ROARK RESEARCH  This is just what it says...R E S E A R C H.... For many years I tried to find something...anything on Mary Raork, second wife of John W. Collins and mother to my gr - Grandfather Richard Collins. In the past few months I have made a little progress and I hope by placeing this information here that somebody can add to it...correct any mistakes and finally solve the mystery of this woman.

 

Mary Roark born abt 1815 Harlan County, Kentucky

Married or took up with John W. Collins about 1850-52  [John W. Collins born 1797 s/o Meredith Collins & Mary Holloway]

Died sometime after 1870 in McDowell County, West Virginia

Children of John & Mary Collins:  Alfred born 1852;   Arnetta born 1855;   Richard born 1858  all Tazewell Co. Va. / later McDowell Co. W.V.

[It appears that Mary had several children out of wedlock before meeting up with Gr-Gr-Grandpa John Collins. Listed below is the names of several of those children. ]

1-1 Jefferson Roark b January 23, 1831

1-2 Nancy Roark b April 03, 1838

1-3 Aaron Roark b September 1841 {living with Nelson SALYER in 1850 census]

1-4 Sarah Roark b 1842

1-5 John Roark b 1845

1-6 Julia Roark b June 1847

1-7 Pheobe Roark b May 23, 1851

[COLLINS
Clay Co. Kentucky
On Clay County Court Order film of VOL 5 bottom of Page 8
" For ------ by John Collins, Mary Roark & David Patrick charged with fely(felony?) each  $4.00?"
~~~~
on next page it reads:
" Ordered that William Coldwell be allowed $2.29 for guarding John Collins & 3 days charged with felony which was ordered to be certified ]

 

Harlan Co KY records

January 1830

Ordered for Building of road to intersect state road at David HOGANs? at the foot of Cumberland Mt. Robt GREEN, Elijah BINGHAM, Sampson WILDER, David ROARK( my note:appears on pg 119 Haraln 1830 census- is this David "Tuckahoe" Roark?), Levi HOSKINS, Frederick MIRACLE, Reason WILDER, Solomon & Joseph BAKER, Zacahriah GIBSON, James FARMER, David HOGANS

November 1830

Ordered that Will GREEN, Sampson WILDER, John HOSKINS, David ROWARK and Frederick MIRACLE be appointed to review the nearest and best way for a road leading from Cumberland Gap to Mt Pleasant note: Mt Pleasant is what is now known as the city of Harlan) the county road leading from the ford of the Cumberland to the courthouse at or near William GREENS

May 1832

Commonwealth VS William ROARK

This day came the atty for the county and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the deft was not able to appear owing to (sick up????) whereupon came David FARMER and acknowledged himself indebted to the Commonwealth in the sum of L25 which he agrees may be levied of his respective land and tenements, goods, and chattelly but to be--------- on the condition that William ROARK appear here on the 1st day of court next term to answer to an indict for vagrancy and not depart without leave of the court

June 4th,1832

 

Commonwealth VS William ROARK

Indict for Vagrancy

Wm. ROARK pleaded not guilty and found so.

(my note: Is this William ROARK born 1802 TN married Nancy JOHNSON)

January 1836

Ordered by the court that John ROARK (my note: Is this brother of David "Tuckahoe" Roark mentioned in Dickey Diary? Is this husband of Elizabeth BROCK who is widow on 1850 Harlan census? are they one in the same?) be appointed as overseer of the road no the room of Shadrack HELTON and that together with the hands belonging to said road keep the same in repair

October 1838

On motion of Barbara HELTON it is ordered that the clerk bind to her Nancy ROARK an infant of Mary ROARK aged six months old 3rd of October past. Just until said Nancy arrives at eighteen years of age.

Ordered that Barbara HELTON be allowed five dollars for the keeping of Nancy ROARK.

December 1838

