Family Affair

Keitt|Sapp|Shumake|McRae|McMillian|Clark|Ryal - All from Georgia

“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Cleric, clerk, or scholar - one who can read and write. Also from the Gaelic "Mac a' Chlerich/Cleireach"; son of the cleric or, sometimes, clerk. During the Middle Ages, the common pronunciation of -er was -ar, so the man who sold items was the marchant, and the man who kept the books was the clark. At the time, the primary members of the literate class were the clergy, which in minor orders were allow to marry and have families. The term clerk (clark) eventually came to designate any literate man.

My Connection:

Martha Clark married William McMillian and were my Great Grandparents.  Martha was born March 30, 1870, in Telfair County, Georgia, to Wesley and Kizzie Swain Clark. To my knowledge Martha had three siblings;William (b.1860), Mary (b.1873), and Sarah (1876).

Martha and William McMillian had thirteen children;

Adam "Buster",Oscar, Kizzie, John, Henry, Alice, Margie, Earnest"Big Boy",Alberta, Lois, Esker(my maternal grandmother),Theodore "Odar", and  Wesley "Wes" McMillain.

Martha's husband William died in 1917 and she then married a man name Philip Robinson somewhere between 1917 and 1920.  Martha passed away  Oct 03, 1926.

There is nothing known at this time of her siblings and their families, which is an area that I would love to explore more.


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