|i.||JEREMIAH E.27 PUTNAM, b. January 06, 1802; d. January 1860, Harpersville, Leake County, Mississippi; m. ELIZABETH SMITH, Abt. 1827.|
Notes for JEREMIAH E. PUTNAM:|
Jeremiah E. Putnam was a son of James and Elizabeth Putnam. Jeremiah was born January 6, 1802. he married Elizabeth Smith in the late 1820s, around 1827. They left Copiah County, Mississippi and traveled by wagon for Leake County. The Clarks lived on one edge of Tuscolemeta Swamp and Jeremiah Putnam was installed on the other edge of the swamp. They immediately started a herd of hogs in the swamps and this grew prolifically. They also raised sheep and cattle. When Jeremiah Putnam died at age 58 while clearing new ground with his slaves, he had amassed one of the largest fortunes in Scott County. When he died of pneumonia, George Harper, cousin of High Harper's father was made guardian of the children. He invested their money and opened the first store in Harperville, named for him, and as a consequence, the children obtained very little from the sale of over 1300 acres of fine land and cattle, sheep and hogs.
|ii.||CALFENIA PUTNAM, b. 1809, Georgia; d. 1899, Walnut Grove, Mississippi; m. DAVID CLARK2,3, January 03, 1826, Copiah County, Mississippi; b. 1802, Kentucky; d. 1880, Walnut Grove, MS.|
Notes for CALFENIA PUTNAM:|
Callie was living with her son, William when she died.
More About CALFENIA PUTNAM:|
Burial: Old Clark Cemetery, Mississippi
Notes for DAVID CLARK:|
NOTE 1: Excerpts from a Leake County History Book -
David Clark, born in Kentucky about 1802, was born into a family that loved pioneering. His parents had been among the first to leave the still sparsely populated state of South Carolina to migrate to the wilderness of Kentucky. Some time around the time of the signing of the second Choctaw Treaty in the State of Mississippi, David's father gathered his children and their families and moved into another wilderness, the south Hinds - north Copiah County area in south central Mississippi. They arrived at their new home shortly after it was opened to the first Anglo settlers.
David brought 2 sisters with him when he came from Hinds County. One was supposed to have died young and the other wanted to marry a man who David did not like. She married him anyway and was never heard from again. The girls would have had to be younger than William's daughter, Nancy.
It was there that David Clark grew to manhood and there he met and married his lifelong mate. Their marriage license of 3 Jan 1826 in Copiah County, Mississippi lists his mate's name as "Calla" Putnam; but during her long life living near the south Leake - north Scott County line she was known to all as "Aunt Callie". Family tradition is that her full name was Calfenia; but, no where has that name been found on public record.
Family tradition is that the first time that David Clark came to the Leake-Scott area he had to walk much of the way; and using an axe, hacked his way through closely grown trees and brush. This was either just before or right after the signing of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the treaty by which the Choctaw Indians agreed to sell the biggest portion of central Mississippi to the Anglo settlers.
It is believed that before the county lines had been drawn, David Clark had built his house and moved his family to their new home; for after the county lines were drawn most of David's property stood in Scott County but his home stood in Leake County.
David Clark is listed on the first Leake County Tax List (1835) as well as the first Leake County Census (1840). The estate records of James W. Chambers, owner of an early general store in Leake County, show that in the year 1837 David purchased several pairs of shoes and several yards of hair ribbon, as well as other items.
David and Callie had 3 young sons when they came to the Leake-Scott area. After settling into their new home they had 8 more children and all lived to adulthood. Some stayed to help Mississippi grow; but others inherited the Clark pioneer spirit and moved on to the western lands.
The exact date of David Clark's death has not been determined; but, it is believed to have been shortly after 1880 as on that year's census he was listed as being bedridden. Callie died in late November or early December of 1899 approximately two weeks after her son, William died.
David and Callie are buried in the Clark Family Cemetery, located a short distance behind the old (c. 1860) two story house, said to have been built by their son, Green Clark, which sets right on the boundary between the two counties on State Highway #492 out from Walnut Grove, MS. There are no stones for David.
1880 Leake Co. MS Census shows that in his household were Callie and a grand-daughter named Emily.
WPA papers in the Mississippi State Archives - Mr. Johnson stated that he had been a slave on the B. W. Johnson place. At the time this statement was made he still lived near that place in a community that had been settled by ex-slaves of B. W. Johnson. They named the community Johnson Town and it is still in existence.
" The old Clark home which stands on the Walnut Grove and Sebastopol Road near what is known as the Britt Cemetery is one of the oldest houses in the county. (It) was built by the late Mr. Clark eighty years ago, it is made of logs hewn on both sides with the slip notch. It is about ten fee high with oak sills and the top has fallen from the brick chimney. The blocks have sunken so deep that the back porch rests on the ground." NOTE: The B. W. Johnson place was very near the old Clark place and Johnson Town is not far from either location. All of these places are near what is known as Old Walnut Grove (per Matsy Walker) David Clark, 1835 - Listed on the first tax list for Leake County, Mississippi:
More About DAVID CLARK:|
Archives: WPA papers in the Mississippi State Archives
Burial: Old Clark Cemetery, Mississippi
Census: 1880, Leake Co. MS.
Tax Rolls: 1835, Listed on the first tax list for Leake County, Mississippi
Marriage Notes for CALFENIA PUTNAM and DAVID CLARK:|
Mississippi Marriage Index, 1826-1850
|vi.||MIRIAM PUTNAM, b. 1800, Amite County, South Carolina; d. Alabama.|
|vii.||SUSAN PUTNAM, b. 1804, Mobile, Alabama.|
|viii.||NETA CAROLINE PUTNAM, b. October 13, 1818, Alabama; d. December 26, 1886, Tryus, Lawrence County, Mississippi.|
|ix.||JOHN JAMES PUTNAM, b. 1819.|
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