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Portsmouth, a daughter of Captain George Turner.
The latter was born in 1731, and died July 17,
1821, in Portsmouth, aged ninety years. His second
wife, Elizabeth Cottes, was born in 1751, and died
May 24, 1790, in Portsmouth.

(V) Abbie Turner, daughter of George L. and
Charlotte (Turner) Clark, became the wife of Dr.
Ezra Carter, of Concord (see Carter, VIII).

(V) Selina Walker, daughter of George L. and
Charlotte (Turner) Clark, was born December 22,
1818, in Portsmouth, and became the wife of George
(2) Minot (see Minot, XIII).

(Third Family.)
The family of this name in New Hamp-

CLARK shire, which sprang from the immi-
grant. Deacon James Clark, has con-
tributed much toward the development of the state.
Their ancestor, like the other Scotch-Irish, was
fitted to fill his place in the wilderness in which he
settled, and transmitted to his posterity many noble,
traits of character.

(I) Deacon James Clark was born in Ireland in
1691, and died October 13, 1768, in Londonderry,
New Hampshire, whither he came with the Scotch-
Iri^h who became proprietors of Londonderry, he
being one of them. He was a brother of John
Clark, who died in Londonderry, January 13, 1721,
and of ^Matthew Clark, who married Elizabeth
Lindsay, and was drowned at Amoskeag Falls, ^lay
28, 1731. Deacon Clark was a leading citizen in
Londonderry, honored in life and distinguished by
descendants of character and ability. He married,
in Londonderry, ]\Iay 22, 1722, Elizabeth (Fulton)
Wilson, widow of James Wilson. The story of the
capture of James and Elizabeth (Fulton) Wilson by
pirates during the voyage to America is part of
the well-known history of the Londonderry colon-
ists; Elizabeth died July 9, 1732, and James Wilson
died in Boston, in 1720. IDeacon Clark married
(second) Mary, who died April 19, 1762, aged
sixty-three. Deacon Clark had children : John,
Matthew, Eleanor, Samuel and George.

(II) Samuel, third son and fourth child of Dea-
con James Clark, settled with his brother George
in Windham, when that town was an unbroken
forest. They built a camp near where Henry Clark,
a descendant of George Clark, has since built a
house, on a spot which is still pointed out. Together
they owned a large tract of land, and finally ran a
straight line through it for a division. Samuel
Clark was a very honest and conscientious man,
and would never receive more for an article than
he would be willing to pay. It is uelated that a
neighbor went to buy a cow of him and asked the
price. "Wait a moment and I will tell you," said
William, walking away a few rods and talking audi-
bly to himself lie said, "How much would Samuel
(himself) be willing to pay? Would Samuel pay
so much?" (naming a price). "No! Samuel, would
pay so much (naming another amount) and I will
take that price." He returned to his neighbor, and
the bargain was soon concluded. His death oc-
curred under unusually sad circumstances. He was
returning on horseback from Butler's mill one dark,
stormy night, and lost his way. The last person he
ever conversed with was the hunter, Butterfield,
who camped beneath Butterfield's rock. Leaving^



him he started for his home, wliich he never
reached, lii the morning he was found l)y the side
of the highway, holding his horse hy the hridle
rein, which was wound around his wrist. He died
November 27, 1792, aged sixty-seven years. His
children were: James, born February 21, 1758;
i\lary, October 3, 1759; John, December 3, 1761 ;
Samuel, January 20, 1764; George, ]\Iarch 15, 1766;
Robert, May 20, 1768; ]Matthew, May 21, 1770.

(HI) John, third child and second son of Sam-
uel (i) Clark, w^as born in Londonderry, Decem-
ber 3, 1761, and died in Acworth, where he spent
the greater part of his life. George, John and INIary
Clark, their sister, w^ere residents of Acw-orth. John
Clark married Sally Grey, and their children were :
Robert, Patty, Samuel, JNIatthevv, John, George,
Bradley, Sally, James, Sophia and Thomas.

