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CLARK, DAVID, born Aug. 28, 1776, in Essex county, N. J. Came to Kentucky in 1798, and was there married in 1800, to Rachel Rutter. They had two children; one died in infancy, and Mrs. Rachel Clark died in 1804. David Clark moved to Cincinnati, O., in 1805, and made brick for the first brick house built in that city. He returned to Somerset county, N. J., in the same year, and was married there in Feb., 1806, to Sallie Winans, who was born Oct. 15, 1788 in that county. They moved to Miami county, O., in 1809, and from there to Sangamon county, Ill., in 1829, settling on Sugar creek. After two years they moved to Wolf creek. They had six children, one of whom died in infancy. Of the other five -

Rev. RICHARD W., born June 16, 1808, in Somerset county, N. J., was married in April 1828 to Margaret Clark, a native of Fayette county, KY. They have five children living: SALLIE A., born Jan. 11, 1831, in Sangamon county, was married in 1848 to Ezra Clark. They have six children: Hattie A., Lodorska J., Permelia A., David M., Irena and Nellie and live in Chesnut, Logan county, Ill. DAVID, born Jan. 2, 1834, in Sangamon county, is married, and resides in New Mexico. ELIZA, born Nov. 9, 1841, in McDonough county, was married in Logan county, Ill., to Jonas Shupe, May 13, 1858. He was a native of Ohio. They had one child Mary E., who resides with her uncle, Dr. John Clark. Mr. Shupe died Jan. 13, 1865 and Mrs. Shupe was married Feb. 5, 1871 to John R. Ayers. They have one child, Lena, who resides with her parents in Mt. Pulaski. JOHN W., born Nov. 13, 1845, in Logan county, Ill., was married Dec. 28, 1874, in Chestnut, Logan county, Ill., to Emma Sterritt, a niece of Enoch Moore, of Springfield, recently deceased. Dr. John W. Clark is a practicing physician at Milford, Iroquois county, Ill. MARY E., born Oct 16, 1847, was married March 31, 1866 near Mt. Pulaski, to Benjamin Harding. They have four children, May, Eliza, Ellis and Richard, who reside with their parents near Mt. Pulaski. Rev. Richard W. Clark died Aug. 29, 1854, and his widow died Dec. 21, 1867, both in Logan county, Ill.

JOHN, born Nov. 25, 1810, in Miami county, O., studied medicine there. Came to Sangamon county with his father, remained one year, returned to Ohio, where he was married, Aug. 29, 1830 in Miami county, O., to Eliza Tremain, who was born May 24, 1810, in New York. They came to Sangamon county, and followed farming until 1842, when he moved to Mt. Pulaski and engaged in the practice of medicine. He was County Commissioner four years for Logan county, and Justice of the Peace seventeen years, during which time he married eighty-four couples. He has, since 1828, been a member of the M. E. church, and a trustee of the same, in Mt. Pulaski, from the time the church was organized at that place. Dr. John Clark and wife reside in Mt. Pulaski.

CARMAN W., born May 20, 1815, in Miami county O., married March 29, 1838, in Sangamon county, to Harriet Crocker, step-daughter of David Riddle. She was born Aug. 2, 1817, in Lebanon, St. Clair county, Ill. They had seven children: one died in infancy. MARY W., born March 24, 1842, in Sangamon county, was married Oct. 17, 1866 to Alfred C. Wilson. They have four children, Harrie, Harriet H., Carman R., and Alfred, and reside in Mt. Pulaski. JOHN, born April 22, 1848, in Sangamon county, died July 29, 1866. DAVID T., born June 27, 1850, in Sangamon county, was married Jan. 27, 176, to Lucy Powel. They reside in Mt. Pulaski. RICHARD H., born March 26, 1854 in Sangamon county, was married Dec. 22, 1875, to Mary E. Boggs, They reside in Mt. Pulaski. ALFRED R., born July 31, 1857, in Sangamon county, and MARION, born July 1, 1862, in Logan county, reside with their parents in Mt. Pulaski.

SALLY H., born Sept. 17, 1817 in Miami county, Ohio, was married Oct. 1834, to John Riddle, in Sangamon county. They have four children, all born in Sangamon county, ELIZA C., MARY E., FRANCIS A. and SALLIE W., and reside near Barclay, Sangamon county.

ELIZABETH, born Dec. 15, 1830, in Miami county, Ohio, was married Dec. 1847, to Alfred Gideon, who was born in Champaign county, Ohio. They have one children, DAVID C., born Nov. 27, 1847, was married Sept, 1868, to Sallie Row, a native of Ohio. David C. Gideon is a practicing physician at Watseka, Iroquois county, Ill.

David Clark was a local M. E. Preacher for about forty years. His wife died Dec. 3, 1843, and he died Jan. 6, 1874, both on the farm near the present town of Barclay, Sangamon county, Ill.

Source: History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois - "Centennial Record" by John Carroll Powers

Submitted by Cheryl Rothwell, 4g granddaughter of Rev. David Clark, 3 g granddaughter of Rev. Richard Clark. Both are buried in Mt. Pulaski Cemetery as are several of the others named in this biography.

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