Biography of William S. Clark, Sr.
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Clark, William S., Sr., was born in Bennington, Vt, October 10, 1777. In 1806 he came to Groton, and built the first dam across the creek, the waters of which he utilized in his business of cloth dressing. Later he removed to Summer Hill, and still later to McLean, where he died June 23, 1861. His property and accumulations were all swept away by a defect in the title to his lands. He married, October 13, 1799, Zilpha Ellsworth, by whom he had these children: Erasmus D., born July 12, 1802; R. Ellsworth, born September 17, 1804; Charles V., born February 1, 1808; Laura, born May 28, 1811; Jerusha C., born October 24, 1813, Sophia B., born January 13, 1816; and William S., jr., born March 25, 1821. William S. Clark, jr., is an almost lifelong resident of McLean, with the growth of which he has been identified very closely. He was born at Summer Hill, and came when an infant with his father to this locality, and at the age of fifteen began painting with his father, and also making wooden ware at McLean. In 1840 he went to Cortland and learned tinsmithing. In 1866 he established a shop at McLean, and became a prominent business man of that place, until his retirement in 1886. During these years his income was much increased by his ability on the violin, being in great demand for dancing parties. He also acquired considerable property at the death of his brother, R. Ellsworth. December 23, 1848, he marrierl Sarah A., daughter of Thomas Brigden, of Newfield, and they had one child R. A. Clark, who died February 9, 1865.

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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