(IV) Samuel (2), third child and second son
of John and Sally Grey, was born in Acworth,
April 26, 1795, and died in Unity, New Hampshire,
October 19, 1870, aged seventy-live years, and was
buried at Wilton. He was reared to agricultural
pursuits, and spent the most of his life in his native
town. Politically he was a Democrat. He mar-
ried Abigail Howe, who was born in Acworth,
daughter of Asa and Lucy (Hayden) Howe. Asa
Howe was a native of Marlborough, ]\Lassachusetts,
who removed to Acworth in 1797. Abigail (Howe)
Clark was descended from Abraham Howe, whose
name appears in Marlborough, Massachusetts, in
the year 1660. He probably went from Roxbury to
Marlborough, where he had a large family and
where many of his descendants still live. x\bra-
ham Howe married. May 6, 1657, Hannah Ward,
and was the father of Joseph, born 1661, who mar-
ried, 1688, Dorothy Martin, and had Abraham, born
March 21, 1698. Abraham married, ]\Iay 24, 1724.
Rachel Rice, and had by her, November 30, 1733,
Asa. Asa married, March 18, 1762, Rachel God-
dard; their son, Asa, born December 2, 1768, moved
to Acworth, New Hampshire, and married Lucy
Hayden, and they were the parents of Abigail
Howe, who married Samuel Clark. The children of
this union were: Lucy, Moses, Horace, Alvina.
Betsey, Louisa, :\Iary, Charles, Emeline, Dean and

(V) Elbridge, son of Samuel (2) and Abigail
(Howe) Clark, was born in Acworth, March 24,
1839, and died in Wilton, August 14, 1874. He was
a shoemaker by trade, and resided the greater part
of his life in Wilton. His wife was Anna Averill,
who was born December 15, 1844. daughter of
Granville C. and Caroline W. (Averill) .Averill, of
Milford. She died September 22, 1901. One child
was born of this union.

(VI) Louis Everett, only child of Elbridge and
Anna (Averill) Clark, was born in Wilton, Febru-
ary 14, 1866. He attended the primary schools of
his native town, the high schools of Amherst and
the academy at ]Mt. Vernon. At the age of nine-
teen years he entered the employ of C. A. Coffin,
of Peterboro, where he was engaged in cutting
for shoes. In 1891 he went to Ravenna, Ohio, and
entered the employ of Jordon Goodrich Shoe com-
pany as cutter, and later went to Chicago, where
he filled a like position with Seltz-Swab Com-
pany. In 1894 he returned to New England, and
finally went to Amherst, where he became a clerk
in the employ of W. 'D. Clark. In 1903 he, with
W. D. Clark, bought the property he now occupies.
In 1904 he purchased his partner's interest and now
owns and conducts a farm on the shore of Ba-
boosic Lake, and a store in the village of Baboosic
Lake. In connection with the farm he conducts a

pleasure resort with a dance pavilion, boats for
hire, and the usual accessories of a summer tour-
ists' resort. Mr. Clark has profited by his contact
with the world, and is an agreeable and entertaining
companion and a favorite with summer visitors as
well as old residents. He has filled the office of
selectman for two years. He is a member of Vigi-
lant Lodge, No. 54, Knights of Pythias, of Mil-
ford, and Souhegan Grange, No. 10, Patrons of

He married, April 25, 1886, at Chelmsford,
IMassachusetts, Josephine Keith, who was born in
Chelmsford, JSlassachusetts, November 23, 1S66,
daughter of George F. and Julia A. (Stevens)
Keith, of North Chelmsford. They have two
children, Clara B., born January 28, 1888, and Law-
rence, born June i, 1889.

(Fourth Family.)

This is one of the numerous Scotch-

CLARK Irish families which have contributed

to the development of New Flamp-

shire along many worthy lines. It is to be regretted

that its origin or time of arrival in the state cannot

now be ascertained. There w'ere several of the

name in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and this

,iiv •■; r\'j doubt connected with some of the others

by blood. It is presumed to be of the same family

as Deacon James Clark, a patriarchal progenitor,

who receives mention elsewhere in this work.

