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and to assist drovers in getting their cattle to the
markets at Wilmot, New Hampshire. For three
years he drove stage between Potter Place and New
London and Bradford. At the age of twenty-one
he bought out the livery business of Z. S. Woods,
at the old Raymond House Stable, Bradford, which
he conducted successfully for eleven years. This
business was burned out, and the following year
(1888) JMr. Clark removed to Franklin Falls and
bought the old Kenrick stable, where he carried on
a livery business about three years, and then sold
out to H. T. Corser. The following spring he
bought out the business of Scott Dudley, which he
carried on for nearly a year. In 1904 he formed a
partnership with J. F. Fellows and others under the
tirm name of Fellows, Clark & Company, dealers
in lumber, and has since operated in Canada and the
states. In May, 1900, in partnership with C. A.
French, he purchased the livery business Mr. E. W.
Durkey had formerly conducted. This stable, the
largest in Franklin, they still conduct. In politics
i\Jr. Clark is a staunch Republican. He was ap-
pointed deputy sheriff of Merrimack county under
J. F. Fellows, in 1892, and served in that position
twelve years, continuously. He served as street com-
missioner of Bradford one year, and was elected
councilman in Franklin Falls, in November, 1905,
and has served since. He is a member of Laconia
Lodge, No. 876, Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks, of Franklin. He married, in Bradford, June
22, 1893, Ella M. Patch, who was born in Keokuk,
Iowa, 1874, daughter of Frank H. and Florence
(Baily) Patch, formerly of Bradford, New Hamp-

The Rev. Matthew Clark, who was or-
CLARK dained to the ministry in Ireland, and
succeeded the Rev. J. MacGregor as
pastor of the church in Londonderry soon after
1729, was a man of splendid character and much in-
tluence among his people; but whether he or James
or Robert Clark, of Londonderry, or any of these
prominent citizens of the Scotch colony was the pro-
genitor of the family which is the subject of this
article, it is not now possible to determine, on ac-
count of the absence of records ; but the traditions
of the family, which point to a Scotch-Irish ances-
try, suggest the probability of such an origin.

• (I) "William Dan forth Clark was born in Derry
in 1810, and died in 1883, aged seventy-three. He
was a lifelong farmer, and a leading citizen in his
town. In his youth he was a Whig, and cast his
bit with the Republican party when the questions of
slavery and secession agitated the country and re-
l)ellion broke out. For forty years he was a dean
in the Congregational Church of East Derry. He
married Almira E. Dodge, who was born September
14, 1813, and died November, 1891, aged seventy-
eight years. She was the daughter of Reuben and
Sally (Peters) Dodge. (See Dodge, V). They
were the parents of children : Jennie, Frank P.,
Orpah, Addie, Lizzie, William P., Warren E., Lucy
G.. Mary, Joshua A. and Charles H., whose sketch

(II) Charles Henry, youngest child of William

D. and Almira E. (Dodge) Clark, was born January
30, 1856, in Derry, and educated in the public schools
of that town. At eleven years of age he began to
earn his own living by working for the neighboring
farmers. At sixteen he went to Chester, New Hamp-
shire, where he was employed by one farmer for
four years and by another in Hudson, two years.
In 1877 he went to Woburn, Massachusetts, where
he was employed in a grocery store seven years. He
moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1893,
and opened a grocery store at the corner of Amherst
and Dutton streets, where he has since carried on
business successfully. Mr. Clark is a substantial
business man and leading citizen in his ward, and
has been Jionored with otifice by the Republican
party, of which he is a staunch supporter. He
served three years as councilman of ward three,
find in 1902 was elected to the board of aldermen
from ward four, and has served four years in that
office. He has been a member of the committee on
claims and streets, and was in 1906 on the committee
of cemeteries, sewers, lands and buildings. He is
a member of Wildey Lodge, No. 45, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and of Security Lodge, No.
8, of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.' He
married, February 22, 1882, in Manchester, Hannah
F. Williams, born September 8, 1859, daughter of
Augustus and Sarah (Fuller) Williams, of Boxford,
JNIassachusetts. They have seven children: Edith
W., Augustus, Harry E., William D., Helen G.,
Marion M., Richard H. Edith married Harry Alfred
Fisher, of Manchester, and has two children, Natalie
and William Danforth. Augustus married Abbie
Griffin, of Auburn, and resides in IManchester ; he
has one child, Charles Griffin.

