CLARK, Francis H.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 802-805
Francis H. CLARK, a successful and skillful mechanic residing at No. 400 East Street, he has been a resident of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL] since 1883. He was a native of Ontario, Canada, where his birth occurred 23 Nov 1831, and his parents, Francis and Cornelia (ROSS) CLARK, were natives, respectively, of NY and CT. The paternal grandfather, Francis CLARK Sr., was a native of the Emerald Isle [Ireland], but came to America when a young man and settled in New England.
During the Revolutionary War, Francis CLARK Sr. served in defense of his adopted country, and subsequently married a New England lass, a Miss HAMILTON, with whom he settled in Franklin County, NY. They were among the pioneer settlers of that county and Mr. CLARK followed agricultural pursuits in a small way, his trade being that of a tanner and currier, at which he was unusually successful. Later he was a boot and shoe dealer. He and his wife died in the Empire State [NY] when well along in years, and both were members of the Episcopal Church.
Francis CLARK Jr. passed his boyhood days on a farm and in learning the lumber business, following the latter principally in Ontario, Canada, until 1835, when he came to NY State. He settled on a farm in St. Lawrence County, and there he and his wife soon had a good home. He died there in 1861, when 73 years of age, and his wife followed him to the grave four years later, in 1865. He was a soldier of the War of 1812. Mrs. CLARK was born in Danbury [Fairfield County], CT, in 1790, but was reared and educated in Canada. he was a cousin of P. T. BARNUM, the showman. Mr. and Mrs. CLARK were for years members of the Episcopal Church, but later in life she joined the Methodists. Of the seven children born to this worthy couple, six are now living, and Francis H. is the youngest. He was four years of age when his parents moved to NY State, and he was a resident of that State until 1869, when he came to IL, settling in Polplar Grove, Boone County. While a resident of NY, he learned the trade of a millwright and pattern maker. In 1864 he enlisted from St. Lawrence County, NY, in the 6th NY Regiment, Company M, and served as private until his discharge on 25 Aug 1865.
Our subject was in a number of prominent engagements, and after the battle of Fisher Hill he was one of the 32 who reported at roll call. While in service he was sick for some time from exposure, and he was crippled while doing drill duty. After remaining in the hospital for some time, he was honorably discharged and returned to NY State. There he was married to Miss Sophronia RICHARDSON, a native of St. Lawrence County and the daughter of Samuel RICHARDSON, who lived and died in that county. The latter was 74 at the time of his death. He [p 805] served in the War of 1812. His wife, whose maiden name name was Mary JOHNSON, died when 85 years of age. Mrs. CLARK was reared and educated in her native county and taught school there six years before her marriage. This union resulted in the birth of three living children: Preston, an attorney, and proprietor of the Mineral Springs at Peoria [Peoria County, IL], was married to Miss Julia EATON, [and] who was County Superintendent of Schools of Boone County [IL], but is now deceased; Burton F., an engraver in the Rockford Silver Plate Company, is now at home; Etta S., at home and a musical graduate, is a teacher of vocal music and is now chorister in the Christian Union Church. Mr. CLARK is a Republican in politics, and he is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. CLARK is a member of the Methodist Church.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.