( I ) The first of whom record can be found is
Thomas Clark, who was born May, I744, ii^ Lon-
donderry, but there is no record of his birth in the
vital statistics of the state, and his parentage can
not be positively stated. He removed from Lon-
donderry to Acworth, New Hampshire, where he
died November 25, 1823. This town was largely
settled by Londonderry families, and Thomas Clark
was among the pioneers of the town. Thomas Clark
married Jean Alexander, who was born October iS,
1747, m Londonderry, a daughter of Robert and
Mary Alexander, and granddaughter of Randall
Alexander, one of the grantees, and first sixteen
heads of families to settle in Londonderry. Their
.children were: Robert, Martha, William, Hugh and

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) an Jean
(Alexander) Clark, was born February 9, I79i_, in
Acworth. He was a successful merchant and inn-
holder in West Andover, New Hampshire, about
twenty years, and removed thence to Plymouth, in
1840. He was a magistrate in both towns, and was
a selectman of Plymouth in 1843-4- He was a
capable business man, upright in principle, and was
much respected by his neighbors. He died in Plym-
outh, October 7.' i860, and was survived nearly
fortv-four years bv his widow. He was married
in Wendell (now Sunapee), June 27, i8ig, to Sally
Meloon, daughter of Jeremiah and .-Kbigail
(Thomas) Meloon, of Deerfield. She died in An-
dover, February 17. 1829. and he was married in that
town on August 30 of the same year, to Margaret
Currier, who was" born June 2, i8ro, in Ciaremont,
daughter of Timothv and Jane (Mitchell) Cur-
rier, and granddaughter of David and Martha
(Ladd) Currier, of Windham. Her maternal
grandparents were John and Mary (Hylands)
MitcheH. She was a kind and gentle mother, and
a dignified matron of the home. She died May 8,
1904^ being nearlv ninety-four years old. She was
the mother of eight children, five of whom were
born in Plymouth. There were also five children
of the first marriage. The names of the children
in order of birth were: Lucy Ann, Hiram, Sally
(died voting) Sallv, Irene Meloon, Thomas Mitch-



ell (died young), Thomas Frazier, George, John
Currier, Robert, Martha Mitchell, Helen Margaret
and Clara Walker.

(III) Hiram, eldest son and second child of
Thomas (2) and Sally (Meloon) Clark, was born
April 8, 1822, in Andover, and was nearly of age
when the family moved to Plymouth. In early life
he was employed several years in a store and glove
factory operated by Nathaniel F. Draper, in the
lower part of Plymouth. For a time he engaged
in the manufacture of gloves on his own account,
but soon returned to mercantile pursuits. He was
for many years an efficient clerk and salesman in
the store of Plummer Fox, at the village of Plym-
outh. He was town clerk in 185 1, and also served
as town treasurer, and was frequently employed in
the administration of estates. He was an active
member and devout supporter of the Methodist
Episcopal church. Of genial, kind and generous
nature, he made many friends, and was always in-
terested in every undertaking calculated to promote
the interests of his home town. He was married,
October 8, 1845, i'"' Plymouth, to Betsey Dow Drake,
who was born November 4, 1822, daughter of
Joseph and jNIary (Thompson) Drake,* and died
:\Iay 25, 1889. in Plymouth. Mr. Clark died at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Durrell, in Nashua,
February 13, 1899. Their children were : Ellen
Augusta, who became the wife of Curtis S. Cum-
mings, of Gloversville, New York; Sarah Irene,
wife of Rev. J. M. Durrell (see Durrell) ; Clara
Thompson, wife of Dr. William B. Jackson, of
Lowell, Massachusetts.

