John Clarck was married to Marie Saunders (or Sanders). They were the parents of Nelson, Richard, Thomas, Martha and John.
Oderin (Harbour Buffet) Subscribers - June 17, 1857
Mrs. Sr. Clarke, Mrs. Jr. Clarke
1867 Oderin, NL Report
John Clarke, Joseph Clarke, Thomas Clarke
The first son named John was christened at Oderin in 1825 and must have died since there is another son named John, christened at Burin 27 Jul. 1833 (unless this is a re-baptism of the same child upon removal of the family to another parish).
The following is speculative (and hopefully factual in places).
The Clarks may have come from England (or Ireland or the isle of Jersey) and settled first on Flat Island before removing to Oderin for religious reasons. (See note on Oderin and Flat Islands).
The Burin Peninsula is the closest land of Newfoundland to the Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. I believe that the Clarck family has an English background, though marrying into French families, and that they are living at times and in various generations in Newfoundland and on the island of St. Pierre (St. Pierre & Miquelon). I am here following Oderin 'clues,' (the island in western Placentia Bay, Newfoundland - records and documents - following the 'clue' that Maria Sanders Clarck (born 1862; married to Alfred Emile Briand) was born on Oderin. There are certainly a number of the family 'Clarke' on Oderin.
Oderin, a resettled fishing community, was located on Oderin Island in western Placentia Bay, about 30 km northeast of Marystown. Oderin Island is horseshoe-shaped with its mouth facing west. It has a natural harbour. The community was resettled in 1966 with the families relocated to Rushoon, Parker's Cove, Burin and St. John's.
(Note the name 'Senior' as well, which may tie in with the fact that Rachel Beck Clarck (Mrs. Edward Clarck) was the daughter of Cyrus Wm Beck and Eliza Senior, though Eliza was 'of St. Pierre (St. Pierre & Miquelon).
Following these leads, one finds the following information:
Burin Peninsula Region ~ Burin District - Methodist Baptisms: 1833 - 1859
February 2. 1821, Oderin Clark, Richard, son of John and Maria
July 26, 1833 Burin Clark, John and Maria - John Oct 4, 1833 (If the John and Maria in Erica's line, then this John would be the one who married Mary Ann Denty in 1849)
July 27, 1833 Oderin Clark, John and Maria - Martha Oct 4, 1833
Apr 10, 1835 Burin Clark, John and Frances - Elisa Aug 2, 1835
Sept 14, 1835 Oderin Clark, Thomas and Edna - Robert Oct 29, 1835
Dec 22, 1835 Oderin Clark, Thomas and Edna - James Aug 7, 1836
Apr 11, 1837 Flat Islands Senior, William and Hannah - Elizabeth Nov 2, 1837 (possibly to become wife of Cyrus Beck ?)
Apr 28, 1838 Oderin Clark, Thomas and Ellen - Aron (?) Oct 28, 1838
May 6, 1839 Flat Islands Senior, William and Ann - Charles July 28, 1839
Aug 5, 1844 Oderin Clarke, Thomas and Ellen - Thomas Oct 28, 1844
Nov 26, 1844 Port-de-Bras Clarke, John and Frances - John Henry Dec 1, 1844
Port-de-Bras Clarke, John and Frances - Sophia Sept 20, 1846
Sept 30, 1845 Flat Islands Senior, William and Ann - Sarah Oct 18, 1846
Nov 28, 1845 Flat Islands Senior, Thomas and Mary - Anne Oct 18, 1846
Apr 14, 1848 Flat Islands Scinard, Thomas and Mary - James Oct 3, 1848 (Senior?)
Apr 20, 1849 Flat Islands Senior, William and Ann - Joseph Oct 23, 1849
May 20, 1850 Flat Islands Senior, Thomas and Mary - Susan Oct 16, 1850
Nov 18, 1851 Flat Islands Senior, William and Ann - Susannah Apr 30, 1852
Feb 15, 1853 Flat Islands Senior, Thomas and Mary - Isaac Aug 18, 1853
Jan 12, 1855 Flat Islands Senior, William and Ann - Thomas George Oct 7, 1885 (1855?)
