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thanks Robin! Born to Robin and Kevin Stoneburg was:

( MARK ERIC CHRISTOPHER SANDERS born December 8, 1983 Auburn NY; Eric was adopted at birth by Ellenor Baan and he lives in Maryland. He goes by the name Marc-Eric Christopher Baan.

Robin married, December 29, 1991 in the First Presbyterian Church, Pascagoula MS, Quentin Leif (Shingledecker) Moore. Quentin took his stepfather’s name legally when he enlisted in the US Navy, in which is presently serves. The Moores were married, again, on February 15, 1992, in the same church - this double marriage was to comply with Navy regulations. Quentin is presently on recruiting duty and the Moores reside in Canastota NY. Both sell Amway products. Born to Robin and Quentin were:

( IAN JONATHAN MOORE born July 10, 1993 Portsmouth VA

( CORIANNE ALISABETH MOORE born August 23, 1996 Portsmouth VA

Born to Cynthia and Fred was:

( HEATHER JO SANDERS born June 5, 1970 Auburn, Cayuga, NY; married November 11, 1995 in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Camillus NY, Peter James Woodworth [son of Paul & Carolyn (Boyson) Woodworth]; and born to them was:


Born to Cynthia and Terry were:

( GILLIAN GRACE SEARS born May 13, 1983 Auburn NY

( KATHRYN ELIZABETH SEARS born January 7, 1986 Auburn NY

( KATHLEEN LEORA KAPPESSER born January 12, 1947 Syracuse NY and died there March 7, 1995; buried Maple Grove Cemetery, Jordan, Onondaga, NY; married 1st May 17, 1969 Rudolph Raymond Garcia born November 3, 1946 CO and died August 11, 1973 Los Angeles Co, CA; married 2d September 21, 1974 Eugene Ray Cochran, Jr. [son of Eugene Ray Cochran, Sr.]; and born to Kathleen and Rudolph (Rudy) was:

( SEAN DAMON (GARCIA) COCHRAN born August 11, 1969 Auburn NY; married June 15, 1994 in the Town of Brutus Village Hall, Weedsport NY, Lori Ann Clifford [dau of Paul & Robin]; and born to them was:

( JOSHUA PRENTISS COCHRAN born October 29, 1995

Born to Kathleen and her second husband, Eugene, were:

( LESLIE ERIN COCHRAN born December 20, 1974 Auburn NY; married James E. Cornell and born to them was:

( CAMERON JAMES CORNELL born May 14, 1996

( EUGENE RAY COCHRAN III born October 14, 1978

( ERNEST HITCHCOCK KAPPESSER born December 7, 1950 Syracuse

( HENRY STEPHEN BOWERS born November 28, 1955 Detroit MI; a foster child of Doris and Ernest and is here for information purposes.

( ALICE BLANCHE HITCHCOCK born March 31, 1917; married May 18, 1940 Francis Zadroga and born to them were:

( JOYCE FRANCES ZADROGA born September 29, 1942

( DONNA EILEEN ZADROGA born October 19, 1944; married Thomas Theobald and born to them was:

( ALLEN THEOBALD married and has a child

( FRANCIS ZADROGA III born June 30, 1946

( IVA MILLIER HITCHCOCK born November 6, 1918; married October 23, 1939 Edgar Evans who died June 28, 1998; from his obit as provided by Robin Moore: Syracuse Post Standard, June 30, 1998 - Edgar F. Evans, 79, of Hannum Street, Skaneateles, died Sunday at Auburn Memorial Hospital. He was a life resident of Skaneateles and retired in 1980 from Evans Brothers Mobil Station, Skaneateles. He was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, past master and 50-year member of Skaneateles Masonic Lodge 522; and a 50-year member and high priest of Charles H. Platt Chapter, 247, R.A.M. Survivors: His wife, the former Iva Hitchcock, three sons, Edgar ‘Ted’ of Pulaski, Harry ‘Bud’ of Fredericksburg VA and Donald ‘Chop’ of Skaneateles; two sisters, Elizabeth Lukins of Marcellus and Alice Baker of Skaneateles; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 am Thursday at St. James Episcopal Church; burial Lake View Cemetery, Skaneateles; and born to them were:

( EDGAR CHARLES EVANS “Ted” born December 20, 1942

( HARRY THOMAS EVANS “Bud” born October 7, 1945

( GERALD ALLEN EVANS born March 11, 1947 Auburn, Cayuga, NY and died February 24, 1998 Syracuse NY; graduated from SUNY-Morrisville, Morrisville NY 1968; he was a former employee of the Skaneateles Police Department; worked as a foreman for the Town of Skaneateles Highway Department and was a 27-year veteran of the Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department, where he was the first recipient of the Fireman of The Year award 1989; former scoutmaster for Troop 161 and a member of the Robert J. Hydon American Legion Post 239 in Skaneateles; married Nancy Olick and born to them were:



( DONALD RICHARD EVANS “Chop” born December 19, 1950

( WALLACE A. (SMETHERS) HITCHCOCK born January 17, 1872 and died July 23, 1917; Note: Wallace was not born to Caroline and Thomas Hitchcock - it is said his mother was Mary, a sister of Caroline - this compilation does not show Caroline having a sister Mary, who apparently married a Mr. Smothers, and after their death, Caroline and Thomas raised Wallace. [If Thomas went to MI c1870 and never came back, as stated above, this further clouds the issue.] For future reference will continue with this. [Note: this Hitchcock info is from a genealogy done circa 1963 by Mrs. Lynn T. Coleman.] Wallace married Elnora A. Koeblin and born to them was:

( FERRIS R. HITCHCOCK born November 4, 1904; married Lillian M. Benson and born to them were:

( BARBARA HITCHCOCK born October 3, 1930; married Richard Stromquist and born to them were:

( STEPHEN STROMQUIST born June 6, 1957

( SHELLY STROMQUIST born September 23, 1961

( NANCY HITCHCOCK born February 3, 1933; married Lloyd Andrews and born to them were:

( JULIE ANDREWS born November 10, 1955

( CURTIS ANDREWS born June 25, 1957

( TAMMY ANDREWS born April 24, 1959

( DANIEL ANDREWS born May 14, 1961

( MARION HITCHCOCK born May 28, 1935; married Carl Schuler and born to them was:

( CYNTHIA SCHULER born August 12, 1956

( STEPHEN W. FERRIS born January 23, 1842 Manlius NY and died of pneumonia March 11, 1884; married Florence {maiden name unk} (speculation here - there was a Stephen Ferris who married October 1866 in Otselic, Florence Adelia Raymond [dau of Charles & Sarah (Bishop) Raymond] born March 4, 1849 Corry PA and died March 11 1884, Otselic. Believe Stephen’s death date may be wrong because it is said he moved with his children to PA. The following offspring are listed for reference purposes):

( GAY AUSTIN FERRIS born December 1, 1869 Otselic NY and died January 26, 1899; married Emma Raymond

( CLAUD PERCIVAL FERRIS born September 22, 1872 Otselic NY; married Jane Boggs of PA

( RAY STEPHEN FERRIS born June 8, 1883 Otselic NY

( THOMAS J. FERRIS (1843-)


( CATHERINE S. FERRIS (1849-) married a Mr. Stimpson



( JOHN FERRIS (c1789-c1869) married March 15, 1810 at the Dutch Reform Church, Manny’s Corners, Amsterdam NY, Sally Sturges (1793-); a John Ferris died June 1869 in Smyrna at 80yrs, a widower; and born to them were:

( JOHN AUSTIN FERRIS born August 25, 1810 Amsterdam NY and died 1875 Smyrna NY

( MELISSA FERRIS married James Cox; and born to them were 4 kids, one of which was:


( BENJAMIN FERRIS died as a result of being kicked by a horse; unmarried

( ERMINA FERRIS (1822-) married Luther P. Blair.

