Clark, Jonathan (1750-1811) Papers, 1801-1812

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Clark, Jonathan, 1750-1811

Title: Papers, 1801-1812

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for this collection, contact the Collections Department.

Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss./A/C593d

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of 32 letters, all but two written to Clark, two legal documents and a series of anonymous essays probably dating to the early 19 th century. The letters concern financial and land transactions, Clark’s role in settling a Tompkins family legal dispute over an estate settlement in Virginia, and details concerning the schooling of Clark’s sons, George Washington Clark and Dr. William Clark. One letter is from Clark’s daughter, Ann Pearce, to her brother Isaac, serving in a Ky. volunteer regiment during the War of 1812.

Biographical Note

Jonathan Clark, son of John and Ann (Rogers) Clark, was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, 12 August 1750, and died in Jefferson County, Kentucky., 25 November 1811. During the Revolutionary War, Clark commanded a company in the Eighth Virginia Regiment. In 1779 he was promoted to Lt. Colonel in the Continental Army. He married Sarah Hite on 13 February 1782. Following the war, Clark resided in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He was commissioned major general of the Virginia Militia forces in 1793. On 26 May 1802 he moved with his family to Louisville, Kentucky, making their home at “Trough Spring”. Jonathan and Sarah had 7 children.

List of Folders

Folder 1: Correspondence; 1801 – 1805

Folder 2: Correspondence; 1806 – 1807

Folder 3: Correspondence; 1808

Folder 4: Correspondence; 1809 – 1812

Folder 5: Legal papers

Folder 6: Essays

Subject Headings

Business enterprises – Kentucky

Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, 1807

Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818

Clark, Jonathan, 1750-1811

Continental System (Economic blockade)

Education – Kentucky

Indians of North America – Public opinion


Real property – Kentucky

Slavery – Virginia


Tompkins family – Trials, litigation, etc.

United States – History – 1801-1809

United States – History – Revolution, 1775-1783 – Veterans