Ordered by the court that a male child of Mary ROARK who now lives with James JOHNSON be bound to said James JOHNSON to learn the art and mystery of farming. The said JOHNSON being present and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the said Mary ROARK the mother of said child is not in the county. Said child is about eight and named Jefferson.

May 1840

Jefferson ROARK infant son of Mary ROARK nine years old 23rd of January last bound to Jepe COLDIRON to learn the art and mystery of farming until he arrives at 21.

November 1841

Claims:

To Barbara HELTON for keeping Nancy ROARK       $10

To Reuben HOSKINS for keeping Anna HOSKINS a pauper  $15

To David SERGEANT for keeping Polly CIPANY a pauper      $15

To Elizabeth HOWARD a pauper                           $30

To John PACE for Polly PACE a pauper                    $20

On motion of William S. HOWARD it is ordered that the clerk bind to John JONES Jefferson ROARK aged about ten years old.

  January 1836

 Ordered by the court that John ROARK (my note: Is this brother of David "Tuckahoe" Roark mentioned in Dickey Diary? Is this husband of Elizabeth BROCK who is widow on 1850 Harlan census? are they one in the same?) be appointed as overseer of the road no the room of Shadrack HELTON and that together with the hands belonging to said road keep the same in repair

 October 1838

On motion of Barbara HELTON it is ordered that the clerk bind to her Nancy ROARK an infant of Mary ROARK aged six months old 3rd of October past. Just until said Nancy arrives at eighteen years of age.

 Ordered that Barbara HELTON be allowed five dollars for the keeping of Nancy ROARK.

 


WIVES and CHILDREN of THOMAS SLOAN 1770

Thomas SLOAN b abt 1770 Ireland

+ Barthena BROCK

1 Nancy SLOAN b ? d 1829 Harlan Co, KY

+ John ROARK b abt 1790 d May 25, 1844 Clay Co, KY, m abt 1813

2 Mary SLOAN b abt 1810

+ Samuel Mosley m Apr 13, 1833

3 Lavina SLOAN b Feb 1, 1814

+ David McCarthy YEARY

3-1 David Newton YEARY b aft 1832 Lee Co, VA d 1945 (113 yrs old?) Dallas, Dallas Co, TX

+ Laticia TAYLOR

3-2 William Whitten YEARY b Sept 10, 1835

+ (1st wife) Mary Ann ALBERT

+ (2nd wife) Elizabeth VANDEVENTER b ? d Jan 19, 1878 Lee Co, VA, m Mar 7, 1856

WIVES and CHILDREN of JOHN ROARK 1790

John ROARK b abt 1790 in Tennessee or Virginia d: May 25, 1844 in Clay County, Kentucky

+ (1st wife) Nancy Sloan b ? d: abt 1829 m: abt 1813 d/o Thomas Sloan b 1770 Ireland

1 Mary ROARK b abt 1813 + unnamed mate(s)

[Re Mary ROARK b 1813 .... from Nell Dwyer.....

This Mary above was probably James' whole sister. She was a wild one!!

Here's her brood of illegitimate kids!! They were mostly bound out. Poor

Jefferson was bounced around to this person and that one. Noone seemed to

want him. I even found where Mary along with 2 men (a Collins and a

Patrick?) were being charged with a felony in Clay Co KY 1852. It doesn't

say what the felony was. I think Mary may have left KY after that with the

Collins man.]

1-1 Jefferson Roark b January 23, 1831

1-2 Nancy Roark b April 03, 1838

1-3 Aaron Roark b September 1841 {living with Nelson SALYER in 1850 census]

1-4 Sarah Roark b 1842

1-5 John Roark b 1845

1-6 Julia Roark b June 1847

1-7 Pheobe Roark b May 23, 1851

 

2 dau, could be Dicey Brock [ROARK] b abt 1818

 

3 James ROARK, Sr. b abt 1822 Harlan Co, KY, d 1876, m 1/13/1846 Leslie Co, KY.

+ Mary Jane ASHER b abt 1832 Clay Co, KY, d 1880, dau of John ASHER b abt 1808-10, son of Dillion "Old Dill" ASHER b: 5 October 1777 in Washington County, b NC d: 8 May 1844 in Red Bird,Clay County, KY Interment: AsherCemetery, Bell County, KY

3-1 Wade ROARK abt 1848 Clay Co, KY

+ Virginia COLLETT

3-2 John A ROARK b Mar 15, 1850 Leslie Co, KY, dJune 25, 1922 Leslie Co, KY (Jacks Creek)