( JOSEPH FERRIS born October 27, 1789 and died June 11, 1864; buried in Ferris Cemetery, Smyrna, Chenango, NY [there is a conflict here - this Joseph is listed also in the (5) James line.] [cemetery records say he died at age 72y 7m 15d which makes this birth date wrong] Joseph purchased a farm from Robert Ferris on Smyrna Hill, where he and his son, Ziba, lived and died; married Sally Wood [possibly dau of Thankful Wood, second wife of Israel B. Ferris (] born June 13, 1793 and died October 18, 1868 [cemetery records say she died age 75y 4m 14d which makes this birth date wrong]. There is a Joseph Ferris who died June 11, 1861 at 72y 7m 15d and his wife, Sally who died October 18, 1868 at 75y 4m 14d buried at the Ferris Cemetery, believed to be these folks. Born to them were:

( RUTH FERRIS born August 4, 1818 Smyrna NY and died there December 22, 1861; married September 12, 1840 Smith Angell Cleveland [son of Israel & Sally (Tuttle) Cleveland] born January 31, 1818 New Berlin NY and died c1866 Chenango Co or New Hartford NY; and born to them were:

( HIRAM LAVETTE CLEVELAND – may have been KIA during Civil War

( ZIBA VALETTE CLEVELAND born April 24, 1844 Smyrna NY and died December 27, 1922 Bayard, Morrill, NE; buried there; went to Iowa and bought land on which he farmed for 20y; in 1886 he moved to Banner Co NE and homesteaded; married July 26, 1875 in Story Co IA, Mary J. Warrington [dau of David & Sarah Jane]. [Note: from a five-generation chart of Eva L. (Cleveland) Gerber.]; he was always interested in education and served on school boards for 30y; justice of the peace; and born to them were:

( LEE R CLEVELAND resided Bayard NE

( RALPH CLEVELAND resided Spokane WA

( HERBERT LAVETTE CLEVELAND ‘Bert’ born July 24, 1876 Nevada, Story, IA and died November 9, 1941; farmer in Scotts Bluff Co NE; married January 3, 1897 (November 1, 1897 in NE) in LaGrange, Goshen, WY Edna Carol Miskimins/Miskimmins born January 28, 1878 Collins, Story, IA and died November 1, 1964; both buried High Butte Cemetery, McGrew, Scotts Bluff, NE [dau of Robert Mitchell & Sarah Ann (Flock) Miskimins/Miskimmins]; and born to them were:

( EDNA ELLEN CLEVELAND married Robert Applegate

( ROBERT MISKIMINS CLEVELAND born October 11, 1897 LaGrange, Goshen, WY and died March 14, 1989 Gering, Scottsbluff, NE (100y+); married Grace Edna Jackson (Grace Ellen Jackson) born June 12,1898 NE [dau of John & Mary]; both buried High Butte Cemetery, Scotts Bluff Co NE; offspring to include:

( ARNOLD LEON CLEVELAND (1927-) married Shirley May Partridge (1929-); offspring to include:


( GLADYS BEATRICE CLEVELAND born January 5, 1899 and died September 23, 1991 WY; married 1st Mr Alexander; 2d Rollie Edwin Sadler born September 10, 1891 and died February 1986 WY; and born to her and Mr Alexander were:

( VIRGIL WILLIAM ALEXANDER born July 23, 1917; married Ruth (mnu); offspring

( JEAN SHIRLEY ALEXANDER born March 2, 1920; married 1935 Clifford Olive Howard (1918-) [son of William Olive & Lottie Mae (Trefren) Howard]; offspring

( HAROLD ZIBA CLEVELAND born August 10, 1901 Saratoga, Carbon, WY and died November 1971 San Diego Co CA; married Florence Edna Allison (1904-); offspring to include:

( EVA LEE CLEVELAND born February 28, 1928; married Donald E Gerber; Mr Moore; offspring

( RAY LEROY CLEVELAND born April 29, 1929

( INA CLAIR CLEVELAND born March 4, 1905 McGrew, Scotts Bluff, NE; married M M Lamar

( GRAYCE HELEN CLEVELAND (Grace Helen Cleveland) born June 16, 1908; married 1924 George Albert Smith (1905-) [son of Charles H & Elizabeth (Howard) Smith]; offspring to include:

( MARGARET BETH SMITH born December 1, 1928; married 1950 E G Poff

( MARY VIRGINIA CLEVELAND born January 12, 1914 McGrew NE; married 1st Delmer Leslie Lane; 2d Preston Edward Allison (1906-); offspring from both marriages

( ROY ZIBA CLEVELAND born October 10/21, 1885 Collins, Story, IA and died December 25, 1910 Banner Co NE; moved with his parents to NE 1886; married April 12, 1906 in Gering NE, Ida Margeta Franklin born February 17, 1881 Putman Co MO and died January 2, 1966 Scottsbluff NE [dau of Marcus Antonius & Christina Margaret (Baquet) Franklin]; both buried High Butte Cemetery, Scotts Bluff Co NE; (or Castle Rock Cemetery) and born to them were:

( LEE BENJAMIN CLEVELAND (Photo) born January 28, 1907 Banner Co NE (Bayard, Morrill, NE) and died October 14, 1985 Scottsbluff NE; married 1st 1927 (January 18, 1926) in Sterling CO, Catherine Elizabeth Bulck born June 7, 1910 (July 17, 1909 in North Platte, Lincoln, NE) and died January 2/3, 1950 McGrew, Scotts Bluff, NE [dau of Henry Howard & Francis Louise (Riddle) Bulck]; 2d 1950 in Ft Gibson OK, Nora Singleton; Lee and Catherine both buried High Butte Cemetery, McGrew, Scotts Bluff Co NE; and born to him and Catherine were:



( IDA LOUISE CLEVELAND born March 6, 1934 McGrew, Scotts Bluff, NE and died January 2, 1966 NE; married November 24, 1950 in Gering NE, Dale E Shaul born December 10/20, 1929 on the family ranch in Pumpkin Greek Valley, Banner, NE [only child of William E & Sadie (Olsen) Shaul]; Army 1951-52; Honor Farm Family of Scotts Bluff Co NE 1962; Banner County Commissioner; and born to them were:










( DORIS VALETTA CLEVELAND born December 25, 1909 Banner Co NE (McGrew, ScottsBluff, NE) and died July 27, 1991 West Plains, Howell, MO; buried Drury, Douglas MO; married July 26, 1936 in Bridgeport NE, as his 2d wife, Ralph Henry Houston born August 12, 1904 Yellowstone Indian Territory, Stillwater, OK and died October 16, 1991 West Plains MO; buried Blanche Cemetery, Drury MO; and they had at least 6 kids, 1 of which was:

( BETTY ANN HOUSTIN born February 6, 1939 Bridgeport, Morrill, NE and died July 10, 1991 West Plains, Howell, MO; buried Pleasant Home Cemetery, Vanzant, Douglas, MO

( ISRAEL ANGELL CLEVELAND – a druggist resided in Chicago IL

( IDA JESSE CLEVELAND married Addison Weed


( JOSEPH FERRIS “Ziba” born 1824 Smyrna NY and died there April 14, 1865 of typhoid fever (age 41y); buried at the Ferris Cemetery about 3 miles west of the village of Smyrna, Chenango Co NY; always addressed as Ziba; farmer; married December 25, 1847 Augusta Caroline Alcott born May 19, 1825 and died February 9, 1881; buried with Ziba. [there appears to be some confusion about the placement of this Joseph Z - there is also a Joseph Z with the same year of birth and death in the (5) James line - with a different wife.]