(IV) Sarah Irene, second daughter of Hiram
and Betsey D. (Drake) Clark, was born May 17,
1852, in Plymouth, and received her primary edu-
cation in the district school of that town. She
was a student of Plymouth Academy, of the pri-
vate school of Samuel A. Burns, and was one of
the first enrolled students of the State Normal
school. She completed the first course of this in-
stitution in 1872, and the second in 1873, and was
graduated from the New Hampshire Conference
Seminary (now Tilton Seminary) in 1876. She
has been a teacher in the public schools, the Cas-
tleton (Vermont) Normal School, and Tilton Sem-
inary. She was married, July 23, 1878, to Rev.
Jesse M. Durrell, of Boston. (See Durrell, VIII},
with whom she has been associated in travels, in
studies, and in educational and church work.

(Fifth Family.)

The Clarks of whom this article treats
CLARK are pioneer settlers of the "North

Country" of New Hampshire, descend-
ants from Massachusetts stock. They have been
an active, energetic and intelligent people, indus-
trious in time of peace, but ever ready to defend
their countrv from foreign invaders or native
rebels. In a' will now in the possession of Benja-
min F. Clark it reads: "I Benjamin Clark yeoman
of Braintree province of Massachusetts bay in
this the reign of our Sovereign Lord and King
George the Third do give and bequeath, etc.,"
naming sons Pcniamin, Ebenezer, James and
Joseph, and daughter Mary.

(I) Ebenezer Clark, son of Benjamin Clark,
was a native of Massachusetts and removed to New
Hampshire and raised a family in New Ipswich.

(II) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer (i_) Clark,
was born in New Ipswich. New Hampshire, No-
vember 8, 1774. and died September 11, 1849. He
was a farmer there during the active period of his
life. He married Mary Sampson, who was born

December 22, 1784. They were the parents of a
large family: Benjamin, Ebenezer, Jonathan, James,
Abraham, Elias, Isaac, Mary, Susan, Abigail, Ruth
and Sarah.

(III) Benjamin, son of Ebenezer and Mary
(Sampson) Clark, was born in Lexington, Massa-
chusetts, December 11, 181 1, and died in Lunen-
burg, same state, October 2, 1859. In early man-
hood he was employed in teaming, but later be-
came a farmer. He married, November 4, 1839,
Maria Choate, who was born in Lawsville, Penn-
sylvania, IMarch 9, 1818, and died in Boston, March
6, 1883, aged sixty-five years. She was the daugh-
ter of Constantine and Abigail (Choate) Choate,
of Enfield, New Hampshire. Three children were
born of this union: Ellen Maria, Benjamin F. and
Clara Jane. Ellen Maria was born December 2,
1840, and married (first) Joseph H. Pierson, who
was killed at the battle of Antietam, September 16,
1862. Left one son, Harry. She riiarried (second)
George S. Pitts, now of Conway. Children George
F., Kitty and Carl. Benjamin F. is mentioned be-
low. Clara Jane was born in Townsend, Massa-
chusetts, February 13, 1846. She married Judge
Henry N. Blake, who was appointed chief justice
of the supreme court of Montana under the terri-
torial government, and was elected to that office
when the territory became a state.

(IV) Benjamin Franklin, only son of Benjamin
and Maria (Choate) Clark, was born in Town-
send, Massachusetts, June 25, 1843. He attended
the common schools of Lowell and Lunenburg, and
at the age of seventeen years entered upon an ap-
prenticeship at the machinist's trade in Fitchburg,
Massachusetts. June 28, 1861, he responded to the
call to arms in' defense of the Union, and enlisted
as a private in Company B, Fifteenth Regiment,
Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Captain Simonds
and Colonel Devens being respective commanders
of the company and regiment. The regiment was
in service on the Upper Potomac, and later took
part in the battle of Ball's BlufT, and in the spring
of 1862 participated under command of McClellan
in the important operations of the Peninsular cam-
paign, including Fair Oaks, the Seven Days' battle,
and the second battle at Bull Run. It was later at
South ]\Iountain and Antietam, in the latter of which
engagements IMr. Clark received a severe gunshot
wound in the right eye, which destroyed the sight
and caused discharge from the army, November,
1862. Soon after his return home he resumed work
in the machine shop in Fitchburg. In 1865 he en-
tered the employ of the United States government
as a machinist at the Charlestown navy yard, where
he became leading man of the machine shop, and
filled that place until 1873. He then entered the
employ of the B. F. Sturtevant Company, manu-
facturers of machinery, of Boston, which for
many years manufactured machinery extensively at
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and machine peg
wood and veneering at Conway, New Hampshire.
For twenty years he was manager of their_ factory
at Conway. He retired from active life in 1902.
He has been prominently identified with local finan-
cial matters, and was president of the Conway
Savings Bank for many years, superintendent of
the Conway Water Company since its organization,
1890, and is sole owner in the Electric Light Com-
pany. He is also a leader in public affairs, having
held the office of county commissioner six years,
and been twice— 1891 and 1893— a member of the
lower house of the New Hampshire legislature,
where he served on important committees. Polit-

