Corydon Clark

Corydon Clark (1820-1890), son of Elisha and Sarah Gard Clark, was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, October 12, 1820. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1824 to the Salisbury, Sangamon County, Illinois, area. Corydon settled in Athens, Illinois, in 1846, three years after he married Matilda Jane Hall, daughter of Abner and Jane Overstreet Hall. They were the parents of eleven children: Arminda Jane (Abram Smith Harris), William F., Mary Etta (William Alexander Myers), Marcus DeLafayette, Ann, Andrew L., Catharine (Bennett), John C., Nellie (Johnson), and Nina Mae.

Corydon’s tile works were located in west Athens, south of the West Cemetery and the Old City Park. Corydon was the kiln man, and his brother, Tilman, served as the yard-man. For many years he was in the contracting business and donated land to enlarge Old West Cemetery in Athens, founded by his father-in-law, Abner Hall. In the _1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties_, Corydon was praised as one of the enterprising, industrious and well-to-do citizens of Menard County. He died on September 15, 1890, and is buried in West Cemetery in Athens.

Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox

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