Clark, Benjamin (1758–1838)

By: Christopher Long

Type: Biography

Published: December 1, 1994

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Benjamin Clark, pioneer Red River County settler, was born in Dobbs County, North Carolina, in 1758. He fought in the American Revolution and by 1799 had settled in Tennessee. He moved to Arkansas Territory around 1814 and settled at Jonesborough on the Texas side of the Red River a few years later. In 1833 he founded Clarksville. Clark was a Methodist minister. He was married to Mary McLendon. He died in Clarksville in 1838 and was buried in Clarksville Cemetery.

Pat B. Clark, The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort, 1937). Claude V. Hall, "Early Days in Red River County," East Texas State Teachers College Bulletin 14 (June 1931). Red River Recollections (Clarksville, Texas: Red River County Historical Society, 1986). Rex W. Strickland, Anglo-American Activities in Northeastern Texas, 1803–1845 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1937). George Travis Wright Family Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Christopher Long, “Clark, Benjamin,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994