Susan Mary Clark
b. 18 December 1840, d. 11 December 1901
- Father: Wylie Pope Clark b. circa 1807, d. 31 October 1842
- Mother: Amanda M. Kilbee b. 9 November 1817, d. 18 March 1899
- Susan Mary Clark was born on 18 December 1840 in Marianna, Jackson County, Florida.
- John Gibbs Ruan and Amanda M. Kilbee appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Franklin County, Florida. Other members of the household included Susan Mary Clark, Rebecca L. Clark, Mary Eliza Ruan, John Gibbs Ruan, William R. Ruan and William Rodman Ruan.
- John Gibbs Ruan and Amanda M. Kilbee appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida. Other members of the household included Susan Mary Clark, Mary Eliza Ruan, John Gibbs Ruan, William R. Ruan, Laura Caroline Ruan, Annie Campbell Ruan, Martha Rodman Ruan, Rebecca L. Clark and William Rodman Ruan. Physician Robert Williamson, age 55, was is living nearby.
- Amanda M. Kilbee appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida. Other members of the household included Susan Mary Clark, Mary Eliza Ruan, William R. Ruan, Laura Caroline Ruan, Annie Campbell Ruan and Martha Rodman Ruan.
- According to the History of Christ Church Parish, Macon: . . . [T]he new Church was erected and consecrated to God's service on Sunday, December 22, 1872. . . A new schoolhouse was built where sewing and other useful occupations were taught with Mrs. Setley as principal, and Miss Mary H. Plant, Miss Eliza Ruan, Mrs. Susan Clark, Miss Jane Warwick and Miss Jennie Avern as teachers. This work was progressing satisfactorily when the burning of the schoolhouse on Sunday, March 25, 1877, necessitated its discontinuance. Fortunately the chapel was saved. . . .
- The following appeared on 11 December 1875 in the Augusta Daily Chronicle & Sentinel: (from the Atlanta Constitution) "It will be a matter of interest to some of our citizens to learn that Miss Clark, grand-daughter of ex-Governor John Clark, of Georgia, is in the city for the purpose of having copied the portrait of her grandfather, the said John Clark, from the collection of portraits of illustrious Georgians which embellish the representative hall of the State Capitol. The only daughther [sic] of Governor Clark, well known as the brilliant Mrs. John A. Campbell, now lives in Texas. Many of her father's and husband's old friends met her last Winter while on a visit to her relative, Mrs. John Neal, of this city. Among them was Col. William H. Sparks, he of the 'Memories of Fifty Years,' who had not met her since her bridal night, when he acted as one of the attendants."
- She married Robert Morgan on 13 November 1877 in Bibb County, Georgia.
- Circa 1884, Susan Mary Clark wrote to Ann Williamson Clark:
Atlanta Ga, April 26th
My dear Aunt Campbell,
Mrs Mims came around, upon her arrival, and brought me your very welcome letter herself. She was perfectly delighted with the entire clan Campbell, and particularly yourself. She says you are perfectly superb, and elegant. I told her of the compliment you paid her in your letter to me, and she was extremely gratified and delighted. She said it was very valuable praise from such a source. I am sorry the Major was not with her, for he is as elegant and superior as a Man as she is as a Woman. They are quite a remarkable pair. She regretted not seeing Cousin Clarke, and Mattie Wrenn. The cold weather and hard times have greatly crippled Mr M's business and he is anxious to again resume the lumber business. He thinks there is an uncommonly good prospect for making money now by shipping lumber to Aspinwall, and to Colon, and if he can raise the money he will go into it, but though only requiring two or three thousand dollars, money is so scarce in this section that I am afraid he can not get it. A great many of his customers have defrauded him of their debts, and he is discouraged with his present business. It was all conducted on credit, and all exporting to the towns within two or three hundred miles of Atlanta. If the people would have paid their debts, the business would have been as profitable as he could have required. He is now anxious to sell out, if he can. He has always been accustomed to a large commercial business, and that style of business suits him better than any thing else, but he will be compelled to be controlled by circumstances. Mrs Mims made me long to see you and the entire family. If any one of my Cousins ever come near Atlanta do send them to me. Mrs. Connally (Senator Joe Browns daughter) left on Saturday for the Exposition and then for Texas . . .
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- On 18 April 1885, Amanda M. Kilbee wrote to Ann Williamson Clark:
My Dear Sister,
It has been a long time since I wrote you but I always love dearly to hear from you and all your children. Twice Susie has sent me your letters to read which I assure you gave me great pleasure to hear how all yr children and grand children were getting along, My own children are all well, Eliza & Annie C are at home with me. Susie you know is in Atlanta and Mattie is still living in Selma Ala. My two Sons are still in the cotton business and seem to be doing very well. John has five Children, all well but the youngest, which is quite a delicate child, we think from having whooping caught when very young. He is nearly two years old. All the Johnstons and Mrs. Butler are well, but Mrs. Butler health is very poor generally. Carrie Johnston, now Mrs. Duncan, has a Son. I have just written to Susie and enclosed a letter from my sister Mrs. Myrick who lives in Marianna, in which Col. McLennan asks for your address. He is a lawyer living in Marianna and says he thinks your Fathers Estate own about 1000 (one thousand) acres of land which has been lately sold to the R R company and that if proper steps were taken would be worth something to his Gen Clarks heirs, unless Bared by the Statute of limitation, Tell Archie it will be something he can look into. I am sorry I do not know his first name or his enitials -- but will send your address this afternoon and hope you will soon hear from him. Have you the titles to the one acre reserved around the grave lot? I have none, and if you have you may want to have them on a new record or to have the claim well substanciated, My own health is very good, only I have a cough which gives me some trouble occasionally. I shall hope to hear from you soon, and with good success to all parties -- and believe me ever your loving sister, A. M. Ruan
The envelope is addressed to Mrs. A. W. Campbell, Care A. R. Campbell, Esq., Galveston, Texas, and pencilled in another hand on the face of the envelope, "Mrs. Amanda Ruan, Macon, Georgia." Minimal punctuation added by the transcriber to enhance readability.
- Robert Morgan and Susan Mary Clark appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Orange, Orange County, Texas. Other members of the household included Annie Campbell Ruan.
- Susan Mary Clark died on 11 December 1901 at age 60.
- She was interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Orange County, Texas.
- Last Edited: 27 Mar 2012