Charles E. (Charles Elliott) Fitch.

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a very ancient family, whose name ap-
pears to have been derived from a place
of residence. The early Ardleigh records
speak of William Att Stone, which indi-
cates that his name arose from his resi-
dence, near some important rock, perhaps
a land mark. Symond Stone, the earliest
known ancestor of this branch of the
Stone family, made a will on May 12,
1506, the record of which is on the parish
records of Much Bromley, England. The
will was proved February 10, 1510; he
bequeathed to his son Walter his tene-
ment in Ardleigh, and as Ardleigh is in
the immediate vicinity of Much Bromley,
it would appear that this first Symond
was a descendant of the William at the
Stone, mentioned above. In a court roll
of 1465, in the reign of Edward IV., refer-
ence is made to three fields called Stone-
land. David Stone, son of Symond Stone,
lived also at Much Bromley, County Es-
sex, England, early in the sixteenth cen-
tury. Symond (2) Stone, son of David
Stone, also lived at Much Bromley. His
wife's name was Agnes. David (2) Stone,
son of Symond (2) or Simon Stone, was
born, lived and died at Much Bromley.
He had wife Ursula. It has been posi-
tively proved that he, and not Rev. Timo-
thy Stone, as formerly supposed, was the
father of the two American immigrants,
Gregory and Simon, next mentioned.

Simon Stone, son of David (2) Stone,
was the immigrant ancestor of this branch
of the family in America. He was born



in Much Bromley, County Essex, Eng-
land, where he was baptized February 9,
1585-86. Before 1624 he and his wife
moved to Boxted, a few miles from Much
Bromley, and from Boxted he and his
family are believed to have come to this
country. On April 15, 1636, the father,
aged fifty ; mother, aged thirty-eight ; and
five children, embarked from London on
the ship "Increase," Robert Lee, master,
for New England, after receiving permis-
sion from the government to leave Eng-
land for America. They settled first in
Watertown, Massachusetts, having forty
acres of land along the banks of the
Charles river, south of the present Mount
Auburn Cemetery ; it is believed that a
part of his farm is now covered by the
cemetery. Simon Stone was admitted a
freeman. May 25, 1636, with his brother,
Gregory, who emigrated at the same
time. He was selectman from 1637 to
1656, and was a deacon of the church for
many years. One of the pear trees
planted by him is said to have borne fruit
for two hundred and fifty years, and was
still vigorous in 1899. Mr. Stone became
a prominent real estate owner, and ac-
cording to tradition built a large old-
fashioned house, colonial in style, which
served as a home for his descendants for
six generations, but was finally destroyed
by fire. He married (first) August 5,
1616, Joan or Joana Clark, daughter of
William Clark, and their two eldest chil-
dren were baptized in Bromley, England,
the others being born in Boxted. He
married (second) about 1654, Sarah
Lumpkin, widow of Richard Lumpkin, of
Ipswich, Massachusetts. She also came
from Boxted, County Essex, England,
and left a will dated March 25, 1663.
Simon Stone died in Watertown, Septem-
ber 22, 1665. Children by first wife:
Frances, baptized January 20, 1619;
Mary, October I, 1621, died young; Ann,
born 1624; Simon, mentioned below;

Mary, 1632 ; John, August 6, 1635 ; Eliza-
beth, April 5, 1639, died young. Simon
(2) Stone, son of Simon (i) Stone, was
born in 1631, in Boxted, England, died
February 2y, 1708. He and his brother
John divided the real estate left by their
father, Simon, keeping the homestead for
his home. He was deacon of the church,
and held various public offices. For sev-
eral years he served as selectman, and
was town clerk for ten years. From 1678
to 1684, inclusive, he was representative
to the General Court, and in 1686-89-90
one of the original proprietors of Groton,
Massachusetts. In 1662 he owned an
eighteen acre right in Groton, increasing
his holding there in 1670 to more than
eighty-seven acres, although he may not
have lived there. He married Mary
Whipple, daughter of Elder John Whip-
ple, an early settler of Ipswich, Massa-
chusetts. She was born in 1634, died
June 2, 1720. Children: Simon, men-
tioned below ; John, mentioned below ;
Matthew, born February 16, 1660; Na-
thaniel, February 22, 1662, died same
year ; Ebenezer, February 27, 1663 ; Mary,
1665; Nathaniel, 1667; Elizabeth, Octo-
ber 9, 1670; David, October 19, 1672;
Susanna, November 4, 1675 1 Jonathan,
December 26, 1677. Simon (3) Stone,
son of Simon (2) Stone, born September
8, 1656, settled in Groton, Massachusetts,
as early as 1694. His son, Simon (4),
born about 1690, married Sarah Farns-
worth. He lived in Groton and Harvard,
Massachusetts. The records of Groton
are very imperfect, and do not note all
the births there. John Stone, son of
Simon (2) Stone, was born July 23, 1658,
in Watertown, and settled in Groton. He
had a son. James Stone, born there Janu-
ary 23, 1701, whose son, James Stone,
born in 1724, in Groton, married Deborah
Nutting, and was probably the father of
Philip Stone, born 1751. Philip Stone,
of Groton, was the first permanent settler



