Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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BENTLEY. William Bentley, immigrant ancestor, first appears in this country in King's Town, Rhode Island. He was a currier by trade, and is first mentioned on the records, July 219, 1679, when he and forty-one others of Narragansett sent a petition to the King, praying that "he would put an end to these differences about the government thereof, which hath been so fatal to the prosperity of the place; animosity still arising in people's minds, as they stand affected to this or that government".

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In April, 1705, he had liberty granted by the town to set up a house, convenient for the carrying on of his currying trade. January 20, 1712, he and his wife, Sarah, deeded son James, one hundred and twenty-eight acres of land; June 14, 1714, he bought eleven acres; and November 1, 1715, he deeded to his son, Thomas, the eleven acres mentioned above. In 1720 his will was executed and proved, with his wife and son Benjamin executors. To the eldest son he left five shillings, and a like amount to sons James and Thomas and daughter Jane Whitman. To his wife the remainder of his personal property. He married Sarah ---------. They both died in 1720. Children: 1. William, mentioned below. 2. James. 3. Thomas, married June 6, 1706. 4. Benjamin, died 1744. 5. Jane, married January 6, 1700.

(II) William (2), son of William (1) Bentley, lived in King's Town, Westerly, Richmond, Rhode Island. He married (first) at Stonington, Connecticut, April 21, 1703, Mary Eliot. He married (second) August 1, 1734, Bathsheba Lewis, widow of Israel Lewis. She died 1760. He was made a freeman in 1712. He made his will August 18m 1748, and it was proved august 12, 1760. His wife Bathsheba was executrix. To his eldest son, John, he left five shillings, he having had his share, and a like amount to sons George, Caleb, Ezekiel; daughters Elizabeth Potter, Tabitha Sweet, Ruhama James and Mary James. To his wife all his household goods, and movable estate. His wife was to seal the homestead and house when son Benjamin came to the age of fourteen and divide the proceeds equally among the five youngest children, William, Thomas, James, Greene and Benjamin. To his wife was left also the income of the entire estate, to bring up the five youngest children. He died in 1760. Children of his first wife: 1; John. 2. George. 3. Caleb. 4. Ezekiel. 5. Elizabeth. 6. Tabitha. 7. Ruhama. 8. Mary. children of second wife: 9. William, born May 29, 1735. 10. Thomas. 11. James, mentioned below. 12. Greene, born March 23, 1741-42. 13. Benjamin, June 11, 1744.

(III) James, son of William (2) Bentley, was born at Kingston, Rhode Island, June 6, 1739. He appears to have settled before the Revolution at Cornwall, Addison County, Vermont. In 1790 he had four sons under sixteen years in his family and four females. Another James, probably his son, of the same town, had one son under sixteen and two females. Thomas and Andrew also had families in that town. James, James, Jr., and Thomas served in the Revolution. He built a house on the bank of the creek near the house of Hop Johnson, and after 1789 he lived with his daughter, Mrs. Johnson. He was one of the first settlers of Cornwall in the part which was set off in 1796 to Middlebury, Vermont. Some of the children mentioned in the census may belong to the Johnsons. He died in 1829, aged about ninety-three, according to the town history, but either the age or the date is slightly in error apparently. James Jr. returned to the farm after the war and his son Harvey lived there. Children: 1. James, mentioned below. 2. Samuel. 3. Thomas.

(IV) James (2), son of James (1) Bentley, was born about 1760. He served in the Revolution and was a farmer at Cornwall and Middlebury, Vermont.

(V) Charles, son of James (2) Bentley, was born in Vermont, and died at Chateaugay, New York. Children: 1. Hiram. 2. Charles. 3. Lucius. 4. John. 5. Jeanette. 6. Another daughter.

