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Aunt Hester Clark in NY 1898 (sitting) [HESTER ANN-7 (1822), SENECA-6 (1798), EPHRAIM-5 (bapt 1765), EPHRAIM-4 (1719), NATHANIEL-3 (1679), JOSEPH KETCHUM-2 (ca 1648), EDWARD KATCHAM-1 (d 1655)] HESTER ANN KETCHUM, b 15 May 1822 (Cortland, Cortland Co., NY), L 1855-1898 (LaFayette, Onondaga Co., NY), ca 1893 "50th wedding anniv." (Lafayette, NY), d 7 Dec 1902 (Lafayette, Onondaga Co., NY), bur Lafayette Rural cem1; m HENRY/HARRY E. CLARK ca 1843 [b 1818, son of "Edward2 of Halifax. VT, who came to Onondaga in 1818 were he died" & Rachel (TAGGERT), of Greenfield, MA) Clark who came to LaFayette in 1818, d 1893, bur Lafayette, NY], children:

1M   SENECA E., b 6 May 1848,

2M   CLIFFORD3, b ca 1858; m LILLIAN GERTRUDE MORGAN17 Jun 1896 [occup - teacher, L (Summit Station, NY)4] [RESEARCH:]

Lillian Morgan Clark

3M   JESSE E., b 15 Dec 1861 (LaFayette, NY), d 1863, bur Indian Cem (later transferred to Lafayette Rural cem in 1868)

4M   L. E. "son," L ca 1893 (Lafayette, Onondaga Co., NY) [see footnote 6 on the article below]

"State Census: 1855 Onondaga Co., NY

   SABRINA KETCHUM: of Lafayette 1st Elect Ward; 53y b. CT; res'd with son-in-law HARRY CLARK (data not copied) & her dau HESTER 33y b. Cortland Co., NY."5

Fiftieth Anniversary - Lafayette

   "A very pleasant occasion was the celebration on Wednesday last, of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. CLARK's fiftieth anniversary of their wedded life. They were decoyed away from home in Lafayette [NY], and returned only to find their pleasant apartments in possession of friends and relatives. After many hearty congratulations they repaired to the home of their son, L. E. CLARK, where a bountiful repast awaited them, after which they were again agreeably surprised by the presentation of a gold-headed cane to Mr. Clark and a gold-mounted umbrella to Mrs. Clark. . . ."6

"LEON E. CLARKE died Dec. 21, 1948, . . .South Presbyterian church . . . burial Morningside cemetery. . . . Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Erwin Fitch, Elmira; Mrs. Frank A. Purdy, New York city, and Mrs. Frank Grevburne, Syracuse."7

[Note: An interesting deed transaction occured in Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., MO on 30 Aug 1873 between ASA C. KETCHUM & LILLIAS J. KETCHUM, his wife, who sold land in the amount of $1500 to his brother-in-law, HENRY E. CLARK of Onondaga Co., NY. The transaction was recorded on 1 September 1873 in Marble Hill.]

1. McVoy, Jim. Email, 3 Dec 2000. The Lafayette Rural Cemetery is the large one on Route 11 just south of Lafayette Village.

2. Morgan, Danielle. Email, 8 Dec 2000. "CLIFFORD J. CLARK (son of Seneca) married LILLIAN GERTRUDE MORGAN who is my GG-aunt."

3. Note: Clifford Clark, brother to Seneca E. Clark (1848-1924), by observation of the 1898 picture, is estimated to be about 10 years younger. That would make his birth year around 1858. Clifford Jones Clark (1871-1932) is the son of Seneca E. & Rose (Jones) Clark and a nephew of Clifford Clark (ca 1850-53).

4. Morgan, Danielle. Email, 18 Feb 2001. "I just realized that I don't have any of Clifford & Lillian's children recorded anywhere."

5. Chaires, John., A HISTORY OF SENTINEL HEIGHTS CEMETERY 1816-1934 (Victory-Conquest Rd., R.D. #2, Cato, NY 13033). Located at the Syracuse Public Library, Local History Department. "This lot owned in the old Record Book by Edward Clark, . . . Rachel Taggart, of Greenfield, Mass., wife of Edward Clark of Lafayette, who came to Lafayette in 1818. . . . Lot No. 3 - Susannah Taggart, d 26 May 1829, ae. 77 yrs married to Thomas Taggart . . . This made it seem quite positive that it must have been the wife's mother who was buried here as this burial is among the earliest, the first being of "Samuel Clark" who died in 1824, and at this date Mr. Edward Clark was living on the farm now known as the Irving DuBois farm and as he says "owned by some member of the family ever since." ["Edward Clark (1789) was a younger brother to Samuel Clark (b 20 Feb 1769 VT, d 1824), who m Sally Clark (b 1 Jan 1765, d 8 Nov 1843 ae 78-10-7). The children of Edward (b 21 Nov 1789) & Rachel (Taggart) Clark were: Charles, Henry m Hester Ketcham, Thomas, Cordelia m James Anderson & William m Clarissa Orton."] (Jim McVoy brought this book to my attention as possibly indicating a burial location for Hester Ketchum Clark.)

