Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Mr. Clark was born in the town of Clarkson, Monroe Co., N. Y., in the year 1846, and was the eighth in a family
of eleven children. His parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth Clark, came from Lincoinshire, England, in 1S30, settling
in the town where the son was born, and in which the father died, in 1854. In 1857, Mrs. Clark removed, with her
large fitmily of children, to Bloomingdale, Van Buren Co., Mich., where she purchased a small farm. J. G. Clark,
who remained at home until he became of age, entered then into the mercantile business at Geneva, in company with
his brother. Upon the completion of the Kalamazoo and South Haven Railway, he withdrew from the partnership with
his brother and opened an establishment at Gobleville. This venture proved a success, and in connection with it,
during the past two years (1878-79), he has engaged quite extensively in bee culture. May 8, 1875, he was married
to Hattie A. Goble, who has borne him one child, Pearl J. Clark, born July 25, 1876. Mrs. Clark's parents, Warren
and C. M. Goble, came from Monroe Co., N. Y., and settled at Gobleville. Mr. and Mrs. Clark are members of the
Free-Will Baptist Church at the village, to which they have contributed largely in both time and money, the church
and parsonage having been erected mainly through their efforts. This church was organized in 1871, and a view of
the church property may be seen in this work, in connection with that of the home of Mr. Clark.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.