(VI) John, son of Charles Bentley, was born at Madrid, New York, September 28, 1817, died at Chateaugay, New York, in august, 1896. He had a common school education, and for many years drove a stage coach between Plattsburgh and Malone, New York, b before the railroads were built. He was made a superintendent of traffic on the Rutland railroad when it was built and had his headquarters in Ogdensburg. Afterward he was freight agent at Chateaugay, a position he held until shortly before he died, a period of twenty years. In politics

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he was a Republican. He married, October 15, 1848, Eunice Goodspeed, born at Chazy, New York, May 18, 1825, died at Chateaugay, September 22, 1905, daughter of Charles Goodspeed. Children: 1. William Henry, born in West Chazy, October 13, 1849; conductor on the Rutland railroad; lives in Ogdensburg; married Emma McBride; children: i. John, ii. Leta A. McBride. 2. John Edward, born in Chateaugay, august 24, 1852; resides in Chateaugay; was with the Central Vermont Railroad Company for twelve years; married Cornelia Roberts. 3. Abbie Louise, born in Chateaugay, September 25, 1854; married Dr. Brewer, of Utica, new York; children: i. Anna and ii. Frederick. 4. Charles Leslie, mentioned below. 5. Elbert Eldredge, born in Chateaugay, February 11, 1869, resided in Chateaugay; died March 15, 1910. 6. George Gurley, born in Chateaugay, July 9, 1864; druggist at Chateaugay. 7. Alice, born in Chateaugay, April 24, 1868; superintendent of music in the public schools of Washington, D. C.

(VII) Charles Leslie, son of John Bentley, was born at Chateaugay, October 24, 1857. He was educated in the public schools and in Franklin Academy. He was postmaster of Chateaugay for six years. He is one of the proprietors of the electric cold storage plant in Chateaugay. He was one of the founders of the state bank in 1887 and was its vice-president, and he retained this office when the bank became First National Bank of Chateaugay, under a federal charter. He was one of the organizers of the Chasm Power Company and is president of the concern. He is also engaged in the manufacture of excelsior, and is one of the owners of the Globe Excelsior Company and the Chateaugay Excelsior Company, both of Chateaugay. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, member of Frontier Lodge of Chateaugay, and of Rochester Consistory at Rochester, New York. he married (first) in 1877, Mary Mott; (second) June 22, 1907, Ella Dawson.

HARRIS. James Harris, immigrant ancestor, was born about 1640 and married in 1666, Sarah Denison, of Boston. His [place of birth, parentage, and time of advent into this country are unknown. He had eleven children, whose births are recorded in Boston. Those children, with the exception of the last three, and Margaret, were baptized in the Old south Meeting House. In 1683. About 1690 he removed with his wife, three of his sons, and at least two or more of his daughters to New London. It is believed that he was by occupation a weaver. His wife was dated June 4, 1714, and gave to his wife his whole estate to be used by her during her life, and if any remained after her death to be equally divided among those of the children who should survive her. His wife and son James are named executors. Children: 1. Sarah, March 2, 1558-69. 2. Deborah, July, 1670. 3. James, April 4, 1673. 4. Margaret, January 16, 1675; died an infant. 5. Mary, February 3, 1677; died at the age of six. 6. Elizabeth, June, 1678. 7. Asa, November 10, 1680. 8. Hannah, April 22, 1682. 9. Ephraim, May, 1684; died an infant. 10. Mary, June, 1686. 11. Ephraim, July 11, 1688; died about 1710

(II) Asa, son of James Harris, was born November 10, 1680, in Boston, and married March 17, 1709-10, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Rogers, and sister of Sarah, wife of his brother James. Shortly after his marriage, he removed from Mohegan to Preston, Connecticut, where all his children were born, and where he died, August 20, 1715. The administration of his estate was granted to his widow, September 15, 1715, and in November following, she presented inventory of his personal goods amounting to one hundred and nine pounds, six shillings, four pence. In 1711, her father, Samuel Rogers, had given to her and her husband twelve acres of swamp land four or five miles north of New London, Connecticut, and in 1753, this land, which had been in the meantime held undivided, was sold by

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the children and grandchildren. Soon after the death of Asa Harris, his family removed to Saybrook, where his widow died about 1750. Children: 1. Asa, born November 27, 1709, mentioned below. 2. Annah, March 27, 1711. 3. Ephraim, December 28, 1712. 4. Ephraim, November 14, 1714.

