Abram Irvine Clark


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Abram Irvine Clark

  • Born: 20 Jan 1817, Virginia
  • Marriage: Zuleika Lemon Withers on 4 Jan 1854 in Campbell Co., VA
  • Died: 31 Aug 1906, Lynchburg, Campbell Co., VA at age 89
  • Buried: Presbyterian Cemetery, Lynchburg City, VA

bullet  General Notes:

The 1850 Federal Census for Campbell Co., page 160B, dated September 6, 1850 records Doctor Abram I. Clark (30 - VA) living in a Hotel.

The 1860 Federal Census for the Eastern Division, Campbell Co., page 238, dated July 19, 1860 records Doctor A. I. Clark (40 - VA) and Zuleika L. Clark (24 - VA) with their children Evelina W. (7) [Evelina is named for Zuleika's mother], Alice I. (5), and Cora L. (2). Dr. Clark has real estate valued at $9,700 and a personal estate valued at $20,600 including 16 slaves.

The 1900 Federal Census for Lynchburg, Campbell Co., VA records the widower Abram I. Clark (Jan 1823 - VA/VA/VA) with his daughters Allice I. Clark (Nov 1856), Marian T. Clark (Apr 1876), and the widow Cora L. Morby (May 1860).

Abram Irvine Clark
Birth: Jan. 20, 1817
Death: Aug. 31, 1906
Parents: Paulett Clark (1771 - 1865)
Spouse: Zuleika Lemmon Withers Clark (1836 - 1882)
Evvie W. Clark (1854 - 1871)
Alice Irvine Clark (1856 - 1954)
Cora Lemmon Clark Mosby (1859 - 1944)
Lizzie N, Clark (1864 - 1878)
Burial: Presbyterian Cemetery, Lynchburg City, VA

bullet  Research Notes:

From pages 308 & 309 of Transactions of the ... Annual Session, Vol 37
Medical Society of Virgina, 1906
Report of Necrological Committee
Dr. Abram Irvine Clark.
Abram Irvine Clark was born in Campbell county, in the year 1817. His father, Pantette Clark, was of English, and his mother, May Tucker Irvine, of Scotch-Irish descent. His mother's ancestors were among the first settlers of what is now Campbell county. They [ie mother's ancestors] settled on a farm on Falling river in 1735, and it was there Dr. Clark was born. The farm is still in possession of the Irvine family.
After the completion of Dr. Clark's academic education, he began the study of medicine, and in 1842 to 1843 attended a course of lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. In January, 1843 he was appointed assistant to Dr. Buffington in the Fifth Street Dispensary of that city. In the year 1844-'45 he attended a course of lectures at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in July, 1845. He then returned to his native county, where he practiced his profession successfully until after the Civil War. In 1865 he was elected to the General Assembly of Virginia - the first Assembly held after the war. He served three sessions. In January, 1866, he introduced and had passed a Bill to Charter the Lynchburg and Danville Railroad Company.
When the Reconstruction laws were adopted, he was rendered ineligible to office on account of having filled the position of Justice of the Peace under the old regime and having taken oath to supprt the Constitution of the United States. In 1873 his disabilities were removed. He was again elected and served to the end of the session of 1877.
In 1876 he moved to Lynchburg where he commenced again the practice of his profession, which he continued until within about a year of his death. For several years he served as Chairman of the City Democratic Committee, a member of the City Council, and for many years President of the Board of Health, and President of the Masonic Home and Retreat, which well known hospital he was largely instrumental in establishing.
On August 31, 1900. in full possession of his faculties, Dr. Clark passed peacefully away.
He married Zuleika Lemmon Withers, daughter of Dr. Edward B. Withers, of Campbell county. He is survived by three daughters: Miss Alice Clark, Mrs. Carrington Mosby, Mrs. John A. Faulkner, and two sons - Withers P., and John D. Clark.


Abram married Zuleika Lemon Withers, daughter of Capt. Edward Ball Withers and Evelina W. Payne, on 4 Jan 1854 in Campbell Co., VA. (Zuleika Lemon Withers was born on 13 Feb 1836 in Campbell Co., VA, died on 25 Mar 1882 in Campbell Co., VA and was buried in Presbyterian Cemetery, Lynchburg City, VA.)

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