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Mirror farm near Manchester, widely and favorably
known in the agricultural world, is under his super-
vision. There experiments in branches of rural
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economy are conducted, new fruits are tested, the
seeds of new varieties tried, and experiments with
commercial fertilizers carefully noted.

Mr. Clarke's labors have not all been devoted to
newspaper work, nor have his travels all been within
his native country. He is a man of broad culture,
has traveled abroad extensively, and has embodied
his impressions of foreign lands in a most interesting
book entitled "European Travels." As a Republican
he has been very active in the politics of the state and
of the city of his residence. He held the office of
public printer of the state of New Hampshire from
1897 to 1901, was a member of the Manchester com-
mon council, 1879-80, and represented ward 3 of
^lanchester in the legislature for two years from
June, 1881. He was adjutant of the First Regiment,
New Hampshire National Guard, for a number of
years was statistician of the department of agricul-
ture for New Hampshire during Garfield's admin-
istration, and was colonel on Governor Tuttle's
staff. He is a member of numerous associations and
clubs. He has been president of the New Hamp-
shire Press Association and the New Hampshire
member of the executive committee of the National
Press Association, and a member of the Boston Press
Club, the Algonquin Club of Boston, the Manchester
Press Club, the Coon Club, the Calumet Club of
^Manchester, and the Amoskeag Grange. He is past
exalted ruler of the ^Manchester Lodge of Elks,
ex-president of the Derryfield Club, a member of
the Manchester Board of Trade, and a director
of the Northern Telegraph Company. He is a mem-
ber of the Franklin Street Society (Congregational),
and president of the Franklin Street Young Men's

Colonel Clarke has been an enthusiastic student
of elocution from his school days, and has attained
conspicuous distinction in reading and reciting, carry-
mg off high honors at Phillips Exeter Academy and
at Dartmouth College. He has gratuitously drilled
a number of pupils of the Manchester public schools,
who have won first prizes in the annual speaking
contests. He has given prizes for excellence in elo-
cution to the schools in Hooksett, and is often invited
to judge prize speaking contests at educational in-
stitutions. Ever since he became associated with
the Mirror, he has had charge of its dramatic and
musical departments. He has written interesting
and valuable interviews with many distinguished
players, which have been extensively copied by the
press of the country. The first noticably long, analy-
tical and complimentary criticism of the work of
Denman Thompson was from the pen of Editor
Clarke, jMr. Thompson then being an obscure mem-
ber of a variety company.

JMr. Clarke has always had a fondness for ath-
letic sports, and has won distinction in many lines.
He organized and was captain of a picked team of
ball players in Manchester, which defeated the best
club in the state for a prize of $100. He is one of
the finest skaters, both roller and ice, in New Hamp-
shire. With shot gun, rifle and revolver he is an
expert, and holds a record of thirty-eight clay
pigeons broken out of forty in the days of the Man-
chester Shooting Club, a score never before equalled
by a Manchester marksman. He held the billiard
championship of Dartmouth College, and upon his
return to Manchester in 1875 defeated the best play-
ers in the city, winning substantial prizes. He is
very fond of hunting and fishing and keeps a kennel
of fox hounds ; for with all his vocations, avocations,
and recreations he is a devotee of fox hunting, and
in this, as in other things, he excels. He holds the



record for the largest brook trout ever taken in
Lake Sunapee, seven and three-quarters pounds,
and the fish was presented to President McKinley.
Colonel Clarke, in April, 1906, purchased a con-
trolling interest in the John B. Clarke Company.

Colonel Clark married, in Cambridge, JNiassachu-
setts, January 25, 1893, J\iartha Bouton Cilley, born
in Concord, New Hampshire, daughter of i3r. Na-
thaniel and Elizabeth Ann (Cilley) Bouton, of Con-
cord, and widow of Jacob G. Cilley, of Manchester.

