Biography of William Hatfield Clark


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Clark, William Hatfield, was born in New York city, July 22, 1826. was educated in the public schools and Irving Institute at Tarrytown, and in his early days was a real estate operator, afterward in railway construction in Venezuela, South America. July 16, 1861, he enlisted in the 5th N. J. Vols., which was consolidated with the 7th N. J. Vols. He held the office of first lieutenant in Co. F, commanding the company, and was honorably discharged at Trenton, N. J., August 1, 1865. He has married twice, first in 1849 to Elizabeth H. Munn, of Newark, N. J. They had two sons, William Brewster, who is a practicing physician and surgeon in New York city, and Robert Bruce, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Goshen, N. Y. Mrs. Clark died in June, 1865, and on April 14, 1869, Mr. Clark married Fannie M. Betts, formerly of Rhode Island. Her father came to this county from Bristol, R. I., at the age of nineteen. He served in the war of 1812-15. Mr. and Mrs. Clark had two children, Sarah Freeman, who died November 14, 1886, in her sixteenth year, and Edgar Lake Miller, born in November, 1871, who is in the drafting department of the Owego Bridge Company, at Owego, N. Y. Mr. Clark is a charter member of Joseph K. Barnes Post of Sackets Harbor, N. Y., No. 360, G. A. R., department of New York, and is now commander, having served in that capacity seven terms; he was justice of the peace for several years, and has also served as clerk of the examining board of pensioners. His father, Israel Clark, son of William and Sarah H. Clark (his father having served in the war of the Revolution), was born in Westfield, N. J., in 1793, was educated in the schools of that day, and was a contractor and builder. He married Sarah Freeman Evens of Woodbridge, N. J., granddaughter of Captain Asbur Fitz Randolph of the Continental army, and they had six children; three died in infancy and the others were as follows: Lewis Evens (died in 1894), Frances Henrietta Fitz Randolph (died in 1895), and William Hatfield (as above). Mr. Clark's father died in November, 1834, and his widow in December, 1872.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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