Biography of Jesse Clark
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Clark, Jesse, was a captain in the Revolution and served throughout the war. His devoted wife was with him during much of his army life and two of their children were born in camp. Her name was Sarah Foote, and she was a cousin of that famous statesman, Solomon Foote, United States senator. Soon after the close of the war Captain Clark brought his family and settled near where Groton is situated, and here the pioneer bought 640 acres of land. He built a grist mill on Fall Creek, and was the leading man of the region. His children were Eli, Cynthia, Sally, Millie, Jesse. who became a prominent Seneca county lawyer; was a Van Buren elector, and was elevated to the supreme bench; John, whose son Solomon has attained fame in the legal profession in Arkansas; Charles, Alma, Tryphena, Ruth, who lives in La Porte, Ind., and who caused to be built the noted Ruth Sabin's Home; Mrs. Sabin, the last of the eleven, died February 28, 1894, aged ninety two years. Chauncey, who practiced law forty years in Wayne county. The pioneer and his wife both died in Groton. They were generous contributors to all good causes. Charles, son of Jesse, was born in Lee, Mass., in 1803, and was three years of age when the family came to this region. His wife was Sophronia Phelps, daughter of Judge Phelps, of Preble, Cortland county. They had six children: Franklin B., Chauncey, Martin, captain of Co. H, 23d N. Y. Vol lnf., in the late war, a lawyer, who was accidentally killed while returning from the service Tryphena, Henrietta, who married Erasmus Ball, a cashier of a bank in Indiana; and Baldwin P., a farmer of Groton. Charles was a farmer. He died in 1860 and his wife in 1890. Franklin B. Clark was born in Groton, February 14, 1833, and March 31, 1860, married Jane, daughter of James and Nancy Spence of McLean. They have had children as follows: Helen, Charles M., Frank E., and Irving (both died young), Josephine N., and Irving D. Franklin B. is a farmer and resides on the old homestead, a farm of 172 acres. He is a strong Republican.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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