Biography of Silas S. Clark
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Clark, Silas S., Potsdam, was born in the town of Madrid on a farm, September 28, 1834. The earliest ancestry we find of the family was Abner Clark, the great grandfather of Silas S., who was a native of Connecticut where Abner, the grandfather of our subject, was born and reared. He married Betsey Bill, of Connecticut, and they were the parents of seven children. Abner Clark, the father of our subject, was the fourth son. He was born in Connecticut, -, --, and was only a lad when his parents moved to Berkshire county, Mass., where the family lived until Abner was twenty one years of age. They then moved into St Lawrence county and settled iu the town of Madrid, where Abner, the second died -, -. Abner married Cynthia Skidinore, of Vermont, and they were the parents of twelve children, six of whom are living. Silas S., our subject, was the fifth son. His early life was spent in the town of Madrid whore he attended the common schools, and finished his education in the old St. Lawrence Academy. When Mr. Clark had reached his majority he started out for himself by first leasing farms, nnd after eight years was enabled to purchase a farm of his own, In the fall of 1867, he bought a farm of 112 acres in Potsdam, where he has ever since made his home. Mr. Clark has always taken an active interest in the Republican party, and for four years held the offoce of road commissioner of the town. Be is a member of the Methodist church and has been a trustee for over ten years. He married in 1857, Louisa K., daughter of Wilder Wills, of Potsdam, and they have seven children: Frederick Wills, a lawyer of White Plains, Westchester county; Clara L., a teacher of the Normal School at Ypsilanti, Michigan; Mary J., a teacher in Grammer School at Ypsilanti, Michigan; Charles M., surveyor in Westchester county, N. Y.; Horace N., undertaker; Earl B., and Robert Y., students in the Potsdam State Normal School.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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