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Ezra James Clark was born 29 March 1846 in Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, United States to Ezra Thompson Clark (1823-1901) and Mary Stevenson (1825-1911) and died 14 July 1868 in Fonda, Montgomery County, New York, United States of unspecified causes. Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom.


Biography

Ezra James Clark, one of the Elders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who died in the missionary field, was born Feb. 30, 1846, in Lee County, Iowa, the son of Ezra Thompson Clark (1823-1901) and Mary Stevenson (1825-1911). In 1848 his parents migrated to Great Salt Lake Valley and settled at Farmington, Davis County, Utah, where he was reared in the midst of the Saints, and under the influence of good teaching became a much respected youth. He was baptized by Elder Jesse Hobson when eight years old, and afterwards became a member of the 40th quorum of Seventy, and of the Farmington Lyceum and Dramatic Association.

European Mission 1865-68

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Clark Family Monument at Farmington City Cemetery

On the 6th of April, 1865, he was called to go on a mission to Europe, cheerfully obeying the call. He landed in Liverpool on the 11th of the following August, and was appointed to labor in the Worcestershire conference as a traveling Elder. On the 30th of January, 1866, he was appointed to preside over the Dorsetshire conference, and on the 21st of March, 1867, was removed to the presidency of the Kent conference.

In each of these positions he labored faithfully and with earnest zeal, gaining the confidence and esteem of the Saints among whom he labored, and of those who presided over him in the British Mission. His modest, unassuming manner, combined with his truthfulness and circumspect conduct, won for him the admiration and good will of all his associates. Ezra James was a thrifty missionary. He was a pal to such men as Orson Whitley Pratt (1811-1881) and Franklin Dewey Richards (1821-1899).

Death in New York

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Actual gravestone for Ezra James Clark at Farmington City Cemetery

On the 30th of June, 1868, he took passage on board the steamship "Minnesota," having been honorably released from his labors in England, with permission to return home. He was appointed first counselor to Elder John Parry, president of the company of Saints on board, and discharged his duty to the best of his ability, although his health was poor during the voyage. He landed in New York on the 12th of July, and exerted himself beyond his strength in assisting those who were unable to help themselves. The heat was very intense when he started with the Saints on the railroad for the west, and at Albany, New York he complained of a severe pain in the head, which rapidly grew worse, and in a few hours he expired in the arms of his brethren on July 14, 1868, at Fonda, New York.

A year later his remains were shipped to his home in Farmington, Utah for interment. He died unmarried, but was known as an exceptionally good and exemplary young man. President Brigham Young (1801-1877) spoke at his funeral.


Siblings


Offspring of Ezra Thompson Clark and Mary Stevenson (1825-1911)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ezra James Clark (1846-1868) 29 March 1846 Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, United States 14 July 1868 Fonda, Montgomery County, New York, United States
Timothy Baldwin Clark (1847-1924) 21 November 1847 Winter Quarters, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States 14 February 1924 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Lucy Augusta Rice (1850-1928)

Mary Elizabeth Clark (1849-1904)
William Henry Clark (1852-1854)
Joseph Smith Clark (1854-1957)
Hyrum Don Carlos Clark (1856-1938)
Edward Barrett Clark (1859-1955) 7 April 1859 Farmington, Davis County, Utah, United States 16 September 1955 Farmington, Davis County, Utah, United States Wealthy Richards (1861-1940)
Alice Randall (1863-1938)

Charles Rich Clark (1861-1933)
Wilford Woodruff Clark (1863-1956)
Amasa Lyman Clark (1865-1968)
David Patten Clark (1868-1869)

Offspring of Ezra Thompson Clark and Susan Leggett (1838-1902)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Seymour Thompson Clark (1863-1893)
Annie Vilate Clark (1864-1942)
Sarah Lavina Clark (1866-1955)
Susan Alice Bell Clark (1869-1961)
John Alexander Clark (1871-1895) 28 February 1871 Farmington, Davis County, Utah, United States 8 February 1895 Haifa, Israel (State of Palestine)
Eugene Henry Clark (1873-1931)
Nathan George Clark (1875-1956)
Marion Flanklin Clark (1877-1878)
Laura Blanche Clark (1880-1985)
Horace Wells Clark (1882-1936)

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