Mary Emily Clark

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ID: I34
Last: Clark
First: Mary
Middle: Emily
Birth: 30 Jan 1846 at Lexington, South Carolina 1
Death: 8 Jul 1934 at Batesburg, South Carolina 2 3
Burial: Boatwright Cemetery, Lexington Co., SC 4
Sex: F
Notes: Relatives of Mary Emily Clark operated a flour mill at Dreher Shoals, now under waters captured by the Saluda Dam. They lived in the Chinquepin District (east of modern Monetta). The family was Dutch-German-Irish (from notes by Emily Cato Wilson to Emmie Cato Pinson).

He son, Oscar C. Boatwright, lived with and cared for her until her death, when he inherited her home.

Her siblings were long-lived. At her death, the following survived her:
Mrs. Nancy C. Clarke, Lexington
Mrs. Julia Clarke Shealy, Lexington
Preston Clarke, Lexington
Mrs. Jane C. Hutto, Leesville
A. S. Clarke, Batesburg
Sources: 5 6 7
Mother: Mary Magdalene Lybrand b: 31 Oct 1821 d: 7 Dec 1909
Father: Andrew Jackson Clark b: 22 Oct 1818 d: 23 Dec 1892
Marriage 1   Azariah J. Boatwright b: 27 May 1841 d: 22 May 1903
Wedding: 27 Feb 1868 Batesburg, South Carolina 8
1 Leila Estelle Boatwright b: 16 Sep 1869 Batesburg, Lexington County, South Carolina
2 Rufus W. Boatwright b: 10 May 1871 Batesburg, Lexington County, South Carolina
3 Bertha Boatwright b: 2 Dec 1877 Batesburg, Lexington County, South Carolina
4 Reedy J. Boatwright b: UNKNOWN Batesburg, Lexington County, South Carolina
5 Ida Boatwright b: May 1882 Batesburg, Lexington County, South Carolina
6 Oscar C. Boatwright b: 1 Oct 1885 Batesburg, Lexington County, South Carolina
7 Mary Boatwright b: UNKNOWN
1 Title: Tombstone
2 Title: Obituary
Date: 9 Jul 1934
Note: Two obituaries, nearly identical.
Text: Batesburg-Leesville, SC, Twin City News, July 10, 1934
Prominent Woman of Near Batesburg Buried Monday in Family Cemetery.

Mrs. Emily Clarke Boatwright, one of the oldest and most highly respected women of this section, died Sunday at her home near Batesburg in her 88th year; and the funeral, which was largely attended by a host of friends and relatives, was held from the home Monday afternoon, with the Rev. W. F. Hiers, of the Wittenbuerg Lutheran church, Leesville, officiating, the interment being in the family cemetery near the home.

Mrs. Boatwright’s long and useful life was spent in Lexington county and her passing was a great sorrow not only to her family and relatives, but to hundreds of friends in this section.

The deceased was born near Lexington on Jan. 30, 1846, the daughter of Andrew J. and Mary Lybrand Clarke and the great grand-daughter of Gregory Clarke, who served with General Greene in his South Carolina campaign during the Revolution. Her girlhood days including the Confederate war period, were spent near the place of her birth. Shortly after the war she married Asariah J. Boatwright, a member of Co., K, 13th regiment, South Carolina Volunteers. Of this union were born four sons and four daughters.

From Mr. Boatwright’s death about thirty years ago until recent years, Mrs. Boatwright took an active part in the management of the farm, bringing to this task, added to that of rearing her family and later the family of a deceased son, unusual fortitude and cheerfulness. She took a great deal of interest in the Leesville chapter, U.D.C.*, of which she was an honorary member.

Surviving Mrs. Boatwright are two sons, R. J. and O. C. Boatwright, of Batesburg; four daughters, Mrs. William Cato, Monetta; Mrs. Mary B. Jumper, Springfield; Mrs. B. I. Able, Pensacola, Fla., and Mrs. Julian C. Quattlebaum, of Batesburg; nine grand-children and three great grandchildren. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Nancy C. Clarke, Mrs. Julia Clarke Shealy, Preston Clarke, all of Lexington; Mrs. Jane C. Hutto, Leesville, and A. S. Clarke, Batesburg.

(Transcriber’s note: many of the children spelled the name “Clark”; Mrs. Boatwright wrote it as “Clarke”; the name appears as “Clark” on her tombstone).

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[ Second Obituary: Emily Clark Boatwright ]
[ Newspaper (name unknown) ] July 9, 1934.
Widow of Confederate Veteran Was Long Active in U. D. C. Work.
-- Special to the State.
[ text follows as in previous obituary, with the following change ]

Funeral services for Mrs. Emily Clarke Boatwright, 88, who died at her home near Batesburg early yesterday, were conducted this morning from the residence by the Rev. W. F. Hiers of Leesville Lutheran church. Interment followed at the family cemetery nearby.

[ remainder of obituary follows as text of first ]
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*UDC = United Daughters of the Confederacy
3 Title: Obituary-online
Text: Available at
4 Title: Tombstone
Note: Single tombstone for both Azariah J. Boatwright and wife Emily Clark. Cemetery is next door to their home (still standing in 1995), on Two-Notch Road, south of Batesburg, South Carolina abt 1.4 mi E of US-Hwy178/ Fairview Rd. Home was built by Azariah when he returned from Civil War to replace their original log cabin (per E.C.Pinson note)
Text: BOATWRIGHT / (Masonic symbol) / Azriah J. / May 27, 1841 / May 22, 1903 / M. Emily Clark / Jan. 30, 1846 / July 8, 1934 / Sweet indeed is the rest which Christ giveth.
5 Title: Photograph
Text: Available at
6 Title: Photo of Tombstone
Text: Available at
7 Title: Hand written notes by ECP - miscellaneous
Note: Mary Emily Clark Boatwright had a favorite redbird who liked bread crumbs. She would tap on the window and the bird would fly up to collect its snack.
8 Repository:
  --Name: Meynel Clowney Cato Genealogy Collection
  --Address: c/o
Title: Hand written notes by Mary Emily Clark Boatwright
Text: Husband name, Asariah J. Boatwright, Married Feb 27, 1868

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