The surname Clark represents one of
CLARK the oldest and most respected families

of New England, but the period of
residence in New Hampshire of the family of that
name under consideration here is less -than twenty

Conrad Clark, of Lakeport, New Hampshire, is
a native of Germany and was born February 12, 1862.
On coming to America he lived first in the town of
North Hero on Lake Champlain in Grand Isle county,
Vermont. He located there about 1878, and from
there came to New Hampshire and purchased a
small farm in Belknap county, near Lakeport, and
within the corporate limits of the city of Laconia,
vVhere he now lives, and where by industry and
economy he has established a comfortable home for
his family. On February 24, 1886, Mr. Clark mar-
ried Emma J. Hazen, who was born in Vermont.
February 21, 1862. Six children have been born of
this marriage: Wilford E., February 14, 1888.
Walter Peter, September 7, 1890. Alice E., July 3,
1897. Ernest B., August 3, 1899. Damson L., May
9, 1901. Nellie M., November 22, 1904.

Clarke is the name of one of the
CLARKE earliest of the JNIassachusetts Bay

Colony families, and has furnished to
New England and the nation many individuals of
prominence. Its members have intermarried with
many of the leading families of the Granite State,
and to-day the Clarkes of New Hampshire have
in their veins the blood of many ancestors eminent
in the history of New England.

(I) The town of Newbury, Massachusetts, was
settled in 1638 by some principal inhabitants of
Ipswich, accompanied by their minister, Mr. Parker,
all having previously came from Wiltshire, Eng-
land. The earliest records of the town are lost, and
it has been impossible to find any record of the



ancestor of this family, Nathaniel Clarke, till his
marriage in 1663. In the controversy between re-
ligious factions which raged between 1665 and 1669,
Nathaniel Clarke and many other prominent men arc
recorded on the side of Mr. Parker. April 29, 1668.
Nathaniel Clarke bought land and was admitted
freeman. In 1670 he was chosen "to lay out ye high-
way to ye Ferry place in Amesbury." In company
with William Chandler, ISIay i, 1684, he was ap-
pointed naval officer for the ports of Newbury and
Salisbury by the general court, and June 4, 1685,
ensign of Captain Daniel Pierce's company at Row-
ley, vice Archelaus Woodman, discharged. He was
the grantee of several pieces in which he is described
as "cordwainer." He is called ensign in the New-
bury records, and was usually entitled "Hon'ble"
when mentioned by his contemporaries. His will is
dated "21 day of A"gust Anno Dom. one thousand
six hundred and ninety" and disposes of property
valued at £714, 19s., including two dwelling houses
and barn and seven pieces or lots of land. He was
born in 1644, as stated in an affidavit made August
25, 1690. He married, November 23, 1663, Elizabeth,
daughter of Henry and Judith Somerby, born No-
vember I, 1646. Henry Somerby was the son of
Richard Somerby, of Little Bytham, in Lincolnshire,
where his fainily had been eminently respectable for
many generations. The mother of Mrs. Clarke
was the daughter of Edmund Greenleaf, who was
of Huguenot origin, and one of the earliest and most
prominent settlers of Newbury, having come there
from Brixham, Devonshire, England, as early as
1635. It is stated that he came from near Torbay,
and that may be correct. Greenleaf was a translation
of Teuillevert, the original French name of the
family. Mrs. Clarke married, August 8, 1698, Rev.
John Hale, of Beverley, and died March 15. 1716,
aged seventy-one years. The children of Nathan
and Elizabeth Clarke were : Nathaniel, Nathaniel,
Thomas, John, Henry, Daniel, Sarah, Josiah, Eliza-
beth, Judith, Mary. (Henry and descendants receive
mentioii in this article).

(II) National (2), son of Nathaniel (i) and
Elizabeth (Somerby) Clarke, was born March 13,
1666, and is spoken of as Nathaniel of Newbury.
He married, December 15, 1685, Elizabeth, daughter
of Dr. Peter and Jane Toppan, and sister of Rev.
Christopher Toppan, D. D. She was born October
16, 1665. Her father was sixth in descent from
Robert of Linton, near Pately Bridge, in the West
Riding of York, where they continue to ^the present
day among the most respectable families of that
county. Nathaniel Clarke went with the expedition
to Canada, in 1690, and w-as mortally wounded there
on board the ship "Six Friends" in October of the
same year. Nathaniel Clarke had two children :
Elizabeth, born July 27, 1686, died before October,
1690. Nathaniel, July 29, 1698, died 1754.