Mrs. Clarke organized the Daughters of the
American Revolution in New Hampshire, also the
Society of the Colonial Dames of America in New
Hampshire, the Woman's Aid and Relief Society in
Manchester, the New Hampshire Musical h'estival
Association, the New Hampshire Audubon Society,
the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Shakespeare Club,
in all of which societies and clubs she held high
offices. She is president of the Animal Rescue

(VH) William Cogswell Clarke, the younger son
of John B. and Susan Greeley (Moulton) Clarke,
was born in Manchester, March 17, 1856. He was
educated at the Manchester high school, Phillips
Andover Academy, and at Dartmouth College,
where he was a student in the Chandler Scientific
School. After completing the course at college in
1876 he entered the office of the Mirror and Amer-
ican and learned the . printer's trade. He went to
New York City in 1880, and devoted a portion of
that year to the acquisition of a knowledge of the
business of newspaper advertising. On his return
to Manchester he entered the service of the Mirror
and American as a local reporter, and later was
promoted to be city editor, a position which he held
for about eight years, conducting in the meantime
several special' departments for the daily and
%veekly editions of that paper. During these years
he made the horse department of the Mirror a spe-
cial feature, and to his eft'orts in this direction is
due the high deputation which that paper justly
holds among the horsemen of New England. This
•department he still conducts, as well as that de-
voted to field sports, for which he writes under the
nom de plume of "Joe English."

From 1884 to 1890 Mr. Clarke was a member
■of the Manchester school board, and in 1S91 served
as representative from ward two in_ the legisla-
ture, and was chairman of the committee on fish-
eries and game. In 1894 he was nominated by the
Republicans of Manchester for the office of mayor,
and w-as elected by a large majority, notwithstand-
ing the fact that at the two preceding elections the
Democratic candidate had been successful. He was
re-elected in 1896, and again in 1898, and in 1900,
' each year by a handsome plurality, the last time by
2,157 votes, leading the entire ticket, and upon the
<:ompletion of his term in 1902 had occupied the
mayor's chair for a period of eight years, a longer
service than that of any of his predecessors, as
none of them served three consecutive terms. The
years of his mayorship were notable for their public
improvements. Five new school buildings were
•erected, including one for the high school; a steel
"bridge sixty feet wide and paved with stone blocks
was built across the Merrimack river to replace the
wooden structure which was carried away by the
memorable freshet of 1896; a modern system oi
street paving inaugurated; the City Hall building
was remodeled and refitted; a police patrol system
was installed, and is in successful operation. Dur-
ing Mayor Clarke's first term the fiftieth anniver-
sary of the incorporation of the city was fitly com-
memorated by a celebration which continued for

three days (September 7, 8, 9, 1896). Mayor Clarke
was the presidmg genius of the celebration. From
the day when the first plans were roughly sketched
down to the hour of the closing exercises, his was
the brain that conceived, the mind that directed, the
hand that executed. As chairman of the celebra-
tion committee he won golden opinions from his
fellow citizens for the rare executive ability which
he displayed.

In 1900 Mr. Clarke was a delegate-at-large to
the Republican national convention at Philadelphia
which nominated ]\IcKinley and Roosevelt. He was
the first delegate from New England to give his
support to Theodore Roosevelt for the vice-presi-
dency. He retains connection with the John B.
Clarke Company. He. is a member of the Derryfield
Club, the Manchester Board of Trade, the Amos-
keag Grange, the Young INIen's Christian Associa-
tion, and the Passaconaway Tribe of Red Men; and
is also a member of the Franklin Street Congre-
gational Society. For a number of years he has
been a trustee of the New England Agricultural
Society, and vice-president of the New England
Trotting Horse Breeders' Association. He was one
of the organizers of the New Hampshire Trotting
Horse Breeders' Association, and its secretary for
three years. He was for several years clerk of the
j\Ianchester Driving Park Association, and has
represented New Hampshire most creditably on
several occasions at the biennial congress of the
National Trotting Association. From his youth
up he has displayed great interest in athletic sports,
and while a collegian took an active part in them.
He was captain of the Dartmouth College baseball
team in 1876, and at one time held the amateur
long distance record of the state for throwing the
baseball 358 feet 11 inches. In later years he has
taken a deep interest in all field sports, and has
made a wide reputation as an accomplished wing
shot. By birth and education Mr. Clarke was
equipped for the performance of duties of a high
order. He is suave and courteous in his manner, a
polished and forcible speaker and debater, a grace-
ful and ready writer, a man of high integrity and
generous impulses, and of much energy and force
of character.

