John Winans Clark was a brother of my g-g-g-grandmother, Phebe (Clark) Carey. He is said to have been born in Basking Ridge, Somerset county, New Jersey, 17 Jan 1779. He was a part of the westward migration of Clarks and related families from New Jersey, through Kentucky, to Ohio's Miami valley, then on to Illinois. He married Ann "Nancy" Isgrig 15 Feb 1805 in Paris, Bourbon county, KY. Ann was born 27 Jan 1783 in Joppa, Baltimore county, Maryland.
Nancy Isgrig was the daughter of Daniel and Margaret Cole (or Coles) Isgrig. Their name also appears as Isgrigg. Robert D. Clark's letter of 25 Sep 1922 to Major Ira Winans establishes her "real" first name as Ann, rather than Nancy which some sources give.
In his letter of 17 Oct 1914, to Major Ira Winans, descendant Albert Clark states:
Grandfather John W. Clark was born in or near Rahway, N.J. and emigrated to Kentucky where he married and about 1807 moved to Ohio, near Piqua, where they resided till 1837, when they moved to Sangamon Co., Ill., and settled at Hurricane Point (now Chestnut) where they remained and died.
John and Nancy had the following children:
John died 5 Mar 18597 in Yankeetown, Logan county, IL, and is buried in Laenna Cemetery, along with Nancy, who died 8 Dec 1867 in Yankeetown.
Most of the information on this page was provided by my Illinois Clark cousin, Lyle Black. The birthplaces of John and Ann's children are in agreement with what appears in the 1850 census.
Another cousin,Cheryl Rothwell, who has her own J. W. Clark page, reports that John Winans Clark was a veteran of the War of 1812, providing these file cards which document his service in the 3rd Kentucky Mounted Volunteers:
John's tombstone will soon include a plaque provided by the National Society U. S. Daughters of 1812:
1850 census. John and Ann's extended family stayed nearby, at least for a few years. In the 1850 U. S. census records for Logan county, we found the following entries within a few pages of each other:
Abraham Lincoln was born 1809 also. He and my father were good friends. My father used to help him when he was surveying in Menard Co., Ill., and he went to my father's house for dinner at least on one occasion. That was before my time however, but I have seen Lincoln several times, in fact quite often. He used to plead cases in the building which is now our P. O. It was then the county court house.David's birth date appears as 30 Apr 1809 in some records. Cheryl Rothwell has verified that 30 Sep is carved on his tombstone. This date also may be calculated from his funeral card:
Died at his home in Mt. Pulaski, Ill., at 6:40 a.m., Wednesday, February 3, 1892.3 Burial information on John W. Clark and many other Clarks who are buried in this cemetery can be found at the Logan county ILGenWeb site.
D. W. CLARK,
Aged 82 years, 4 months and 3 days. Funeral services will be conducted by Elder L. M. Robinson at the Christian church. at 1 p.m., Thursday, 4th, inst. Interment in Mt. Pulaski cemetery. All friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Phebe Clark was a cousin of David Brooks' mother, who was Sarah Clark and a daughter of James Clark. She [Sarah] married Clarkson Freeman Brooks, who built the Brooks Mill north of Yankeetown on Salt Creek.5 Lyle says Nancy "may have died 9/7/1817."