DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission
Architectural Review Board
Masters in Education
Woodruff History Fellow GSU
Organization of American Historians, the National Trust (USA) for Histororic Preservation
National Council of History Educators (OAH, AHA, SHA and NCHE).
Shanet Clark graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History from GSU
and earned Honors in the graduate History and M.Ed. Georgia Regents program.
A writer well versed in intelligence and Watergate history,
Clark is able to offer sober reality checks, facts, citations, to the debate
-- proud member of the EDUCATION FORUM.
David Shanet Clark, M.Ed.
Writer / Historian.
Born 3/15/1962: Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia.
Married to B.B.C Clark, Charleston S.C. 10/1/96, Parish of St. Michael's.
Resides Atlanta, Georgia: Democrat.
Episcopalian/ Disciples of Christ.
FFV or "First Family of Virginia"
David Shanet Clark:
"I am apparently a fourteenth generation American,
my direct ancestors seem to have come from England
to Virginia in 1611, and I have WWII, Civil War and Revolutionary War ancestors, as well.
The Pilot, John Clark,
who was captured at Jamestown and held by the
Spanish for four years, he was then hired to pilot the 'Mayflower' to Plymouth, Massachusetts,
and he is my probable ancestor.
I know of no other person who had land and property granted to him at both Plymouth Colony and Jamestown Virginia - and he is my direct great grandfather
to the fourteenth generation.
John Clark was a navigator and a Quaker and he did not sign The Mayflower Compact,
however he piloted the ship, the Mayflower,
and an island in Cape Cod Bay is named for John Clark.
Shanet Clark's Ancestry:
14. D. Shanet Clark 1962-
Author of this table, Historian.
13. D. S. Clark 1922-
Author's father, Pacific Theater WWII
Lieut., M.D., Virginia.
12. Elmer Sylvan Clark 1899-1971
C & O Rails, Raconteur in The Great Depression, Epicopalian. Va.
11. Frederick W. Clark 1875-1944
C & O Rail Tunnel Foreman, Postwar Va.,
The Great Depression. Va.
10. Franklin W. Clark C.S.A. 1847-1929
Confederate Wise Artillery, Deacon.
Post War Depression. Va.
9. James Towles Clark 1813-1913 Victorian, Orange Virginia Union Church. Va.
8. William Clark Rev. 1766-1834 Revolutionary Rider, Surveyor, Clark's Mtn., Va.
7. John Clark 1741-1831 Revolutionary Supplier. Orange County, Va. The Old Man of All the Mountain.
6. William Clark 1711-1790 Left Spotsylvania County for Clark's Mtn. Orange County, Va.
5. Edward Clark c. 1648-1736, m. 1662, *m. 1681, m. 1699. Pregenitor of Frontier Clarks, Va.
4. Micajah Clark c. 1633-1699 Many later generations are named for this Micajah Clark, who was in Va. by 1671.
3. Michael Clark 1610-1677 3ngland, thrived in Barbados, then to Charleston, and to Richmond, Henrico Co., Virg
2. Edward Clark 1594-1630 England.
1. John Clark, the Pilot 1573-1624
> 1. John Clark
preceded in England by
(15) William Clark b. 1553 Stefenage, Herts.
(16) Thomas Clark b. 1527 Hertsfordshire.
Apparently I am a fourteenth generation American.
I can trace back sixteen generations to the early sixteenth century in central England,
during Henry VII's reign.
The generation averages out to twenty five years.
The Pilot John Clark, whose testimony to the Spanish Inquisition about the strategic condition of the North American English Colonial Coast can be read in numerous journals, and the man who was ransomed for the Virginia Company by King James I;
the Pilot, John Clark 1573-1624 (1)
had a number of children,
Susannah, Edward, Katherine, Thomas.
These were his heirs, in both Virginia and Plymouth.
John Clark's son, Edward Clark, 1585-1630 (2)
remained in England, and Edward was the father of Michael Clark 1610-1678 (3).
Michael Clark is well documented in Barbados, and re-settled in Virginia after arriving in the formative year of 1670 into Charleston, South Carolina.
Michael was the father of Micajah 1629-1699 (4)
who was born in Barbados and moved to South Carolina and then into Henrico County, Virginia.
Micajah was the father of Edward Clark 1662-1736 (5)
the founder of the Clark's Mountain Clan.
This Micajah was also the father of Captain Christopher Clark, founder of another prominent frontier family. Edward Clark, Christopher Clark's brother, was the associate (probable kinfolk) of Richard Taliafero, and as an overseer developed land in the new County of Orange, Virginia in 1736 at Clark's Mountain. Some of these Clarks were surveyors, marking the James River and Greenbrier River valleys for the first time.