He married, in Manchester, 1879, Mary Olivia
Tewksbury, born in Manchester, 1859, daughter of
Elliot Greene and Submit Roberts (Scott) Tewks-
bury, of Manchester. They have two children:
John Badger and Mitty Tewksbury, both born in

(II) Henry, son of Nathaniel (i) and Elizabeth
(Somerby) Clarke, was born July, 1673, i'l New-
bury, and died June, 1749.

(III) Enoch, son of Henry Clark, probably
lived and died in Newbury.

(IV) Greenleaf, son of Enoch Clark, resided in
Greenland, New Hampshire, and in 1760 signed the
petition for the construction of the Newmarket
bridge at the new Fields landing. "He was a cap-
tain in the Revolutionary war, and on December 2,
177S1 was commissioned by the committee of safety
to enlist sixty-one men, including two sergeants
and three corporals, for the Continental army, to
serve until January 15, unless sooner discharged,
and as soon as recruited to march them immediately
to join General Sullivan's brigade." He married
Mary Moody, who was born in December, 1738,
died December 21, 1817, and had a family of seven
children, namely: IMary, Enoch Aloody, Greenleaf,
Joseph, Joshua, Sarah and Elizabeth.

(V) Joseph, third son and fourth child of Green-
leaf and Mary (Moody) Clark, was born in Green-



land, April 20, 1767, died in 1857. He married
Comfort Weeks, who was born November 26, 1773,
died in August, 1861. They had several children,
.a complete list of whom is not at hand. Among
them were Ichabod and Mary Moody (and prolxi-
bly Richard, who is mentioned, with descendants,
in this article).

(VI) , Mary Moody, daughter of Joseph and
Comfort (Weeks) Clark, was born in Greenland,
August 25, 1795. On January 13, 1814, she became
the wife of Samuel Avery, of Wolfboro. (See
Avery, VI.)

(VI) Richard, undoubtedly a son of Joseph and
Comfort (Weeks) Clark, was born in Greenland,
New Hampshire, in 1793. He married a Miss Mars-
ton. They had five children : Caleb, David, Betsey,
who married John Jones ; John and Richard, whose
sketch follows. It is said that three of the four
;sons settled in Canaan, New Hampshire. Many of
the descendants of this family are distinguished
for remarkable longevity.

(VII) Richard (2), youngest child of Richard

(i) and (-Marston) Clark, was born in 1725.

He married Elizabeth Burley. There were six

-children : Lydia, who married John Scoheld (2) ;
Anna, Betsey, Josiah, who is mentioned below ;

Richard (3), who married Esther JoneSj jnd .

Richard (2) Clark died in 1815, at the age of ninety

(VIII) Josiah, eldest son and fourth child of
Richard (2) and Elizabeth (Burley) Clark, was
born in 175S. In 1782 he married Pernal Barber.
Avho wrote the Canaan Toivn Record at the age of
fifteen. They had five children : Judith, Betsey,
Robert, Sally and Josiah. Judith died in 1795.
Betsey married John Worth (2). Robert is men-
tioned in the next paragraph. Sally, born July i,
1789, married Daniel Blaisdell (2), and had seven-
teen children. Josiah, born June 9, 1795, lived to

• be ninety-seven, dying July 3, 1^2. He married
three women: Betsey Bailey, Sally Gilman and Sally

