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598. Hester\Esther COMSTOCK was born about 1771.252 She was baptized on 11 June 1786 in Opelousas, Louisiana Territory.8 She died in 1850 at the age of 79 in Texas.96,252

The marriage took place in what would become the state of Louisiana after 1803.
Ester Comstock, dau of Guilermo & Raquel AuldBridge married 8 July 1790 to Jacques Clark. St. Martinville Church.

Hester\Esther COMSTOCK and James William CLARK were married on 8 July 1790 in St. Martinville, Louisiana Territory.252 James William CLARK255 was born (date unknown).

David Lawson has the name as James John Clark, born about 1774 in Baltimore.

Parents said to be Patrick Francis Clark [1743-1783] and Rachel Malone [1756-15 Oct 1811]

It appears that either the year of the marriage, or the year of the birth of the first child may be incorrect.

Hester\Esther COMSTOCK and James William CLARK had the following children:

875

i.

Angela CLARK was born on 6 March 1790/1.255

876

ii.

Elizabeth CLARK255 was born on 1 May 1792 in Louisiana Territory.96 She died on 24 April 1864 at the age of 71 in Orange County, Texas.255

Married to John Harmon, Sr. on 26 Jan 1813 in St. Martin Parish LA. He was born 28 Apr 1790 in LA and died 22 Feb 1871 in Orange Co TX. In the 1850 Census they are found in Jefferson Co TX and then Orange Co TX by 1860.

9 Jan 1817 St Martin Parish LA, Vendor Index 001 B, 258, #3391
John & Elizabeth Harmon to John R. Faulk for $600. 4 arpents x 40 arpents on Grosse Isle Coule bounded by Levi Campbell except for 15 poles square sold 25 Sep 1816 to Levi Campbell.

21 May 1835 Jefferson District, Orange Co TX Patent 495
Patentee: John A. Harmon
4428.4 acres of Title land

SUBJECT: The City of Orange
HISTORICAL MARKER #: 11504
LOCATION: 803 West Green Avenue, Orange, Orange County, TX
NOTES: See Orange County Historical Markers THE CITY OF ORANGE
THE FIRST KNOWN SETTLERS IN WHAT IS NOW THE CITY OF ORANGE WERE JOHN AND ELIZABETH HARMON, WHO ARRIVED IN 1828 WITH THEIR THREE CHILDREN. KNOWN FIRST AS GREEN'S BLUFF, THE SMALL FARMING COMMUNITY THAT DEVELOPED ALONG A BEND IN THE SABINE RIVER WAS SELECTED AS THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT WHEN ORANGE COUNTY WAS CREATED IN 1852. THE TOWN WAS CALLED MADISON FROM 1852 UNTIL 1858, WHEN THE NAME ORANGE WAS ADOPTED. THE EARLY ORANGE ECONOMY WAS BASED ON THE LUMBER AND SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRIES. LED BY PROMINENT PIONEER AREA LUMBER MEN AND AIDED BY THE ADVENT OF THE TEXAS AND NEW ORLEANS RAILROAD IN 1876, ORANGE WAS RECOGNIZED AS THE LEADER IN EAST TEXAS SAWMILL ACTIVITY BY THE 1880s. THE DEEP WATER PORT AND THE AVAILABILITY OF LUMBER MADE THE CITY AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY, WHICH REACHED ITS HIGHEST PRODUCTION LEVELS DURING WORLD WARS I AND II. FOR MANY YEARS THE CITY OF ORANGE HAS MAINTAINED A FULL RANGE OF SERVICES FOR ITS CITIZENS. PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE OPERATED SINCE THE 1880s AND ELECTRICITY WAS INSTITUTED IN 1890. ORANGE'S SHIPBUILDING AND PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES CONTINUE TO MAKE THE CITY A LEADING COMMERCIAL CENTER IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

SUBJECT: 246 John Harmon
HISTORICAL MARKER #:
11483
LOCATION: Sabine River at Fourth Street, Orange, Orange County, TX
NOTES: See Orange County Historical Markers
JOHN HARMON
BORN IN 1790 IN ST. MARTIN PARISH, LOUISIANA, JOHN HARMON LIVED AT POSTE DE ATTAKAPAS, A SPANISH FORTIFICATION AT THE PRESENT SITE OF ST. MARTINVILLE. A VETERAN OF THE STATE'S DEFENSIVE ACTIONS DURING THE WAR OF 1812, HE WED ELIZABETH COMPSTOCK CLARKS IN 1813. SOON AFTER THE BIRTH OF THEIR FIRST CHILD IN 1816, THE HARMONS SOLD THEIR ST. MARTIN PARISH LAND AND MOVED WEST. ALTHOUGH NOT MUCH IS KNOWN ABOUT THEIR ACTIVITIES OVER THE FOLLOWING DECADE, IT IS KNOWN THEY HAD SETTLED ALONG THE EASTERN BANK OF THE SABINE RIVER BY 1826. THE NEXT YEAR, HARMON DECIDED TO RELOCATE IN THIS AREA. HE BUILT A MASSIVE RAFT OF CYPRESS LOGS WHICH TRANSPORTED A HOUSE, A WAGON, A PAIR OF OXEN, A HORSE, A COW, FARM TOOLS AND SUPPLIES, AND HIS FAMILY, WHICH NUMBERED FIVE. THE HARMON FAMILY RAFT ARRIVED HERE ON JANUARY 1, 1828. WEARY FROM THEIR JOURNEY, THE FAMILY FEASTED ON WILD GAME AND LATER DECIDED TO MAKE THEIR HOME IN THE AREA. THEIR ARRIVAL AT THE PRESENT SITE OF ORANGE MARKED THE BEGINNING OF PERMANENT SETTLEMENT. LATER, WHEN THE TOWN DEVELOPED, JOHN HARMON WAS A SADDLER, A CIVIC LEADER, AND A PROMINENT LANDOWNER. HE DIED IN 1874, BUT HIS CONTRIBUTIONS AND PIONEER SPIRIT REMAIN VITAL TO THE AREA'S HERITAGE.
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877

iii.

Eugenie Emily CLARK was born on 3 February 1794.255

878

iv.

Priscilla CLARK was born on 11 March 1796.255

879

v.

Mary Louise CLARK255 was born on 10 December 1798.255

Married Thomas Rowe on 2 Oct 1827 in Lafayette County, LA.

880

vi.

William CLARK was born on 15 December 1800.255

881

vii.

Susanne CLARK96,255 was born on 20 March 1803 in St. Martinville, Louisiana Territory.96

Married Robert Burrell on 28 Feb 1822, St. Martinville Parish, LA.

882

viii.

George CLARK was born on 23 August 1805.255

883

ix.

Adelaide CLARK was born on 10 August 1807.255

884

x.

Jean\John? CLARK was born on 4 July 1809.255

Marked as a male in Gedcom.