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ically he is a Republican. He is a member of IMt.
Washington Lodge, No. 87, Free and Accepted
Masons, of North Conway; of Signet Royal Arch
Chapter, of North Conway, and St. Gerard Coni-
mandery, Knights Templar, of Littleton, New
Hampshire. He was a member of Joe Hooker
Post at East Boston, and from there he trans-
ferred to Custer Post, No. 47, Grand Army of the
Republic, of Conway, and was its first commander.

Benjamin F. Clark married (first), July 19, 1866,
Annie M. Norton, who was born in Greenland, New
Hampshire, January 30, 1842, and died November 6,
1891, daughter of Captain Robert W. and Abigail
(Norton) Norton, of Greenland, New Hampshire.
Married (second). September 18, 1894, Sarah
Elizabeth, daughter of Hubbard and Sarah Russell,
of Maiden, Massachusetts. Three children were
born of the first wife : Mabel Maria, Charlotte
Abigail and Benjamin Franklin. Mabel Maria, born
in Boston, October 4, 1869, married Dr. F. D. Law-
son, of New York (Zity, a graduate of the Colum-
bia Medical School, who gave up the medical pro-
fession to become a musician, and is now a noted
tenor. Charlotte Abigail, born in Conway, March
21, 1876, resides at home. Benjamin Franklin, born
in Conway, July 29, 1879, graduated from Colum-
bia University with the class of 1902, and is now
chief draughtsman of the Taylor Iron and Steel
company, of High Bridge, New Jersey.

carefully looked after her interests, being a woman
of executive ability and clear foresight.

The first ancestor (of whom there is
CLARK any definite information) of this Clark

family, represented in the present gener-
ation by Miss Claribel Clark, of Lakeport,_ New
Hampshire, was Samuel Clark, Jr., born in Ciilford,
New Hampshire, followed the occupation of farming,
and removed from Greenland or Sandown, New
Hampshire, to Lakeport, same state. He married
Betsey Clements, who bore him children : Samuel
Joseph, John, Noah, Samuel C, Hannah, Caroline,
Clementine and two who died in infancy.

Samuel C. Clark, son of Samuel and Betsey
(Clements) Clark, and father of JNIiss _ Claribel
(Zlark, was born in Lakeport, New Hampshire, 1833,
died in same city, March 18, 1897. He received his
education in the schools of Laconia and New Hamp-
ton, and later pursued a course of reading law, fol-
lowing that profession for many years. He was
a man of influence in the community, and was chosen
by his fellow citizens to various otitices of importance,
in all of which he faithfully performed the duties
devolving upon him. He served as clerk in the La-
conia courts forty years, clerk in the New Hampton,
New London and Wolfboro courts seventeen years,
clerk and representative of the house of
representatives and the legislature, and held
office in the Concord State House. During
the war of 1861-65 he served in the capacity
of provost marshall. He was a member of the order
of Free and Accepted Masons, attaining the third
degree. Mr. Clark married Clarissa Hall, born in
Dover, New Hampshire, 1837, died in 1901, and two
children, twins, were the issue : Claribel and Samuel
Claire, born June 11, i860, at Lakeport, New Hamp-
shire. Samuel Claire served as brigadier quarter-
master for ten years, three years of this time under
General Patterson, married Octavia AL Gilman, of
Hanover, and died in 1902.

