We have records show the following residents with this surname – names showing as links will contain further information

  • James (Jim) CLARK d. 2007
  • James CLARK b. 1884
  • John CLARK b. 1878 d. 1960
  • Maria CLARK d. 1935
  • Mary CLARK
  • Mathew CLARK
  • Elizabeth CLARK b. 1813 d. 1890
  • John CLARK

  • More Information about the Clarke family …

    The Clarkes of Hackthorn – a personal contribution by David Harris

    Joseph Clarke (1781 – 1843) married Elizabeth Harrison in 1802 in Wragby and they had nine children between 1803 and 1824, all born in Benniworth.
    The Clarke line leading to Hackthorn descends through son James, born in 1815. There are two more James Clarke’s in subsequent generations.


    The 1881 census for nearby Saxby St Helen shows one of James’s sons, William, and his wife Maria (nee Pettinger) were living at Cottage Cliffe, Saxby (2½ miles from Hackthorn), with 3 children, all born in Saxby.

    Maria Pettinger (1853 – 1935) was born in Wrawby, Lincolnshire and was Jessie Clarke’s grandmother, thus my great-grandmother.

    William and Maria had three more children, Florence and (yet another) James (born 1884, my grandfather) born in Saxby, and Gertrude born in nearby West Firsby in 1888 (population 45). In about 1890 William Clarke and family moved to Hackthorn.

    In the 1901 census the Clarke and Moore families were still living in Hackthorn, and the population of the village was 258.

    During World War Two, Jessie served as a nurse in Nottingham, and Fred joined the RAF. He served with 625 Squadron, based at Kelstern, Lincolnshire, as navigator in a Lancaster bomber until killed on a raid to Mailly in France on the night of 3/4 May 1944. He is buried in nearby Trouan-le-Petit.

    After the war Marjorie married William Ashfield and emigrated to Australia.

    Jessie (my mother) met Oscar Harris during the war; they were married in 1945 and moved to Essex. She and her family often returned to visit her parents, who continued to live at the “Yew Trees” in Storr’s Lane (named after the yews planted as seeds by her father). In the 1950s James and Jessie moved to Essex to be near their daughter.

    There are various Clarke and closely related descendants in Australia and Canada, as well as those still in England.

    The following two website links will give more war service information

    Detailed information about the WW2 service of Frederick Charles Clarke and Reginald Hannath Clarke
    Information on Commonwealth War Graves, including Fred Clarke, Reg Clarke and Arthur Moore (army number 205616, died 21/7/1918) son of David Moore and Emma Clarke of Hackthorn. Arthur Moore was son of David and Elizabeth Moore of Vine Cottage, Hackthorn and not as stated here.

    • back – Jessie Bolam, James Clarke centre – Maria Pettinger children – Fred, Marjorie, Jessie (in Hackthorn, about 1930)