Biography of Dr. Joseph Clokey
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





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.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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