While combing through the Frederick County Historical Society’s collection I stumbled across an entry in the Margaret Myers Collection. “Married Horace W. Clarke & Katie Miller – October 1st 1881 – Milan, Tennessee. There aren’t that many Horace Clarke’s in the area so I knew it was my family line.
But what I didn’t know was that he had been married to a Miss Kate Miller. Horace Clarke was a famous railroader who descended from one of the most illustrious railroad men of all time his father – James C. Clarke.
Horace’s railroad career would relocate him from Frederick to the Tennessee area. He married Kate Miller, daughter of Hezekiah and Julia Miller. Her father, also know as H.P. Miller, was proprietor of the Southern Pacific Hotel.
I was so excited to see he had produced an offspring as this was the end of the Clarke line. But my excitement was short lived when I found the obituary for his one and only son. Horace Miller Clarke (1883-1887).
Little “Miller Clarke”, died at the age of five at the home of his grandfather.
The exquisitely carved stone denotes a cherubic boy with a writing instrument in his hand tracing over the words, “I’m Ready Now.’
I can only imagine the pain of losing a child at such an early age. The love for the child is evident by the stunning stone they erected in memoriam of this sweet little angel. Little Miller Clarke, as he is identified, lies in eternal peace beside his maternal grandparents, H.P. and Julia Miller. I do not know what become of his mother, Kate Miller Clarke.
His father Horace would go on to marry again in 1903 to Miss Virginia Alice Shriner from Frederick, Md. Horace passed away in 1912 and interred in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD ,in the prestigious family plot adorned by a large obelisk monument.
May you rest in peace and now that you are not forgotten..
Special thanks and credit for all of the photo’s is kindly extended to Toni Kee. Toni is a contributor and volunteer for www.findagrave.com who took the photo’s and sent them to me. It is with permission from Toni that I share the enclosed photographs. Click the link to see the listing on findagrave.com.