(III) Asa (2), son of Asa (1) Harris, was born November 27, 1709, in Preston, and removed with the remainder of the family to Saybrook after the death of his father. He married there (first) ---------. Her children were a son, and doubtless others who died young. He married (second) about 1748, Mary -------------, by whom he had three children, whose births are not recorded, but who were baptized in Saybrook, in infancy. From 1729 to 1743 his name appears as a customer on the ledger of his cousin, James Harris, a Saybrook merchant. In 1753 he deeded his interest in twelve acres of land near New London, owned in common with his brother Ephraim and the children of his deceased sisters, to Richard Chapel. He lived as late as 1767, and died in Saybrook or Lyme. Child of first wife: 1. Asa, May 21, 1737. Children of second wife: 2. Mary, baptized May 20, 1750. 3. Ely, baptized January, 1755; probably died young. 4. Alpheus, baptized March 19, 1757.

(IV) George, believed to be son of Asa (2) Harris, was of this family. He was an early settler at Canaan, Grafton County, New Hampshire, having a farm on the south road, a man of substance, highly intelligent and a leader in public affairs. He was the first settler in 1767, and returned to his former home in Colchester, Connecticut, to get his family in the following season. He was on the first board of selectmen elected July 9, 1768. In 1790 he had in his family four males over sixteen, and one under that age, and three females, according to the census. His son, George, Jr., is given among the heads of families and also John and Benjamin Harris, perhaps also sons of George. The Kimball family also settled in this town.

(V) George (2), son of George (1) Harris, lived at Canaan, New Hampshire.

(VI) Jonathan, son or nephew of George (2) Harris, was born in New Hampshire, 1796, died September 12, 1864. He was a carpenter by trade. He married Sophia Kimball. Children: 1. Enoch. 2. Simon. 3. Benjamin F. 4. Gilbert, resided at Essex Junction, Vermont. All deceased.

(VII) Benjamin F., son of Jonathan Harris, was born in Brushton, New York, 1831, died there October 3, 1905. He received a common school education, and learned the trade of carpenter. He owned and operated a sawmill in Canada for a number of years, but located in Brushton in 1869 and established a factory for the manufacture of doors, sash and blinds. He also had a hardware store and dealt exclusively in builders' supplies. He was also the leading undertaker of this section, and at the time of his death the oldest in the business in the county. In politics he was first a Democrat, then a Prohibitionist. For many years he was supervisor of the town, and also justice of the peace. He was an attendant of the Christian Church. He was a member of North Star Lodge, No. 107, Free and Accepted Masons. He married Martha M. Lyon, born in Brushton, 1831, now living at Brushton daughter of Luman and Ardelia (Tarbell) Lyon. Children: 1. Elton Eugene, born December 7, 1856. 2. George Wallace, mentioned below.

(VIII) Elton Eugene, son of Benjamin F. Harris, was born in Brushton, December 7, 1856. He attended the public schools and Franklin Academy of Malone, New York. he went into business with his father in 1882, and was associated with his father and brother in B. F. Harrison & Sons. Since the father's death, he and his brother have continued the business under the same firm name. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters of Brushton. In politics he is a Prohibitionist. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He mar-

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ried (first) Eliza R., born July 12, 1854, died in 1896, daughter of Charles and Sarah (Hyde) Loveland. He married (second) Delia M., daughter of David D. D. and Mary M. (Lawrence) Dewey. Children by his first wife: 1. Anna E., married Dr. Athol L. Frew, of Dallas, Texas. 2. Roy E., married Sadie McNeil, one child, Elton D., resides at Lake Placid, New York. 3. Martha M., resides in Brushton. 4. Roscoe S., resides in Hauppauge, Long Island, farmer. 5. Ward H., student at Dartmouth College. 6. Gilbert E., telegraph operator, employed by the Rutland Railroad Company.

