Born: 1805-XX-XX Barren County, Kentucky
Alternate name: Clarke
Clark came to Illinois in 1826 and settled in a part of Sangamon County that would later become Menard County. In 1831, he enlisted in a company of mounted volunteer militia to fight in the Black Hawk War. Clark was a farmer in Menard County; in 1850, he owned over $2,000 worth of real estate.
Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, ed., Herndon’s Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998), 743; Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:83; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Menard County, IL, 277.