( THANKFUL FERRIS (1828-) married Dwight Wilbur

( JULIA FERRIS – adopted; married Charles O. Tuttle

( ELIZABETH FERRIS - listed as a possible - married a Mr. Cleveland


( LUCY FERRIS married Hiram Spencer

( RUTH FERRIS born January 29, 1753/54/55 Horseneck, Greenwich CT and died December 10, 1821 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY; married c1772/3 (November 20, 1773) at Amenia, Dutchess, NY, William Jordan born September 2, 1751 near Belfast, Ireland (North Castle) and died June 10, 1833 Hillsdale, NY; 1756 migrated to the US with his family, his parents died in an epidemic and William and his sister were sent to an orphanage; 1762 left the orphanage to apprentice in the trade of hand weaving; he served in the Revolution, engaged in the Battles of White Plains and Stillwater as a Lieutenant in command of a company; remained in the militia after the War and attained the rank of Major; 1785 William and his family moved to a 250-acre farm about 4 miles NE of Hillsdale, Columbia, NY; 1800 the moved moved onto a 300-acre farm a few miles NE of Craryville NY (near Hillsdale); both buried Craryville Cemetery (West Hillsdale Baptist Church Cemetery), Hillsdale NY; and born to them were:

( JOHN JORDAN born May 16, 1774 Stanfordville, Dutchess, NY and died 1846 Palmyra NY; of Martindale and Claverack, Columbia Co NY; 1801 bought a farm just to the west of his father, added to it until it was 300-acres, sold the farm 1839, retired from business and moved to Palmyra, Wayne, NY; married November 20, 1795 Sarah Allen (Sarah Alling dau of Asa & Jemima (Purdy) Alling) born July 15, 1777 Stanfordville NY and died July 3, 1865 Palmyra; both buried Palmyra Cemetery; and born to them were:

( STEPHEN B JORDAN born December 3, 1796 and died May 3, 1873; married in Hillsdale NY, Maria Rossman (1800-1875); both buried Palmyra Cemetery; and born to them were:

( EDGAR A JORDAN (1830-1867) buried Palmyra Cemetery; married Lucena (mnu) (1835-)

( ROSSMAN J JORDAN born 1824 Palmyra NY and died there August 31, 1859; married Louisa Higby born August 17, 1829 and died March 26, 1881; both buried Palmyra Cemetery; and born to them were:

( EMMA L JORDAN (1854-1877) buried Palmyra Cemetery

( SARAH ELEN JORDAN born May 28, 1855 Palmyra NY and died July 8, 1932 Seneca Falls, Seneca, NY; married Edwin I French (1856-1928); both buried Restvale Cemetery, Seneca Falls NY; and born to them were:

( LEWIS EDWIN FRENCH born September 14, 1898 Seneca Falls, Seneca, NY and died February 15, 1946 Savona, Steuben, NY; buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira NY; married Lillian Rachel Mellen born September 14, 1898 Bradford, Steuben, NY and died October 2, 1984 Elmira NY; both buried Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung, NY [dau of George Edward & Lana Eleanora (Watson) Mellen]; both were WWI Army Vets; and they had 10 kids, 6 of which were:

( ROBERT LEWIS FRENCH born March 6, 1922 Elmira, Chemung, NY; married Esther Griswold born February 14, 1923 Elmira NY and died December 9, 2006 Ghent, Columbia, NY; buried Union Cemetery, Mellenville NY; offspring

( RICHARD FRENCH was a Korean War Vet; married with 6 kids

( RALPH FRENCH born June 26, 1926 and died January 1, 2000 Beaver Dams, Schuyler, NY


( KENNETH FRENCH born March 12, 1935 and died August 22, 2002 Horseheads, Chemung, NY; married; offspring

( TOM FRENCH born November 12, 1942 and died December 2, 1993; postal supervisor; resided NH

( EDNA FRENCH married Victor E Burroughs born 1886 Seneca Falls NY and died 1937 by suicide; and born to them was:

( EDWIN BURROUGHS born February 6, 1903 and died January 14, 1994 Manatee FL; married name unk; offspring

( GERTRUDE FRENCH born January 10, 1890 and died April 1976 Ghent, Columbia, NY; married Frank Vicent; George Tinker

( SAMUEL W JORDAN born February 4, 1799 and died April 14, 1845 Palmyra NY

( REBECCA JORDAN born April 5, 1801 and died February 12, 1867

( WILLIAM J JORDAN born March 17, 1803; married in Claverack NY, Roselene/Rosalind Lockwood (1818-1868); both buried Palmyra Cemetery

( ABRAM JORDAN born July 1, 1805 Hillsdale NY and died there December 28, 1805; buried there Craryville Cemetery

( ABRAM I. JORDAN born March 24, 1807 nd died September 27, 1890; married 1st 1831 in Hillsdale NY, Mary Snyder (1806-1848); buried with Abram, also a marker at Craryville Cemetery; 2d 1849, Mary’s sister, Eleanor Snyder (1816-1889); all buried Martindale Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; and born to him and Mary were:

( BENJAMIN SNYDER JORDAN (1837-1914) of Hollowville, Columbia, NY; buried Mellenville Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; married 1865 Christina Pectel/Pecktel (1841-); and born to them was:

( DEWITT CLINTON JORDAN (1866-) of Hollowville

( WILLIAM ALLEN JORDAN (1839-1912) of Hillsdale, Columbia, NY; married Marion E (mnu) (1839-1916); both buried Union Cemetery, Mellenville NY; and born to them was:

( FRED A JORDAN (1866-1919) buried Union Cemetery, Mellenville NY

( GEORGE H JORDAN (1843-1866) buried Martindale Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

Born to Abram and his 2d wife, Eleanor, were:

( CARLTON JORDAN (1852-1856) buried Martindale Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( EMMA A JORDAN (1855-1899) buried Martindale Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( LUCY ANN JORDAN born June 26, 1809 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY and died June 22, 1896; married February 11, 1830 in Hillsdale, Morgan Lewis Doty born December 31, 1802 and died 1891 [son of Solomon & Hannah (Shaw) Doty]; and born to them were:

( MARIETTA DOTY born November 30, 1830 Columbia Co NY and died March 28, 1910; married January 16, 1850 Elias Wright Harrington born November 4, 1827 NY and died December 28, 1881; fire insurance agent 1880; and born to them were:

( HENRY S HARRINGTON born December 8, 1850 Geneva, Ontario, NY and died February 4, 1862 Palmyra, Wayne, NY

( LUCY DOTY HARRINGTON born May 22, 1859 Yellow Springs, Greene, OH and died January 14, 1941; music teacher 1880; married 1881 Albertus Brownell Johnson; and born to them were:








( LUCY MAY JOHNSON married Warren Robert Spike; and born to them was:


( SARAH MARIAH HARRINGTON born July 24, 1863 Geneva, Ontario, NY and died June 13, 1939

( JENNIE ALICE HARRINGTON born September 14, 1871 and died January 1, 1931 Geneva, Ontario, NY; married 1892 Alfred Harlow Levet who died February 11, 1904; and born to them were:


( WILLIAM HARLOW LEVET born August 24, 1899; married Marguerite A Smith

( JOHN JORDAN DOTY born March 20, 1836 Columbia Co NY; married 1st Rosannah (mnu); 2d 1857 in Clifton Springs NY, Roxanna Brown Dewey born October 6, 1836 Manchester, Ontario, NY; - wonder if these are the same ladies; and born to him and Rosannah was:

( ALICE DOTY (c1856-)

Born to John and his 2d wife, Roxanna, were:

( ALICE CARY DOTY b orn circa July 2, 1862 Yellow Springs, Green, OH and died March 30, 1864 Grass Valley, Nevada, CA

( NELLIE LOUISE DOTY born February 14, 1865 Hopewell, Ontario, NY; married 1883 Eugene Louis Courtian; and born to them were:

( LORING EUGENE COURTIAN born January 18, 1885 San Francisco CA and died May 17, 1886

( GLADYS DEWEY COURTIAN born January 21, 1888

( SARAH DOTY born January 23, 1840 Columbia Co NY; married 1859 in Palmyra NY, Edward Reynolds; and born to them were:




( ASA A JORDAN born May 5, 1812 Hillsdale NY and died April 1, 1815 Hillsdale NY; buried there Craryville Cemetery

( JOHN JORDAN Jr born February 6, 1814 and died December 11, 1889; married 1836 Margaret A Philip (1819-1900); both buried Palmyra Cemetery; and born to them was:

( THEODORE E JORDAN/JORDON (1838-) married Jane (mnu) (1837-1906); Agnes P (mnu) (1843-1875); all buried Palmyra Cemetery; and born to him and Agnes were:



( ALLEN A JORDAN, M.D., born September 14, 1816 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY and died August 17, 1843; buried Palmyra Cemetery “Jordon”; married 1840 in Hillsdale, Ann Powers

( NIRAM/HIRAM JORDAN born October 2, 1818 and died May 26, 1856; married in Hillsdale, Julia A Hoffman (1818-1904); both buried Claverack RDC Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; and born to them were:

( JOSEPHINE JORDAN (c1838-1904) buried Claverack RDC, Columbia Co NY

( FRANK HOFFMAN JORDAN (c1842-1887) buried Claverack RDC Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; Civil War Vet – mustered in as a Sergeant and mustered as a Captain, Company E/N, 91st Illinois Infantry Regiment, 1862-65

( WILLIAM I JORDAN born April 10, 1778 Stanfordville, Dutchess, NY and died May 24, 1852 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY; buried Craryville Cemetery, Hillsdale NY; 1804 bought 40-acres on the south side of father William’s property and added to this farm until it was 350-acres; War of 1812 Veteran, Captain – stationed at Lake Champlain with Northern NY Army 1813-14; in command of State Militia 1824; declined appointment as Brigadier General at his retirement; listed as Colonel on his gravestone; married 1st 1803 in Stanfordville, Dutchess, NY Rhoda Alling – sister of Sarah above - born January 12, 1782 and died January 16, 1842 Hillsdale; buried with William; 2d 1844 Jemma A Breck who died October 1879 Chatham, Columbia, NY; and born to him and Rhoda were:

( HANNAH JORDAN born May 17, 1805 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY and died there July 3, 1811; buried there Craryville Cemetery – conflict with gravestone info

( MAURICE JORDAN born December 1, 1806 Hillsdale NY and died there August 16, 1808; buried there Craryville Cemetery

( JOSEPHUS D JORDAN born circa December 1808 Hillsdale NY and died September 12, 1885 Pine Plains, Dutchess, NY; married Elizabeth Knickerbocker (1819-1870); both buried Pine Plains Cemetery; and born to them were:

( MARY B JORDAN (1846-1874) buried Pine Plains Cemetery

( WILLIAM BURNAP JORDAN (c1854-) married 1st Mary Elizabeth Harris born March 7, 1854 MI and died November 16, 1889 Pine Plains; 2d January 17, 1894 in NYC, Myra L Harris born August 22, 1866 MI and died 1953 Pine Plains NY – sisters?; all buried Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains, Dutchess, NY; and born to him and Mary were:

( MARY E JORDAN (c1878-)

( CYRUS V JORDAN (1879-)

( WILLIAM BURNAP JORDAN Jr (1885-1948) married 1909 Julia Duxbury Slingerland; and born to them was:

( WILLIAM BURNAP JORDAN III born 1921 Pine Plains, Dutchess, NY and died January 29, 1999 Pinehurst NC; graduated from Hotchkiss School in Lakeville CT and Yale U; married July 22, 1944 Jean Costello [dau of J George], graduated from the Emma Willard School and in 1942 from Vassar College; they were both in the Navy when they married; she was a WAVE and he was a Lt (jg); during WWII he served as a Naval aviator in the Pacific; in 1985 he retired as the Financial VP of Dart and Kraft; subsequently served as a Trustee of the United Mine Workers of America Health and Pension Fund; director of the Scholl Foundation and director of the Benchmark Funds of Northern Trust, Chicago; charter members of the Little Nine Partners Historical Society; they had homes in Pinehurst and Bridgeport VT; there is a William Burnap Jordan III Scholarship Fund at the Hotchkiss School; and born to them were:

( LAURA JORDAN married a Mr Sawyer

( WILLIAM CYRUS JORDAN, M.D – B.A. Dartmouth College 1972; U of Connecticut Medical School 1977; Pediatrician in Montpelier VT 1984-90 – see ‘Net


Born to William and his 2d wife, Myra, was:


( AMBROSE L JORDAN (1809-1836)

( RUTH JORDAN born June 23, 1811 Hillsdale NY and died December 20, 1834 Gypsum (Phelps) NY; buried there Riverview

( CORNELIA JORDAN (1813-1839) buried Craryville Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( POLLY JORDAN (1814-1837) buried Craryville Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( SARAH ANN JORDAN (1816-1840) buried Spencertown Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( JAMES F JORDAN (1818-1839) buried Craryville Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( MATTHIAS B JORDAN (1821-1848) buried Craryville Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( JANE E JORDAN (1823-1843) buried Craryville Cemetery, Columbia Co NY

( WILLIAM HOWARD JORDAN born 1826 and died after July 29, 1909; 1852 moved from Hillsdale NY to Washintaw Co MI; Civil War Vet served with 11th Michigan Cavalry Regiment; 1867 moved from Kalamazoo MI to Cedar Valley IA; engaged in farming and fine stock raising in Waverly IA; superintendent of First Importing Co in Iowa to bring blooded stock there; retired to Indianola; married 1855 Frances E Bingham born February 22, 1834 [dau of David]; and born to them was:

( MAMIE JORDAN (c1860-) music teacher

( REBECCA JORDAN born April 10, 1781 Stanfordville NY (or Ontario Co NY) and died September 10, 1877 Gypsum (Phelps) NY; buried there Riverview; married Adam Van Dusen born December 31, 1775 Germantown, Columbia, NY and died November 27, 1827 Gypsum (Phelps) Ontario, NY; buried Riverview [son of Martin & Elisabeth (Ostrander) Van Deusen]; and born to them were:

( FANNY VAN DEUSEN born September 25, 1798 and died 1882 Manchester, Ontario, NY; married May 20, 1819 Azel Throop born January 28, 1792 Lebanon, Windham, CT and died March 1878 Ontario Co NY [son of Benjamin & Rachel (Brown) Throop]; War of 1812 Vet; schoolmaster, inspector, and superintendent of schools; and born to them were:

( LUCY ANN THROOP born February 19, 1820 and died July 21, 1849; married December 22, 1846 D D Sprague

( RUTH THROOP born July 18, 1821 and died July 31, 1821

( ELIZABETH C THROOP born July 12, 1822 and died December 7, 1910; married October 18, 1841 Stoughton Hayward who died July 5, 1911 in his 94th year

( JOSEPH ALLEN THROOP born February 16, 1827 and died July 19, 1897; farmer of Throop homestead; married 1st Hannah Jane Thompson; 2d Hannah Edward; and born to him and Hannah were:





Born to Joseph and his 2d wife, Hannah, was:


( WILLIAM NELSON THROOP born April 6, 1829 and died July 10, 1887; married 1859 Maria F Stowitts

( AUGUSTUS PHELPS THROOP born August 21, 1832 and died November 28, 1907; resided NYC; married 1868 in NYC, Mary Elizabeth Smillie; and born to them were:




( NEWTON ADAMS THROOP born April 1, 1835; married 1864 Bell H Pierce; and born to them were:

( KATHARINE R THROOP born December 3, 1865

( FANNY VAN DUSEN THROOP born March 28, 1868

( RALPH BUCHANAN THROOP born July 12, 1871


( FRANCES AUGUSTA THROOP born April 17, 1873; married 1901 Walter Harlow Drew; and born to them were:

( BENJAMIN HARLOW DREW born October 3, 1903

( WILLIS PARKER DREW born November 11, 1905

( FRANCES AUGUSTA THROOP born June 17, 1837 and died February 19, 1873; married 1868 Edgar W Pierce

( ADONIRAM JUDSON THROOP born November 28, 1844 Manchester, Ontario, NY and died after 1905; post office clerk; highway commissioner; resided Port Gibson, Ontario Co NY early 1900s; married 1st 1878 Anna Hamilton Cooper (-1896); 2d 1900 Isabel Granger Throop; and born to him and Anna were:


( EDGAR HOLLING THROOP married 1st 1904 E Roosevelt Gilbert of Oswego KS who died October 19, 1904; 2d 1911 Lucille A Pike of Lapeer MI

( BEULAH BELLE THROOP married 1907 Will Lewis Chandler – of Cleveland OH – and born to them were:

( ALFRED THROOP CHANDLER born September 22, 1908

( KENNARD THROOP CHANDLER born February 23, 1910

( LUCRETIA VAN DEUSEN born 1801 and died after 1880 Seward, Kendall, IL; married Jacob Swarthout born 1801 and died after 1880 Seward IL; and born to them was:

( GEORGE SWARTHOUT born c1845 OH; resided Seward IL 1880; married Lucy (mnu) born c1857 IL; and born to them was:


( WILLIAM J VAN DEUSEN (1802-1807) drowned; buried Rvierview, Gypsum (Phelps) NY


( NANCY J VAN DEUSEN born c1806 Gypsum, Ontario, NY and died after 1880 when she resided in East Bloomfield, Ontario, NY with son; married 1st 1824 in Phelps, Joshua Terry, M.D. born 1802 East Palmyra, Wayne, NY and died 1883 PA; 2d Arthur Gould; 3d James Hawkes, M.D.; and born to her and Arthur was:

( AMBROSE F GOULD married Cynthia J (mnu); and born to them were:






( WILLIAM JORDAN VAN DEUSEN born December 2, 1807 and died May 30, 1886 Phelps, Ontario, NY; farmer; married c1834 in Ontario Co NY, Gertrude Philip [son of William D & Rebecc (Ostrander) Philip] born December 3, 1809 and died April 10, 1888 Gypsum (Phelps), Ontario, NY; both buried there Riverview; and born to them were:

( ELIZABETH A VAN DEUSEN (1835-) married Justin Gates

( NANCY LEHELIA VAN DEUSEN (1838-1842) - Lucy Ledellia on gravestone

( WILLIAM A VAN DEUSEN (1840-1917) buried Gypsum Cemetery, Phelps, Ontario, NY; farmer; Civil War Vet – Private with Company G, 169th New York Infantry Regt; married Ella Ruden; and they had a bakery in Macy’s NYC; and born to them were:



( SUSAN L VAN DEUSEN (1844-) was living in Phelps NY 1888; married George Albert Wells (1843-) [son of G. M. & Sirena]

( LUCY B VAN DEUSEN (1846-) married a Mr Pierce

( AMBROSE L VAN DEUSEN (1848-c1915) married 1878 Millicent O Van Auken born September 28, 1859 Phelps (Oaks Corners), Ontario, NY and died 1918 [dau of Theron & Sophia A (Ottley) Van Auken]; both buried Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps NY; and born to them was:

( ALICE MAUD DEUSEN born April 11, 1883 Phelps, Ontario, NY

( FRANK F VAN DEUSEN (1851-1926) gentleman farmer; inherited the farm from his father in Gypsum (Phelps) in upstate NY; married 1884 Jennie May Garlock born August 14, 1864 Grand Rapids MI and died October 1, 1952 at the State Psychiatric Hospital NY where she was a patient for years [dau of Alfred & Jane (Vanderhoof) Garlock]; and born to them were:

( GLYNDON GARLOCK VAN DEUSEN born September 22, 1897 Phelps NY and died April 8, 1987 Rochester NY; when he was in his early 20s, he sold his half of the family farm to his brother Clifford. With the money, he paid for his college education and graduated from the U of Rochester 1925, A.B.; 1926 received an A.M. from Amherst College and 1932, PhD from Columbia U; began teaching at the U of Rochester 1930 as an instructor in the history department; 1933 became an assistant professor; 1942 an associate professor and in 1947, a full professor of history; from 1954-62 he was the chairman of the history department and from 1957-60 was associate dean of graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences; after 1962 he was a research professor emeritus; author, see ‘Net; married 1931 in Dundee NY, Ruth Naomi Litteer [dau of LeRoy Watson & Emma Cordelia (Hull) Litteer] born July 1, 1908 Weston/Tyrone, Schuyler, NY and died December 22, 2002 Pittsford NY; attended Geneseo State College and took some courses at the U of Rochester where she took a history course her future husband was teaching; offspring

( CLIFFORD JORDAN VAN DEUSEN born May 17, 1900 and died January 15, 1974 Gypsum (Phelps) NY; buried there Riverview; married 1934 at Geneva NY, Helen Mather born 1900 Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and died 1953; buried Riverview; and Mary E Richardson born 1920 Bath NY and died March 4, 1983 Phelps NY; buried Riverview – Mary was a niece of Helen

( LOURANA VAN DEUSEN born December 15, 1808 and died May 15, 1811

( AMBROSE LATTING VAN DEUSEN born October 1, 1810 Gypsum, Phelps, Ontario, NY and died November 7, 1878 Phelps NY; buried there Riverview; respected citizen of Phelps, having served as superintendent of the poor, supervisor, member of the assembly and represented the First Assembly District of Ontario Co in the NY State Legislature; married c1835 Susan Richardson (1815-1902); buried Riverview; adopted a daughter

( LUCY LOVENA VAN DEUSEN born January 14, 1813 and died November 18, 1895; married Abel Trowbridge Blackmar born 1816 Freehold, Greene, NY; after 1869 they emigrated to Saginaw Co MI; and born to them were:

( WILLIAM H BLACKMAR (1839-) married Jennie J (mnu) (c1845-); and born to them were:



( ABEL T BLACKMAR born June 25, 1879 Teymouth, Saginaw, MI

( MARY AUGUSTA BLACKMAR born March 9, 1841 Newark, Wayne, NY; married 1863 Charles R Sternberg, a grain dealer; and born to them were:



( FAY STERNBERG born February 19, 1875 Buffalo, Erie, NY and died May 1963 NY

( CHARLES VAN DEUSEN BLACKMAR born November 15, 1842 Newark, Wayne, NY

( ELIZABETH VAN DEUSEN (1814-1822) buried Riverview, Phelps NY

( ALLEN VAN DEUSEN (1816-1824) buried Riverview, Phelps NY

( JAMES PHILLIP VAN DEUSEN born December 2, 1821 and died after 1896 Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI; boot and shoe dealer; married Hannah Eliza Pomeroy; and born to them was:


( BENJAMIN JORDAN born December 26, 1783 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY and died March 26, 1875 Geneva, Ontario, NY; buried Riverview, Phelps, NY; married Phebe Bagley born January 12, 1789 Columbia Co NY and died August 29, 841 Ontario Co NY; buried Riverview; and born to them were:

( ELIZABETH JORDAN (1819-1843) buried Riverview, Phelps NY

( LEWIS JORDAN (1824-1826)

( ABRAM JORDAN, M.D., born November 10, 1785 Hillsdale NY and died October 21, 1855 Claverack, Columbia, NY; married 1808 Catharine Mesick born September 16, 1793 Claverack and died there May 30, 1862; both buried Claverack RDC Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; and born to them were:

( PETER M JORDAN born October 21, 1818 Claverack, Columbia, NY and died February 1, 1886 Hudson, Columbia, NY; buried Claverack RDC Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; married Jane Flaherty; buried Hudson Cemetery

( WILLIAM A JORDAN born 1820 and died 1889 Hudson, Columbia, NY; merchant, farmer; married Caroline M Jenkins born 1826 NY and died 1901 Hudson NY; both buried there Hudson Cemetery; and born to them were:

( JOSEPH JORDAN (1846-1848) buried Hudson Cemetery, Columbia Co NY


( SUSAN H JORDAN (1856-)

( MARY H JORDAN (1863-)

( HENRY JORDAN (1822-1892) married Anne W Everson (1832-1898); both buried Claverack RDC Cemetery; and born to them were:

( KATHERINE JORDAN (1857-1930) buried Claverack RDC Cemetery

( ROBERT FRAY JORDAN (1861-1926) buried Claverack RDC Cemetery


( ELIZABETH JORDAN (1866-1867) buried Claverack RDC Cemetery


( FRANK W JORDAN (1871-)

( ELIZABETH JORDAN born c1825 and died March 14, 1878; married Frederick A Gifford born c1821 Easton, Washington, NY and died January 12, 1865; both buried Hudson Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; he was a merchant in Greenfield, Saratoga, NY; and born to them were:




( LUCY JORDAN (1830-1839) buried Claverack RDC Cemetery

( JOHN JORDAN (1834-)

( NANCY JORDAN born September 20, 1787 Hillsdale NY and died there October 16, 1808; buried there Craryville Cemetery

( AMBROSE LATTING JORDAN (Ambrose Lord Jordan) born May 1, 1789 Hillsdale NY and died July 16, 1865 NYC; admitted to the Bar 1813, practicing in Albany NY; 1816 was the acknowledged leader of the Otsego County bar; settled in Coopertown NY; 1820 returned to his native Columbia Co and practiced in Hudson where he practiced until 1838; spring of 1838 moved to NYC and practiced there until spring of 1860; Attorney General of the State of New York; one term NY state senator; member of convention to revise the Constitute of NY State; 1815 lieutenant in Coopertown’s militia; married December 17, 1812 in Claverack, Columbia, NY Cornelia Caroline Philip born February 3, 1795 Claverack and died May 16, 1872 NYC; dau of Jacob H & Elbertje (Fonda) Philip; both buried Hudson Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; and born to them were:

( CAROLINE JORDAN born 1815 NY and died June 27, 1874; married 1835 Edward Cabot Clark born December 19, 1811 Athens, Greene, NY and died October 14, 1882 Cooperstown, Otsego, NY; educated Lenox Academy, Williams College 1830; a lawyer and co-owner of Singer Sewing Machine Co; this Clark family is well documented on the ‘Net;

May 20, 2007

First Chapter

‘The Clarks of Cooperstown’


The person whose amassing of a fortune made all the collecting and high living possible was Edward Cabot Clark. Edward's grandsons-Sterling and Stephen and their brothers, Edward and Ambrose-would not have been who they were without the wealth they acquired thanks to Edward's phenomenal business success. They reaped the rewards of their grandfather's financial acumen, legal expertise, and common sense; and Sterling and Stephen, if not the other two, also felt the imprint of Edward's personality. While on the surface Edward, a Sunday-school teacher as well as a lawyer, was a man of traditional bearing who comported himself with conservative demeanor, he was intensely strong-willed, determined, and uncompromising, as well as crafty. Even if their own father, Edward's son Alfred, was a bird of a different feather, Edward's triumph in the world of commerce gave Sterling and Stephen their mettle and sense of entitlement. The mild-mannered but tough man whose estate of twenty-five million dollars, no mean sum in 1882, allowed his heirs to do everything they did gave the impression of being an ordinary upright citizen, but he had a phenomenal grasp of power. He recognized the possession of patents as a key to triumph in commerce; and he had rare acuity about the needs and desires of ordinary citizens. With nerves of steel, and his finger on the pulse of the average American housewife, this well-situated business lawyer in New York City had at a young age burst beyond the confines of his milieu. On the surface he appeared to be an ordinary civic leader of correct bearing. When he died after thirty years of growing his money into the stratosphere, one of his business associates interviewed for his obituary simply called him "quiet and undemonstrative." A manager in one of his businesses credited him with a bit more aplomb as "a delightful companion, genial, entertaining and witty," but no one seemed to know what a fighter he was. The realities of Edward's professional life, however, were grounded in the rough-and-tumble: nasty litigation, and an affiliation with one of the most uncouth people who ever lived. The reason for the family fortune is that Edward Clark had allied himself with the sewing machine developer, Isaac Merritt Singer. These two very different men achieved their meteoric rise in the world of commerce in perfect tandem, to such an extent that the outrageous Singer was a major part of the family legacy. Singer would become infinitely better known, in large part because his name was on every one of those machines that entered households, at first all over America and then worldwide. But without Edward, Singer would not have succeeded, and the two men's lives were closely intertwined. The financial benefits that Edward reaped on such an enormous scale were inextricably connected with Isaac Singer's drive and inventiveness, but turning those qualities into a vast fortune was something both men owed to Edward's shrewdness. The natures of these two exceptional men profoundly affected the fate as well as the personal values of their heirs. Sterling and Stephen Clark were to the manor born, but they grew up with a keen awareness of Edward's business partner, a true heathen who exemplified eccentric creativity and personal flamboyance. Sterling and Stephen would resemble Isaac Singer even more than their grandfather in the scale on which they lived and the extent of their personal extravagance, as well as their obsession with the culture of Paris, even if they modeled much about themselves on Edward-each in a different way-and bore many echoes of his strong character. The most attractive aspect of their grandfather to penetrate Sterling and Stephen was his strong social consciousness and belief in using his position for the benefits of humankind. "The high moral beliefs of its controlling founder" caused the Singer Sewing Machine Company to treat its employees "without regard to race or creed" and, as it developed outposts and marketed its products all over the world, to have its manuals translated into fifty languages-an unusual step that was counter to the practices of many businesses in the era of colonialism. Even before the United States Civil War, the word "singer" was becoming synonymous with "sewing" and "sewing machine" in many tongues, indicating the reason the company was seen at the forefront of the idea of globalization. For Edward Clark, that penetration into many different societies inspired a sense of responsibility to humanity at large that he would pass to subsequent generations-although sometimes the notion of knowing best would have outrageous ramifications.

Born on December 19, 1811, in the small town of Athens in New York state's Greene County, Edward started life in relatively easy circumstances given the rigors of life in early-nineteenth-century rural America. His family belonged to the upper-middle-class establishment that had begun to take root in the recently formed United States. Two years before his birth, his father, Nathan Clark, had established the Athens Pottery Works. It was a successful business, known nationwide, and Nathan and his wife, the former Julia Nichols, brought up their three sons-Edward was followed by Nathan Henry and Nathan Jr.-in comfortable circumstances. Nathan Sr. was a senior warden in the Episcopal Church and well respected in the community. This highly rational man would be alive for most of Edward's life-he lived to be ninety-two years old, predeceasing his oldest son by only two years-and was always the foil to Edward's more colorful life. He was described in his obituary as "one of the sturdy, active but modest men who make their mark in American life without creating excitement." This "prudent, temperate" man did, in a small way, what his son Edward would do on an infinitely larger scale by virtually monopolizing the sale of pottery in northern New York State and then establishing branches to increase the territory in which his wares were sold. He helped build the local church and was known for his generous giving to charity. If his descendants would not completely follow his model of being "free from ostentation" and certainly would not emulate the way he never left his small hometown, they nonetheless maintained his consciousness of the needs of his community.

Edward had a tutor at home before going to learn Latin at a local academy run by E. King, Esq., one of the first men ever to be graduated from Williams College. When he was twelve, Edward began four years of education at the Academy in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he perfected his knowledge of Latin and added Greek to his studies; he also became a voracious reader, devouring every single book-there were about five hundred-in the school library. But he disliked boarding-school life sufficiently to declare to the powers there early on that he was leaving, whereupon he walked home. His mother was happy to receive him, but his father escorted him back-on horseback-the next day. This became a routine-his leaving, his father patiently taking him back-until he settled in. Young Edward was transformed in the course of those years. A lonely outsider at the start, he eventually made good friends. He got used to the toughness of the teachers. And he emerged physically from being "of slight, delicate frame, and almost sickly in constitution," to becoming "a trained athlete" with muscles "like steel." The mix of vulnerability and fitness would pass to his art-collecting grandsons, each of whom was tall and lean.

In the fall of 1826, Edward Clark went on, at age sixteen, to Williams College, from which he was graduated in 1830. To enter the legal profession back then, one could train by preparing legal papers in an existing office rather than attending law school; and that same year Edward started work at the law firm of Ambrose L. Jordan in Hudson, New York. He was admitted to practice three years later, setting up a law office in Poughkeepsie. Edward's early life flowed according to the rulebook of America's most privileged population. His education and the launching of his career had gone easily and were right on target. With his straight, broad nose, perfectly formed mouth that seemed to have been drawn after a Roman statue, and large, ovoid face framed by a neat, well- trimmed beard that formed a precise curve along his jawbone and chin, the young lawyer had an appearance of rectitude. His waved, shiny wig bordered his high, wide forehead like a drapery; everything about his looks was aimed to suggest dignity, including the wire-rimmed spectacles that provided a certain tenor of seriousness. He was cut of the same cloth as most of the ancestors of characters in Henry James's novels: as a comfortable member of the new American establishment. In 1835, this distinguished young man married his boss's good-looking eldest daughter, Caroline. Although he practiced law independently in Poughkeepsie from 1833 to 1837-as if following the notion that a bit of independence is requisite even for those born with a silver spoon-in 1837 he formed a partnership with his father-in-law. Although recent accounts say that Jordan had moved his practice to New York City in 1836, both Edward Clark's obituary, written by one of his friends in 1882, and a tribute to him written by his nephew seem more reliable sources-as they do for information on the precise chronology of Edward's connection with Isaac Singer, where there are also discrepancies-and according to those texts the partnership first moved to New York in May of 1838. In any case, Jordan & Clark soon was considered "New York City's most prestigious law firm," and it benefited immensely from Ambrose Jordan's position as state's attorney general.

