Biography of Willis Clark
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Clark, Willis, was born in East Nassau, N. Y., September 10, 1845. He is a son of William and Clarrissa (Horton), he was a native of Connecticut, and she of Sand Lake, a daughter of Solomon Horton, one of the early settlers of Sand Lake, where he lived and died. The paternal grandfather was Horace Clark who lived in Connecticut, but died in Nassau with his son the father of Willis. The father of Willis came to Sand Lake and there learned the blacksmith trade. He had four brothers that were blacksmiths and all their sons were blacksmiths. Mr. Clark moved to East Nassau and worked at his trade for about thirty five years. He finally came to Nassau and here died in 1871 from an injury caused by a rusty nail entering above his knee. His wife died in 1874. Willis was educated in the common schools and began work at his trade at the age of sixteen with his father and continued until the death of the latter. He then formed a partnership with Medasc Lemire and have since continued in business. In 1871 he married Anna Valentine of Nassau, by whom five children have been born: Ira, Emmet, Elma, Allie, and Nina.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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