In 1850, John and Sarah Clark are living in Jackson Township, Shelby
County, Indiana. They have four children living with them:
Orin B., Berick E., Lucinda, and Lydia.
In the early 1850s, John and Sallie Clark moved from Indiana to
Iroquois County, Illinois,
and bought 160 acres next to the Beaver Creek Cemetery (then known as the
Cemetery). They brought with them their three sons William,
Bradford, Orrin, and Barak;
their daughter Mahala
remained in Indiana. It is not known what happened to Lucinda and
In 1858, John Clark died; after his death, wife Sallie went
to live with her son Orrin B. Clark and his wife, Sylvia.
In 1861, Orrin B. Clark died. Sallie continued to live with her
daughter-in-law Sylvia for a while, but in 1862 she moved in with
her son William Clark, who also lived in Iroquois County. Over the
years, she also lived with her other son Bradford, and her daughter
Within two years of Orrin B. Clark's death, Sylvia married Stephen
A disagreement occurred between Sallie Clark and her daughter-in-law
over Orrin B. Clark's estate. On October 8, 1870, Sallie Clark sued her daughter
Wadley Clark Benjamin, for support from the Clark farm,
which she claimed
she had not received since her son Orrin died.
The court case lingered on for years. In November 1873,
decided in favor of Sallie Clark. Sallie Clark died six months
later, in May 1874.