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William Clark was born at Sandgate, Vt., June 25, 1824. His father and mother, James and Eunice Clark, were born in Vermont, the one of Scotch, the other of English descent. The senior Clark bought 80 acres of land in Cambridge, Lenawee Co., in 1835, where he lived 15 years, when he disposed of his farm, and lived with his son until his death, in 1856. In 1844, conjointly with his brother Harmon, William Clark bought 341 acres, where he now lives. Harmon Clark was born in New York in 1826, and after their joint purchase, their property was owned in common until the death of the last named, in March, 1875. His wife, Louisa, daughter of Livingston Morse, of New York, died before him. They had seven children, four of whom survived them, Henrietta, born in 1859; Walter, in 1862; Flora, in 1855, and Olive, in 1868. Jan. 28, 1848, Mr. Clark, of this sketch, married Esther Jane, daughter of Obadiah and Hannah Green. The record of this family of 12 children is as follows: Theodocia, born Mar. 14, 1850; Hannah, born in 1851, died Feb. 12, 1861; Albert C., born Feb. 10, 1852; Harriet, born Sept. 1, 1855, died May 10, 1859; Ellen J., born. Nov. 27, 1859, died Mar. 3, 1872; William, born Jan. 10, 1861, died May 21, 1868; Frank L., born Nov. 5, 1864; Fred. L., born July 22, 1866, died Oct. 22, 1866. Four children died in infancy. The mother died March 21, 1872. Mr. Clark was married May 5, 1872, to Phila A., widow of Duncan Campbell, of Bowne, daughter of Levi and Phila Stone, of Lowell. One child has been born to them, William H., June 27, 1873. Mrs. C. was born Nov. 12, 1834. Mr. Clark is a Republican, and both he and wife are connected with the M. E. Church. The homestead is located on sec. 36, and is held at $50 per acre. Mr. Campbell was killed at the battle of the Wilderness. He left a son and daughter, Alida B., born Jan, 1, 1860, and Charles D., born July 24, 1862.


From:
History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.

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