(VIII) George Wallace, son of Benjamin F. Harris, was born in Brushton, May 27, 1858. He attended the public schools of his native town and Lawrenceville Academy. He worked for his father when a young man and in 1882 was admitted to partnership, with his brother, under the firm name of B. F. Harris & Sons, and the business has been continued since then. The entire manufacturing plant and store was destroyed by fire February 11, 1909, but the buildings were promptly rebuilt. The firm continues also the hardware business and the undertaking business. Mr. Harris is a member of North Star Lodge, No. 107, Free and Accepted Masons, of Brushton, New York; Northern Constellation chapter, No. 28, Royal Arch Masons, of Malone, New York; Northern Constellation Council, No. 51, Royal and Select Masters, of Malone; Franklin Commandery, No. 60, Knights Templar; Karnak Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Montreal; Chalybeate Chapter, No. 243, Order of the Eastern Star, of Brushton. He is treasurer and a vestryman of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Brushton. In politics he is a Republican and for some years was a deputy sheriff of the county. He married in 1879, Susan, daughter of Horace P., and Addie (Austin) Gile, of Brushton. Children: 1. Samuel Elton George, born 1887, student of Franklin Academy. 2. Lester Arthur, 1896.

LOCKE. Deacon William Locke, immigrant ancestor, was born at Stepney Parish, London, England, December 13, 1628, and came to this country in the ship "Planter," which sailed for New England, March 22, 1634-35. At that time he was only six years old, and it is supposed came over in the care of Nicholas Davies and his family. His father was probably William Locke, mariner, and his mother Elizabeth --------------, who died June 27, 1631. Where William Locke lived during his minority is unknown. He married, December 25, 1655, Mary, daughter of William and Margery Clarke, of Woburn, Massachusetts. She was born December 10, 1640, and died July 18, 1715. Her father, William Clarke, was a resident of Watertown in 1640, and removed to Woburn in 1651. His name often appears as surveyor of highways and in other town offices. He was a weaver by trade, and died March 15, 1682. His wife Margery died October 11, 1694. William Locke early became owner of real estate and eventually a man of property. His first purchase was about 1640. In 1654 he had granted to him land in "Great Meadow" and Pond Meadow. In 1673, 1677 and at other dates purchased numerous other parcels of land. He took some part in the management of town affairs, and was frequently on important committees in relation to town lands, roads, etc. In 1671 he was one of a committee to settle the bounds and also to lay out land. In 1675, 1676 and 1677 he was a surveyor of fences, and in 1677 was chosen constable. He was avian constable in 1704, and selectman in 1686 and 1696, and grand juror to the supreme court in 1695. He was a member of the church of Woburn, and for many years a deacon and one of its chief pillars. The house occupied by him is still standing, and the garden and trees surrounding it are evidently very ancient. It is supposed that his grandson Samuel to whom it descended,

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kept an inn there for many years. It remained in the family until 1744, when it was sold by the latter. William Locke died at Woburn, June 16, 1720, aged ninety-one years. His will was made in 1703, and in it he appointed his son Ebenezer his executor, and gave his all his property except half of his personal estate, which he left to his wife. He required him, however, to pay to the other children certain sums, and to provide for his mother as directed in the will. Children, born in Woburn: 1. William, December 27, 1657; died January 9, 1658-59. 2. William, January 18, 1659-60; mentioned below. 3. John, august 1, 1661. 4. Joseph, march 8, 1664-65. 5. Mary, October 16, 1666. 6. Samuel, October 14, 1669. 7. Ebenezer, January 8, 1674-75. 8. James, November 14, 1677. 9. Elizabeth, January 4, 1691.92.

(II) Deacon William Locke (2), son of William (1) Locke, was born January 18, 1659-60, in Woburn, and married May 29, 1683, Sarah, daughter of Fancies and Isabell (Park) Whittmore, of Cambridge. She was born March 7, 1662-63, and died ---------.

Mr. Locke married (second) June 8, 1698, Abigail Hayward. She died, his widow probably, in 1748 or 1749. He died July 8, 1738. He owned land in Woburn in 1683, and a house there in 1689. March 3, 1700, he received a grant of land, apparently an extension of his own land. He lived in the second precinct of Woburn, on land which was included in Burlington when the latter town was incorporated in 1799. A part of this estate at least was given to him by his father, and after the decease of the former one-half of the house and land was set off by the children to the widow for her use, and the other was divided between the children. In 1718 Deacon William had given several lots of land in Lexington and Woburn to his son Daniel. Children of the first wife: 1. Francis, July 25, 1690. 2. Daniel, July 9, 1693, mentioned below. 3. Ebenezer. 4. Abigail, June 22, 1710.

