Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

                      James Clark




James Gilbert Clark was born January 3, 1849 in Lockport, Orange County, New York to Abraham W. and Amelia/Emilia Baker Clark. James G. married Dorothy “Jane” (Jenny D.) Bierd on January 1, 1871 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan. Jenny D. was born on December 29, 1848 in Durham County, Canada to Archibald (Archie) and Jane Ward Bierd.  Jenny was a school teacher. While living in  Saginaw, Michigan in the late 1870's and early 1880's,  James occupation was of a sawyer (one who cuts wood). 

This is the home that James Clark built in the 1890's on Lakefield Road in Lakefield Township.  James worked in Saginaw during the week and brought back to Lakefield the supplies to build his home during the weekend.  While building his home the family lived in a log cabin located on the property.  It was also said that on Lakefield Road between Merrill and Meredian Roads just east of this house was a curve that was hard to drive on with a horse driven sleigh.

James G. and Jenny had the following children:

  1. Ward G. Clark was born October 23, 1871 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan. Ward married Lilian Pape on April 24, 1894 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan. Ward died July 23, 1936 in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan.

  2. Archie Bierd Clark was born December 1, 1875 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan. Archie married Bessie Mae Cottam Dunham on February 28, 1903 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Archie died September 6, 1940 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan

  3. Helen E. Clark was born on January 7, 1883 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan.   Helen married John J. Campbell in 1905/1907 in Lakefield Township. John was born on February 17, 1876 in Jackson County, Ohio.  They had five children, Waldo, Rolland V., Dorothy, John and James. Helen was a school teacher, graduated from Eastern Michigan Normal and received a masters degree from U of M.  She died on April 4, 1958 in Saginaw, Michigan.  Helen, John and their sons, John, James and Rolland V. Campbell are buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.


In 1896, James and Jenny owned and operated 70 acres of land in Section 16 on the corner of Meridian and Lakefield Roads. Their neighbor was Jenny's brother, William Bierd.


James and Jenny D. Bierd Clark's neighbors, William and Julietta Clark Bierd, are related. James Clark is the brother of Julietta Bierd and William Bierd is the brother of Jenny Clark.


By 1916, James had passed away and Jenny owned 28.71 acres in Section 16 on the corner of Meridian and Lakefield Roads. James and Jenny's son, Archie Clark, owned 41 acres adjoining Jenny's 28.71 acres.


James died on March 12, 1910 and Jenny passed away in June 24, 1935. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery. Their tombstones read Father and Mother.

SOURCES: 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Maps; James G. and Jane Bierd Clark's marriage record; Ward and Lillian Clark's marriage record; Archie Clark's death record; Ward G. Clark's death record; and James G. Clark's death record and certificate; Jennie Clark's death record; Jennie D. Clark's obituary; and James G. Clark's obituary, John and Helen Clark Campbell's obituaries, Lakefield Township Cemetery, Earl Campell and Helen Clark Davis.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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