(IX) Robert, eldest son and third child of Jo-
siah and Pernal (Barber) Clark, was born August
17, 1787. He was thrice married. His first wife
was Betsey Currier. They had nine children : So-
phronia. Eliza. ]\Iary, Robert B., who is mentioned
below ; Josiah, Eleanor, who married David Kim-
ball ; Richard, Emily and Betsey. On F"ebruary 27,
1S27, he married Mrs. Eliza Currier, of Lyme, New
Hampshire. They had two children : Theda H.,
born December 11, 1827, who married John San-
ford Shepard ; and Purnell Elisa, who was born
April 29, 1834, married Freeman White, of Boston.
In 1852 he married his third wife, Mrs. Mary Flint
Wallace. ,

(X) Robert Burns, eldest son and fourth child
of Robert and Betsey (Currier) Clark, was born
February 26, 181 8, at Canaan, New Hampshire. He
was a Republican in politics. He married Elvira
G. Stevens, of Canaan, who was born at Went-
worth. New Hampshire, July 4, 1818. They had
five children : Jemima I.. Mrs. Fred Bane ; Wy-
man R., married Mary Buckner, three children ;
Frank B.. mentioned below ; Richard O., unmarried ;
Austin E. Robert Burns Clark died March 2, 1890.
His wife died 1869.

(XI) Frank Burns, son of Robert Burns and
Elvira G. (Stevens) Clark, was born May 27, 1851,
at Canaan, New Hampshire. He was educated in
the public schools of his native town, and at Tilton
Seminary, Tilton, New Hampshire. He moved to
Dover, New Hampshire, in 1885, where he was en-

gaged Ailh J. E. Lothrop Company until 1895, when
he engaged in the lumber business. He is a Re-
publican in politics, and has several times bce:\
called to serve his party in the New Hampshire
legislature. He served two terms as representative
from 1899 to 1901, and from 1901 to 1903. He was
state senator from the Twenty-second district from
1905 to 1907. He attends the Universalist Church
of Dover, of which he is a trustee. He is promi-
nent in fraternal organizations. He is -a member
of Moses Paul Lodge, No. 96, Ancient Free anc'
Accepted Masons; of Belknap Chapter, No. 8
Royal Arch Masons; of Orphan Council, No. i,
Royal and Select Masters; and of St. Paul Com-
niandery, Knights Templar. He belongs to Aleppo
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mys-
tic Shrine, of Boston; also the Veritas Lodge, No.
49, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Lowell,
Massachusetts; and the Olive Branch Lodge, No. 8,
Knights of Pythias. Frank Burns Clark married,
November 20, 1877, at Claremont, New Hampshire,
Lillea M. Davis, daughter of Morris L. and Melissa
A. (Benson) Davis. Mrs. Clark was born Sep-
tember 8, 1858, at Burlington, Vermont. She was
educated in the public schools of that city and at
the academy at Royalton, Vermont. Her father
was a contractor and served in the Civil war. Mrs.
Clark comes of unusually patriotic ancestry, for her
mother had six brothers who fought in the cause
of the Union. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have one child,
Alice Benson Clark, who was born July 24, 1881, at
Claremont, New Hampshire. She was graduated
from the Dover high school and from Smith Col-
lege in 1903.

"Os," as a root word implicative of
OSGOOD Deity, has made for itself a firm

place in Osgood and other surnames
which are as old as the Saxon language. John,
Christopher and W^illiam Osgood, who do not seem
to have been relatives, though they and their fam-
ilies were closely associated, settled in Massachu-
setts Bay Colony within a short time after the set-
tlement of the Puritans at Plymouth. (William and
descendants receive notice in this article.)

