Unlike Catlin's monument, Clarke's had something carved into all four sides of it. Here's the front side:
Interestingly, George's brother William married Helen Margaret Catlin (1818-1856) in Vermont in 1838. Helen does not seem to be a direct relation of Seth Catlin but it would explain why George Clarke's plot is immediately adjacent to Seth Catlin's at Rosehill.
George came to Chicago in 1833 when he was twenty-three and Chicago was not even a city yet. On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was organized with a population of around 200. Within seven years it would grow to a population of over 4,000. On June 15, 1835, the first public land sales commenced. The City of Chicago was incorporated on Saturday, March 4, 1837 and went on to become the fastest growing city in the world for several decades.
As a land agent and surveyor, Clarke was in the right place at the right time. He knew that as the growth of Chicago exploded there would be a clamoring for honest land agents and surveyors. Clarke was a believer in the expansion of Chicago to the south, and became one of the earliest investors in Lake County, Indiana, buying up large tracts of undeveloped land in that area.
|Tremont House circa 1860|
George W. Clarke was buried in the seven-year-old Rosehill Cemetery in the plot next to that of Seth Catlin.
Also buried in the plot with George are his sister Harriet Sevilla Clarke who died in 1895: