Maj. Thomas J. Clark

                 Goodspeed 1890

Maj. Thomas J. Clark is a native of Pendleton District, S.C., born in 1828, and is a son of Thomas and Jane A. (McClure) Clark, Virginians, who removed with their parents to south Carolina, and were married in Pendleton District. They went to Benton County, Ala., in 1832, to Winston County, Miss., in 1842, and in that State the father departed this life in 1847, the mother's death occurring in Louisiana in 1868, both having been worthy members of the Methodist Church from youth up. They were tillers of the soil. The grandfather, Matthew Clark, was of English descent, a Virginian by birth, and died in South Carolina. The mother's father, Josiah McClure, was also born in the "Old Dominion," and, after his marriage, went to South Carolina, and from there to Alabama, dying on his farm in that State. Maj. Thomas J. Clark was the seventh of a family of ten sons and four daughters, and in his boyhood days acquired a good practical education in the schools of Mississippi, and was married in Winston County, of that State, in 1851, to Miss Nancy C., daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Peters, a sketch of whom appears in another part of this work. Mrs. Clark was born in Bledsoe County, Tenn., in 1833, and a family of thirteen children have been born to her union with Mr. Clark-- eight sons and three daughters now living, all but three having been married and living in Clark County. In 1862 Mr. Clark enlisted in the Confederate army, in Company S, Second Mississippi Infantry, the lieutenant, but, after serving sixty days in Kentucky, he returned home, soon after becoming a member of Company D, Thirty -Seventh Mississippi infantry, and was detained to purchase beef cattle for the army. Some time after he joined Gen. Wirt Adams calvary command, and was made forage-master of the regiment, which position he held until the close of the war. He then returned to his home, and in 1866 removed to Clark County, Ark., and has since resided on his present farm of 440 acres. Which is situated about two and one half miles southwest of Dobyville. He has 150 acres, nicely improved, and besides a good residence, barns, etc., he has a fine steam cotton-gin and grist-mill on his place. Although formerly a wig in politics, casting his first presidential vote for Scott, in 1852, he has long been a Democrat, and by this party was chosen justice of the peace of South Fork Township, a position he held for eight years. He has been a member of the A. F. & A. M. since he was twenty - three years of age, and now belongs to South Fork Lodge, at Gurdon, of which he has been secretary, having been master of a lodge in Mississippi. He and Mrs. Clark have been members of the Methodist Church since their youths.
___________________________________________________________________________ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890, Clark County, page 131-132. Contributed in memory of Evelyn Dickerson Jackson, Magora Owens Wingfield, Miss Jamie McConnell, and Miss Lucille Westbrook. ___________________________________________________________________________ Update 03.19.06 Morris Myers 2006 BIO-0147.HTM