Biography of John J. Clark
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

John J. Clark, who lives retired at Wellsville, is a veteran of the Civil War and a highly esteemed pioneer citizen of Columbiana County. He was born near Pittsburgh, Pa., Jan. 13, 1846, and is the son of Reuben and Elizabeth (Clark) Clark.

Reuben Clark was born near Chambersburg, Pa., and was an early settler of Allegheny County, Pa. He was a cooper by trade and was thus engaged during his entire life. To Mr. and Mrs. Clark, deceased, the following children were born: John J., the subject of this sketch; Reuben, lives retired in Pittsburgh; Alfred, lives retired at Wellsville; Elizabeth, deceased; Fannie, married William Kiddy, lives in Yellow Creek Township, Columbiana County; Maggie, married Silas Madduck, lives retired in Pittsburgh; Alice, deceased; Minnie, the widow of James Perry, lives in East Liverpool; Adam, lives at Wharton, W. Va.; and Wilson, deceased.

After completing his schooling at Pittsburgh, John J. Clark was associated in the cooperage business 'with his father. In 1870 he settled in Columbiana County and seven years later was one of the organizers of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company, with which he was connected until the time of his retirement in 1916. During the Civil War he enlisted twice and served with the 193rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and later with the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

On June 29, 1870, Mr. Clark was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Kern, a native of West Virginia, born Oct. 17, 1852, and the daughter of John and Margaret (Schafer) Kern, natives of Germany and both now deceased. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Clark, as follows: David J., lives at Canton, Ohio; Lizzie, deceased, was the wife of Charles Harmer; Nellie, married first to Benjamin Chroninger, deceased, and later married Harry Vandergrift, lives in East Liverpool; Harry, lives at Wellsville; Clarence, lives at Steubenville, Ohio; and Charles, died in infancy.

Politically, Mr. Clark is a Republican. He holds membership in the Methodist Church, the Grand Army of the Republic, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has always been known as a representative citizen of the community.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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