Presley Morris Clark
1829 - 1885
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 2nd ed., 1885, Butler County
Presley M. Clark, Butler County, was born March 6, 1829, in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.He is a son of Isaac Clark, a native of Virginia, who at an early day located in Butler County, Kentucky, where he married Elizabeth Morris.To this marriage was born one son, Presley M., and one daughter, Elizabeth, who died in 1872.Isaac Clark removed to Indiana about 1828, and remained there some years.After the death of his wife, Elizabeth, he returned to Kentucky, where he took a second wife, Eliza James, of Butler County; she departed this life in 1865, surviving her husband twenty-two years, he having died in 1843.During his lifetime he followed the trade of a boot-maker.
Presley Morris Clark, at the age of twenty-one years, began to learn the tanner's trade, which he followed two years.In 1850, he married Elizabeth, a daughter of James B. Reade, of Butler County, Kentucky, and to them were born seven children: William W., Naomi, Mary F., James I., Iva, Jane and Edward.Mrs. Elizabeth (Reade) Clark died in 1873, after which in 1875 Mr. Clark married Mrs. Sarah F. Brisendine, of Butler County.She was a widow, and the mother of three children: Annie, James and Calvin.To her marriage with Mr. Clark were born four children: Robert L., Blanche, Doyle and Claybourne.After his marriage in 1850, Mr. Clark bought 125 acres of land in Butler County, and has followed farming very successfully; so much so that in addition to the support of a large family he has amassed a good share of this world's goods and owns a farm of 176 acres of land, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation, and improved with good dwelling, barns, fences, etc.The farm produces abundant crops of grain and tobacco, and is admirably adapted to grasses, which, with the water privileges, renders it valuable as a stock farm.Mr. Clark is a Democrat without political aspirations; the improvement of his land and the education of his children engage his attention.He, Mrs. Clark and three children are members of the Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. Clark is an elder.He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a Master Mason in Acacia Lodge, No. 212.He is strictly temperate, and lends his influence to the temperance cause.
Clark Morris James Reade Brisendine
Vanderburgh County, Indiana