+ Lucinda "Lucy" COLLETT b May, 1857 Roark, KY, d Nov 3, 1947, m abt 1874

[see 1 Farmer thru 4 Dealy]

[see 5 Nancy Katherine]

[see 6 Dan Boone thru 10 Lloyd]

[see 11 McKinley thru 13 Thomas Edison]

3-3 Sarah Jane ROARK b Sept, 1852 m Oct 1, 1874, Clay Co, KY

+ George ASHER, s/o Josiah P ASHER b July 21, 1817, 8 children

3-4 Nancy ROARK abt 1855 Clay Co, KY, m 1875

+ John COLLETT

3-5 Millard (Miller) ROARK abt 1857

+ Lucy ASHER

3-6 Robert ROARK b 10/ /1859 Clay Co, KY, d 1912

+ Nancy ASHER b 5/ /1862, d 5/28/1908 dau of Dillion ASHER b 4/25/1830 KY d 11/19/1916 KY, son of Robert Sidney ASHER b 9/4/1804 Clay Co, KY, d 4/5/1877 Clay Co, KY, m 4/26/1827 + Mary "Polly" SIZEMORE b abt 1810 Clay Co, KY, d 2/6/1858 Clay Co, KY

3-7 Boone ROARK b abt 1861[see 3-7 Boone]

+ Louisa J SIZEMORE

3-8 Hanson (Hance, Hans) ROARK b abt 1863

3-9 James (Crap) ROARK b abt 1867 d 1897[see 3-9 Crap]

+ Martha COLLETT (Little Ma) dau of Wiley J COLLETT and Mary HACKER

3-10 Elizabrth ROARK b abt 1868

3-11 Martha ROARK b abt 1871

3-12 Emily ROARK b abt 1874

 

4 Elander ROARK b abt 1827 in Harlan County, Kentucky

+ Claiborn SMITH b abt 1824 m: February 08, 1841 in Clay County, Kentucky

4-1 Melvine SMITH b abt 1844

4-2 James SMITH b abt 1845

4-3 Mary J SMITH b abt 1847

4-4 Jefferson SMITH b abt 1849

 

WIVES and CHILDREN of JOHN ROARK 1790 (cont)

+ (2nd wife) Elizabeth Brock b abt 1810 in Virginia d: after 1887 in Salt Trace, Harlan County, Kentucky m: March 31, 1831 in Harlan County, Kentucky

5 Malinda ROARK b August 06, 1830 in Harlan County, Kentucky d: June 22, 1914 in Mills, Knox County, Kentucky

+ Shadrack "Shade" Shepherd b abt 1825 in Clay County, Kentucky d: abt 1867 in Clay County, Kentucky m: August 22, 1847 in Harlan County, Kentucky

5-1 Barnaby Shepherd b abt 1849

5-2 Nancy Shepherd b abt 1851

5-3 Matilda Shepherd b abt 1853

5-4 Julina Ann Shepherd b abt 1855

5-5 Elizabeth Shepherd b abt 1858

+ (2nd husband) John North b abt 1820 m: June 01, 1868 in Clay County, Kentucky

6 John Roark b Oct 17, 1831 in Clay County, Kentucky d: November 07, 1913 in Roark, Leslie, Kentucky

+ Nancy Brock b May, 1831 in Harlan County, Kentucky m: 1855 in Clay County, Kentucky

7 Matilda Roark abt 1835

8 Jane Roark b abt 1837 in Clay County, Kentucky d: abt 1864 in Harlan County, Kentucky

+ Richard M. Johnson-Helton b abt 1836 d: November 23, 1902 in Knuckles, Ky m: 1860 in Harlan County, Kentucky

9 William Roark b abt 1840

10 Aaron Roark b abt 1845 in Clay County, Kentucky

+ Hetty Brock b abt 1849 m: 1865 in Harlan County, Kentucky

 

John Roark & his Wives & Children

Subj: 2 SLOAN, John ROARK, 3 James ROARK Sr[1].doc

Date: 8/14/02 4:49:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From: cdburkhart@comcast.net (Chris Burkhart)

 

WIVES and CHILDREN of THOMAS SLOAN 1770

Thomas SLOAN b abt 1770 Ireland

+ Barthena BROCK

1 Nancy SLOAN b ? d 1829 Harlan Co, KY

+ John ROARK b abt 1790 d May 25, 1844 Clay Co, KY, m abt 1813

2 Mary SLOAN b abt 1810

+ Samuel Mosley m Apr 13, 1833

3 Lavina SLOAN b Feb 1, 1814

+ David McCarthy YEARY

3-1 David Newton YEARY b aft 1832 Lee Co, VA d 1945 (113 yrs old?) Dallas, Dallas Co, TX

+ Laticia TAYLOR

3-2 William Whitten YEARY b Sept 10, 1835

+ (1st wife) Mary Ann ALBERT

+ (2nd wife) Elizabeth VANDEVENTER b ? d Jan 19, 1878 Lee Co, VA, m Mar 7, 1856

WIVES and CHILDREN of JOHN ROARK 1790

John ROARK b abt 1790 in Tennessee or Virginia d: May 25, 1844 in Clay County, Kentucky

+ (1st wife) Nancy Sloan b ? d: abt 1829 m: abt 1813 d/o Thomas Sloan b 1770 Ireland

1 Mary ROARK b abt 1813 + unnamed mate(s)

[Re Mary ROARK b 1813 .... from Nell Dwyer.....

This Mary above was probably James' whole sister. She was a wild one!!

