James Auston Clark

Male 1821 - 1887  (65 years)


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  • Name James Auston Clark 
    Born 17 Aug 1821  Unadilla, N. Y. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jun 1887  Pulaski, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 65 years 
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    Peletiah Clarke,   b. 5 Mar 1714,   d. Sep 1754  (Age 40 years)  (2 x Great Grandfather) 
    Nancy Dickerman,   b. 23 Sep 1799, Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1873, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  (Mother) 
    Person ID I39085  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father Ancestors Sherman George Clark, Sr.,   b. 28 Oct 1796, Columbia, Tolland, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1880, Richland, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Nancy Dickerman,   b. 23 Sep 1799, Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1873, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F14524  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen Adelia Lam,   b. 22 Apr 1822,   d. 22 Jul 1893  (Age 71 years) 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Nellie Theresa Clark,   b. 4 Mar 1857,   d. 27 Apr 1936  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     2. Edward L. Clark,   b. 1861,   d. 18 Jan 1888  (Age 27 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. Lewis James Clark,   b. 1852  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F14534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, June 16, 1887 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - James A. Clark - On Monday, June 13th, shortly after twelve o'clock noon, James A. Clark, one of Pulaski's oldest and best known citizens, departed this life after ten days of intense suffering. Mr. Clark was born at Unadilla, in this State, August 17, 1821. He removed to Mexico in 1844, but in the fall of the same year he removed to this village where he has since resided. He was, in common with most of the young men of those days, utterly without capital, but he has energy, a willingness to work and a wonderful capacity for looking ahead and noting the tendency of the times, especially from a business standpoint. In 1845 he was a clerk in Mr. Frey Lane's general store, but the same year he entered into a co-partnership with Mr. C. R. Jones, now living and the oldest merchant of our village. This firm continued until 1847, when he went into business with his brother, Charles A. Clark. For many years this firm did a very large and profitable business. In 1862 the tireless, indefatigable man of business assisted in organizing and became president of J. A. Clark & Co. Bank. Three years later the Pulaski National Bank was established by the deceased and his brother and this institution continues until the present one of the strongest and most conservative monied institutions in this section of the State. It is located in a marble front building erected by the deceased, and which is the most expensively built and thoroughly furnished structure in town. James A. Clark was always interested in all public measures and improvements and he held many village and town offices of trust and honor. He was a member of the Pulaski Board of Education from 1855 to 1885. For several terms he was president of the Village, and for two years he has represented township on the Oswego County Board of supervisors, the years of 1865 and 1866. For eighteen years he was a trustee and the treasurer of the Pulaski Congregational Church and society, and was a liberal contributor to the building fund for the erection of the present elegant and substantial brick church of that society, and a member of the building committee. In politics he was ever a strong advocate of Democratic principal. In 1883, when a candidate on his party ticket for State Senator, he carried Oswego County by a majority of about 1,400 when it has a regular Republican majority of over 2,200, Mr. Clark, in 1884 was elected as a Presidential Elector and cast his vote for Grover Cleveland, for the first Democratic president for twenty-five years. Mr. Clark was a mason and one of the oldest members of Pulaski lodge, No. 415. During the war he was active in the work of raising volunteers, and on one occasion pledged his personal estate for the payment of soldiers. Even in his last days, while suffering with an already fatal disease, he was actively engaged in working for the interests of his town, aiding by his influence in the effort being made to re-open and improve the harbor at Port Ontario. This was his last act as a public citizen before death seized him as its prey. Truly a busy, active life is ended; a prominent man has been laid low. All that is mortal of James A. Clark, a man of great influence and high standing in our midst, is now awaiting interment. His counsel, his presence will be missed, not only by a devoted wife and family, but by an entire village. Three children survive their father: L. J. Clark, of Pulaski, Mrs. Charles Peck, of Mexico, and E. L. Clark, of Pulaski. The latter, with his wife, has been in New Mexico and Southern California for his health. He reached Pulaski on Monday at 3:30 p.m, after a twelve days journey from Colton, California, three hours after the death of his father, who has so earnestly hoped that he might live to see his son once more. The funeral will be held from his late residence on Lake Street, this Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. J. Douglas conducting the services.