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Medora Clark

Female 1854 - 1926  (71 years)


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  • Name Medora Clark 
    Alternate birth 5 Jun 1854  [1
    Born 10 Jun 1854  Daviess County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Alternate birth Jun 1855  [3
    Died 20 Feb 1926  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried 23 Feb 1926  Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Person ID I7755  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 1 May 2021 

    Father Pius Clark,   b. Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Marcella Wathen,   b. Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 27 Aug 1850  Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F4512  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lee Madison Hayden,   b. Abt 5 Jun 1851, Daviess County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1928, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married 27 Oct 1874  Daviess County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Divorced 12 Nov 1898  Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Mary Rosa Hayden,   b. Abt 1875
     2. Urban Hayden,   b. Aug 1878
     3. Ervin Hayden,   b. 1879
     4. Daisy Cecilia Hayden,   b. Mar 1879,   d. Aft 3 Apr 1945  (Age ~ 66 years)
     5. Lilly Ann Hayden,   b. 7 Nov 1880, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Jul 1965  (Age > 85 years)
     6. Emmett Hayden,   b. 16 Nov 1882,   d. 23 Mar 1918, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     7. Samuel Hayden,   b. May 1884,   d. 30 Jan 1901, Daviess County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 16 years)
     8. Lizzie Hayden,   b. Sep 1887
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F6642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also spelled Madora. The handwritten ledger of Daviess County births in 1854 gives her birth as 10 June of that year. The 1928 death certificate of her husband Lee Madison Hayden gives her birth as 5 June 1854. Her own death certificate gives her birth as 18 June 1854.

      She appears on the 1900 census as "widowed", along with her children Ervin, Daisy, Lillie, Emmett, and Lizzie, although in fact Lee Madison Hayden was alive and had divorced her in 1898. She is also called "widow" on her 1926 Michigan death certificate, even though Lee Madison Hayden (whom her death certificate identifies as her husband) was alive and would live another two and a half years. It is possible that conservative Catholic attitudes toward divorce played a part in this. (The death certificate is clearly hers and not that of some other Madora Hayden; not only does it call her husband "Lee M. Hayden", but the informant is her son-in-law Virgil Bowlds.)

      Her death certificate identifies her parents as Pius Clark and Marcella Wathen, not James Clark and Ann Hayden as stated on her Find a Grave page. Pius Clark and Mary Marcella Wathen married in Bardstown on 27 Aug 1850. Confusingly, though, the aforementioned handwritten ledger of Daviess County births in 1854, the one that says she was born on 10 June of that year, says her father was Pius Clark (mistranscribed by ancestry.com as "Jim" Clark, but comparing samples from the same hand on the same ledger, it's clearly Pius) and...Ann Hayden. So.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2144] Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1965, on ancestry.com.

    2. [S4552] Kentucky, Birth Records, 1847-1911, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S312] John Medley (1615-1660), St. Mary's County Maryland, His Descendants, by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: Mary Louise Donnelly, 1995.

    4. [S4553] "Mrs. Medora Hayden." Owensboro Messenger, 23 Feb 1926, p. 10.

    5. [S3938] Michigan, U.S., Death Records, 1867-1952, on ancestry.com.

    6. [S3938] Michigan, U.S., Death Records, 1867-1952, on ancestry.com., place only.

    7. [S3485] Kentucky, County Marriage Records, 1783-1965, on ancestry.com.

    8. [S312] John Medley (1615-1660), St. Mary's County Maryland, His Descendants, by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: Mary Louise Donnelly, 1995., year and place only.

    9. [S4483] Find a Grave page for Lee Madison Hayden.

    10. [S4557] "Suit for Divorce." Owensboro Messenger, 28 Oct 1897, p. 5., says 27 Oct 1875.

    11. [S4549] "ADJOURNED. Last Day's Sitting of Circuit Court." Owensboro Messenger, 13 Nov 1898, p. 7.