We know from various census records that John Clarke was a tailor and later a wool draper from Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland born about 1827-35, who lodged with my wife’s great grandfather Charles White of Dewsbury. He appears in the censuses living with them for at least 40 years at Westgate in 1871,/ 1881 and 1891 and at 63 Daisy Hill, Dewsbury in 1901 and 1911. He does not seem to be related to Charles White, who nevertheless named one of his sons Ernest Clarke White. John Clarke had no family of his own as far as we can discover.
In 1917 C White donated a portrait of John Clarke of Dewsbury to Kirklees Museum.
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