Birth of William Clark
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William and George Rogers Clark
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John Clark decided to move his family to Kentucky, possibly due to George Rogers Clark's involvement there with the colonial army. In 1775, George Rogers was trying to organize the population of Harrodstown to defend themselves against the Indians and the English who were acting with them. Additionally, George Rogers is thought to have visited Kentucky as a surveyor at age twenty. Therefore, his familiarity with the area probably influenced his parents' relocation. Additionally, many Virginia families chose to move to Kentucky in the same time period. Families such as the Meades, Washingtons, and Worthingtons made the trip, transferring their country squire lifestyles to the frontier of Kentucky.
The trip to Louisville was difficult, reflecting the pioneering nature of the Clark move. Though departing in late 1784, the Clarks did not reach the "Falls of the Ohio" until 3 March 1785 due to inadequate roads, inclement weather and the obstruction of the Monongahela with ice. The Clarks moved down the river via flatboat; they embarked from Red Stone Old Fort, which is present-day Brownesville (Kinkead, 1928, 2). The homestead that John Clark established in Kentucky was called Mulberry Hill, and it was here that William's parents would spend the last years of their lives.
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