in the town of Bridport, Addison county,
Vermont, in 1772. There he married,
November 25, 1773, a Miss Ward, of
Addison, Vermont. They were the par-
ents of Isaac Stone, who lived in Brid-
port until 1825, and soon after removed
to Mexico, Oswego county, New York.
He married, in Vermont, January 20,
1815, Lydia Hurlbut, born February i,
1796, in Sudbury, Vermont, daughter of
Samuel and Jerusha (Higgins) Hurlbut,
natives respectively of Chatham and Had-
dam, Connecticut, descended from Thom-
as Hurlbut, who was a soldier under Lion
Gardiner in the settlement at Saybrook,
Connecticut. Isaac Stone was a farmer
and a shoemaker, and died in Mexico.
New York, November 4, 1848. He had
twelve children, of whom the eldest son
and second child was Samuel Hurlbut
Stone, born March 6, 1818, in Bridport,
Vermont. He was a merchant in Mexico,
in association with his brother, Benjamin
Sage Stone, and was a prominent citizen
of that town, filling various offices. He
was executor of the will of Peter Chand-
ler, of that town, and died there January
20, 1887. He married, June 12, 1844,
Rhoda A. Butterfield, daughter of Luke
and Sophronia (Kellogg) Butterfield, of
Mexico. Their second son and child is
the subject of this sketch.

Charles Luke Stone was born April 2,
1848, in Mexico, where he grew up and
received his primary education. He
graduated with the degree of A. B. at
Hamilton College in 1871, and subse-
quently received from this institution the
degrees of A. M. and LL. B. He engaged
in practice of law at Syracuse, New York,
where he has continued to the present
time, and has attained a commanding
position at the bar. Since 1878 he has
been attorney for the Onondaga County
Savings Bank, was city counsel from 1887
to 1889, and counsel to the Syracuse
Water Board and Department from 1889

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to 1906. Since 1898 he has been a referee
in bankruptcy, and is a trustee, attorney
and director of the Onondaga County
Savings Bank, and New Process Raw
Hide Company. He is and has been at
the head of the law firms of Stone, Gan-
non (S: Petit; Stone & Petit, and now of
Stone & Stone. He is a member of the
Onondaga County Bar Association, New
York State Bar Association, Sons of the
American Revolution, and the college fra-
ternity Phi Beta Kappa. He is or has
been also associated with several clubs,
including the Century, Citizens' and Uni-
versity clubs of Syracuse. In religion a
Presbyterian, in politics a Republican, he
exerts a large influence in political coun-

He married at College Hill, Clinton,
New York, 1872, Zilla Buttrick Sackett,
daughter of William A. and Charlotte
(Buttrick) Sackett. Children: Char-
lotte S., MacDougall, Harold and Rhoda
Zilla Palmer.

CLARKE, Charles J.,

Clerk of Snpreme Conrt.

Mr. Clarke is a descendant of Scotch
and Irish ancestry, and was born Febru-
ary 24, 1864, in the city of New York.
His father, Thomas W. Clarke, was a
noted secret service man in the employ of
the United States government during the
Civil War, and was also connected with
the navy. He lost his life at the battle
of Fort Fisher, January 15, 1865. His
mother was a member of the Scott family
of Dublin, Ireland, daughter of Thomas
Scott, who was queen's counsel for the
city of Dublin for about forty-five years,
having previously earned credit by gal-
lantry in the Spanish War. He was a
relative of William Smith O'Brien, the
Irish patriot.

