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Voyage of the ‘Pearl’, 1849

George Morgan Clarke (1798—1849) was the second son of Charles Clarke. He married Caroline Maria Likely in 1826, but they do not appear to have had any children. At least, none were living with them at the time of the 1841 census. George Clarke was a cabinet maker and lived in St. Pancras, near his father. In the 1840s, after the death of Charles Clarke, George’s brother Henry and sister Julia, together with their families, emigrated to Canada. George visited them, as he is recorded at the baptism of his brother’s daughter, Yvonne in July 1847. Perhaps emboldened by their success in starting a new life, he decided to join them.

On 23rd August 1849, George Clarke wrote a short and slightly unusual will leaving everything to his wife and naming her executrix. After her decease all was to go to her sister, Sarah Elizabeth Likely for life, and after her decease to “my children if I have any”. The ship sailed the same day.

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