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John Clark

  • Birth 25 Jan 1817 Scott County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 7 Feb 1881 Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 39194014

Husband of Elizabeth (Little) Clark (1820-1895). Married on May 25, 1838 in Greene County, Ohio. Father of 13 children including: Mary "Polly", David B., Sarah C., Emmaletta, Zachariah Taylor, James Harrison, John Little, Erastus, Isabel Clair, Rosa Belle, Asberry Bowman and Lusetta Clark. John's main profession was as a carpenter, although he had also been in the mercantile business. John was the son of Joshua Clark and Mary "Polly" (Blocher) Clark Conner Ryun.

Biography excerpt from: "Past and Present of Lucas and Wayne Counties Vol. II., 3rd Series Pp. 27-28. S.J. Clarke Publ. Co. Chicago. 1912." Note, this biography is about John's son, James H. Clark, but contains information on John and Elizabeth Clark) -

Mr. CLARK was born near Fort Wayne, in Adams county, Indiana, on the 28th of April, 1850, his parents being John and Elizabeth (LITTLE) CLARK. The father was born in Scott county, Indiana, on the 22d of February, 1817, while the mother's birth occurred in Muskingum county, Ohio, in August, 1820. In 1852 they made the overland journey to the west and on the 24th of October, 1854, took up their abode among the pioneer settlers of Wayne county, Iowa, entering land in Union township. Only two houses stood between Corydon and Chariton at that time, and all kinds of wild game abounded. The family did all their trading at Keokuk and Eddyville. In 1858 John CLARK abandoned general agricultural pursuits and embarked in the mercantile business at Freedom. A scrupulously honest man himself, he took it for granted that all people were to be relied upon and thus parted with his goods with but little security. In a short time, therefore, he found himself without either funds or goods and his children were obliged to seek work in the community. He endured all the hardships and privations of pioneer life and bore his full share in the work of early development and upbuilding here. His demise occurred in Page county, Iowa, in 1881, while his wife passed away at Van Wert, Iowa, in September, 1895. Their children were as follows: Mrs. J. M. EDWARDS, who was born in 1837 and resides in Clarinda, Iowa; David, born in 1840, who passed away in 1900; Mrs. William BARNETT, whose birth occurred in 1843 and who is deceased; Z. T., born in 1847, who is a resident of Portland, Oregon; J. H.. of this review; John L., who was born in 1853 and makes his home in Nebraska; Mrs. Isabelle CARVER, born in 1855, who is a resident of Clarinda, Iowa; Mrs. Rosa RASH, whose birth occurred in 1858, and who is a resident of Derby, Iowa; A. B., born in 1860, who is a resident of Ottumwa, Iowa; and Mrs. Lusetta SEARL, deceased. The four younger children were born in Lucas county and the older ones were natives of Indiana.


Note: Headstone dates may or may not be correct. John's actual birth date was supposedly January 25, 1817 (which matches the headstone date) however, his death certificate from the records of Page County, Iowa said he died on January 7, 1882 at age 64 yrs., 11 months, 7 days, making his birth date January 31, 1817. The headstone dates would indicate that John died on February 7, 1881 (instead of January 7, 1882) at the age of 64 years and 13 days. The death record also shows that he was born in Clark County, Indiana and died of "cancer of the neck." The area he was born is now Scott County, Indiana as Scott County was formed in 1820.



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  • Created by: Calcat
  • Added: 7 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39194014
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Clark (25 Jan 1817–7 Feb 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39194014, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Calcat (contributor 47061806) .