(III) Nathaniel (3), only son of Nathaniel (2),
and Elizabeth- (Toppan) Clarke, was born July
29, 1689, and died in 1754. He lived in Newbury and
made numerous conveyances of land. Seven town-
ships w^ere given by the general court to officers
and soldiers who were in the Narragansett war. or
their lawful representatives. Number one is now
Buxton, Maine, and Nathaniel Clarke drew two lots
on the division. He died intestate and insolvent,
and his son Ebenezer was his administrator. He
married, INIarch 7, 1709, Sarah, born November 3,
1692, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Kent Greenleaf,
and great-granddaughter of Captain Edmund Green-
leaf. Sarah (Kent) Greenleaf was a daughter of
John and Mary, and granddaughter of James Kent,
who with his brother Richard owned Kcnts' Island,

and nuich land in Oldtown, and were men of great
local importance. Their father was Richard. The
children of Nathaniel and Sarah (Greenleaf) Clarke
were: Samuel, born April 13, 1710; Elizabeth, Oc-
tober 15, 1711; Sarah, Ebenezer, Stephen, June 9,
>7-3, died December, 1804; Nathaniel, 1728, died
November 7, 1805.

(IV) Nathaniel (4), farmer, of Haverhill, son of
Nathaniel (3) and Sarah (Greenleaf) Clarke, was
born in 1728, and died November 7, 1805. In 1757
he was a member of the Second Company of Foot,
iNlajor Richard Saltonstall, captain, and did all in
his power to further the cause of the Revolution by
loaning money to the town on several occasions,
and by serving in 1780 on the committee to collect
clothing for the army. He married, February 8,

■ 1753, Mary Hardy, of Bradford, Massachusetts, born
October 8, 1733, died January 13, 1817. Her father,
David Hardy, was son of Joseph and Mary Bur-
bank Hardy, and grandson of John Hardy, who with
his brother William came to New England, and was
assigned land by him, but not taking the place re-
moved to East Bradford and lives on the site where

. the Marsdon house now is. Mrs. Clarke's mother
was Dorcas, daughter of Samuel and j\Iary Watson
Gage, and granddaughter of Daniel Gage, whose
father was John Rowlej', who is supposed to have
been son of John, created a baronet, March 26, 1622,
and of Penelope, his wife. Sir John was grandson
and heir of Edward Gage, Knighted by Queen Mary.
The children of Nathaniel and Alary, (Hardy)
Clarke were : David, Sarah, Susan, Nathaniel, Green-
leaf, Rebecca, ]\Iary, Nathaniel, Paul, Moses, Theo-
dore, Greenleaf. (The last named receives extended
mention below).

(V) Nathaniel (5), of Plaistow, New Hampshire,
child of Nathaniel (4) and Mary (Hardy) Clarke,
was born 1766, died May 19, 1846. When fifteen
years old March 12, 1781, he enlisted with the con-
sent of his parents for three years as fifer in Cap-
tain Nehemiah Emerson's company, Tenth Massa-
chusetts Regiment. Thomas Page enlisted at the
same time as a drummer, and it is said their youth
and skillful execution drew the attention of General
Washington, to whom Captain Emerson remarked
"they were pretty boys," a compliment of which they
were ever afterward proud. They were with the
same captain till the close of the war, and Nathaniel
was wounded at White Plains. He married Abigail
Woodman, born August, 1765, died April 3, 1844,
and had nine children by her : Susanna, Nathaniel,
Nancy, David, Abigail, John Woodman, Mary, Lydia
Woodman, Elizabeth.

(VI) Mary, daughter of Nathaniel (5) and
Abigail (Woodman) Clarke, born January 21, 1800,
died June 6, 1833. Married, July 18, 1822, Isaac
.Smith, (q. v.) and had three children: Mary Clarke,
Isaac William, Nathaniel.

(V) Greenleaf, twelfth and youngest child of
Nathaniel (4) and Mary (Hardy) Clarke, was JDorn in
Haverhill, Iklassachusetts, May 5, 1779, and died in At-
kinson, New Hampshire, January 12, 1821. He was a
farmer, and before his death became an honored and
influential citizen. On September 6, 1809, Green-
leaf Clarke purchased of Samuel Eaton, of Haverhill,
twenty acres and forty rods of land in Haverhill.
Afterward he disposed of his property in Massachu-
setts, and removed to Atkinson, New Hampshire,
where he had a large and fertile farm with a sub-
stantial house and outbuildings in keeping with it,
a short distance northwest of the Atkinson depot.
He was a man well liked b}' his fellow townsmen,
and was justice of the peace and selectman. He was
a Mason, and past master of his lodge. He married,



March i, 1810, Julia Cogswell, born February 20,
1789, daughter of Dr. William and Judith (Badger)
Cogswell, of Atkinson. She was an intelligent
woman and before her marriage had been preceptress
of Atkinson Academy. The children of this union
were : William Cogswell, Sarah, Francis, Greenleaf,
Moses and John Badger. She married (second),
December 12, 1822, Amasa Coburn, and had four
children, all of whom except ^lary died young.
]\lrs. Clarke Coburn died January 9, i860, aged
seventy-one years.