Dec 2, 1856 Flat Islands Senior, William and Ann - Abraham Isaac July 12, 1857
Oct 31, 1855 Flat Islands Senior, Thomas and Mary - Samuel July 12, 1857
Jan 25, 1859 Flat Islands Senior, William and Ann - Amelia July 31, 1859
Dec 22, 1858 Flat Islands Senior, Thomas and Mary - Charles July 31, 1859
Mar 6, 1859 Flat Islands Senior, William and Mary Ann - Thomas July 31, 1859
Burin Peninsula Region ~ Burin District: Methodist Marriages: 1850 - 1879
Oct 24, 1865 Samuel Senior, Flat Islands [and] Ann Crann, Flat Islands L.T. Teed Jonathon Parsons and William Coady
Oct 13, 1869 William Seviour (Senior?), Flat Islands [and] Sarah Bayley, Flat Islands James A. Duke Henry Butler and John Collins
Sept 29, 1871 Joseph Seniour, Flat Islands [and] Susannah Butler, Flat Islands James A. Duke John Butler and J.R. Parsons
Sept 29, 1871 Thomas Seniour, Flat Islands [and] Ann Bayley James A. Duke William Forbes and William Moulton
Oct 26, 1878 Samuel Senior, Fisherman, Flat Islands [and] Lydia Murcks, Flat Islands S. Matthews J. Bishop and Charlotte Bishop
Jan 14, 1884 John Clarke, age 24 [and] Harriet Senior, age 23, Flat Islands Charles Lench Thomas Clark and Jacariah Smith
Nov 16, 1887 William Clark, age 28, Chance Cove [and] Sarah Smith Joyce, age 22, Flat Islands
Burin Peninsula _ Lovell's Directory 1871
Port au Bras (fishing settlement on the west side of Placentia Bay, district of Burin. Distant from Burin by road 1 mile. Mail fortnightly. Population 195.)
Clarke George fisherman; Clarke Richard fisherman; Clarke William fisherman
Methodist Marriages, District of Burin (PANL Box 1 & 3, Marriages 1816_1972)
John Clarke, of Port Aux Bras date of marriage: Nov 9, 1829 spouse: Francis Lake place: Oderin witnesses: William ? and William Lake
Robert Clarke, of Poole, Dorset date of marriage: July 19, 1832 spouse: Elizabeth Morrissy place: Burin witness: Thomas Angwin and Thomas Miller?
William Senior, of Flat Islands date of marriage: Oct 19, 1832 spouse: Ann Collins Flat Islands
Thomas Clarke, of Oderin 1832 spouse: Lilly? (Ellen) Gaulton
William Blake Planter of Hampsher in England Nov 17, 1835 spouse: Mary Clark at: Oderin witnesses Daniel Mackay and John Slade
James Monk, of Flat Island Oct 31, 1837 spouse: Susan Clark Oderin Henry Foot and ? Bailey
Thomas Senior, of Davies Island Oct 30, 1839 spouse: Mary Andrews Collins Davies Island witnesses: William Collins and Isaac Collins
Thomas Denty, Fisherman of Harbour Buffett Oct 26, 1845 spouse Sarah Clarke Harbour Buffett witnesses John Hodder and Thomas ?
NOTE: Rick Clarke, Fisherman, of Oderin marriage: Nov 2, 1846 to Mary Ann Denty at Isl Vallen (this is Richard Clarck and Mary Ann Dunty - elsewhere)
NOTE: John Clarke, Fisherman of Oderin marriage: Oct 22, 1849 Charlotte Denty Oderin witness: J. Brinston (this is John Clarck, brother of Nelson.)
Charles Senior, Fisherman of Flat Islands marriage: Nov 8, 1861 Mary Ann Butler Flat Islands witnesses: John Collins and Richard Moulton
Samuel Senior, Fisherman of Flat Islands married: Oct 24, 1865 Ann Crann Flat Islands witnesses: Jonathon Parsons and William Coady
William Senior, Fisherman of Flat Islands marriage: Oct 13, 1869 Sarah Bayley Flat Islands witnesses: Henry Butler and John Collins
Joseph Seniour, Fisherman of Flat Islands marriage: Sept 29, 1871 Susannah Butler Flat Islands witnsses: John Butler and J.R. Parsons
Thomas Seniour, Fisherman of Flat Islands marriage: Sept 29, 1871 Ann Bayley Flat Islands witnesses: William Forbes and William Moulton
Samuel Senior, Fisherman of Flat Islands marriage: Oct 26, 1878 Lydia Murcks Flat Island witnesses: J. Bishop and Charlotte Bishop
John Senior, Fisherman of Flat Islands marriage Nov 24, 1887 Jane Eliza Hollett Burin witnesses: James Hodder and Jane Hodder
Isaac Senior 24 Bachelor Fisherman Flat Islands marriage: Nov 3, 1875 Emilia Bailey 17 spinster Flat Islands witneses: James Bromley and Issac Collins
