On 19 September 1771, 248 years ago, Esther Clark was born. I have not been able to nail down her parents or the location of her birth. I have confirmed through the Botsford Genealogy, The Line of Samuel, 1.1.3, volume 1, that she indeed married Simeon Botsford on 3 January 1792 in Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts. Simeon and Esther were my 4 times great grandparents. They apparently settled in Salisbury, Connecticut, as that is where all 11 of their children were born: Chloe (1794), Mary W. (1796). Esther (1797), Polly Ann (1799), Betsey (1801), Abner Clark (1803), Simeon (1805), Almira (1807) [my 3 times great grandmother], Levi W (1810), William Clark (1812), and Aressa S (1816).
With the family in tow, Grandparents Botsford relocated to Southfield, Oakland Country, Michigan, in the early 1820s. It was in Southfield that Grandfather Botsford passed away on 10 August 1831. Grandmother lived 24 additional years and followed on 21 November 1855, also in Southfield. Daughter, Almira, married Morris Jenks on 20 November 1828 in Bloomfield, Oakland County, Michigan.
It was Grandfather Botsford’s nephew, Milton Clarence Botsford, who became the owner of the locally historic Botsford Inn, often frequented by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. It was Clarence who lent his name to the nearby community of Clarenceville.