001


B&O Tunnel Canal
35mm 1959 AGFA
By B.B.C. Clark, 2004


Potomac B & O Canal Tunnel
Photos By Beverly B.C. Clark
Paw Paw, West Virginia


West Virginia
Eastern Panhandle
Iron Forge 1844
35mm 1959 Agfa 2004
Photo by Shanet Clark


Old Tamworth Virginia
1789 Mill
Stone Brick and Wood
35mm 1959 Agfa 2004
Photo By Shanet Clark

David Shanet Clark, M.Ed.,
Decatur, Georgia:

"I am apparently a fourteenth generation American,
and my direct ancestors came from England
to Virginia in 1611. I have WWII, Civil War and Revolutionary War ancestors, as well.
The Pilot, John Clark, who was captured at Jamestown, Va.,
and held by the Spanish for four years, and was hired to pilot the 'Mayflower'
to Plymouth, Massachusetts;
John Clark is a probable ancestor,
as I understand it.

I know of no other person who had land and property granted to him at both Plymouth Colony and Jamestown Virginia - and he is probably my direct great grandfather to the fourteenth generation.

John Clark was a navigator and a Quaker and he did not sign The Mayflower Compact, however he piloted the ship, the Mayflower, to the New World and an island in Cape Cod Bay is named for John Clark, who explored it in 1620.


14. D. Shanet Clark, M.Ed.,
Cabell Co., W.Va., b. 1962, m. 1997;
(Author of this table) Historian, Teacher.
Dekalb County Historical Preservation
Commission Chairman

13. Dr. David Sheffer Clark  1922-
Author's father, Veteran Pacific Theater WWII. 1st Lieut.,
Practiced Medicine, M.D. in W.Va. and Virginia.

12. Elmer Sylvan Clark 1899-1971
C & O Railroad Tunnel Labor Foreman,
Raconteur in The Great Depression,
Episcopalian. Virginian. Town of Orange, Va.

11. Frederick W. Clark 1875-1944
C & O Rail Tunnel Foreman,
Post Civil War and Great Depression Era.
Virginian. Town of Unionville.

10. Franklin W. Clark C.S.A. 1847-1929
Confederate; Wise Artillery, Deacon.
Post Civil War Virginia Depression.
Unionville and Orange, Va.

9. James Towles Clark 1813-1913
Victorian, Orange, Virginia 'Union' Church.
Clark's Mountain, Orange County, Va.

8. William Clark Rev. 1766-1834
Revolutionary Rider, Surveyor, Clark's Mtn.
Rapidan River, Orange County, Va.

7. John Clark 1741-1831
Revolutionary Supplier. Orange County, Va.
"The Old Man of All the Mountain." 
Orange County, Va.

6. William Clark 1711-1790
Left Spotsylvania County for Clark's Mtn.
Orange County, Virginia.
Taliaferro association.

5. Edward Clark 1648-1736 
m. 1662, m. 1681, m. 1699.
Patented Clarks' Mountain, Virginia.

4. Micajah Clark c. 1629-1699
Many generations are named for Micajah Clark,
who was in Virginia (from Barbados) by 1671.

3. Michael Clark 1610-1678 d. West Indies.
Born in England, thrived in Barbados*.

2. Edward Clark 1590-1630.
Son of John, Father of Michael.
Resided in England*.

1. John Clark, the Pilot 1572-1624.
Grants in Jamestown and Plymouth Colony.
Ransomed from Madrid Spain by James I.
Pilot of the Mayflower.
Participated in the 1611 Jamestown voyage*.

> 1. John Clark
preceded in England by
(15th) William Clark b. 1553*, Stefenage, Herts.
(16th) Sir Thomas Clark b. 1527*, Hertsfordshire.

Apparently I am a fourteenth generation American.
I can trace back sixteen generations to the early sixteenth century in central England,
during Henry VII's reign.
The generation averages out to twenty five years.

The Pilot John Clark, whose testimony to the Spanish Inquisition about the strategic condition of the North American English Colonial Coast can be read in numerous journals, and the man who was ransomed for the Virginia Company by King James I;
the Pilot, John Clark 1572-1624 (1)
had a number of children,
Susannah, Edward, Katherine, Thomas.

These were his heirs, in both Virginia and Plymouth.
John Clark's son, Edward Clark, 1590-1630 (2)
remained in England, and Edward was probably the father of Michael Clark 1610-1678 (3).

Michael Clark is well documented in Barbados, and re-settled in Virginia after arriving in the formative year of 1670 into Charleston, South Carolina.

Michael was the father of Micajah 1629-1699 (4)
who was born in Barbados and moved to South Carolina and then into Henrico County, Virginia.

Micajah was the father of Edward Clark 1648-1736 (5)
the founder of the Clark's Mountain Clan.

This Micajah was also the father of Captain Christopher Clark, founder of another prominent frontier family.

Edward Clark, Christopher Clark's brother, was the associate (probable kinfolk) of Richard Taliafero, and as an overseer developed land in the new County of Orange, Virginia in 1736 at Clark's Mountain. Some of these Clarks were surveyors, marking the James River and Greenbrier River valleys for the first time.

The Clarks' Mountain Clarks have been in central Virginia on the Rapidan River since 1736. Edward was the father of William Clark (6) 1711-1792 who had revolutionary associations.

William was the father of (7 )John Clark, The Old Man of All the Mountain (1741-1831) the master of Clarks' Mountain, with its long views.

John Clark was the father of William Clark (8) 1766-1834 a revolutionary veteran.