Samuel Senior 35 Widower Fisherman Davis Island marriage: July 11, 1877 Mary Ann Pike Spinster Davis Island witness: Thomas Senior
Thomas Senior 22 Bachelor Fisherman Davis Island marriage: Nov 2, 1877 Caroline Butler 18 spinster Davis Island witnesses: Samuel Butler and Jacob Senior
John Clark 24 Bachelor Fisherman Baine Harbour marriage: Jan 14, 1884 Harriett Senior 23 spinster Flat Islands witnesses: Thomas Clark and Zacariah Smith
Willaim Henry Senior 23 Bachelor Fisherman Western Creek Dec 8, 1886 Jane Joyce 17 Spinster Hay Cove witnesses: Richard Senior and John Henry Joyce
William Clark 28 Bachelor Fisherman Chance Cove Nov 16, 1887 Sarah Smith Joyce 22 Spinster Flat Islands witnesses: Elizabeth Dicks and Rueben Dicks
Thomas Senior 28 Bachelor Fisherman Flat Islands Nov 21, 1887 Elizabeth Dicks 25 Spinster Flat Islands witnesses: Richard Senior and Margaret Dicks
Richard Senior 24 Bachelor Fisherman Western Creek Nov 18, 1889 Jessie Ella Collins 19 Spinster Flat Islands witnesses: Rueben Dicks and John Bailey
Charles Clark 27 Bachelor Fisherman Flat Islands Nov 31, 1891 Mary Ann Collins 25 Spinster Flat Islands witnesses: John Senior and Flora P Collins
Oderin and Area (Burin) Baptisms - Clark (Clarck, Clarke family) Probable Ancestors and Relatives
Surname Parents Christian Name of Child Day/Month Year Place
Clark John & Maria Richard 02-Feb 1821 Oderin
Clark John & Maria John 05-Aug 1825 Oderin
Clark John & Maria Thomas 11-Sep 1830 Oderin
Clark John & Frances Mary ? 1830 Port au Bras
Clark Thomas & Ellen William 28-Nov 1832 Oderin
Clark John & Frances Ann 05-Jul 1833 Port au Bras
Clark John & Maria John 26-Jul 1833 Burin
Clark John & Maria Martha 27-Jul 1833 Oderin
Clark John & Frances Elisa 10-Apr 1835 Burin
Clark Thomas & Elenor Robert 14-Sep 1835 Oderin
Clark Thomas & Edna James 22-Dec 1835 Oderin
Clark Thomas & Ellen Aron (?) 28-Apr 1838 Oderin
Clark Thomas & Ellen Thomas 05-Mar 1843 Oderin
Clark Thomas & Francis John Henry 31-May 1844 Port au Bras
Clark Thomas & Ellen Thomas 05-Aug 1844 Oderin
Clark Thomas & Francis Sophia 20-Sep 1846 Port au Bras
Clark James & Jane Thomas James 14-Oct 1861 Red Harbour
Clark Robert & Helan Charles 31-May 1863 Flat Islands
Clark James & Jane Charles 07-Oct 1863 Flat Islands
Clark James & Jane Sophia 26-Sep 1865 Red Harbour
Clark Robert & Ellen John 26-Mar 1866 Flat Islands
Clark James & Jane Mary Maria 28-Apr 1871 Flat Islands
Clark Robert & Ellen Susannah 13-Jul 1871 Flat Islands
Clark James & Jane Lydia 18-Apr 1873 Red Harbour
Clark Robert & Ellen Thomas Henry 18-Jun 1873 Flat Islands
Clark James & Jane William Edward 26-Oct 1875 Red Harbour
Clark James & Jane Jane Elizabeth 18-Janflat newf1877 Red Harbour
Clark Robert & Eleanor Suzanna 20-Jun 1877 Flat Islands
Clark James & Jane George Wilson 19-Apr 1880 Red Harbour
Clark James & Jane Elizabeth Hannah 26-Aug 1882 Red Harbour
Clark John & Amelia Nina Meta? Pearl 20-Nov 1893 Flat Islands
Clark John & Amelia Nina Sarah Ellen Muriel 28-Feb 1896 Davis Island
The Oderin 1849 Report shows John Clark and Richard Clark, Sr. The former shows 2 Qtls of Fish. The report for Richard is: 5 Shillings.
Methodist Church Ministry - Burin Peninsula, etc.
John Lewis was born in Holyhead, Wales, on April 23, 1788, the son of John and Jane Lewis. Lewis senior was a farmer. Little is known of Lewis junior's education. It can be assumed that he did receive a rudimentary education, as he could read and write, albeit, as his journals prove, he was a quite a creative speller. His early labors are also unknown; he probably worked on his father's farm, and passed his spare time, what little of it there was, drinking and carousing. At least there is implication of such activities, as he acknowledges that up to the age of 21 he had led a rather sinful life.
