What follows is a 1900 obituary from a Wheeling, West Virginia newspaper. The daughter mentioned in the obit was Mrs Chris Young of Portsmouth, OH. I post this in the event this is helpful to anyone searching for this family. I have also posted much information to the Belmont County, OH and Ohio County, WV Genforum boards. I would also be interested in hearing from anyone connected to these failies. Thanks
Obituary, Friday, January 5, 1900 Wheeling Intelligencer
CAPT. WILLIAM CLARK DEAD
He Was a Native of Wheeling and Was Known as an Old-Time Pilot on Western Waters
Captain William Clarke, a veteran river man and one of the oldest residents of this vicinity, died at an early hour yesterday morning, at the residence of his son, Squire J.E. Clarke, in Bridgeport. He was in his eighty-sixth year and until a recent date had enjoyed good health unusual for one of his age. His rugged frame was stricken with paralysis about a week ago, since which time he grew gradually weaker until the close came of a long and honorable life.
The deceased was a native of Wheeling and was born on North Main street in 1814. When sixteen years of age he began running on the river, and for about fifty-five years as pilot and captain, and previously in minor capacities, he travelled on the Ohio, between Pittsburgh and Louisvillem principally. Eighteen years ago he foresook the river for a live of retirement. He moved from Wheeling to Bridgeport about thirty-four years ago, and since the death of his wife he made his home with his sons. Surviving him are seven children, six sons and one daughter, as follows; J.E. and W.H. Clarke, of Bridgeport; Harry, of Chicago; D.B. of Wheeling; Bently, of Freedom, PA; James, of Washington, D.C. and Mrs Chris Young of Portsmouth, Ohio.
Only one son is engaged in the river business; Captain Bently Clarke, of the Dick Fulton. The funeral will occur Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the residence of J.E. Clarke, in Kirkwood. The deceased was a member of the Kirkwood Presbyterian church. The interment will be at Mount Wood cemetery, this city.
Captain Clarke was a member of the Septuagenarian Club of Wheeling, Bridgeport and Martin's Ferry, many of the members of which have died during the past two years.