Born in Mason County, Kentucky on the 20th day of September 1820, Rodney spent his childhood in the same area of his birth. His parents were likely Joseph and Polly Clark, although this has never been proven. On September 26, 1844, at the age of twenty-four, he and Susan Pierce crossed the Ohio River to Aberdeen and were married by Squire Thomas Shelton.
Rodney and Susan lived in Mason County for at least fifteen years before moving their family to neighboring Bracken County. The majority of their ten children were born in Mason County while the others began their life in Bracken. By 1880, the family was living in Grants Lick, Campbell County, Kentucky.
In 1893, Susan Clark died in New Richmond, Clermont County, Ohio. It is not known if she and Rodney were living there to be near their daughter, Mary Lydia Clark Peck, or if Susan was, perhaps, just visiting, but in 1900, Rodney was back in Kentucky living in the Alexandria Voting Precinct of Campbell County with the family of his son, William.
The death of Rodney must have occurred between the years 1900 and 1910 as he is not found in the 1910 census, but an actual date or burial place has not been found. If any readers can help locate proof of Rodney's death or parents, this writer would be truly appreciative!