Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1752-11-19
Death 1818-02-13
English, French

Biographical notes:

Surveyor; noted Indian fighter in the American midwest in the latter half of the 18th century.

From the description of Documents, 1778-1818. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 28287330

American Revolutionary Colonel in the Old Northwest. Clark first came to Detroit from Cleveland in 1817, and was followed by his parents in a commercial fisherman and deputy collector of customs in China, Mich. (from M.P.C., I, 501-507: Clark's "Recollections".) (blue index cards)

From the description of George Rogers Clark papers, 1779-1788 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 405603551

Surveyor; noted Indian fighter in the American midwest during the latter half of the 18th century.

From the description of Documents, 1780 Jan. 29. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 28287323

Continental Army officer.

From the description of Letter, 1780 Aug. 23. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 48657314

From the description of Store orders, 1808 Sept.-Dec. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 48657315

Surveyor; noted Indian fighter in the American midwest during the latter part of the 18th century.

From the description of Document, 1785 Aug. 19. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 28287319

Epithet: Colonel in the American Army

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001476.0x00009b

Revolutionary War soldier and pioneer.

From the description of George Rogers Clark : miscellaneous papers, 1780-1802. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 48652080

George Rogers Clark was born 19 November 1752 in Albemarle County, Virginia, to John Clark (1725-1799) and Ann Rogers Clark (1728-1798). Clark learned surveying from his grandfather in Caroline County, Virginia. He explored down the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers in what is now Kentucky and West Virginia and surveyed farms for settlers arriving in that territory. Clark served as a captain in the Virginia militia during Lord Dunmore's War in 1774, and the next year returned to Kentucky to survey lands for the Ohio Company. When the Revolution began, Clark encouraged Virginia to protect Kentucky from the British and indians. He captured Kaskaskia, Illinois from the British 4 July 1778 and won the allegience of French settlers in Vincennes, Indiana. When the British took Vincennes in October 1778, Clark recaptured it 25 February 1779. He was responsible for the defense of the Northwest Territory during the rest of the American Revolution. After Kentucky troops were defeated at Blue Licks, Kentucky, by the Shawnee 19 August 1782, Clark retaliated with an attack on Chillicothe, Ohio, defeating the Shawnee 4 November 1782. After the American Revolution ended, Clark served on the Board of Commissioners which allotted the lands in Kentucky and the Northwest Territory granted by Virginia to its soldiers. Clark lived the last few years of his life with his sister and her husband outside Louisville, Kentucky, where he died 13 February 1818.

From the guide to the George Rogers Clark Papers, 1777-1810, (The Library of Virginia)

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Subjects:

  • Clark's expedition to the Illinois, 1778-1779
  • Indians of North America--Wars--1775-1783
  • Shawnee Indians--Wars--1775-1783--Sources
  • Land titles
  • Land grants--History--18th century--Sources
  • Bounties, Military
  • Autobiographies
  • Surveyors
  • Indians of North America
  • Bonds
  • Manuscripts, American

Occupations:

  • Surveyors

Places:

  • Kentucky--Jefferson County (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Fort McIntosh (Penn.) (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Fort Sackville, North America (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Canada, North America (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Detroit (Mich.) (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)
  • Vincennes (Ind.) (as recorded)
  • America, North America (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Old (as recorded)