Biography of Jerry Clark
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Clark, Jerry, is descended from Samuel Clark, his grandfather, who was a soldier of King George in the French and English war. His birth place is not known, but as he was first known in Pennsylvania, it is supposed that he was born there. Oliver Clark, father of Jerry, was born in Pensylvania, February 14, 1767, and died in Palmyra, January 21, 1843. Oliver came to Carlton in 1809 add purchased a quarter section, where his son Jerry now resides, and returned to Palmyra. He married Sarah Jessup, born in Long Island, December 22, 1773, and died January 8, 1823. They were married December 29, 1796, and were the parents of eight children: Maitby Clark, born March 31, 1797; Matilda, born June 3, 1800; Jerry, born at Palmyra, September 16, 1802; Dennis, born March 21, 1805; Nelson, born May 7, 1807; Betsey Jane, born December 5, 1819; HSannah, born February 14, 1812; Hiram, born April 29, 1814. Jerry Clark learned the trade of tanner and eurrier, which he followed eight years in Palmyra. In 1826 he came with his brother Nelson to Carlton and commenced to clear the land purchased by their father seventeen years previous. The father gave them a deed of 100 acres each. The land was in a wild state, no clearing having been done. The first house was a frame house erected the first year he came. Jerry Clark has lived on this place since 1826. Mr. Clark married Mary Ann Miles, born in England, December 24, 1807, and died January 10, 1831. He married for his second wife, Priscilla Miles, born in Carlton December 1, 1813, and died in 1890. The children of this marriage were: Hiram, born July 12, 1834, and died April 9, 1891, and Mary, born January 27, 1837, and died November 8, 1873. Mr. Clark has served as justice of the peace of Carlton. He adopted a child of a few weeks of age, who is known as Olin Clark, born Deeember 30, 1852. Olin Clark married Louise Almey in 1871, and they have two children, Mary P., born August 6, 1873, and Ella A., born September 24, 1875.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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