(V'l) John Badger, youngest of the six children
of (jreenleaf and Julia (Cogswell) Clarke, was born
at Atkinson, January 30, 1820, and died October 29,
1891, at Manchester. He passed the years of his
boyhood on his father's farm, and received his
primary education in the common schools. He pre-
pared for college at Atkinson Academy, and entered
Dartmouth at the age of nineteen. He graduated
with high honors in the class of 1843, the only
classmate who outranked him in scholarship being
the late Professor J. N. Putnam. In his senior
year Mr. Clarke was president of the Social Friends
Society, and in 1863 was elected president of the
Tri Kappa Society. Leaving college he went to Gil-
ford (now Laconia), where for three years he was
principal of the academy. While there he began the
study of law in the office of Stephen C. Lyford, and
continued his studies in Manchester with his brother,
William C. Clarke, until his admission to the bar
in 1848. The reports that came back to New Hamp-
shire from California inspired Mr. Clarke, as they
did thousands of others, with a desire to see the
"Land of Gold." February 2, 1849, he started for
Califo4-nia, via the Isthmus of Panama, where he
was detained eleven weeks, and bought for the
Manchester party of forty-three with him, in com-
pany with a gentleman of Maine with twenty men,
the brig "Copiapo" in which they left the isthmus
for California with one hundred and fifty-eight pas-
sengers, Mr. Clarke being supercargo. He remained
in California a little more than a year, practicing law
and working in the mines. Returning, he spent
four months in Central America and reached home
in February, 1851. His first intention was to open
a law office in Salem, Massachusetts, but he shortly
returned from there and began practice in Man-
chester. At the end of a year's time he left the law,
in which he was doing well, and at the request of
Joseph C. Emerson took charge of the editorial
department of the Daily Mirror. On account of Mr.
Emerson's financial embarrassment the property was
sold at auction in October of the same year, Mr.
Clarke being the purchaser. The purchase included
the Daily and Weekly Mirror and the job printing
establishment connected therewith, of which Mr.
Clarke was ever afterwards sole owner and manager.
He later purchased the Daily and Weekly American
(in which the Weekly Democrat had been previously
merged-), and the Nezv Hampshire Journal of Agri-
culture. These were all combined with the Mirror, a.nd
the name of the daily changed to Mirror and Ameri-
can, and the weekly from Dollar Weekly Mirror to
Mirror and Farmer. Twice after these additions to
the Mirror and during Mr. Clarke's lifetime it was
found necessary to enlarge both the daily and weekly
papers. When he bought the Mirror the weekly
paper had but a few hundred suscribers, but under
his management it grew to have a larger circulation
than any other paper of its class published in New
England outside of Boston. Before the outbreak
of the Rebellion the Mirror had been non-partisan,
but when the war came Mr. Clarke decided that
there should be no neutrals at such a time, and the

paper came out boldly for the Union, and has ever
since been a staunch Republican paper.

The influence of the daily and weekly newspapers
brought to the book and job printing department a
very extensive business to which a bookbinding es-
tablishment was added. Here many works of value
were published. Mr. Clarke's literary energies were
not exhausted by the demands of his newspapers,
and he published "The Londonderry Celebration,"
"Sanborn's History of New Hampshire," "Clarke's
Manchester Almanac and Directory." Clarke's
History of Manchester," and several similar works.

