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James Clark
Died Feb 11 1903
Aged 29 Yrs 10 Mos 28 Days

Note: This coffin plate was found in Simcoe County, Ontario Canada. It was found with the coffin plates for Mary Etta Clark 1874 ~ 1910 and Jane Stinson 1843 ~ 1917.

I went and had a hunt for James Clark in the Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1907 and the Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932 on I found several individuals of interest as you can see below. There are many thousands of genealogy entries for the Clark surname. If you want to have a look at them I have a link to a FREE TRIAL at at the bottom of this page.

Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1907

Name, Birth Date, Gender, Birth County, Father's Name, Mother's Name.

James Clark 10 Jul 1874 Male Wentworth James Clark Agnes Leckie
James Clark 21 Apr 1873 Male Wentworth James Clark Mary Keer
James Clark 2 Sep 1874 Male Lincoln Alexander Clark Mary Boyd
James Alexander Clark 4 Dec 1872 Male Wentworth James Clark Agnes Leckie
James Franklin Clark 27 Mar 1872 Male Haldimand George H Clark Rebecca Jane Hard
James Herbert Clark 26 Jun 1873 Male Wellington David Clark Mary A Stewart
James Mcintyre Clark 4 Mar 1873 Male Oxford John Alex Clark Dilly Ann Kennedy
James Mcintyre Clark 4 Mar 1873 Male Oxford John Alex Clark Dilly Ann Kennedy
James Morley Clark 5 Apr 1874 Male York Francis Clark Eliza Jane Shepard
James Ross Clark 28 Apr 1872 Male Essex Lewis Clark Emilie B Walker
James Thomson Clark 1 Dec 1874 Male Carleton Thomas Clark Sarah Leslie
James William Clark 25 Nov 1874 Male Stormont James Clark Elizabeth Sp??

Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932

View Record Name Estimated Birth Year Death Date Death Location Gender.

Albert James Clark abt 1896 5 Jun 1903 Frontenac Male
James Clark abt 1848 26 May 1903 Middlesex Male
James Clark abt 1823 19 Apr 1903 Middlesex Male
James Clark abt 1874 11 Feb 1903 Simcoe Male
James Clark abt 1842 2 May 1903 York Male
James H Clark abt 1879 16 Aug 1903 Middlesex Male

Cheryl (Kemp) Taber has done a little bit more research on James Clark and his family.

Mary Etta Clark 1874~1910. Her death register is attached. Her parents names (Henry Handy & Elizabeth Bell) are shown. Her birth register, shows her born 13 Sep 1873 in King Tp., York Co., & her marriage was in 1899 to Robert Clark(e) is attached (both were living in Tossorontio Tp., Simcoe Co. at the time).

Mary Etta Handy b. abt 1874 married - 8 Mar 1899 Robert Clarke born abt 1870 Simcoe

Robert was the son of Robert Clark(e) & Martha McGill.

Robert & Martha (McGill) Clarke were living in Tossorontio, Simcoe Co. in 1901:
1901 Census of Canada Page Information
District: ON SIMCOE (South/Sud) (#115)
Subdistrict: Tossorontio H-2 Page 9

9 28 101 Clarke Robert M Head M Jul 29 1829 71
9 29 101 Clarke Martha F Wife M May 15 1832 68
9 30 101 Clarke James M Son S Sep 14 1871 29

Note: I wonder if their son, James, listed above, was the one whose coffin plate you have? His birth date, from the coffin plate, calculates to be March 14, 1873. 1873 would match James' year of birth per this 1881 Census:

Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
Robert CLARK M Male Irish 51 Ireland Farmer Methodist Canada
Martha CLARK M Female Irish 49 O. Methodist Canada
Victoria CLARK Female Irish 16 O. Methodist Canada
Jemima Martha CLARK Female Irish 14 O. Going To School Methodist Canada
Robert CLARK Male Irish 12 O. Methodist Canada
John McGill CLARK Male Irish 10 O. Going To School Methodist Canada
James CLARK Male Irish 8 O. Methodist Canada
Elizabeth Emma CLARK Female Irish 6 O. Methodist Canada


Source Information:
Census Place Holland, Grey North, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375898
NA Film Number C-13262
District 156
Sub-district C
Division 2
Page Number 8
Household Number 37

Here's Mary Etta Handy on the 1881 Census:

Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
Henery HANDY M Male English 30 O Farmer C. Methodist
Elizabeth HANDY M Female Irish 27 O C. Methodist
Mary Etta HANDY Female English 7 O C. Methodist
John Edger HANDY Male English 5 O C. Methodist
Mirte E. HANDY Female English 3 O C. Methodist
Robert Henery W. HANDY Male English 1 O C. Methodist


Source Information:
Census Place Essa, Simcoe South, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375886
NA Film Number C-13250
District 138
Sub-district F
Division 2
Page Number 73
Household Number 313

On familysearch, Henry Handy was shown as born June 14, 1847 in Essa Tp., Simcoe Co., & he died July 31, 1926 in Tecumseth Tp., Simcoe Co. He was the son of Charles Handy & Mary Gibbsons. His wife, Elizabeth Bell Handy died in 1899.


Robert Jr. & Mary Etta (Handy) Clark(e) were also living in Tossorontio in 1901:

1901 Census of Canada Page Information
District: ON SIMCOE (South/Sud) (#115)
Subdistrict: Tossorontio H-1 Page 5

5 3 40 Clark Robert M Head M Aug 20 1869 31
5 4 40 Clark Mary E F Wife M Sep 13 1874 27
5 5 40 Clark Hugh W M Son S May 16 1900 10/12

In 1911, Robert Jr. was a Widower & was living in Tossorontio with his widowed mother & his children:

1911 / Ontario / Simcoe South / 20 Tossoronto / page 6
39 63 Clarke Robert M Head W Aug 1869 40 1901
40 63 Clarke Hugh W M Son S May 1900 11 1901
41 63 Clarke John S M Son S May 1902 9 1901
42 63 Clarke Robert F M Son S May 1904 7 1901
43 63 Clarke Marth E F Daughter S Feb 1908 3 1901
44 63 Clark Martha F Mother W May 1833 78

As to Jane Stinson, I'm having a hard time pegging her down. She may have been Jane McDonald who married James Stinson. James & Jane were living in F1- Mulmur Tp., 115- Simcoe Co., pg. 7, in 1901 & were shown in Tossorontio, Simcoe Co, pg. 10 in 1911 (under Stenson). James died in 1914. But if this is the case, I don't know how Jane would relate to the Clark clan. The census records show Jane born about Oct. 15, 1841/2 in Ontario. James was born in Ireland.

James Clarks death register showed him living on Con. 5 Lot 11 Tossorontio Tp., Simcoe Co. I had suggested his parents were Robert Clark(e) & Martha McGill. Robert Clarke died on Sept. 7, 1903, in Tossorontio Tp. & his death register said Robert lived on Con. 5 Lot 11 as well. Please see the attached death registers for these two men & you will see they both lived on Con. 5 Lot 11. I also suggested that Mary Etta Clark was the wife of Robert Clark(e) Jr. (another son of Robert Clark(e) & Martha McGill & the brother of James.

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Coffin plates often contain birth and death dates, and sometimes the place of birth or the occupation of a deceased person.

While not technically a true vital record, coffin plates can be seen as a substitute for vital records or at the least a good clue. In the case of people who died before civil registration it might be one of the few written records genealogists will find in their hunt for that brick wall ancestor!

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