DR. JOSEPH CLOKEY, D. D., ex Pastor United Presbyterian Church, Springfield. The Rev. Dr. Clokey came into the
theater of existence with the present century, Christmas being his birthday, and, though almost an octogenarian,
he is still active, by no means decrepit, in full possession of acute faculties bright, humorous, joyous, the life
of the family circle. The Doctor was born Dec. 25, 1801, in Dauphin Co., Penn.; he came to Springfield twenty six
years ago, from St. Clair, Penn., where he had filled a pulpit seven years; being a man of positive nature, great
energy and personal magnetism, his influence was widely felt, and he is consequently generally known, respected
and beloved. He has been twice married, his first wife being Jane Patterson, of Wheeling, W. Va., whom he married
on Oct. 3, 1827, having by this union one son and one daughter, the former of whom they lost, and the latter, Mrs.
William G. Henry, now lives in Assumption, Ill. On Feb. 21, 1838, he led to the altar his present wife, Elizabeth
Waddle, who has borne him four sons and two daughters, one of the former having passed away; of the Doctor's three
surviving sons, two are ministers - one in New Albany, Ind., and one here temporarily; and one is practicing law
in Decatur. The Doctor's ancestors on his father's side are Irish. He retired from the active ministry six years
ago. The Doctor is one of those men of remarkable elasticity of constitution and spirits, and evenness of disposition,
who never appear to grow really old, keeping up with all the questions of the hour and everything new, being fully
abreast of the times; whose companionship Is sought and loved by the young. The early history of his Irish ancestry
is intensely interesting; in a time of persecution there, about 1798, his half brother was beheaded for refusing
to reveal the hiding place of his father, who was a General in the war of that period in Ireland. Of such sturdy
stock did he come. He was fifteen years Professor of Pastoral Theology and Sacred Rhetoric in the Theological Seminary
at Xenia, Ohio; has ever taken an active interest in the temperance movement; was a strong Union man during the
war, and it is laughingly said of him that he drew the first blood, as, during a few pointed remarks at a prayer
meeting held upon the occasion of the departure for the scene of war of one of the first companies, in making a
forcible gesture, he accidentally struck a bystander on the nose, drawing the blood. He thus instituted a series
of prayer meetings, called "Union Prayer Meetings," that were kept up during most of the war period.
At 19, the Doctor was Aid de Camp to one of the leading Generals in the Irish revolution. His grandfather was 115
years old at death, and his father 86. Such men as the venerable Doctor are few and far between.
History of Clark County, Ohio
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