Charles J. Clarke received his educa-
tion in the common schools, and started



out in life at the age of fifteen years as
a night messenger boy, at a salary of
eight dollars a month, working from 8
P. M. until 7 A. M. After two years of
this service he became an apprentice to
the moulding trade, becoming a skilled
iron moulder, and continued in that occu-
pation until he attained his majority. At
this time he started out on the road, sell-
ing iron goods, and thus continued until
1900, when he was appointed to a minor
clerkship in the Onondaga county clerk's
office. From this humble beginning he
won steady promotion, and in time be-
came deputy county clerk, in charge of
the Court of Records. In 1908 he was
advanced to the position of clerk of the
Supreme Court, having received the
unanimous endorsement of the judiciary
of the fifth district of the Supreme Court.
When the present Court of Claims was
organized by the Republican administra-
tion, the chief clerkship was offered to
him without any solicitation on his be-
half, but was declined. It was his duty
to make all the arrangements for the
famous Barnes vs. Roosevelt trial, held in
Onondaga county in April and May, 1915.
Mr. Clarke is a collector of bric-a-brac
and old mahogany furniture, and has a
large and rare collection of pictures, num-
bering nearly two hundred and fifty of
all kinds. His spare time is devoted to a
sixty-five acre farm, located in Oswego
county. New York, on which he has
erected all necessary farm buildings by
his own hands, thus demonstrating a na-
tural mechanical skill, as he never re-
ceived any training as a carpenter. It
has always been the custom of Onondaga
county to give the county clerks two
terms, and after the expiration of the
present term of his superior, by common
consent the succession will fall to Mr.
Clarke. He is a member of all the Ameri-
can Rite Masonic bodies and also a thirty-
second degree Scottish Rite Mason ; mem-

ber of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, Maccabees, Knights of Pytl^ias,
Citizens' Club, and secretary of the Onon-
daga County Men's League for Woman's

He married, June 12, 18S9, M. Belle
Herrick, a resident of Syracuse, and one
of the descendants of the Von Steinbergh
family of Albany and Syracuse, noted
in the Revolutionary annals of the State.
They are the parents of two sons, Charles
J., Jr., and Scott H. Clarke.

CLAPP, Edward Everett,

Financier, Real Estate Operator.

The surname Clapp or Clap had its
origin in the proper or personal name of
Osgod Clapa, a Danish noble of the court
of King Canute (1007-1036). The site of
his country place was known as Clapham,
County Surrey. The ancient seat of the
family in England is at Salcombe, in
Devonshire, where important estates
were owned for many centuries by this
family. Coat-of-arms of this branch :
First and fourth, three battle axes ; sec-
ond, sable a griffin passant argent ; third,
sable an eagle with two heads displayed
with a border engrailed argent. A coat-
of-arms in common use by the Clapp
family in England and America is: Vaire
gules and argent a quarter azure charged
with the sun or. Crest : A pike naiant
proper. Motto : Fais ce que dois advi-cnne
que pourra.

The American family is descended
from six immigrants, Edward and Cap-
tain Roger, sons of William Clapp, and
John, Nicholas, Thomas and Ambrose,
sons of Nicholas Clapp, of Venn Ottery,
Devonshire. England. The fathers, Wil-
liam and Nicholas, were brothers. All
came to Dorchester, Massachusetts, May
30, 1630, and formed one of the most
prominent and influential families of that
town. William Clapp, of the ancient

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Devonshire family, lived at Salcombe
Regis, Devonshire. Captain Roger Clapp,
son of William Clapp, was born in Sal-
combe Regis, Devonshire, England, April
6, 1609, and died in Boston, February 2,
1691, whither he had removed in 1686.
He sailed from Plymouth on the ship
"Mary and John" for New England,
March 20, 1630, arriving at Nantasket,
May 30, of the same year. He was a
proprietor, and was admitted a freeman,
May 4, 1634. At the first regular organi-
zation of the militia in 1644, he was made
lieutenant of the Dorchester company
and later was made captain. In August,
1665, he was appointed by the General
Court commander of Fort Independence in
Boston harbor, which position he held for
twenty years, or until he was seventy-
seven, when he retired to his residence
in Boston, and died there in his eighty-
second year. He was also a member of
the Ancient and Honorable Artillery
Company. He was one of the founders
of the Dorchester church and a member
for sixty years. He married, November
6. 1633, Johanna, daughter of Thomas
Ford, of Dorchester, England. Their son,
Preserved Clapp, bom November 23, 1643,
died September 20, 1720, lived in Dor-
chester until he was about twenty years
old, when he removed to Northampton
and became one of the leading citizens
there. He was captain of the militia,
ruling elder of the church, and deputy
to the General Court. He married Sarah,
daughter of Major Benjamin Newberry,
of Windsor, Connecticut, and their son.
Captain Roger (2) Clapp, was born May
24, 1684, and died January 9, 1762. He
lived in Northampton, was a captain in
the militia, and representative to the
General Court. He married Elizabeth,
daughter of Samuel Bartlett, born Octo-
ber 27, 1687, died August g, 1767. Their
fifth son, Supply Clapp, was born 1721,
in Northampton, died October 11, 1784.