In 1809, during his 21st year, Lewis attended a Methodist class meeting and was converted. Five years later he was accepted as a candidate for the Methodist ministry and sent to Newfoundland as a missionary. Newfoundland had Methodist missionaries as early as 1765, when Rev. Laurence Coughlan arrived in Harbour Grace. Coughlan considered himself to be a Methodist and a follower of the teachings of John Wesley, even though he was an ordained Church of England clergyman; he is recognized by many historians and church officials as the founder of Methodism in Newfoundland.
From Coughlan's time there had been a small number of Methodist missionaries who served in Newfoundland, but seldom enough at any one time to minister outside Conception Bay. Lewis arrived at a time when Methodism in Newfoundland was at a turning point. The year after his arrival, the Newfoundland mission was created a district of the Methodist Church in England, with a locally appointed chairman responsible for its work within the colony.
Lewis spent six years in Newfoundland as an itinerant missionary, stationed in a settlement but with responsibility for a number of other communities in the surrounding area. He was first assigned to Lower Island Cove and Old Perlican at the top of the peninsula separating Conception and Trinity Bays, then to Hant's Harbour on the Trinity Bay side, and later to Port de Grave at the head of Conception Bay, spending approximately one year in each place.
He was then assigned to a new charge based at Burin, the furthest west a missionary had been sent. It was an area that had seldom seen a clergyman, and it was reported to be an area of much lawlessness and temptation. Lewis spent over two years ministering to the residents of the Burin area and to the people living on the islands (Flat Islands, Oderin, Sound Island) and along the western side of Placentia Bay. He oversaw the construction of the first chapel in Burin and left many converts and a number of capable lay readers when he ended his missionary work in 1820 and returned to England.
Saunders or Sanders
Family Traditions: Philip Sanders (1828-1905), born at Totnes (Devon) settled at Carbonear before 1855; the name later became Saunders when a blacksmith making an
iron cooper stamp inserted a "us" in the surname in error (MUN Folklore, Family). Philip Saunders, a ship-builder from Blackpool (Lancashire), settled at Change Islands in the 1890s; he later moved to Clarke's Head (Gander Bay) (MUN Hist.)
Early Instances: William Saunders or Landers, of Green Island (Bonavista area), 1708-9 (CO 194.4); Henry Saunders, soldier of St. John's, 1766 (DPHW 26C); Adam Sanders, merchant from Plymouth (Devon), of St. John's, 1780 (Exeter Public Library Archives per Kirwin); William Saunders, of Placentia, 1780 (D'Alberti 1); Robert, in possession of fishing room, Pond Island, Greenspond Harbour, 1788 (Bonavista Register 1806); Joshua, of Bonavista, 1800 (DPHW 70); Charles Sanders of Senders, of Brigus, 1812 (DPHW 34); Joseph Sauders (? for Saunders), of King's Cove, 1816 (D'Alberti 26); Robert of Greenspond, 1818 (DPHW 76); John William, of Ferryland, 1822 (CO 194.65); Nathaniel Sanders, of Harbour Grace, baptized 1835 (DPHW 58); William Saunders of Renews, 1829 (DPHW 31); Daniel Sanders, of Aquafort, 1835 (NF Archives BRC); Daniel Saunders, on the Tyro in the seal fishery out of Colliers, 1838 (Newfoundlander 29 March 1838); Edward, of Change Islands, 1841 (DPHW 83); Edward, of Aquaforte, 1841 (Newfoundland 4 Feb 1841); John, of Beaver Cove (Twillingate district); 1844 (DPHW 86); William, granted land at Carbonear, 1850 (NF Archives, Registry Crown Lands); Edward, of Cupids, 1851 (DPHW 34); Joseph, planter of Head of Fortune Bay, 1858 (DPHW 104); George, planter of Harbour Mille (Fortune Bay), 1858 (DPHW 85); Anthony Sanders, fisherman of Burin, 1860 (DPHW 100); Henry Saunders, fisherman of Clarke's Cove (Twillingate district). 1860 (DPHW 85); Joseph,of Caplin Cove (Exploits district), 1860 (DPHW 92); scattered in Lovell 1871.
Modern Status: Sanders, rare, at Grand Falls and St. John's; Saunders, widespread, especially at Carbonear, Shearstown, Glovertown, Dark Cove, Hare Bay, Springdale and St. John's.
Clarck Family Tree