William Anthony Clark
Biography

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 316-317, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  William Anthony Clark, the subject of this brief sketch, was born in Logan county, Kentucky, February 16, 1811. His ancestors were residents of North and South Carolina, his father having been born in Orange county, North Carolina, August, 1770, his early home being not far from Guilford Court House, and he could hear the cannon during the battle at that place. He often referred to that incident in later life. After the battle a division of the British army encamped near his mother's house, for several days. His mother was unprotected as her husband had died when Thomas, the father of our subject, was five years old. Thomas was reared in North Carolina, and, braving the dangers of the wilderness, he crossed to Kentucky, settling in Logan county, about 1795. Here he married Mary Anthony, daughter of Philip Anthony, pioneer of Kentucky. Here Thomas Clark lived until the fall of 1839, when he came to Illinois, and settled in Missouri township, where he died in 1847.
  W. A. Clark was one of a family of thirteen children, being the third. His boyhood was passed in Logan county, Kentucky, where he attended the schools of seventy years ago, which were only provided with benches of split logs, heated by a fireplace, and lighted by windows of greased paper. This gentleman was married, April, 1832, to Mehala Roberts, daughter of John Roberts. She was born in Maryland, but reared in Washington county, Virginia.
  Mr. and Mrs. Clark resided in Logan county, Kentucky, until 1837, and three children were born to them there. They then came to Illinois, and rented land for one year, then entered eighty acres in Pea Ridge township, but five years later settled in Missouri township, on section 17, and with his two sons became the owner of 600 acres of fine land in the aforesaid section. Mr. Clark was a member of the Presbyterian Church, having joined it in 1833. He voted for Henry Clay, but afterward became a Democrat in politics. Mr. Clark was a poor man when he came to Illinois, but by his earnest endeavors and hard work he managed to accumulate a large fortune.
  John Thomas Clark, the son of the above mentioned gentleman (William Anthony Clark), is one of the prosperous farmers of Missouri township, residing on section 17. He was born in Pea Ridge township, June 12, 1844. The family removed to Missouri township about 1850, settling on section 17, where his father accumulated a large fam, dying December 16, 1890, while his wife died June 10, 1875. John is one of five children, namely: Mary E., wife of Peter Rigg; Sarah J., wife of J. M. Parker; Martha, wife of T. B. Ausmus, of Camp Point; William N.; and John, who is the youngest of the family. He was reared on the home farm until he attained his majority, when he became a partner with his father. They bought land and carried on farming, cultivating about 300 acres of land. John now owns 255 acres of land, on which he has a fine class of farm buildings. He carries on farming and deals in stock.
  Mr. Clark was married, October 24, 1870, to Amanda Carter, daughter of John B. and Elizabeth (Bell) Carter, born in Brown county, January 3, 1851. John B. Carter, the father of Mrs. Clark, was born in Tennessee, and was a son of Joseph Carter. They came to Illinois in 1830, and first stopped in Brown county, but Joseph Carter later removed to McDonough county, where he died. His son John grew to manhood, and was married in Brown county, and had one child, but it died in infancy. He later married Elizabeth Bell, and settled in Lee township, Brown county. He then removed to Clayton, Adams county, where he enlisted, and was mustered into service in the Eighty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company I, serving three years. After the war he resided in Brown county, until 1869, when he removed to Crawford county, Kansas, where he died in 1872. His wife also died, in Kansas, in 1883. He and his wife had seven children, of whom Mrs. Clark was the eldest.
  Mr. and Mrs. Clark have three children: Daisy, Arthur A. and Oliver B. Mr. Clark is a strong Democrat, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and his charming wife are among the most prominent people of their township, and enjoy the respect of all who know them.




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