In 1836, Edward and Caroline Clark had had their first child, a son they named Ambrose Jordan Clark. In 1838, their second son, Edward Loraine Clark, was born; in 1841, he was followed by a sister, Julia, but she lived for little more than two months. In 1844, their fourth and last child, Alfred Corning Clark-the only one who would outlive his father-appeared. It was in this period of raising his young family while living in New York City that Edward Clark's life, and fortune, gained a momentum that thrust him into a very different world.

Edward Clark's background and temperament could hardly have been less like that of the man whose situation he would change immeasurably and whose temerity would in turn have such an effect on his own fortune. Isaac Merritt Singer, also born in 1811-in Pittstown, a small town not far from Rochester in upstate New York-was the son of a German immigrant and an American mother who died young. Singer grew up in dire poverty and left home at age twelve. For the following seven years, he worked in Rochester at any job he could find where unskilled labor was required. Then, at nineteen, he became an apprentice machinist, working for four months in a machine shop. This was when the penniless lad married the fifteen-year-old Catharine Haley. They quickly had a son, and Singer was perpetually desperate for enough money simply to eat and to have a roof over their heads. They then sought refuge with Catharine's parents in New York City, where Singer began to make "a good living because of his mechanical cleverness" and had a series of jobs that broadened his experience of machinery. But after little time the young couple and their baby took off for nine years of a completely itinerant life, in which they traveled around from state to state with everything they owned in a wagon. Singer was six feet four inches tall, and of massive build. He stood like an operatic lothario, and had a broad chest and bulging stomach to match the role. If Edward's beard was neatly confined to the bottom of his face, Singer had a handlebar mustache that twirled beyond the boundaries of his massive head, and his full beard looked as if it had been cultivated for maximum bushiness, hanging below his sternum. Singer spoke in a stentorian voice, and when he wasn't working in tool shops he was performing as an actor, generally in plays by Shakespeare. But neither Singer's size nor his imposing appearance prevented him from being the butt of some vicious teasing in the workplace. In the town of Newark, New York, not far from Rochester, and not to be confused with the city of the same name in New Jersey, Singer worked in a large foundry and machine shop where carding machines and other devices to manufacture cloth were built. The journeyman apprentice had a hard time; the owner would "tell of the ridicule Singer had to endure from his fellow-workers for his cranky notions." It was when he was in that shop that he began to develop the idea that evolved into his sewing machine, but for which he was "subjected to the jibes and jokes of his fellow workmen who doubted the practicality of the machine." That ability to withstand taunts, and to survive the consequences of an inventive mind that was out of sync with the less creative approach of the surrounding population, became part of the Clarks' family lore. Different as Edward Cabot Clark was from Isaac Singer, and however staid his own background and that in which his heirs were raised, they grew up knowing the real pros and cons of original thinking. In 1836, Singer joined a traveling theater company. In Baltimore, he met a young actress, Mary Ann Sponseler, and the next year he fathered two more children, a daughter with his wife and a son with Sponseler. Then, in 1839, Isaac Singer got his first patent. At the time he was working with one of his brothers, who was digging a waterway in Illinois; the patent was for a machine for drilling rock. The two thousand dollars the device garnered enabled him to found an acting troupe of his own. It was called the Merritt Players, and he was now Isaac Merritt, while Sponsler became "Mrs. Merritt." The troupe ran out of money in Fredericksburg, Ohio, where Singer patented his next machine, a device for carving wood-block type. Singer moved on to New York, where this second tool became sufficiently important to warrant his seeking help from Jordan & Clark in 1848. Ambrose Jordan, however, found Singer "too personally distasteful to represent." But he must have seen something in the cretin, for he "referred him to his son-in-law." Between 1836 and 1844, Edward and Caroline Clark had had four children, and the young lawyer was leading a life that was not out of the norm for a hardworking family man who simply accepted his obligations and took on any tasks that came his way. The dour Edward Cabot Clark's first task with his colorful client was to straighten out problems concerning his title to the invention for carving type. Edward helped Singer with his patent, which was

awarded in 1849, and the following year Singer assigned Edward three-eighths of it, apparently in lieu of paying legal fees that the penniless inventor could not afford.

In many respects, Singer and Clark were like oil and water. Besides being a Williams graduate, an attorney, and a well-connected man with a traditional marriage, Edward was a deeply religious man who, at the start of his legal

career had also taught Sunday school. The "straight-laced lawyer" served as the perfect foil to the "indolent, self-regarding would-be actor and self-promoter" whose showmanship and gift for advertising as well as "forceful personality" would soon help him launch the product that would transform domestic existence all over the world. . . .

and born to them were:

( AMBROSE JORDAN CLARK born August 5, 1836 and died May 20, 1880

( EDWARD LORAINE CLARK born September 23, 1838 and died February 19, 1869

( JULIA ELISE CLARK born June 14, 1841 and died August 21, 1841

( ALFRED CORNING CLARK born November 14, 1844 NY and died April 8, 1896 NYC; buried Hudson Cemetery, Columbia Co NY; between 1888-91, Alfred built the first gymnasium in Cooperstown NY which was very successful but became obsolete; the replacement, The Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium was reopened in 1930, which today is part of the Baseball Hall of Fame; married, as her 1st husband, Elizabeth Scriven born September 1848 NY and died March 4, 1909 NYC; and born to them were:

( EDWARD SEVERIN CLARK born July 6, 1870 Paris, France and died September 19, 1933

( ROBERT STERLING CLARK (Photos) born June 25, 1877 NYC and died December 29, 1956; 1899 graduated from Yale with an engineering degree; entered Army which sent him to Manila and China where he was involved in the Box Rebellion; in July 1900 he participated in the capture of Tientsin and was granted a commission of First Lieutenant; took part in the siege and capture of Peking (Beijing); spent the next 2y in Washington before returning to Peking in 1903; lead an expedition which carried out zoological and ethnological research and made the first map of a little known area of China between 1908-09; returned to the US and published an account of the day-to-day experience of the expedition; in 1911, after a distinguished career in the US Army, he settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his father; horses were the Clark’s other love – his stallion, Never Say Die, won the Derby at Epsom in 1954 and was later bequeathed to the British National Stud; married 1919 Francine J M Clary born 1876 France and died 1960; both buried beneath front steps of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA – see

( FREDERICK AMBROSE CLARK born August 1, 1880 Cooperstown NY and died February 26, 1964; widely known in horse racing circles; married 1st 1904 in Pancras, London, Middlesex, Florence Lucy Stokes born July 1, 1877 New Rochelle NY and died October 2, 1950; 2d 1952 in Westbury, L.I., NY, as her 2d husband, Constance Augusta Davies born 1891 Kensington, London and died December 20, 1981 Marylebone, London; and born to him and Florence was:

( ETHEL STOKES CLARK born July 28, 1911 Cooperstown, Otsego, NY

( STEPHEN CARLTON CLARK born August 29, 1882 Cooperstown NY and died September 17, 1960; Yale 1903, B.A.; Yale granted him a honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters 1957; elected to state assembly 1910; WWI Veteran, Lieutenant Colonel in the Adjutant General Corps; publisher of Albany The Evening News and in 1925 purchased The Evening Journal, also the Knickerbocker Press; sold the News and Press in 1928 to Frank E Gannett; director of the Singer Sewing Machine Co; art collector, benefactor and president of the Baseball Hall of Fame; it was Stephen who donated the funds for the building which housed the Baseball Hall of Fame; married February 20, 1909 in Albany NY, Susan Vander Poel Hun born April 29, 1888 NYC; Stephen and his older brother Robert were close in their youth, but following a row over the dispersal of the family trust in 1923, they barely spoke to each other again; and born to them were:

( ELIZABETH SCRIVEN CLARK born November 24, 1909 NYC and died September 19, 1945 Washington, D.C.; married June 29, 1935 in Cooperstown NY, as his 1st wife, Henry Richardson Labouisse Jr [son of Henry Richardson & Frances Devereux (Huger) Richardson] born February 11, 1904 New Orleans LA and died March 25, 1987 NYC; bachelor’s degree from Princeton 1926 and law degree from Harvard 1929; practice law in Manhattan until 1941 when he joined the State Department; US Ambassador to France 1952-54, Director of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees 1954-58; US Ambassador to Greece, 1962-65; Executive Director of UNICEF 1965-79; member of the US Council on Foreign Relations – his 2d wife was Eve Curie, daughter of Madame Curie; and born to her and Henry was:

( ANNE LABOUISSE married Mr Peretz

( STEPHEN CARLTON CLARK Jr born June 29, 1911 NYC and died there April 12, 1992

( ALFRED CORNING CLARK born c1917 NYC and died October 1961 Cooperstown NY


( ELIZABETH JORDAN born March 24, 1820 Cooperstown NY and died August 15, 1878; married June 16, 1849 in Cooperstown, Alexander Frederick Sterling, M.D., born June 21, 1817 Bridgeport, Fairfield, CT and died January 31, 1885; both buried Mountain View Cemetery, Bridgeport NY; and born to them was:

( MARGARET VINCENT STERLING born September 14, 1853

( WILLIAM LORD JORDAN born c1822 Hudson, Columbia, NY and died October 27, 1852 NYC; buried Hudson Cemetery, Columbia Co NY



( DANIEL GANO JORDAN born May 17, 1791 Hillsdale NY and died June 18, 1866 Palmyra, Wayne, NY; married 1814 Polly Hoffman born August 18, 1795 and died February 11, 1878 Palmyra; both buried there Palmyra Cemetery; there is also a grave marker for them at the Craryville Cemetery; and born to them were:

( ALLEN JORDAN born April 2, 1815 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY and died there February 28, 1816; buried there Craryville Cemetery

( WILLIAM H JORDAN (1817-1898) married Margaret A (mnu) (1818-1900); both buried Palmyra Cemetery

( RUTH JORDAN born February 9, 1819 and died after July 1909

( AMBROSE JORDAN born January 18, 1822 Hillsdale NY and died there August 18, 1823; buried there Craryville Cemetery

( LUCY ANN JORDAN born May 3, 1793 Hillsdale NY and died November 12, 1928; married Jacobus/James G Philip [son of Georg P & Janetje (Ostrander) Philip] born February 29, 1784 and died September 23, 1863; both buried Union Cemetery, Mellenville, Columbia, NY; and born to them were:

( JANE PHILIP (1812-)

( JORDAN PHILIP born July 29, 1814 Columbia Co NY and died 1892 Columbia Co NY; 1880 fire insurance agent; married 1st Emily Alling (1818-1853); 2d Helen Pitcher (1832-1872); all buried Union Cemetery, Mellenville NY; and born to him and Emily were:

( LUCY DECKER PHILIP (1837-1882) buried Union Cemetery, Mellenville NY

( CORDELIA PHILIP (1839-1844) buried Union Cemetery, Mellenville NY

( JAMES PHILIP (1841-1856) buried Union Cemetery

( PORTER PHILIP (1845-1850) buried Union Cemetery

( AGNES PHILIP (1847-1850) buried Union Cemetery

( MARY PHILIP (1849-1850) buried Union Cemetery

Born to Jordan and his 2d wife, Helen, were:


( ABRAM PHILIP (1862-1864) buried Union Cemetery

( JAMES PHILIP (1864-1864) buried Union Cemetery

( NELLIE PHILIP (1868-1882) buried Union Cemetery

( ELIZA PHILIP (1869-1876) buried Union Cemetery


( INFANT PHILIP (1872-1872) buried Union Cemetery


( RUTH PHILIP born May 30, 1819 Claverack, Columbia, NY and died 1879; married 1837 at Claverack RDC, Peter Hogeboom Storm born October 17, 1817 Claverack, Columbia, NY and died 1893; both buried Ridge Cemetery, Perkasie PA; and born to them were:

( JAMES LAWRENCE STORM born December 27, 1837 and died June 3, 1839; buried Ridge Cemetery, Perkasie PA

( MARY E STORM (c1838-1906)

( CHRISTINA STORM (1841-1859) buried Ridge Cemetery, Perkasie PA

( LUCY JANE STORM born 1844 Claverack NY and died February 22, 1920 Glenolden PA; married 1865 in Mellenville NY, William Pinckney Corsa born 1841 Bronx, Fordham, NY and died September 3, 1904 Washington, D.C.; Sergeant with Company H, 1st Battalion, 12th US Infantry; and born to them were:

( WILLIAM STORM CORSA born September 1, 1866 Fordham NY and died November 11, 1935 Whitehall, Greene, IL; married 1898 in Chicago IL, Eugenie Loe Gregory born April 6, 1868 Greene Co NY and died October 10, 1961 Whitehall IL; and born to them was:

( ELIZABETH LOE CORSA born November 20, 1900 Chicago IL and died November 11, 1991 Whitehall, Greene, IL; married 1924 in Whitehall, Charles Norman Beggs born December 28, 1897 St Louis MO and died July 7, 1964 Whitehall; and born to them was:

( GREGORY BUCKINGHAM BEGGS born November 3, 1929 Chicago IL

( JOHN CORSA born November 30, 1874; married Mary (mnu); and born to them were:



( DEAN CORSA born November 25, 1881 Milford DE and died May 24, 1938 Philadelphia PA; buried Whitehall IL; married 1910 Hazel Wilmot Raper born August 21, 1888 Austinville VA; and born to them were:

( SALLIE CROCKETT CORSA born April 19, 1912; married Nobel Von Allen Carlisle born June 19, 1911 Van Buren AR; and born to them was:

( SALLIE CROCKETT CARLISLE born February 2, 1933 and died June 21, 1966 Lexington KY; married 1955 in Chicago IL, Walter Odum born July 18, 1927 Savannah GA

( HAZEL STORM CORSA born December 11, 1914; married Charles Sheldon Greene born June 18, 1911 Hornell NY; offspring

( LUCY JANE CORSA born December 11, 1916; married 1942 at Fort Bragg NC, Frank A Bridgewater born October 15, 1914 Whitehall IL

( NANCY LORRAINE CORSA born December 19, 1919; married 1914 in Whitehall IL, Marion L Noah born February 4, 1915 Vinton IA

( DEAN CORSA Jr born June 17, 1922 Whitehall IL; married 1946 in Vienna Austria Leopoldine Maria Immaculata Westermayer born July 13, 1925 Vienna, Austria; offspring

( KATHERINE LOUISE CORSA born February 9, 1884 Milford DE and died April 29, 1957 Glenolden PA; married 1910 in Philadelphia PA, Frank A Fox born December 3, 1880 Philadelphia and died January 14, 1948 Glenolden, Delaware, PA; and born to them were:

( KATHERINE LOUISE FOX born April 28, 1913; married Samuel Kreider Rock born March 14, 1903 Manor PA

( CHARLES FOX born October 31, 1916 Philadelphia PA and died May 1984 Glenolden PA; married 1954 Jeanne Faust

( MARY AGNES CORSA born December 7, 1886

( HOWARD PINCKNEY CORSA born April 1, 1889

( AGNES PHILIP STORM (1849-1871) buried Ridge Cemetery, Perkasie PA

( KATHERINE LOUISE STORM born February 6, 1857 and died April 25, 1938; buried Ridge Cemetery, Perkasie PA

( HANNAH JORDAN born June 5, 1796 Hillsdale NY and died there October 11, 1804; buried there Craryville Cemetery

( (ASA) ALLEN JORDAN born February 3, 1798 Hillsdale, Columbia, NY and died April 8, 1887 Nashua, Chickasaw, IA; lawyer; alderman and mayor of Hudson NY for several terms; married 1st 1826 in Hudson, Columbia, NY Catherine Taylor Dayton born September 27, 1805 RI and died February 21, 1834 Hudson NY – grave says August 21, 1834; 2d December 6, 1837 at New York City (Hudson NY), Jane Post Cook born March 6, 1813 Quogue, Long Island NY and died March 19, 1912 Ottawa IL [Jim – part of this information on Ruth Ferris and the Jordan connection was furnished by Bob Jordan (great-grandson) who resides in Ottawa IL and is past President of the LaSalle County IL Genealogy Guild.]

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