California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
|CPL: FRANCIS C. CLARK of
the 1st U.S.V.V., Company “I” of the Corp of Engineers. Civil War
Veteran of Monterey County. Francis C. Clark was born in Waterloo, New
York in 1829. On June 15th, 1856 he married Miss Carrie D. Nelson of
Put-in-Bay Island in Ottawa County, Ohio. During the Civil War he
enlisted into the 1st U.S.V.V. Corp of Engineers in Company “I” as a
private and was mustered out in Philadelphia on September 3rd, 1865 with
the rank of Corporal. He and his wife moved to California in 1876. On
June 5th, 1906, Francis C. Clark died of Paralysis at his home on 711
Hawthorne Street, in New Monterey. His internment took place at the
“El Carmelo Cemetery” in Pacific Grove, California. F.C. Clark was a
member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post
#179, based out of Pacific Grove, California.
The following transcription is from an
obituary from the “Pacific Grove Review” newspaper.
Mr. Clark was born in Waterloo, New York in 1829. When a young boy, he was brought to the Middle Western States, where he spent his young manhood. At the age of thirteen, he was converted and became a most active and zealous church worker in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout his life, the interest in church work was maintained, and he has always identified himself strongly with the religious life of this community and has lived a consistent Christian life.
On June 15, 1856, he was married to Carrie D. Nelson at Put-in-Bay Island, Ottawa county, Ohio. They resided in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and other states before coming to California thirty years ago.
At the outbreak of the Civil war, he enlisted in Company I of the First U.S. Volunteer Engineer Corps. He was an expert draughtsman and during the course of the war he had charge of a large corps of engineers in the planning of bridges, fortifications and defenses. He was honorably discharged at the close of the war with the rank of corporal. He has been an active and honored member of the Grand Army since the organization of that noble body of men.
Besides his widow, Mrs. Carrie D. Clark, he leaves five sisters and three bothers to mourn his loss. Two sisters, Mrs. B.A. Thomas and Mrs. Sarah Irwin, and one brother J.M. Clark, reside at Lompoc, California. Two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Imlay and Mrs. Susan Condit, are living in Watsonville. One sister, Mrs. Clara Slayton, lives at Irvington and one brother, W.G. Clark has a home nears San Jose. George D. Clark, who is well known in Monterey and vicinity, is also a brother.
The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon. At the family residence, 711 Hawthorne street, a short service was held by Rev. W.G. Tower, after which the body was taken to the Mayflower Congregational church in this city, where the full service were held. The officiating clergymen were Rev. J.H. Goodell and Rev. W.G. Trower. Lucius Fairchild Post G.A.R. and Fairchild Circle L.G.A.R. performed their beautiful and impressive ritualistic services. Mrs. W.C. Brown also performed the flag service for the Ladies of the Grand Army.
The interment was in El Carmelo cemetery. The pall bearers were F.D. Noble, G.S. Gould Sr., O.E. Winters, J.S. Painter, W. Shepardson and J.P. Brown. The Grand Army marched in a body to the cemetery in honor of their departed comrade.
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and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC