From History on Mercer County, IL. 1882 Among the many men and women who in early times bade farewell to friends and kindred and took up their abode in the wilds of Illinois, none are more deserving of the reverence of posterity than Samuel Clark, and his wife Sarah (Huyck) Clark. The burden of life which they had borne together through so many years has been laid down by the wayside, and the venerable couple rest side by side in the peaceful sanctuary of the tomb. Samuel Clark was born near Londonderry, Ireland, in 1813. He emigrated to America in 1833, and located in Brooklyn, New York, where he remained two and a half years. In the fall of 1836 he came to Mercer county, and located on section 12. He was married to Miss Sarah Huyck, of Dayton, Ohio. Five children were born to the couple, whose names are as follows: James G., Jennie ( deceased wife of Dr. Ansley), Louisa (deceased in infancy), Florence (Deceased), and Florence,( now residing in Swedona). Mrs. Clark died April 5, 1878, and Mr. Clark in May, 1882.