Miss Claribel Clark was educated in common
schools of Lakeport and Laconia, and resided under
the paternal roof, assisting in the duties thereof.
In 1902 she inherited the large estate formerly owned
by her father, consisting of sixty acres, including
considerable lumber land, and since that time has

(I) James Hubbard Clark was born in
CLARK Kennebunk, Maine, in 1804, and died
November 19, 1845, i" t^ie forty-first
year of his age. He was brought up a farmer, and
was engaged in the trade of butcher all his life. He
was a self-reliant and reliable citizen, who took an
active part in politics, and was sheriff of his county
many years. He married Susan, daughter of Paul
Twombley, and they had seven children : Martha,
died March 18, 1907 ; she married Nathaniel Richard-
son. Mary, died i\ugust, 1904; she married Alex-
ander H. Downs. Harriet, died June, 1859; she mar-
ried Jason Dame. James, of New Haven, Connec-
ticut, married Emily Clough. Emeline, married
Ansel S. Drew, in Dover, New Hampshire. Ellen,
married John C. Frost, in Manchester, New Hamp-
shire. George A., whose sketch follows.

(II) George Albert, youngest child of James H.
and Susan (Twombley) Clark, was born in Berwick,
Maine, July 26, 1840. He was educated in the com-
mon schools, which he attended for a short time
each year until he was twelve years old. At the
age of five he was left fatherless, and at seven years
of age began work in a cotton factory at Great
Falls, where he worked as a hack boy in the mule
spinning room, fourteen hours a day, at twenty-five
cents a day. April 28, 1857, when seventeen years
old, he removed to Manchester, New Hampshire,
where he began work in the mill May 4, of that year,
and has since resided there. Here he was first a
mule spinner, then successively doffer, third hand,
second hand, overseer, and finally, superintendent
for the jNIanchester Mills. For forty-five years he
was in the employ of that corporation, and twenty-
seven years of that time he filled the office of super-
intendent. In June, 1902, he retired with an honor-
able record, which for length of time covered and
efficiency is seldom equalled. In 1904 he was elected
on the Republican ticket by the common council for
assessor, for a term of six years. When the board
of assessors organized after election, he was made
chairman, which position he now holds.

August 6, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, Tenth
New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and went to the
front to assist in putting down the Rebellion. He
was under fire at Orleans and White Sulphur
Springs, Virginia, and December 13, 1862, took part
with the regiment in the assault on Fredericksburg,
where he was struck by a fragment of shell and
seriously wounded, this fragment striking and going
through the visor of his cap, taking off the tip of
his nose and glancing to the left, passed through the
left shoulder. With reference to this wound, yir.
Clark jocosely remarked that he "came near not
being hit at all." May 7, 1863, he was discharged
on account of disabilities from wounds. P"or forty
years he was an Odd Fellow, being now a member
of Mechanics Lodge, and a charter member of Mt.
Washington Encampment, No. 16, of which he is
past high priest. He is also a member of Washing-
ton Lodge, No. 61, Free and Accepted Masons ; Mt.
Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, No. 11 ; Adoniram (Coun-
cil, No. 3. Royal and Select Masters; and Trinity
Commandery, Knights Templar.

He married (first), January 4, i860, Sarah F.
Farnham, born at Sanbornton Bridge, (now Tilton)
New Hampshire, July 29, 1841, daughter of Asa
and jMartha (Upham) Farnham. She died May 7,
1901. He married (second), April 12, 1905. Annie
T. Wyatt, born in Lowell. Massachusetts, April 18,
1849. To the first wife one child, Alartha S., was



born, December 14. 1867. She married Dana C.
Collins, of Manchester, a commercial traveler, and
had two children : Minot Farnham, died October 23,
1901, and Clark W., born May 12, 1898.

George E., son of Theodore and Frances
CLARK A. (Fernell) Clark, was born in Orange,

New Hampshire, July 25, 1866. After
getting what education the public schools afiforded,
he began in early life to work at agricultural labor

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