(III) Daniel, son of William, (2) Locke, was born July 9, 1693, in Woburn, and married (first) Abigail ---------, who died November 22, 1750, at Acton. His first wife maiden name may have been Adams. He married (second, intentions November 17, 1751) Dorcas, widow of Benjamin Brabrook, of Acton. Both he and his second wife died at Acton. He owned land in Lexington or Woburn in 1718, when his father conveyed to him several parcels of land; at the same time his brother Francis sold him his interest in the house in which the latter lived, probably a part of his father's house, and also sold him several parcels of land, including "a place for a tan yard" and "a convenient place for a tan house." In 1734 he bought land in Woburn, and in 1741 thirty acres in Lexington. In 1738 he received eleven acres o his father's estate, and in 1749 he bought from the other heirs four-fifths of his father's estate, including the "mansion house and barn." May 24, 1750, he sold his property in Woburn and Lexington, and November 5, of that year was an inhabitant of Cambridge. On that date he bought forty acres of land in Acton, also thirty acres of Timothy Farrar, innholder, Acton, and undoubtedly moved to the latter town about this time. April 2, 1751, he sold to his son Daniel the latter estate, and on it the son kept the first tavern in Acton. He was living in 1780, but the date of his death is not known. Child of the first wife, born in Woburn: 1. Daniel, mentioned below.

(IV) Dr. Daniel (2) Locke, son of Daniel (1) Locke, was born December 1, 1721, in Woburn, and married (first) Mary ------------. She died July 2, 1756, in Acton. He married (second) Margaret (Starrett) Scott, widow of Hugh Scott, of Warren, Maine. He went with his father the last part of the year 1750 to Acton, and April 2, 1751, bought from the latter thirty acres of land there, the same which had been pur-

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chased from Timothy Farrar, innholder. Here he kept a tavern, and September, 1751, was permitted to renew his innholder's license. In 1763 he removed to Warren, Maine, where he established himself on the farm owned by his second wife. He was skillful in surgery, and is said to have had some knowledge of astrology. He was known as a prudent and highly respectable man. There is a tradition that his first wife was from Scotland and connected with a noble family. Her mother, whose maiden name was probably Stewart or Stuart, was the widow of a Mr. Miles, and came to American with this daughter and a son John. The mother's dress, jewelry, and general appearance indicated that she of more than common rank. After some years she visited Scotland returned to Massachusetts, and a second time, for the purpose of recovering property, sailed from Boston for Scotland, and was never heard from again and is supposed to have been lost at sea. Dr. Locke died in Warren, then St. Georges, in 1774, and left his property to his son Abraham. Children, the first born in Woburn, the others in Acton: 1. Abraham, June 3, 1752, mentioned below. 2. Isaac, died young. 3. Jacob, died young.

(V) Lieutenant Abraham Locke, son of Dr. Daniel Locke, was born June 3, 1752, in Acton, and married, June 20, 1775, Hannah Locke, his cousin. He removed with his father to St. Georges, now Warren, Maine, in 1763. On the death of his father he received the farm which had come to the latter from his second wife. In 1774 he with Colonel Starrett and John Lermond, erected a mill, but soon after he sold his property and removed to Cambridge. He lived in Lynn in 1778 and bought land there; in Mason, New Hampshire in 1781; in Chester, Vermont, in 1791; in Rockingham, Vermont, in 1793, where he remained until 1815, when he moved to Danby, Vermont, where he died February 28, 1820. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and obtained a lieutenant's commission. He acquired a handsome property which he lost by the depreciation of continental money. His wife died at Danby, March 12, 1816, aged sixty-one. Children: 1. Abraham, born November 28, 1776, at Cambridge. 2. Daniel, March 8, 1779, Lynn. 3. James, May 22, 1781, Mason, New Hampshire. 4. Betsy, August 8, 1783, Mason. 5. Isaac Mulliken, September 28, 1786, Chester, Vermont. 6. John Miles, April 28, 1790, Chester. 7. William Starrett, February 28, 1793, Rockingham, Vermont.

