Mary Ann Jessup

Mary Ann Jessup

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 1794 Green's Farms, Connecticut
 Cause of Death: 
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1. Baptism, November 11, 1794

         Father: Ebenezer (Dr.) Jessup
         Mother: Anna Wynkoop

Spouses and Children
1. *George Asahel Clarke
       Marriage: October 25, 1815
                1. Edward Clarke
                2. George Asahel Clarke
                3. William Wyncoop Clarke
                4. Marion Wyncoop Clarke
                5. Eleanor Strong Clarke
                6. George Samuel Clarke
                7. George Edward Clarke
                8. Samuel Asahel Clarke
                9. Francisco Jose' Clarke
                10. William Barker Clarke

In the winter of 1831 Mrs. Clarke left the Island of Cuba to return to the States. The youngest, Marion, a peculiarly interesting child of ten years, was already in this country. The sorely afflicted mother fondly hoped soon to meet her again; but almost the last tidings that reached her before her departure was that of Marion's death. It was only the great strength of Mrs. Clarke's character that enabled her to bear up under these sorrows. For the education of her four boys, she chose New Haven, Conn., as a place of residence; and here her excellent judgment and extraordinary energy made her eminently useful in the church and in the community. Francisco, a child of noble traits, died here in 1835. In 1845, her two older sons being already in business, and the youngest about to enter Yale College, she accepted the invitation of her brother Ebenezer Jesup, of Westport, Conn., to make his house her home. The year 1851 found her again in New Haven, where she lived until her death. In the summer of 1853 she was married a second time, to Samuel Chapman, Esq., an English gentleman who had been proprietor of an estate adjoining her own on the island of Cuba. Mrs. Clarke's great regard for this gentleman had led her to leave all her Cuban affairs in his hands, while in turn, at his earnest request, she had consented to take charge at various times of five of his motherless children and grandchildren that he wished to send to this country. Finally, he came himself. Thus her life abated nothing of its usefulness, but was carried on with characteristic energy and fidelity, until the 7th of September, 1856, when at the age of 62, the Master's voice called her to a higher sphere. So far as the writer knows, her last illness was also her first; for she was of the soundest New England stock, and seemed exempt from the ordinary physical infirmities. Mrs. Clarke's very faults partook of the strength of her character. Her earnestness sometimes passed over into severity. Her affections partook of it. They had great reality and were true to their objects. Mention should be made of her fondness for reading and for intelligent conversation. But her marked characteristic, after all, was the quiet heroism with which she took up her life under the great burden of her sorrows, and carried on cheerfully
and honorably to the end.
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