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 John Clark

John Clark

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Death 4 Jan 1917 (aged 78)
Lemington, Sawyer County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 7614694 · View Source
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John was born Sep. 16, 1838 at Peoria, Peoria Co., Ill. where he spent a happy early childhood with his older sister, Nancy. Son of Jacob Clark, (1814-1907) and Sarah (Sally) Webb (1815-1897) he and his family left Peoria late in the year 1840 and overwintered in Grant County, Wisconsin with Sally's parents William (1762-1853) and Nancy (1775-1851) and Sally's older brother Tom J. Webb (1810-1893). While there, John's younger sister Sarah Ann was born. In 1841 the family arrived at Yankee Settlement, near the present day town of Edgewood, Iowa on the Delaware/Clayton county border. Eventually they settled on a farm near Oneida, Delaware County, IA, six miles away. Sally's brother Tom Webb bought the farm next door in 1854.

About 1858, the entire family uprooted and moved to Ogle County, IL. The reason for this is unknown but may be related to the economic panic of 1857. John remained behind working as a laborer in Delaware County until the outbreak of the Civil War. He then joined his family in Illinois.

John enlisted August 9, 1862 at Nelson, Illinois, to serve three years as a Private in the 35th Illinois Infantry. On September 2, 1862 he was mustered into Federal service with Company A at Dixon, Illinois. At that time he was listed as a 24 years old, 5'11½" tall farmer with light hair, blue eyes and a light complexion, born in Peoria, Illinois.

On the muster roll of September 2, 1862 to November 4, 1862, it was noted that John was absent sick in Hospital at Louisville, Kentucky, since October 1, 1862. On October 28, 1862 he was given a Disability Discharge at Louisville when it was determined that he was incapable of performing the duties of a soldier due to Phthisis Pulmonulis. On his discharge it was noted that he had enlisted August 27, 1862 at Dixon, Illinois, to serve three years, and at that time was a 24 years old, 5'11½" tall blacksmith, with light hair, gray eyes and a light complexion, born in Peoria County, Illinois. His total amount of Federal service was about one month and twenty-two days.

John returned to the Edgewood, Delaware/Clayton County area as soon as he could - in 1863 - because he had already met his future wife, Phoebe Jane Wedeman. They married on May 20, 1869 in a civil ceremony at Elkador, Clayton, IA.

He and Phoebe continued to live in the Edgewood area on the Clayton County side until 1883 when they moved to Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin. John was finally granted homestead land near Ladysmith, WI for his Civil War service. There he built a snug cabin for his wife and family, and he and Phoebe lived there for the remainder of John's life.

John died of pneumonia Jan. 4, 1917 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery at Ladysmith.

He and Phoebe had nine children:

Henry, 1870, who died in infancy
Monroe 1871-1948
Mary 1872-1938
Jacob 1874-1931
John Wesley 1878-1958
Andrew 1882-1970
Laura 1885-1949
Jasper 1887-1973
Rosella 1890-1969

John's religion meant a great deal to him, as it had to his parents. He and Phoebe were committed Methodists and worked hard to instill Christian values in all their children.

"Phthisis Pulmonulis" is an archaic medical term normally describing tuberculosis and similar tubercular diseases. Despite this gloomy diagnosis, John went on to live a full and active life until he was almost 79. Like his father and grandfather before him, he was a true frontiersman. Working from his homestead as a blacksmith and gunsmith, he carved a good life for his family out of the Wisconsin wilderness.

A special thanks to John Christeson for his Civil War research.

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  • Maintained by: T. L. Muir
  • Originally Created by: John Christeson
  • Added: 24 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7614694
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Clark (16 Sep 1838–4 Jan 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7614694, citing Riverside Cemetery, Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by T. L. Muir (contributor 47637073) .