(VI) Isaac Mulliken, son of Abraham Locke, was born September 24, 1786, at Mason, and married April 27, 1809, Lucinda, daughter of Nathan Finney, of Chester. He lived in Danby, and Moriah or Westport, New York, and died July 1, 1828. His widow was living in 1850. Children: 1. Mary Miles, born January 5, 1810. 2. Thomas Branch, December 3, 1811, mentioned below. 3. Abraham, August 21, 1814. 4. John Miles, March 21, 1820. 5. Galen L., August 5, 1822. 6. Malissa, August 31, 1824. 7. Lucinda, September 25, 1826. 8. Betsy, March 8, 1828.

(VII) Thomas Branch, son of Isaac Mulliken Locke, was born December 3, 1811, and married, March 7, 1831, Eliza, daughter of George Campbell, of Moriah. He was a manager of Penfield Harwood Iron Ore Mining Company at Crown Point, New York. He had also a large farm and made a specialty of stock raising, cattle and sheep. He died at Crown Point in 1878. Children: 1. Polly. 2. Leonora, born November 14, 1834. 3. Theodore H., August 27, 1836.

(VIII) Theodore Henry, son of Thomas Branch Locke, was born in Moriah, New York, August 17, 1836. He was educated at the academy at Poultney, Vermont. He then went west and worked on Mississippi river steamboats for a number of years as purser. Later he came east and went into the employ of the Crown Point Iron Company. he was also manager of a general store at the mines in Hammondville, New York, for a number of years. In 1893 he

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came to Ticonderoga, New York, and kept a store there until his death in December, 1898. In politics he was a Republican, and in religion a Congregationalist. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth (Taylor) Evans. She was born in England. Children: 1. ------------ H., deceased. 2. Franklin T., mentioned below. 3. Fannie K., married D. S. Sherman, deceased. 4. Elizabeth, teacher in high school, Ticonderoga. 5. Evans G., in the west. 6. Theodora, teacher in schools in Brooklyn, New York. 7. Bryden B., stenographer in Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Company's office' married Lillian Porter.

(IX) Franklin T., son of Theodore Henry Locke, was born August 10, 1862, at Crown Point. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. He first entered into a store in Hammondville as assistant accountant, later was made chief accountant, and remained in that position until 1893, when he came to Ticonderoga, and for about a year was in his father's store there. He then went to Ticonderoga Machine Company as superintendent of their works. Later he went to New York City with Miners' & Smelters' Supply Company as local agent in sales department, and remained with them about three years. He returned to Ticonderoga and assumed charge of the sales department of the machine shop of the Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Company, which had absorbed the Ticonderoga Machine Company. He has been director of the First National Bank of Ticonderoga, and is at present director and auditor of Dakota, Kansas & Gulf Railroad in process of construction. He has been a member of the Board of Trade, and is secretary of that organization. He is a member of the Republican County committee. He is a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 794, Free and Accepted Masons; Carillon Chapter, No. 290,. Royal Arch Masons, Ticonderoga; Washington Commandery, Knights Templar, Saratoga Springs; Oriental Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Troy, New York. He is a member of the Congregational Church, and has been treasurer of the society. He married, in 1883, Minnie, daughter of William Northey, and Isabelle McKee. William Northey was born in England, in 1837, son of John and Ann Northey, both born in England. Isabelle McKee was born in Canada, in 1844, daughter of Andrew, born in Ireland, and Sarah McKee, born in England. Minnie Northey was born November 3, 1867, in Capelton, Canada, P. Q. Children: 1. Harold Franklin, born February 28, 1885, in Crown Point; graduated at Cornell, electric engineer; located in Seattle; married Lilla, daughter of D. W. Easton, of Ticonderoga. 2. Eva Isabel, April 20, 1887, Crown Point; educated in Albany, and at Oneonta Normal School; teacher in high school, Gloversville, New York. 3. Mary Northey, December 25, 1889, Crown Point; graduated at New York Normal School. 4. Hazel Elizabeth, January 24, 1893, Crown Point. 5. Charles Theodore, November 16, 1898, Ticonderoga.

