Life History of Charles W. Buttars
Joseph Onion (Owen) Clark
written by Melonie Crnich


( Ann Clark, wife )

    Joseph Owen Clark was born on 1 June 1826 in  Safron Waldron, Essex, England.  His parents were Mary Clark and Joseph Onion..  He was adopted by  Benjamin Thomas Clark and Ann Leaford Shuker. He married their daughter Ann Clark on 3 November 1846 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
    Two of their children were born in Barnwell, Cambridge, England:  Mary Ann (1847 and George Edward (1849).  Sometime around 1850 they heard the message from the Mormon missionaries.  In 1850 at age 24 Joseph was baptized in Barnwell, Cambridge, England.
    Two years later Joseph, Ann and their two children, along with Ann's father, stepmother and children immigrated to America.  They sailed from Liverpool on 23 January 1853 on the ship "Golconda".  There were a total of 321 people traveling with the Church Immigration Program.  They reached America at New Orleans and took a steam boat up the Mississippi River to Keokuk, Lee, Iowa arriving 23 January 1853.
    While waiting to cross the plains Ann had a baby, Josephine Frances (1853).  She didn't live long and was buried in Iowa.  They stayed in Iowa for another three years while Ann recovered and they prepared for the trip across the plains.
    On June 6, 1856 they left Iowa with the Capt. Philemon C. Merrill wagon train.  Along with 200 people and 50 wagons they arrived in Salt Lake City in August 13-18, 1856.
    They settled for a time in Salt Lake City and had six more children: Julia Ann (1856), Samuel Shuker (1860), Joshua (1863), Clara Miriam (1865), Benjamin Thomas (1867) and Alice Vilate (1870).
    In November of 1888,  being disillusioned with the Church in Salt Lake,  Joseph, his wife Ann and all of their children except Mary Ann returned to Independence, Jackson County, Missouri and joined the Reorganized LDS Church. Joseph died 28 January 1898 in Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa at the age of seventy-two.  He was buried at Independence, Jackson County,

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