R. B. CLARK was born May 22d, 1820, near Lexington, Ky. Samuel B. the father of the subject of this brief memoir, moved to Illinois about 1830, and finally settled on Brushy Mound Prairie, where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1841. His familly consisted of six boys and two girls, all of whom are now living. R. B. clark was the third child, and his early life was spent on his father's farm. A log schoolhouse, with a hole for a window, and a slab for a seat, was the style of the building where he received his early education.
His time was given him at the age of eighteen, and he immeditely hired to Calvin Record for one year, at $12 per month. He gave such excellent satisfaction, that at the close of that year he was offered $15 per month to continue, which he did, for one year and a half more. He saved his money and bought eighy acres of government land. Dec. 27th, 1842, he married Miss Aartamasiah Mitchell, by whom he had fifteen children, eleven of whom are now living. She died May 3d, 1870. Mr. Clark was now surrounded with a large family of small children. Oct. 13th, 1870, he married Mrs. Sarah W. Lambert. From this union they had two children.
Mr. Clark started life from the bottom of the ladder. He has always followed farming, and has succeeded quite well. His religious views are those held by a class known as United Baptists. He is a liberal contributor to all charitable objects, and is a social and highly moral man. He is highly esteemed by all who know him.