Biography of Willis G. Clark


Clark, Willis G., Concord, p. o. Wyandale. -Foster's Historical Collection, published in 1817, refers to an indenture dated July 4, 1679, in the thirteenth year of the reign of King Charles II, whereby Jacob Clarke, son of Abraham Clarke, of Bristol, England, tailor, put himself apprentice to William Harris of Pawtuxet in New England, planter, to serve ten years to learn the calling of a planter. This Jacob Clark was the head of the family of Clarks of which the subject of our sketch is of the sixth generation in this country, the succession being. Abraham, Jacob, Abraham, Abraham. Abraham, Alanson, Willis G. Abraham Clark, grandfather of the last named, was born in the town of Gloucester, Providence county, State of Rhode Island, June 14, 1790, was married to Alice Blackmar of Thompson, Windham county, Conn., February 18, 1816; emigrated to the Holland Purchase in November, 1818, settling on Lot 14, T. 7, R. 8; afterward purchased 200 acres, part of lot 12, same town and range, and moved thereon; his wife dying July 2, 1852, he sold his farm to two of his sons, Lyman and Alanson, and having married bought fifty acres adjoining the Concord line, where lie resided a short time when he sold out and removed to Evans Center, where he died April 25, 1864. By his first wife he had ten children, of whom Alanson, born April 3, 1824, and Julia C., only child by second marriage, now Mrs. Galvin of Evans, are the only residents of this county. Alanson was married to Florana Palmerton of Collins, February 26, 1854, and moved from North Collins to Concord in January, 1865. Willis Gaylord, their oldest son, was born in the town of North Collins, November 10, 1854; was brought up on the home farm, one half mile east of Wyandale post-office, and educated in the common and select schools in the vicinity, afterward attending Oberlin Commercial College, Oberlin, 0., where he graduated in August, 1874; he has had a wide experience as a teacher, teaching his first term at eighteen years and last at thirty-eight, and still holds, at forty-three years of age, a valid first grade certificate. He was married February 3, 1886, to Mary J., daughter of Frederick L. Maltby of Eden; they have seven children: Frederick Alanson, born, April 20, 1887; Beulah Sophia, born November 19, 1888; Walter Roland, born December 5, 1890; Irma Florene, Norma Irene, twins, born October 3, 1892; Wilma Isabelle, born December 14, 1894; Willis Gaylord, jr., born December 27, 1896. Mr. Clark is one of the representative men of his town, serving eight years as justice of the peace, and in 1893 and 1894 representing the town of Concord on the Board of Supervisors; at present he is the supervisor-elect of the town for the years 1898-1899.

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A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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