CLARK, Mary A., Mrs.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 421-422
Mrs. Mary A. (FARMER) CLARK, the widow of John CLARK, is at present residing on and operating the farm left her by the death of her husband in 1881. It is pleasant located on section 5, Owen Township, Winnebago County [IL], and by being intelligently tilled nets a handsome income. Mrs. CLARK was born in Newborough, VT, 25 Nov 1837, while her father, Thomas FARMER, one of the pioneers of this county, was born in Edinboro, Scotland, 10 Jul 1815. The grandfather of our subject, Thomas FARMER, was also a native of Scotland, his birth occurring 30 Sep 1785. He learned the trade of a stone mason, which occupation he followed until 1840, when he came to America and spent his last years with the father of Mrs. CLARK, dying on 26 Feb 1844.
The grandmother of our subject bore the maiden name of Janet GURLEY, and was also a native of Scotland, where her decease occurred. With her husband she was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. CLARK has in her possession the old family Bible which her grandfather brought to America. Her father emigrated to this country together with his brother William, the latter of whom settled in Hamilton, Canada.
The father of Mrs. CLARK received his education in Scotland, and when 19 years of age emigrated to the New World. Having learned the trade of a mason in Edinboro, he followed that occupation in Newborough, VT, until 1839, when with his wife and two children he came to IL, traveling by way of canals and lakes to Chicago, thence by team to Rockford. The land in this locality sold at $1.25 per acre, and the few settlers then living here were located in the timber and along the streams. Mr. FARMER selected a tract of government land in what is now Owen Township, upon which he erected a log house and there resided for a number of years with his family. Deer, wolves, and other kinds of wild game were very plentiful in the vicinity, and as there were no railroads in this locality for a number of years, Mr. FARMER hauled the products of his estate to the Chicago market. He was very successful as an agriculturalist, and added to his estate from time to time until he became one of the largest landowners in the county. After being industriously engaged on the farm for many years, he moved to Rockford and lived retired until his death, 09 Oct 1880.
Margaret HALLEY was the maiden name of the mother of Mrs. CLARK; she was born in Markinch, Fifeshire, Scotland, her parents being William and Mary (MARKEY) HALLEY. The grandfather made three voyages to America, and on the last trip fell from the boat at Montreal and was drowned in the St. Lawrence River. His wife spent her entire life in Scotland.
The original of this sketch was an infant when [p 422] brought to this country with her parents, where she was reared and educated, and when 25 years of age married Edward MARSHALL, who was a native of England. He came to America when a young man and was engaged in farming until his decease in 1866. Mrs. MARSHALL, as she was then known, was married three years later to John CLARK, who was also a native of England and a half-brother of Mr. MARSHALL. He departed this life in 1881, since which time his widow has carried on the farm with signal success. She has one son by her first marriage who bears the name of Oscar. The five children born of her second union are Maggie, Robert B., Kittie, John, and Edna. The eldest daughter is a teacher in the public schools, where she is meeting with more than ordinary success, and Oscar, who married Elizabeth GRIFFITH, resides in LA. Mrs. CLARK is a conscientious member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is greatly respected in her community.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.