John Francis Sr. & Esther (McCorkell) Clarey

Married at Akron, Iowa, October 24, 1923

The first Clarey to settle in Akron, Iowa, was Thomas F. Clarey born in 1868. He came to Akron in 1892, and settled on a farm five miles southeast of town. In 1895 Tom married Mary Boden from South Dakota. They had three sons: Harry born in 1896, died in 1898; John, born in 1899, married Esther McCorkell in 1923 and had ten children. John, Esther and their children lived and farmed in Merrill, Iowa. The third son of Thomas F. & Mary Clarey was Clifford, born in 1902. Clifford married Iva Belt of Walthill, Nebraska in 1924, and had ten children. ~Source: Our Life 1882-1982 Akron, Iowa pp 187-188


The Family of John Francis Sr. and Esther (McCorkell) Clarey 1945

Back Row:  Patricia Mary. Paul Alfred, John Francis, Jr. (Jack)
Middle Row:  Raymond Howard, Elizabeth Ann, Richard Anthony
Front Row:  Esther Imogene, Estella Lucille, Esther Lucene (twins), Donna Jeannette, John Francis, Sr.
Two other children, George Fredrick and Daniel died in childhood.

~Photograph submitted by granddaughter, Linda Linn


Children of John Francis Sr. & Esther Clarey:

Patricia Mary
Paul Alfred
John Francis Jr. "Jack"
Raymond Howard
Elizabeth Ann
Richard Anthony; married Shirley Vondrak 16 Aug 1953
Esther Imogene
Estella Lucille (twin)
Esther Lucene (twin)
Donna Jeanette
George Fredrick (died in childhood)
Daniel (died in childhood)


John Francis Clarey Sr.
b. 17 Nov 1899
d. 22 Sep 1982

His Obituary


Esther (McCorkell) Clarey
b. 14 Feb 1903
d. 01 Feb 1969

Her Obituary




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