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