Alexander County

Biography - Jefferson Clark

JEFFERSON M. CLARK, painter and paper hanger, Cairo, Ill., is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in the city of Philadelphia on June 1, 1844. His parents, Charles S. Clark and Sarah B. Taylor, were born and reared in the East, the father in New Jersey, and the latter in Pennsylvania. Jefferson M. is the oldest of a family of eight children; he learned the trade of painter in Philadelphia, and in 1860 moved with his parents to Indiana, and in the spring of the following year he enlisted in Company F, of the Thirteenth Indiana Regiment, serving in this organization for three years. He was afterward commissioned a First Lieutenant, on Gen. Thomas' staff, and served one year. He participated in several hard-fought battles, including Rich Mountain, Winchester, Nashville and the siege of Charleston and others. He was discharged in Nashville, Tenn., where he immediately began work at his trade, and where, on September 25, 1865, he was married to Miss Mildred E. Atkins. She is a daughter of A. L. and Nancy Atkins, and was born October 22, 1847, at Waverly, Tenn. Mr. Clark continued in the South until 1874, when he came to Cairo, Ill., and has since been engaged constantly at his trade. He keeps in stock an assortment of paints, wall paper, window shades, picture frames and moldings. Mr. Clark has four children living and two deceased — Bertie, born October 3, 1867; Jefferson L., born June 25, 1869; Charles M., born January 6, 1873, died September 19 of same year; John A., born July 9, 1874, died February 16, 1879; Angelo A., born February 7, 1879; and an infant, born September 3, 1881. Mr. Clark is a member of the I. O. O. F., in which he has filled the various offices of honor; is also a member of the Knights of Honor and of the Arab Fire Company. Addison L. Atkins, father of Mrs. Clark, was born in Virginia; married, in Tennessee, Miss Nancy S. Coffman; reared a family of ten children, and died in 1868. The mother still lives at Waverly, Tenn.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 12.

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