Descendants of Benjamin Clarke


This page is primarily for the Descendants of Benjamin Clarke (1756-1816), a large Kentucky family that has held an annual reunion since 1924.



Benjamin Clarke came to Maysville, Kentucky from Fluvanna County, Virginia, during the decade beginning 1790. At that time Maysville was called Limestone. We have no information about Benjamin's ancestory nor of his wife, Sarah Jones. We have no record of their birth or marriage. Their grave markers show their date of death and age from which we get the year of birth shown in this record. The year of marriage is the year before the first child was born. Limestone Landing 1780

This picture shows Limestone Landing which became Maysville, Kentucky. It was taken of a mural painted on the Ohio River floodwall in Maysville. The scene depicts what the site looked like around 1780. Benjamin's migration from Fluvanna County, Virginia about 1790 is oral family history that may not be entirely correct as we have no written record. We do know that around 1790 he left his family in Virginia and traveled to Kentucky to survey land. The area around Mason County was a dangerous place in 1790 with frequent raids by the Shawnee. It would be natural for him to leave his wife and children in the safety of Virginia. Benjamin legally contracted to locate warrantees on land in Kentucky for John Clarke of Goochland County, Virginia. The agreement was that one half of the land would go to Benjamin for his services. There is a deed transfer showing that on December 5, 1796, John Clarke deeded 1750 acres in Nelson County, Kentucky to Benjamin for his services. This is not the land he settled on. Nelson County is about 200 miles from Mason County. There is conflicting information regarding when he finally settled his family in Mason County. There is a deed transfer showing he sold 281 acres of land in Virginia on August 29, 1798. Documentation shows that his youngest child was born in Virginia in 1799 and that his wife, Sarah, died on their land in Mason County, Kentucky in February, 1800. We have recently acquired information that he was living in Point of Fork, Fluvanna County, Virginia in 1795. Click here to view the information and get a glimpse of the life of Benjamin Clarke.

At the time of Benjamin's death in 1816 he owned over 3,000 acres of land in what is now Mason County, Kentucky.

Our reunion is held on the first Saturday of August and has been going on since 1924. It is open to anyone who can show they are decended from Benjamin Clarke.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 reunion was canceled. The 2021 reunion will be held August 7 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at Glenstone Lodge, 504 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738. A discounted rate is available if booked early (865.436.9361 opt 0). 'Use clarke21'


Genealogy Information gives information on Benjamin's family as well as many others. The page has a list of surnames that are included in the downloadable gedcom files. It also allows moving through the data base and scanning for a particular name.This is a family tree allowing the viewer to move through it.
Family Reunion Information
Family News
Clarke Family Album. Family members be sure and check this out. Maybe you have some pictures of your ancestors that should be included here.
Benjamin Clarke Family Tree (handrawn)
Pictures of the 2001 Reunion
Pictures of the 2002 Reunion
Pictures of the 2003 Reunion
Pictures of the 2005 Reunion
Pictures of the 2013 Reunion
Pictures of the 2016 Reunion
Benjamin Clarke's handwriting
Articles about Benjamin Clarke
Recent Information about Benjamin Clarke
Appraisal and distribution of Benjamin Clarke's estate

The Clarke Family Cookbook is now ready. Visit the Family News section to read about it or just click here for an order form.


Armstead Feland This site is maintained by Armstead Feland, a grandson of Sadie Clarke Price.
The site was last updated July 29, 2019. The other pages containing family news, reunion information, pictures and genealogy information will be updated as information is received.
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