(I) John Osgood, born in Wherwell, Hampshire
county, England, July 23, 1595, died in Andover,
Massachusetts, October 24, 1651, aged fifty-six. He
came from Andover, England, and settled in An-
dover, Massacliusetts, before 1645. He had been at
Ipswich and Newbury before his settlement at
Andover. John Osgood was one of the petitioners
who had liberty to begin a plantation at Hampton
in 1638. On a leaf in the town records a list is
written in an ancient hand, without date, but proba-
l)ly when most of the settlers were living, and may
be considered correct: "The names of all the
householders in order as they came to town : Mr.
Bradstreet, John Osgood, etc." So, John Osgood
was the second settler in Andover. He was a free-
man in 1639, one of the founders of the church in
Andover, October, 1645, and the first representa-
tive of the town in the general court in 1651. His
will was dated April 12, 1650, and probated Novem-
ber 25, 1651. He was married in England. His
wife Sarah survived him more tlian fifteen years,
and died April 8, 1667. Their children were : Sarah,
John, Mary, Elizabeth, Stephen and Hannah. Ab-
bott, in "The History of Andover," mentions two
more, Christopher and Thomas. (Mention of Ste-
phen and descendants forms part of this article.)

(II) Captain John (2), oldest son of John (i)
and Sarah Osgood, was born in England about



1631, and came to America with his parents. He
was a captain in the miUtia, afterward held the
office of selectman, and representative in the gen-
eral court. He died in 1693, aged about sixty-two.
He married, November 15, 1653, Mary Clement, of
Andover, born about 1637, eighth and youngest child
of Robert Clement, an immigrant from England,
who came from Coventry, Warwickshire, about
1652 or 1653. She was indicted for witchcraft in
1692, and was living in 1695. They had twelve
children, among whom were sons John, Timothy,
Peter and Samuel.

(HI) Lieutenant John (3), eldest son of Cap-
tain John (2) and Alary (Clement) Osgood, was
a prominent man in Andover, and held the office of
lieutenant and selectman, and died in 1725, aged
seventy-one. His sons were : Ebenezer, Clement,
^ohn and Josiah.

(IV) Deacon John (4), third son of Lieutenant
John (3) Osgood, was born in Andover, Massa-
chusetts, in 1682, and died in Concord, New Hamp-
shire, in 1768, aged eighty-three. His is the fourth
name on the petition to Governor Shute, of Massa-
chusetts, 1721, requesting the grant of Penny Cook,
and is on another petition for the same purpose to
Hon. William Dunmore, lieutenant governor of
Massachusetts, in 1725. In 1727 he was elected
treasurer "to ye settlers" who were to establish
their claims in Penny Cooke, February 28, 1726;
he drew lot No. 11 in the lowest range; and in 1727
he drew house lot No. 11 in the "Eleven Lots,"
containing eight and three-quarters acres. In the
statement as to the state and condition of the set-
tlement at Penacook, made October, 1731, it is said
of John Osgood that he had a house built and in-
habited. In 1729 he was one of the committee ap-
pointed by the settlers of Penacook "to lay our
grievances before the general court's committee."
His is the lirst name on the committee appointed
by the proprietors of Penacook, June 25, 1729, "to
call and agree wdth some suitable person to be a
minister of the town of Penny Cook, and pay him
such salary as shall hereafter be agreed upon l)y the
company of settlers." In 1730 John Osgood is first
of a committee of seven "to agree with Rev. Tim-
othy .Walker, in order to his carrying on the work
of the ministry in Penny Cook for the year en-
suing." October 14 of that year he was appointed
first on a committee "to agree with the Rev. Tim-
othy Walker upon terms for being our minister."
As a man's standing in the church was a very cer-
tain index of his standing in a community in the
days when John Osgood lived, it appears that he
was one of the foremost citizens of the infant set-
tlement of "Penny Cook." In the records of the
assembly, April 3, 1747, his name appears in ref-
erence to his connection in the bloody tragedy of a
year before. It was then voted, "that there be al-
lowed, to John Osgood twelve shillings and six
pence for coffins, etc., for the men killed at Rum-
ford last year." He was a deacon in the church
and major in the militia. His wife, Haimali, died
in 1774, aged ninety. They had sons Josiah, Joseph,
John and James, whose sketch follows.