Wm. Clark was the father of James Towles Clark (9) a Victorian methodist who lived 1813-1913.

James Clark was the father of Franklin W. Clark (10) 1847-1929 a Confederate Veteran.

Franklin was the father of Frederick W. Clark (11) 1875-1944 a railroad tunnel foreman.

He was the father of (12) 1899-1971 Elmer Sylvan Clark,
my grandfather, who lived in Orange and Unionville,
at the foot of Clarks' Mountain near Charlottesville, Virginia.

*some dates and links are best estimates and/or contested,
 i.e. the early 17th and late 16th century figures.

NAME: CLARK, CLARKE, CLERK or CLERKE; Literate, but less than aristocratic, Englishmen were originally clerks, lay church officials who wrote for the English courts, the sheriffs and the bishops. By the 16th century we know of a Sir Thomas Clarke in this line.
The Latin Cleric or Clericus or Clerq goes back, with the underground church, before Augustine's arrival from Rome in the seventh century.

Stone inscriptions in Christian graveyards in Britain show an unbroken British Druidic Christian Church from the first century contact in Wales to the seventh century, but little written text and no bishops' names have survived.
Clericus was the original Clark, writing, maintaining a literated culture and scholarly dignity even in the face of Saxon pagan tyranny and the Norman conquest.

This Post should also clarify certain other historical families:


The Georgia Family of Larkin Clark descend from Edward Clark (5).

This branch founded Elberton, Ga and then participated in Revolutionary Land Lots.

George Rogers Clark and William Clark:
There are only traces of a connection of my Colonial Virginia Clark family to the family of George Rogers Clark and William Clark (of Lewis and Clark).
George Rogers Clark referred to a cousin of my line, Marston Green Clark, as a "cousin" (Bodley, Frankort) in a letter, and the Marston Green name and other names are consistent across the two frontier family lines, but William and George Rogers Clark settled in the "west" Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri, and I have found no solid link to old Micajah Clark and the family at Clarks' Mountain.


Resume and Curriculum Vitae:

David Shanet Clark, M.Ed.

DeKalb County, Ga.
Historic Preservation Commission Chairman

Civics and History Teacher, 
Cross Keys High School


M.Ed., Masters of Education, Social Sciences
Georgia State University, with honors, 2006

B.A., Summa Cum Laude,  History
Georgia State University, Atlanta 2002
Minor in Political Science

Areas of Research Interest:
U.S. Political History
American Architectural Culture
Victorian and Federal Era America

“Instant Text Messages of the 1860s:
Lincoln’s Telegraph Office and the Origins of
Modern War Signals Communication.”
Cryptologic Quarterly 31, no. 1 (2012): 41-49.
Law Day Keynote & "Liberty Bell Award"
DeKalb County Bar Association, May 2007

E.I. Woodruff Fellowship
Southern History, Georgia State University, 2003-2004.

GSU History Department and Middle East Center:
Graduate Assistant, 2003-2004.
Egyptian Graphics Project:
Forming a Database and Gallery of Egyptian History and Culture.

Thomas Malone History Scholarship, GSU, 2002

Dean’s Key and Faculty Scholar, GSU, 2001-2002
Honors History Student of the Year,
Georgia Perimeter College GPC DeKalb College, 2001

United States Senate Youth Scholarship
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
Marshall University 1980

99th Percentile – Graduate Records Exam,
Verbal Test, 2006 (GRE 760/610)

99th Percentile – College Level Equivalency Exam,
CLEP, English Literature, 2001

Praxis II Social Studies 195/200
Georgia Teaching Certificate, Social Science

Certified College Board Advanced Placement
European History Teacher, Oglethorpe University, 2007

Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions
Annual Convention,  Elberton, Ga., 2007

Conference Presentations:
“Instant Text Messages of the 1860s:
Lincoln’s Telegraph Office and the Origins of
Modern War Signals Communication.”
Presented at:
National Cryptology Conference
Johns Hopkins University
Advanced Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
October, 2011
South Carolina History Conference
Columbia, South Carolina
February, 2012
“Seceding from Secession:
Geographic Factors in the History of West Virginia”

Presented at:
The Georgia Interdisciplinary Conference;
UGA Athens, GA, February 21, 2004

The Florida Historians’ Conference;
LCCC Lake City, Florida, March 3, 2004

The Organization of American Historians’
Southern Regional Conference;
GSU Atlanta, July 17, 2004

Bertholdi Graduate History Conference,
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., April 2005.

New England Historical Association,
Cambridge, Massachusetts,
Regis College, April 2005.

Additional Archival and Special Collections Research:

“Executive Order 12036:
President Carter Restructures the Intelligence Community”
Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta. 2005. Online @ scribners.org

“The 1947 Georgia Governors’ Controversy:
The Talmadge Tapes”
Pullen Library Special Collections. 2005.

Teaching Experience:
Tucker High School, Cross Keys High School
Social Studies Teacher 2006 - 2012

Welfare to Work Adult Literacy Program:
Program Teacher, Fayette County, KY, 1992 - 1995

High School At-Risk Dropout Prevention:
Program Teacher, Lexington KY, 1992-1995

Professional Associations:

DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission
Member, 2006-2007; Chairman 2008-2010

Organization of American Historians
National Council for History Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Department of Education Grant Review Contractor:
"Teaching American History" 2007 Federal Grant Proposal Judge
"Safe and Drug Free Schools" 2008 Federal Grant Proposal Judge
Dekalb County Executive Committee:
Planning and Zoning  
Regulatory Review Board 2010