5a . Clark, Faye E. Email (, 29 July 2007. "Yesterday I received the certified copies of the Clark deeds I had ordered.  They are very clear overall, although interpreting the handwriting is a challenge, as is the case with most old deeds.  The pages are legal size, so I'll copy them at a nearby Kinko's as my copier makes only standard-size copies.  I'll mail you copies of the deeds along with the certification from the Town Clerk.  We noticed that Samuel 2nd's son Edward (1789-1816 and my husband's direct ancestor) was a witness to some of the proceedings. Since we have had such a hard time finding Samuel 2nd's father, I thought we needed a "certified" copy of something where he refers to his "father" Thomas.  You'll find this in the deeds.  I ordered the deed with an Abner Clark just to show Samuel 2nd's connection to Halifax in 1815.  If Abner Clark was a relation, I've not found any evidence of this.  The very nice Clerk of Court in Halifax also threw in some listings of marriages and other Clark records, which I'll send you, too, although there is not much new in these listings not on the Internet.  Of interest to us was the record of Samuel 2nd's son Edward's marriage to Rachel Taggart.  We may order this record for our genealogy records."

6. Stork, Ginger Ketchum, KETCHAM KABLES Newsletter, (2133 Hermitage Dr., Davison, MI 48423), 1985-90.

7. Syracuse Public Library, Syracuse Biography, Deaths in Syracuse & Vicinity during 1948-1950, June, 1951. [Is "Leon E. Clarke" the same person as "L. E. Clark"?]

8. Dodge, Roy. Crossroads, A history of Lafayette. The picture was from one of the Morgan family.


Seneca E. Clark [SENECA E. CLARK-8 (1848), HESTER ANN-7 (1822), SENECA-6 (1798), EPHRAIM-5 (bapt 1765), EPHRAIM-4 (1719), NATHANIEL-3 (1679), JOSEPH KETCHUM-2 (ca 1648), EDWARD KATCHAM-1 (d 1655)] SENECA E. CLARK, b 6 May 1848, Educ (Cortland Academy), Occup (Farming & dairying), Land (owns 275 acres), Supervisor (3rd term), Lodges (Odd Fellows & A.O.U.W.), d 1924, bur Lafayette Rural cem; m1 ROSE E. JONES 1870 [b 1850, d 23 May 1905 LaFayette at 55, bur Lafayettte Rural Cem., dau of William H. (d 1871) & Eliza M. (Cole; d 1890) JONES; m2 ADA A., b 1855 (her m2 Stephen Weller (1833-1902), d 10 Dec 1936 (LaFayette, Onondaga Co., NY, bur Lafayette Rural cem), age 80],

   "CLARK, SENECA E., La Fayette, was born in La Fayette May 6, 1848, a son of HENRY E. and HESTER A. (KETCHUM) CLARK, he a native of Onondaga, born in 1818, and she of Cortland, born in 1822. The grandfather was EDWARD, of Halifax, Vt., who came to Onondaga in 1818, where he died. His wife was RACHEL TAGGERTserved at one time as poormaster. He died in 1893, and his widow now lives with SENECA E. The latter was educated in Cortland Academy, and has followed farming, also dealt in wool and produce for a number of years. He owns 275 acres of land, and follows general farming and dairying. He is now serving his third term as supervisor, and is a member of the Odd Fellows and the A.O.U.W. In 1870 he married ROSE E., daughter of WILLIAM H. and ELIZA M. (COLE) JONES. The father of Mrs. Clark died in 1871 and the mother in 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have had three children; CLIFFORD J., BELLE, wife of HARVEY T. WELLER of this town; and JESSIE."1

Clarks 1883


1M   CLIFFORD JONES, b 1871, bapt 5 Apr 1884 (Congregational Church - Lafayette), d 1932, bur Lafayette Rural Cem (Lafayette, Onondaga Co., NY)

2F   ROSABELLE "BELLE" C., b 1874, d 1952, bur Lafayette Rural Cem; m HARVEY T. WELLER, b 1870, d 1934, bur Lafayette Rural Cem "of this town [LaFayette]"

3F   JESSIE FREMONT, b ca 1878

4F   NINA, b 1887, d 1888, bur Lafayette Rural Cem (Lafayette, NY), "d/o Seneca & Rose"

1.   Bruce, Dwight H., edit., Onondaga's Centennial-Gleanings of a Century, 1896. [Provided by Tom Roux, email, 5/21/00 at

2. Dodge, Roy, Crossroads, A historical book of Lafayette, NY, p. 89. "Seneca E. Clark (1848-1924). " . . . He built the first silo in the Town of LaFayette, 1891; was largely instrumental in the organization and construction of the creamery at Onativia, 1896; constructed the first mile of improved road in the town, 1903. The children of Seneca E. Clark and Rose Jones Clark, c. 1883. (L. to R.) ROSABELLE, JESSIE FREMONT and CLIFFORD JONES CLARK." The picture was also from the above referenced book.


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