He was a soldier in the French and In-
dian War, 1755, a sergeant in the regi-
ment of Colonel Seth Pomeroy, and was
taken prisoner at Lake George, in the
capture of which fort that regiment took
an important part. His name was on the
sick list returned by Thomas Williams,
surgeon, November 23, 1755. He was
also in the expedition to Crown Point,
Captain Elisha Hawley's company. He
married (second) December 30, 1756,
Sarah Lyman. Their eldest child. Supply
(2) Clapp, was born February 22, 1767,
and died June 20, 1800. His first wife
was Lucretia, daughter of Deacon Mar-
tin Clark, of Westhampton. Justice
Clapp, eldest child of Supply (2) and
Lucretia (Clark) Clapp, was born August
26, 1795, and died October 15, 1849, '"
Becket, Massachusetts. He married, June
3, 1823, Lucretia Clark, daughter of Julius
Clark, fifth descendant from Lieutenant
William Clark. She was born January
26, 1802, and died May 14, 1840.

Edward Everett Clapp, son of Justice
and Lucretia (Clark) Clapp, was born
January 5, 1838, in Holyoke, Massachu-
setts. His mother died when he was two
years old, and his father when he was
eleven. At the age of fifteen he came to
Newburg, New York, and attended the
Newburg Academy under Professor Reed,
living with his brother, George M. In
April, 1861, he sailed for China with the
purpose of seeing more of the world and
securing a suitable business opening. He
found his opportunity in the cotton trade
in China, where, owing to the Civil War
in America, cotton was in demand for
export to supply the cotton mills of Eng-
land and other countries. In 1875, after
spending most of the intervening years
abroad, he established an insurance
agency in Albany, New York, represent-
ing twelve fire insurance companies, one
life, and the Fidelity & Casualty Com-
pany of New York, and enjoyed from the



outset an excellent patronage. In 1881
the president of the Fidelity & Casualty-
Company persuaded him to sell his Al-
bany business and devote his entire atten-
tion to the New York business of that
company. His firm, E. E. Clapp & Com-
pany, consists of Mr. E. E. Clapp and Mr.
Edward Griffith, under the firm name of
E. E. Clapp & Company. They are man-
agers of the disability department of the
Fidelity & Casualty Company for New
York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and
Rhode Island, and for many years have
been first in the amount of business
written among the general agents of the
entire world. In 191 1 this firm paid the
Fidelity & Casualty Company over $1,-
450,000, In the special field of disability
and accident insurance, Mr. Clapp is rec-
ognized as one of the foremost author-
ities in this country. He has taken a
leading part in the development of this
form of insurance from its inception. In
politics Mr. Clapp is a Republican of
some prominence. In religion he is an
Episcopalian. He is a thirty-second de-
gree Mason, a member of the New York
Chamber of Commerce, the Union League
Club, the Down Town Association, the
Republican Club, the Peace Society, and
the Economic Club of New York, also
the Essex County Country Club, the New
England Society of Orange, and the So-
ciety of Colonial Wars of New Jersey.
His home is in East Orange, New Jersey.
Mr. Clapp married, while in the United
States, in April, 1864, Eliza Brooks Town-
send, born June 29, 1838, daughter of
William Townsend, a descendant of
Henry Townsend, who in 1661 settled
in Oyster Bay, New York ; his brother,
John Townsend, received in 1645 from
Grovernor Keift a patent for the town of
Flushing, and Henry remained there with
him until 1661. After his marriage Mr.
Clapp returned to China, taking his wife
with him. Child: Annie Brooks, born

April 28, 1866, married Robert Henry
Hillis, and has one child, Edward Clapp
Hillis, born November 24, 1908.

HOLMES, Daniel,

Pioneer Lavyer.

Daniel Holmes, now living retired, was
the pioneer lawyer of Brockport and for
many years a prominent attorney of the
Monroe county bar. He is a native of
West Bloomfield, Ontario county. New
York, born September 11, 1828, and is a
son of Daniel and Susan (Hale-Stuart)
Holmes, natives of Massachusetts, who,
removing westward about 1812, settled
in Ontario county. New York, where they
cast in their lot with those who were re-
claiming a frontier district for agricul-
tural uses. The father served his country
as a soldier in the War of 1812 and
participated in the battle of Buffalo. The
maternal ancestry of Mr. Holmes was
represented in the Revolutionary War,
the grandfather, Thomas Hale, being a
drummer boy at the battle of Bunker

Daniel Holmes was reared at Aliens-
hill, New York, his father being proprie-
tor of a hotel at that place for a number
of years. After mastering the elementary
branches of learning he prepared for col-
lege at the Brockport Collegiate Institute
and received his university training at
Yale, which he entered in 1846. He is
numbered among the alumni of 1848, hav-
ing been graduated with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. Subsequently in 1853
he received from the University of
Rochester the degree of Master of Arts,
and in the fall of the same year was ad-
mitted to the bar, for which he had pre-
viously prepared. He immediately be-
gan the practice of his profession in
Brockport, where he has resided continu-
ously since, having been in practice here
for more than a half century. He was

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