CLARK. Joseph Clark, immigrant, was born in county Suffolk, England. He married, in 1640, just prior to sailing for American, Alice Pepper. He settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, and signed the Dedham covenant. He was one of the thirteen original grantees and founders of the adjoining town of Medfield, and was admitted a freeman there May 15, 1652. His homestead in Medfield was on the west side of South Street, and the old cellar hole near the corner of Oak Street for many years has marked the site of his former dwelling. He was a man of property and influence; was selectman in 1650. He died January 6, 1654 and his wife died March 17, 1710. Children: 1. Benjamin, born February 27, 1642-43. 2. Benjamin, mentioned below. 3. Ephraim, February 4, 1646-47. 4. Daniel, September 29, 1647, killed in King Philip's War, April 7, 1676. 5. Mary, June 12, 1649. 6. Sarah, February

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21, 1651-52. 7. John, October 28, 1652. 8. Nathaniel, October 6, 1658. 9. Rebecca, August 16, 1660.

(II) Benjamin, son of Joseph Clark, was born at Dedham, February 9, 1644, died December 1, 1724. He settled in the adjoining town of Medfield. He married, November 19, 1665, Dorcas Morse. Children, born at Medfield: 1. Hannah, October 22, 1666. 2. Benjamin, November 20, 1668. 3. Theophilus, September 25, 1670. 4. Tabitha, December 10, 1672. 5. Timothy, December 19, 1674. 6. Timothy, May 12, 1677. 7. Edward, mentioned below. 8. Ebenezer, May 12, 1682. 9. Rebecca, July 20, 1684. 10. Seth, May 1, 1687. 11. Jonathan, November 16, 1690.

(III) Edward, son of Benjamin Clark, was born at Medfield, November 11, 1670, died July 3, 1746. He resided in Medfield in that part afterward set off as Medway. He married, June 9,. 1703, Hannah, daughter of Henry (3) and Prudence (Frary) Adams, descendant of Henry Adams (1), of Braintree. She was born October 14, 1685, died October 27, 1775. Children, born at Medfield: 1. Hannah, July 28, 1704. 2. Edward, August 18, 1707. 3. Prudence, March 16, 1709. 4. Patience, May 3, 1710. 5. Edward, November 27, 1712. 6. David, mentioned below. 7. Benjamin, January 6, 11717, 8. Nathaniel, March 16, 1718. 9. Rebecca, January 21, 1720. 10. Elizabeth, October 16, 1721. 11. Sarah, August 2, 1723. 12. John, February 12, 1728. 13. Elijah, September 9, 1727. 14, Henry, September 2, 1729.

(IV) David, son of Edward Clark, was born at Medfield, April 23, 1714, died July 8, 1787. He resided at Medway. He married (first) Mehitable ---------------, who died may 7, 1754. He married (second) November 14, 1754, Dorothy Harding, who died May 13, 1796. Children, born at Medfield, by the first wife: 1. David, mentioned below. 2. Eli, August 31, 1739, died September 12, 1747. 3. Josiah, April 16, 1741. 4. Mary, 1743, died September 16, 1747. 5. Eunice, January 10, 1745; married Stephen Clark. 6. Seth, April 4, 1748. 7. Mehitable, May 6, 1751. Child of second wife: 8. Sarah, April 12, 1763.

(V) David (2), son of David (1) Clark, was born at Medway, September 27, 1737. He was a soldier of the Revolution, in Captain John Wheeler's company of minutemen, colonel Ephraim Doolittle's regiment, on the Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775. He settled at Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. His wife died December 13, 1801. Children born at Petersham: 1. Mary, November 29, 1762. 2. Eli or Ely, December 11, 1764. 3. David, June 27, 1768. 4. David, June 27, 1768. 5. Sarah, January 9, 1770. 6. Solomon, mentioned below. 7. Lydia, February 1, 1744. 8. Rachel, December 26, 1775. 9. Lydia, august 18, 1777. 10. William, July 6, 1779. 11. Josiah Bacon, June 28, 1781. 12. Nahum, March 2, 1783.

