Family Tree – Clarke

The tree shows the straight line ancestry from the current oldest known CLARKE to my youngest son.

The Clarke family can be traced back to the mid 1700s and John Clark from the village of Wing in Rutland.

The family spent most of the 1800s just two miles from Wing in the nearby village of Manton which is close to the south shore of Rutland Water before, in the 1900s, moving north to Denaby, a mining village west of Doncaster where George Woods Clarke worked at the local colliery looking after the pit ponies.

After a major fire at the mine that wiped out all 120 pit ponies, George moved into commerce with a hardware shop in nearby Normanton. His shopkeeping skills were passed down to his son Hubert who ran a grocers shop in Stainforth in the 1930s.