Clark, son of Edward and Ruth, was born in Haverhill, MA., (Salem, NH)
1751. About 1778 he married Sarah Mussey, sister of Esquire Mussey,
of Corinth. He was a carpenter working with his brother Edward for
a while. Joseph
removed to Bradford, VT, where he and his brother built
a "meeting house". His brother stayed in carpentry and built many of the
municipal buildings in Northern Vermont. Joseph served in the
War as a Sergeant in the Co. of Captain John White (pension
Col. Moses Hazen's regiment (RWC:492).
He guarded the ferry and streets of Haverhill and fought at The Battle
of Bennington. (Pension Application) He then
returned home and served for many years as a Deacon of the Congregational
Church in Bradford, VT. He and Sarah lived on the "Lower Plain",
about one mile and a quarter south of the village. When Joseph was a Deacon,
he was under the pastoral care of Rev. Gardner Kellog, for whom they named
one of their sons. (SM:162-3).
There is a story written in The Herald,
Sept.13, 1917, which tells of SARAH CLARK, around the time of the Burning
of Royalton, upon hearing that the Indians were near, hiding her valuables
and fleeing to the woods with her two tiny boys, Laban, two years old,
and Joseph, an infant. She hid herself and them in a hollow log,
and stayed there until the following day. The Indians passed by the log,
but did not discover them. Joseph Jr. and
Laban grew up to be Methodist
Joseph and Sarah had six sons, Joseph
Samuel, and Gardner Kellogg, who became a Presbyterian
minister at Preble, NY, and three daughters, including: Betsey, Hannah,
Sally, our foremother (SM..) Sarahdied
March 18, 1833 at age
Deacon Joseph Clark died in December of 1835, at the age of
84. They are
buried in the Bradford Cemetery.
Sally Clark, daughter of Joseph and
was born July 9, 1789. She married David Morrison
They lived near the North end of Fairlee Pond. (SM:165)
History of Haverhill, (MA). (GWC)
Richard, (Editorial Supervisor of Compilation) New England Families, Genealogical
and Memorial, A Record of the Achievements of her People in the Making
of Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. (RWC)
Clark, DAR, Genealogical History of The Clark and Worth Families, and Other
Puritan Settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Privately printed 1914.
Reprinted by Cygnet, 1970. (CCJ)
History of Bradford., J.C. Clark and Sons, Montpelier, VT, 1875 (SM)
M., "Old Barnard Circuit", Herald, August 30, 1917, and September 6, 1917,
and September 13, 1917 (WMN).
State of Vermont,
Revolutionary War Rolls (RWR)
of Haverhill, MA.(VRHM)
Susan Winters Smith, Descendant.