Believing that candidacy for office would be
detrimental to his influence as a public journalist,
Mr. Clarke had always refused to be a candidate
for office, but was a delegate to the Baltimore con-
vention which nominated Abraham Lincoln for the
second time to the presidency, and was one of the
national committee of seven (including Ex-Governor
Claflin, of Massachusetts, Ex-Governor Marcus L.
Ward, of New Jersey, and Hon. Henry T. Raymond,
of the N'ezu York Times, who managed the cam-
paign. He was connected with the New Hampshire
College of Agriculture, was a trustee of the Merri-
mack Savings Bank from its incorporation in 1858
till his death ; master for three years of the Amos-
keag Grange, No. 3 ; for two years lieutenant-col-
onel of the Amoskeag Veterans, and was twice
elected commander, but declined the honor. He was
elected state printer six terms ; in 1867-68-69-77-78,
and in 1879 for two years. Mr. Clarke was deeply
interested in the subject of elocution, and for two
years gave to the Manchester high school forty
dollars a year for prizes in public speaking and
reading. In 1874 he offered one bunded dollars a
year for five years to Dartmouth College for the
same object. In 1879 he proposed to give forty
dollars a year for five years for superiority in elo-
cution in the high and grammar schools of Man-
chester to be divided into four prizes of sixteen
dollars, twelve dollars, eight dollars and four dol-
lars, the awards to be made at a public exhibition
in the month of January each year, the proceeds
from the sale of tickets to which should be invested,
and the income from the investment applied for
prizes for similar object perpetually. The proposi-
tion was accepted by the school board, and the first
contest for the prizes was made in Smyth's Hall, in
January, 1880, the net proceeds from the sale of
tickets being two hundred and forty-five dollars.
The succeeding January two hundred and eighty-
seven dollars and sixteen cents was realized, and in
January, 1882, three hundred and sixty-two dollars
and fifteen cents, or a total of eight hundred and
ninety-four dollars and thirty-one cents in three
years. In February, 1882, Mr. Clarke offered to add
to his original forty dollars, twenty dollars a year
for the next two years, with the suggestion that the
forty dollars be divided into prizes of thirteen dollars,
eleven dollars, nine dollars and seven dollars re-
spectively, for the best four of all the sixteen con-
testants, on the score of merit, and the remaining
twenty dollars awarded in general prizes to the con-
testants adjudged the best in each of the schools
represented, excluding all who should have received
either of the former prizes awarded. The result
of this offer has been a great interest and improve-
ment in reading" and speaking in the public schools
of Manchester.

Brought up on a farm John B. Clarke was always
interested in farming and tised his best efforts to
improve the breeds of horses, cattle and other stock
in the state. He was a great lover of horses and
was always the possessor of good ones. He was



also fond of blooded dogs, regarding these two genera
of animals as man's best and truest servants and
friends. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and is
said by John W. Moore to have been "a coon hunter
without a rival in the state." Believing in the policy
of protecting the fish and game of the slate he was
the prime mover in the organization of the State
Fish and Game League, of which he was president.

In 1872 he began seriously to feel the effects
that overwork will produce on even the most robust
constitution and visited for recreation and recupera-
tion Great Britain, France and Germany and re-
turned much benefited, but tliereafter he lived a
less strenuous life devoting less time to the cares
of business and more to the care of his health. Mr.
Clarke, though not a church member, was a frequent
churchgoer, and attended the Franklin Street Con-
gregational Church, to the support of which he con-
tributed with the same openhanded liberality with
W'hich he gave to every other worthy object that
appealed to him for support. A recent biographer
in describing him has said, "Physically Colonel
Clarke was a fine specimen of robust manhood. He
was tall, erect, portly, broad shouldered, and enjoyed
excellent health." Mentally he was a many-sided
man. He always performed well his part whether as
educator, lawyer, gold-seeker and adventurer, sports-
man, historian, journalist, citizen or companion and
friend, and in the more serious phases of character
he shone with lustre of no common kind.

John B. Clarke married, July 29, 1852, Susan
Greeley Moulton, of Gilmanton, who died in 1SS5.
He married (second), Olive Rand, who survives
him. There were children by the first marriage :
Arthur E. and "William C, both mentioned at length

(VH) Arthur Eastman, the older of the two
sons of John B. and Susan Greeley (Moulton)
Clarke, was born in Manchester, May 13, 1854. He
was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, and at
Dartmouth College, graduating from the latter in-
stitution with the class of 1875. After leaving col-
lege he entered the office of the Mirror, in the fall
of 187s, and there familiarized himself with all
branches of newspaper work. After mastering the
details of the composing and press rooms, he acquired
further experience in the job department, and in
reading proof; he then became city editor of the
Mirror, and for a number of years did all the local
work alone, but subsequently with an assistant. Later
he assumed the duties of general state news and
review editor, remaining in this position several
years, and then taking charge of the agricultural
department and other features of the Mirror and
raniicr, assisting at the same time in the editorial,
reportorial, and business departnlents of the Daily
Mirror. For four years he was legislative reporter
of the paper at Concord, and for one year he served
as telegraph editor. In these various capacities he
acquired a wide and thorough experience such as
few newspaper men possess, and upon the death
of his father became manager of both papers and
of the job printing and book binding business con-
nected with the establishment, and has since con-
ducted most successfully the extensive concerns of
the office, besides doing almost daily work with his
pen for both papers.

Mr. v^larke has inherited his father's energy, great
capacity for work and executive ability. His ver-
satility is further illustrated by the fact that the

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