I recently did some research in Wheeling, WV and found the obituary of William Clark. I believe he was my ggg-grandfather's brother. I am posting a transcript here in the event anyone else is looking for this individual or is interested in his career on the river.

Obituary, Friday, January 5, 1900 Wheeling Intelligencer


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 Louisville 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."

Some Notes on the Obituary:

1. I have typed the obituary exactly as it appeared (for example, note the surname is CLARK in the heading and CLARKE throughout).
2. Bridgeport is Bridgeport, Belmont County, OH.

I am also including some additional information I found on him - a cemetery record and some newspaper references.


Lot A35

William Clark 1815-1900
Ruth M. Clark 1818-1888 wife of William
Mary J. Clark 1851-1875 wife of William C.

(not sure who Mary J. Clark is - maybe another daughter?)

THE NEWS THAT WAS (Published in the Wheeling News-Register) have some references to William:

1. October 8, 1978 reprint of certain 1869 editions reference "Capt. Charley Muhleman and Chris Young, clerk of the Major Anderson, arrived from Wheeling yesterday, to look after their packet. Pilots William Clark and Ben Ogle, of the R.R. Hudson, depart for Wheeling on to-day's train."

2. April 2, 1981 reprint of February 5, 1876 article. "Old Wheeling and Louisville Packet Line-in 1854 the following boats comprised the Wheeling and Louisville Packet Line. They were all first-class boats and did a large business. They were large and very costly boats; besides there was a first-class line of daily packets running to Pittsburgh, comprised principally of the fastest and finest boats on the river.

The Wheeling line were the Alvin Adams, Captain Norton; Baltimore, Captain Wm. Clark; Thomas Swan, Captain John McLure; Fall City, Captain S. Mason; David White, Captain Wells; City of Wheeling, Captain H. Conant."

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