(VI) Solomon, son of David (2) Clark, was born at Petersham, February 22, 1772, died June 13, 1841, at Chesterfield, New Hampshire. He came to Chesterfield from Petersham in 1794-95, and settled in the west part of the Solomon Clark farm, part of which was occupied later by Silas P. Yeager. He married at Petersham, June 6, 1792, Jemima Carruth, who died at chesterfield, June 16, 1815, in her forty-sixth year. He married (second) Sarah Hildreth, who died April 18, 1848, daughter of Edward Hildreth. Children, all born at chesterfield except the eldest: 1. Joseph, born May 6, 1792, at Petersham. 2. Harden (Or Harding), July 29, 1795; settled in Black River country, New York. 3. Asahel, December 11, 1797; died December, 1797. 4. William C., March 23, 1799; married Salome Hastings and settled in Dickinson, New York. 5. Solomon, mentioned below. 6. Jonas, March 24, 1803; died at Chesterfield, unmarried. 7. Jemima, July 25, 1805; married George A. Balch. 8. Mary, 1809; died January 14, 1863; married Gilman Darling. 9. Charles N., November 30, 1816.

(VII) Solomon (2), son of Solomon

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(1) Clark, was born April 15, 1801, at Chesterfield, died at Dickinson, New York, February 26, 1882. He came to Dickinson with his brother William C., when a young man and followed farming in that town the remainder of his life. He married, May 19, 1839, Amanda Ross, born in Dickinson, August 27, 1813, died there March 1, 1882, daughter of Solomon and Phebe (Bronson) Ross. Her mother was born in Monckton, Vermont. Children, born at Dickinson: 1. Smith M., born March 8, 1841, lives on a farm at Dickinson; married Melvina Shufelt; children: i. Alice, ii. Madge, married J. W. Janeway, district attorney of Franklin county, iii. Charlie. 2. Fayette A., mentioned below. 3. Harlan P., May 7, 1846; lives at Brushton, New York; married Justina Shufelt; children: i. Leland H., born June 2, 1876, died March 18, 1892, ii. Laverne, born September 3, 1879; died October 20, 1899, iii. Harlan Wayne, born April 11, 1804. 4. Melvin S., born August 30, 1848, member of the firm of F. A. Clark & Company, of Brushton; has been member of the firm thirty-four years; unmarried.

(VIII) Fayette A., son of Solomon (2) Clark, was born at Dickinson, May 27, 1843. He was educated here in the public schools. He began his career in Malone as clerk in a dry goods store. He worked also at Bangor, Nicholville and Hopkinton, New York. He engaged in business in Brushton on his own account in 1874 as a dealer in general merchandise and dry goods and he has continued to the present time with uninterrupted prosperity and constant growth in trade; he is also shipper of produce. He has always been too busy with his own affairs to take an active part in politics. He is a member of the Christian Church and a trustee and deacon. He married, December 25, 1876, Florence A. Merchant, of Lawrenceville, New York, daughter of Nehemiah Merchant. Children: 1. Albion Merchant, mentioned below. 2. Earl Fayette, graduate of Brushton High School and of Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie; bookkeeper in his father's store. F. A. Clark & Company; married Anne S. Farrington, of Lawrenceville, New York.

(IX) Albion Merchant, eldest son of Fayette and Florence A. (Merchant) Clark, was born July 16, 1880, in Brushton, where he received his early education. After two years at Franklin Academy, he entered the Brushton high school, from which he was graduated in 1900, and was grated from St. Lawrence University at Canton in 1905. In the meantime, during his summer vacation, he was employed as hotel clerk at Loon Lake. Having long cherished an ambition to engage in literary work, he proceeded to New York city in the fall of 1905, and found employment for a short time ina clerical capacity with Vanderhof & Company. Later he took a position on the Jewelers' Circular, a weekly magazine devoted to the interest of the jewelry trade, and is now connected with the editorial department of that publication. He is an active member of Alpha Omicron Chapter of the national college Fraternity Alpha Tau Omega, of the Theta Nu Epsilon, a Sophomore society, and also the St. Lawrence Alumni Association of New York. He is affiliated with North Star Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Brushton, and also with Court Brushton, Independent Order of Foresters. He attends the Congregational Church, and like most natives of Northern New York is an enthusiastic Republican. He married, August 27, 1908, Winifred Ellsworth, of Burke, New York, daughter of Sheldon A. and Elizabeth (Sanger) Ellsworth, of old New England stock, identified with the same family which produced the martyr patriot, Elmer E. Ellsworth, of Chicago, who was brutally shot down by a civilian in the early day of the Civil War. Mr. Clark resides in Weehawken, New Jersey.


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