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William Clark - River Captain/Pilot (1814-1900) Obituary
Posted by: Paul (ID *****5478) Date: August 15, 2009 at 10:01:56
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What follows is a follow-up to my posting on June 6, 2009 regarding the William Clark family of Wheeling, WV and Belmont County, OH.

Wheeling Daily Intelligencer Newspaper, Friday, January 5, 1900


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 a pilot and captain, and previously in minor capacities, he travelled on the Ohio, between Pittsburgh and Louisville principally. Eighteen years ago he forsook the river for a life 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.”


1.        I have typed this exactly as written – including the inconsistency in the surname (spelled CLARK in the heading and CLARKE throughout).
2.       William Clark (1814-1900) and his wife Ruth Clark (1818-1888) were buried at Lot A 35 in Mount Wood Cemetery.

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