He was the son of James L. and Mary Jane (Shelton) Clark. His siblings were Sarah, Sarena, Elizabeth, Amanda, Jonathan Richard, Sidney Alonzo, Leon, Masseen N., Thaddeus S., and Marion M. He married Lucy Maria Green sometime before 1873 in Graves County, Kentucky. They had three children; Cora, Olla, and Sidney. After Lucy's death he married her younger sister Eugenia Irena Green on September 18, 1878 in Graves County Kentucky. They had one daughter India Anetta. He then married Amanda Arnold on February 4, 1892 in Strawberry, Lawrence, Arkansas. He was a doctor.