(V) James, son of John (4), died April 16, 1757,
aged fifty. He was a proprietor and an early settler
in Penacook, and June 19, 1734, was elected one of
the three "assessors for the proprietors" (of Rum-
ford, late Penacook). In 1746 there was a garri-
son around his house. In 1744 he was one of the
field drivers. He married Hannah Hazen, daughter
of Richard Hazen, of Boxford, Massachusetts.
Their children were: Anna, Samuel, Elizabeth,

James, Benjamin, Hannah, William, John and Rich-
ard Hazen.

(VI) Samuel, eldest son and second child of
James and Hannah (Hazen) Osgood, was born in
Concord, July 13, 1734, and died March 16, 1774,
aged forty. February 16, 1761, John Webster and
Samuel Osgood filed a remonstrance with the gen-
eral assembly, stating that "they had lately pur-
chased the farm commonly called Keith's farm, con-
tiguous to Rumford, of the claimers of the right of
John Tufton Mason, Esq., and that it would be
more convenient for them to be annexed to Bos-
cawen than to Canterbury, on account of the dis-
tance from the meeting house, and the badness of
the roads, and not agreeable to their interest, con-
nexions or inclinations" to be annexed to Canter-
bury. This farm contained three hundred acres,
and lay north of the Rumford (Concord) line, on
the east side of the Merrimack river. Bouton's
History states that he married Jane Webster; Car-
ter's Pembroke says he married, January 4, 1753,

Elizabeth , wdio died September 27, 1792.

His children were : Lydia, Elizabeth, Sarah. Joseph,
Dorcas, John, Thomas and Christopher, whose
sketch follows.

(VII) Deacon Christopher, youngest of the
nine children of Samuel and Elizabeth Osgood, was
born April 25, 1769, and died October 3, 1841, aged
seventy-two. He went from Concord to Suncook
about 1796. He married (first) November 9, 1793,
Anna Abbott, of Andover, Massachusetts, who was
born September, 1767, and died December 26, 1827,
aged sixty, and (second), February 17, 1829, Anna
Abbott, of Deering, who was born October, 1769,
and died May 31, 1847, aged seventy-eight. The
children, all by the first wife, were: Anne C,
Herman Abbot, John Hall, and Ira Ballard.

(VIII) John Hall, third child and second son of
Deacon Christopher and Anna (Abbott) Osgood,
was born April 23, 1801, and died April i, 1868,
aged sixty-seven. He resided at Suncook. He mar-
ried, May 13, 1828, Cynthia Stewart, of Lowell,
Massachusetts, who died February 22, 1891. Their
children were : Cynthia Ann, Alonzo, Melissa,
Ellen, James Henry, John Emery, Nancy Jane and
Anna Eldusta.

(IX) Nancy, Jane, seventh child and fourth
daughter of John Hall and Cynthia (Stewart) Os-
good, was born in Suncook, February 28, 1843, and
married, November 29, i860, Thomas Besston Wat-
tles. (See Wattles.)

(II) Stephen, second son of John and Sarali
Osgood, was born in Ipswich or Newbury about
1638, and afterward settled in Andover, where he
was a farmer. He died January 15, 1691. He mar-
ried, October 24, 1663, Mary Hooker, and they had
children: Stephen (died young). Hooker, Stephen,
Joseph and Mary.

(III) Hooker, second son and child of Stephen
(2) and Mary (Hooker) Osgood, was born August
24, 1668, and resided in Lancaster, where he died
January 29, 1748, aged eighty years. He married,
April 26, 1(392, Dorothy Wood. Their children
were: Hooker, Joshua, Jonathan, David. Benjamin,
Moses, Aaron, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Sarah.

(IV) Joshua, second son and child of Hooker
and Dorothy (Wood) Osgood, w-as born Septem-
ber 2, 1694, and died January 31, 1783, aged eightj^-
nine. He was a farmer in Leominster, but about
1726 bought a farm in Barre, and probably removed
to that place at that time. He married, December
20. 1722, Riith Divall, who died ]May 28, 1782. Their
children were Joshua, Ephraim, Ruth, Sarah, Wil-

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