Here's her brood of illegitimate kids!! They were mostly bound out. Poor

Jefferson was bounced around to this person and that one. Noone seemed to

want him. I even found where Mary along with 2 men (a Collins and a

Patrick?) were being charged with a felony in Clay Co KY 1852. It doesn't

say what the felony was. I think Mary may have left KY after that with the

Collins man.]

1-1 Jefferson Roark b January 23, 1831

1-2 Nancy Roark b April 03, 1838

1-3 Aaron Roark b September 1841 {living with Nelson SALYER in 1850 census]

1-4 Sarah Roark b 1842

1-5 John Roark b 1845

1-6 Julia Roark b June 1847

1-7 Pheobe Roark b May 23, 1851

 

2 dau, could be Dicey Brock [ROARK] b abt 1818

 

3 James ROARK, Sr. b abt 1822 Harlan Co, KY, d 1876, m 1/13/1846 Leslie Co, KY.

+ Mary Jane ASHER b abt 1832 Clay Co, KY, d 1880, dau of John ASHER b abt 1808-10, son of Dillion "Old Dill" ASHER b: 5 October 1777 in Washington County, b NC d: 8 May 1844 in Red Bird,Clay County, KY Interment: AsherCemetery, Bell County, KY

3-1 Wade ROARK abt 1848 Clay Co, KY

+ Virginia COLLETT

3-2 John A ROARK b Mar 15, 1850 Leslie Co, KY, dJune 25, 1922 Leslie Co, KY (Jacks Creek)

+ Lucinda "Lucy" COLLETT b May, 1857 Roark, KY, d Nov 3, 1947, m abt 1874

[see 1 Farmer thru 4 Dealy]

[see 5 Nancy Katherine]

[see 6 Dan Boone thru 10 Lloyd]

[see 11 McKinley thru 13 Thomas Edison]

3-3 Sarah Jane ROARK b Sept, 1852 m Oct 1, 1874, Clay Co, KY

+ George ASHER, s/o Josiah P ASHER b July 21, 1817, 8 children

3-4 Nancy ROARK abt 1855 Clay Co, KY, m 1875

+ John COLLETT

3-5 Millard (Miller) ROARK abt 1857

+ Lucy ASHER

3-6 Robert ROARK b 10/ /1859 Clay Co, KY, d 1912

+ Nancy ASHER b 5/ /1862, d 5/28/1908 dau of Dillion ASHER b 4/25/1830 KY d 11/19/1916 KY, son of Robert Sidney ASHER b 9/4/1804 Clay Co, KY, d 4/5/1877 Clay Co, KY, m 4/26/1827 + Mary "Polly" SIZEMORE b abt 1810 Clay Co, KY, d 2/6/1858 Clay Co, KY

3-7 Boone ROARK b abt 1861[see 3-7 Boone]

+ Louisa J SIZEMORE

3-8 Hanson (Hance, Hans) ROARK b abt 1863

3-9 James (Crap) ROARK b abt 1867 d 1897[see 3-9 Crap]

+ Martha COLLETT (Little Ma) dau of Wiley J COLLETT and Mary HACKER

3-10 Elizabrth ROARK b abt 1868

3-11 Martha ROARK b abt 1871

3-12 Emily ROARK b abt 1874

 

4 Elander ROARK b abt 1827 in Harlan County, Kentucky

+ Claiborn SMITH b abt 1824 m: February 08, 1841 in Clay County, Kentucky

4-1 Melvine SMITH b abt 1844

4-2 James SMITH b abt 1845

4-3 Mary J SMITH b abt 1847

4-4 Jefferson SMITH b abt 1849

 

WIVES and CHILDREN of JOHN ROARK 1790 (cont)

+ (2nd wife) Elizabeth Brock b abt 1810 in Virginia d: after 1887 in Salt Trace, Harlan County, Kentucky m: March 31, 1831 in Harlan County, Kentucky

5 Malinda ROARK b August 06, 1830 in Harlan County, Kentucky d: June 22, 1914 in Mills, Knox County, Kentucky

+ Shadrack "Shade" Shepherd b abt 1825 in Clay County, Kentucky d: abt 1867 in Clay County, Kentucky m: August 22, 1847 in Harlan County, Kentucky

5-1 Barnaby Shepherd b abt 1849

5-2 Nancy Shepherd b abt 1851

5-3 Matilda Shepherd b abt 1853

5-4 Julina Ann Shepherd b abt 1855

5-5 Elizabeth Shepherd b abt 1858

+ (2nd husband) John North b abt 1820 m: June 01, 1868 in Clay County, Kentucky

6 John Roark b Oct 17, 1831 in Clay County, Kentucky d: November 07, 1913 in Roark, Leslie, Kentucky

+ Nancy Brock b May, 1831 in Harlan County, Kentucky m: 1855 in Clay County, Kentucky

7 Matilda Roark abt 1835

8 Jane Roark b abt 1837 in Clay County, Kentucky d: abt 1864 in Harlan County, Kentucky

+ Richard M. Johnson-Helton b abt 1836 d: November 23, 1902 in Knuckles, Ky m: 1860 in Harlan County, Kentucky

9 William Roark b abt 1840

10 Aaron Roark b abt 1845 in Clay County, Kentucky

+ Hetty Brock b abt 1849 m: 1865 in Harlan County, Kentucky