CHARLES G. CLARK is one of the numerous representatives of pioneer families still living in Madison County who have attained a ripe old age. He has been for many years a successful farmer and a well-known citizen of the town of Eaton, in which town he was born, February 14, 1818, a son of Samuel Clark and his wife Clarissa, both of whom were natives of Vermont. Samuel Clark was a son of James Clark, also a native of the Green Mountain State, a patriot farmer, who fought
in the Revolutionary War, bravely performing his part in establishing the independence of the United States, for which service to his fellow-men due honor is paid to his memory. He died in his native State, when a very old man.
Samuel Clark was born June 29, 1776, and about 1810 removed with his family, consisting of his wife and two children, to Madison County, making the entire journey with teams, that being then the only way to travel across the country. Settling near the village of Eaton on new land which was covered with timber, he erected a log house in the woods, cleared up his land, cultivated his farm, and
lived upon it many years. During the early part of his residence in Madison County Indians still inhabited the country, and the woods were well filled with various kinds of game. For many years after their arrival in this county the family of Mr. Clark, like the families of the other pioneers, were all dressed in homespun clothing, store clothes being, when first introduced, quite a luxury. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Clark reared a family of four sons and four daughters, who arrived at mature years, only two of whom still survive, namely: Charles G., thc subject of this sketch; and Giles L., who resides on the old
home farm one mile south of the village of Eaton, upon which Samuel Clark and his wife both died, the former at the age of eighty-five, the latter at seventy-nine years. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal, church, and in politics Mr. Clark was Republican.
Charles G. Clark was educated first in the district schools, and afterward at Cazenovia Seminary. Remaining at home until he was twenty-one years of age, he then began working in a woollen factory situated near the village of Eaton, and was thus engaged four years, at the end of which time he took charge of his father's farm, which he managed with ability and success. In 1846 he married
Mary Fuller, a native of Massachusetts, and a daughter of Daniel and Lovisa Fuller. Mr. Clark and his wife have reared a family of three children, namely: Charles F. Clark, M.D., of Omaha, Neb.; Clement L., a railroad conductor, living at Omaha, Neb.; and John S., a druggist of the same city. Mr. Clark owns a fine farm of one hundred and forty acres one mile west of the village of Eaton, but has resided in that village since 1876. Mrs. Clark died in 1886, at the age of
sixty-two years. She was a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Clark is a Methodist in religion, and in politics a Republican. While never having been an office-seeker, he has been honored by his fellow-citizens by election to the office of Overseer of the Poor, serving in that capacity during the years 1885
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