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The CLARK FAMILY – Samuel Clark was born near the Lehigh River, in Northampton County, PA, January 17, 1770.  Some seven months after his father’s death, which occurred in the latter part of 1771, his mother (Mary) removed to Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ where she had been reared.  Her people being Germans, Samuel  first spoke that language.  His mother, having one sister living, and being poor, supported her family in infancy and through the tedious War of the Revolution.  The Indians being on the north and west, the British army on the south and east, her family was compelled at times to flee and at others to seek the nearest fort.  At the age of fourteen Samuel was bound out to John Dimon, a carpenter, and wagon-maker, and served seven years in hard drudgery.

On April 18, 1792, he married Mary Custer, by whom he had ten children, as follows:  William,  born June 8, 1794, in Sussex County, NJ, still living at Clarksville; Samuel,  born in New Jersey August 13, 1796, died near Sharon;  Catherine, deceased, born in Jefferson County, Ohio, April 12, 1798, married James Simonton; Abraham,  born in Jefferson County, Ohio, May 21, 1800, died in Clarksville in October 1888; Mary,  deceased, born in Jefferson County, Ohio, March 10, 1802, married John Conley; Sarah, deceased, born in Jefferson County, Ohio, April 11, 1804, married John Gillespie; Susannah, born in Pymatuning Township, Mercer Co., PA, July 15, 1806, married John  Fruit,  and lives in Clarksville; Jane,  deceased, born in Mercer County, December 17, 1808, married John McDowell; Jacob,  born in Mercer County, January 8, 1811, still living in Clarksville, and Nancy,  born in Mercer County September 6, 1813, the wife of Joseph McClure, of Clarksville.

Samuel Clark, Sr. died October 29, 1860, aged ninety years, nine months and twelve days.  His wife, Mary (Custer) Clark,  died October 7, 1863, aged ninety-one years, eleven months and twenty-three days.  Her family gave to the world the brave Gen. Custer, killed by the Sioux Indians in June 1876.

History of Mercer County, 1888  Page 904-905
Transcribed and Submitted by Janet Stanko

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