The Clark's Mountain Clarks have been in central Virginia on the Rapidan River since 1736. Edward was the father of William Clark (6) 1711-1792 who had revolutionary associations. William was the father of (7 )John Clark, The Old Man of All the Mountain (1741-1831) the master of Clark's Mountain, with its long views. John Clark was the father of William Clark (8) 1766-1834 a revolutionary veteran, Wm. Clark was the father of James Towles Clark (9) a Victorian methodist who lived 1813-1913. James Clark was the father of Franklin W. Clark (10) 1847-1929 a Confederate Veteran, and Franklin was the father of Frederick W. Clark (11) 1875-1944 a railroad tunnel foreman.
He was the father of (12) 1899-1971 Elmer Sylvan Clark,
my grandfather, who lived in Orange and Unionville,
at the foot of Clark's Mountain
near Culpeper and Charlottesville Virginia.
(some dates and links are best estimates or contested)
CLARK, CLARKE, CLERK or CLERKE; Literate, but less than aristocratic, Englishmen were originally clerks, lay church officials who wrote for the English courts, the sheriffs and the bishops. By the 16th century we know of a Sir Thomas Clarke, and the Latin Cleric or Clericus or Clerq goes back, with the underground church, before Augustine's arrival from Rome in the seventh century.
Stone inscriptions in Christian graveyards in Britain show an unbroken British Druidic Christian Church from the first century contact in Rome and Wales to the seventh century, but little written text and no bishops' names have survived.
The Clericus family were the original Clarks, writing, maintaining a literated culture and scholarly dignity even in the face of Saxon pagan tyranny.
This Post should also clarify certain other historical families:
WAUGH, HOSSLEY, BOLLING, MOORMAN, CANDLER, WILLOUGHBY & JAMES.
The Georgia Family of Larkin Clark descend from Edward Clark (5).
This branch founded Elberton, Ga and then participated in Revolutionary Land Lots.
George Rogers Clark and William Clark:
There are only traces of a connection of this Colonial Virginia Clark family to the family of George Rogers Clark and William Clark (of Lewis and Clark).
George Rogers Clark referred to a cousin of my line, Marston Green Clark, as a "cousin" (Bodley, Frankort) in a letter, and the Marston Green name and other names are consistent across the two frontier family lines, but William and George Rogers Clark settled in the "west" Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri, and I have found no solid link from the Clark's Mtn (Civil War Observation Post) line and this other line, however in the search I found John, Edward, Michael and Micajah,
on top of what I already knew about Clark's Mountain back to the Revolutionary Day." scribners.org
Curriculum Vitae CV Resume:
David Shanet Clark
DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission
2006-2009 Vice Chair
M.Ed. Georgia State University 2006
B.A. History summa cum laude
Georgia State University Atlanta 2002
Areas of Interest:
U.S. Political History 1607-1865
Political and Economic Geography
of Greater Virginia and West Virginia
Nineteenth Century Culture
U.S Political Events 1920-1980
Minor in Political Science
Interest in Map Geography
E.I. Woodruff Fellowship
Southern History, GSU, 2003-2004.
GSU History Department and Middle East Center:
Graduate Assistant, 2003-2004.
Egyptian Graphics Project. Forming a Database and Gallery of Egyptian History and Culture.
Malone History Scholarship, GSU, 2002
Dean’s Key and Faculty Scholar, GSU, 2001-2002
Honors History Student of the Year,
Georgia Perimeter College GPC 2001
United States Senate Youth Scholarship
(1 of 100 nationwide) and the
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship at Marshall University (c.1986)
99th Percentile –
Graduate Records Exam, Verbal Test, 2002 (GRE 760/610)
99th Percentile –
College Level Equivalency Exam, CLEP, English Literature.
“Seceding from Secession:
Strategic and Geographic Factors in the Partition of Virginia and West Virginia, 1863”
New England Historical Association, Annual meeting, April 2005.
The Georgia Interdisciplinary Conference; UGA Athens, GA, February 21, 2004
The Florida Historians’ Conference; Lake City, Florida, March 3, 2004
The Organization of American Historians’
Southern Regional Conference; Atlanta, July 17, 2004
and other venues.
Archival and Special Collections Research:
“Executive Order 12036: President Carter Restructures the Intelligence Community”
Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta
“The 1947 Georgia Governors’ Controversy: The Talmadge Tapes”
Pullen Library Special Collections, GSU Atlanta (Submitted to Georgia Journal of Historians)
Welfare to Work Adult Literacy Program, Fayette County, KY, 1992-1995
High School At-Risk Dropout Prevention Program Teacher, Lexington KY, 1992-1995
Restaurant General Manager
Agfa Scanner 3.6, Photoshop,
Word, Excell, Access, Sound Engineer, Editor.
National Trust for Drayton Hall, South Carolina
Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
Southern Historical Association
National Council for History Education
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Autobiography of posting member.
Sworn: Photo Avatar Portrait Shanet Clark.
Member:Education Forum. 2/14/2005: Shan Clark, Shanet Clark: ATL-USA.