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JAMES P. CLARK, the proprietor of one of the leading hotels of Sharpsville, is a native son of Mercer county and a member of a family whose name has figured prominently on the pages of its history from the early days of its settlement to the present time. He was born in Clarksville, January 9, 1846, a son of Samuel and Susan (Patterson) Clark, natives respectively of New Jersey and Trumbull county, Ohio. The father, born August 13, 1796, died on the 6th of September, 1878, and the mother died when eighty-seven years of age. Their three children are: James P.; Jeanette, the widow of Patterson Clark and a resident of Hickory township; and Crinthina, the wife of Frank Nason, also of Hickory township.
Samuel Clark, the father, came when a boy to Mercer county, Pennsylvania, with his parents, and the town of Clarksville was named in honor of his father, who was one of the prominent men of his time in Mercer county. His son also became prominent and well known in the community of Clarksville, but later in life he left his farm and moved to Sharon, where he was engaged in the lumber business during the days of the old canal. He served as the assessor of the township and his death occurred there. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics transferred his allegiance from the Whigs to the Republican party.
On the old farm near Clarksville James P. Clark spent the days of his early youth, and when a lad of fifteen he became an employe in the rolling mills at Sharon, continuing in the business of a roller and puddler for ten years. For a time thereafter he farmed in Hickory township, during about seven years was proprietor of a tobacco and billiard hall in Sharon, and then coming to Sharpsville in May of 1904 he became a hotel proprietor. His hostelry is well equipped and well conducted, and he is a popular and genial host.
Mr. Clark was married, on the 5th of December, 1895, to Rebecca Parton, who was born in England in 1858, a daughter of Beriah and Elizabeth (Daintay) Parton, both of whom were born in Staffordshire of the mother country. The father was seventy-two years of age at the time of his death, dying in Bethel, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and the mother is yet living in that city. They became the parents of eight children, six daughters and two sons, namely: Rebecca, Beriah, Jr., Jane, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary. John and Hannah. Three of the children were born in England, and the parents came to this country when their eldest daughter was a mere child, making the voyage by steamship, and they located in Maryland, near Baltimore, where the father operated as a coal miner for some length of time. From there he came to Sharon, Pennsylvania, and later to Bethel, where he bought land until he had quite a large farm and spent the remainder of his life there, a prominent farmer and a man highly respected by all who knew him.
Mr. Clark is a member of the fraternal order of Elks, Lodge No. 103, B. P. O. E., at Sharon, and also of the Knights of Pythias. Sharon Lodge No. 398. He gives his political support to the Republican party.