Lt. Edmund C. Clarke, (USA)

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Lt. Edmund C. Clarke, (USA)

Also Known As: "Clark"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Naples, Ontario County, New York, United States of America
Death: January 16, 1920 (85)
Binghamton, Broome, NY, United States
Place of Burial: Naples, Ontario, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lorenzo Warner Clarke and Laura Clarke
Husband of Caroline Cowles Clarke
Father of Abigail Beals Mosher; Anna Richards Clarke; Laura Amanda Secrétan and Edward Richards Clarke
Brother of Milan Orlando Clarke; Noah Turner Clarke; Capt Bela Turner Clarke; Cynthia Maria Luther; Mary Warner Clarke and 5 others

Occupation: Civil War Service--NY Infantry, Insurance agent, farmer, teacher, pension assistor, assistant editor--newspaper, journalist, notary public
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About Lt. Edmund C. Clarke, (USA)

Civil War Service:

  • Name Edmund C. Clark
  • Military Beginning Rank Sergeant
  • Military Final Rank Lieutenant
  • Military Side Union
  • Military Unit 3rd Regiment, New York Light Artillery
  • Military Company F

"United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865", , FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F91V-YYS : 24 August 2021), Edmund C. Clark, 1861-1865.

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Obituary of Edmund C. Clarke

Died in Binghamton, N. Y., on January 16, 1920, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Burr W. Mosher, where he had gone to spend the winter. He had been in failing health for the past few years.

Deceased was the youngest of the twelve children of the late Lorenzo and Laura Turner Clarke, and was the last of this large family of brothers and sisters. He was born in the old Clarke home in Naples (now owned and operated by Alfred Hanggi) on September 30, 1834. His grandfather, Col. William Clarke, 5th, was an officer in the Revolutionary War, and came to Naples from Lebanon, Conn., in 1790, and was one of the original proprietors and settlers of the town.

Edmund C. Clarke lived on the old farm continually until 1856, and attended school on the Old Square and the select schools in the village. In 1856 he entered Canandaigua Academy, where he remained seven years as a student and teacher. He taught twelve terms in district schools, the first in 1855 in District No. 3, in the south part of town. Later he taught three other terms in Naples and eight in other towns in the country, and four years in Canandaigua Academy, where his brother, the late Dr. Noah T. Clarke, was the principal for so many years. For twenty-four years of his life, when not teaching, he worked on his father's farm. In 1865 he took the New York State census, and in 1870 the U.S. census; in 1890 the State census in Naples and South Bristol. In 1872 he was engrossing clerk in the Assembly of Albany.

Mr. Clarke was a versatile writer and an excellent gatherer of local news, and in 1879 began writing local news for R.M. McJannett, then publisher of The Naples Record, which he continued until the paper passed into the hands of S.L. Deyo. When The Record became the property of the present owner and publisher, in 1887, he again took up the work, and continued until some time in 1900. He later contributed to the Naples News for a few years. He was also the local correspondent for Canandaigua and Rochester papers for more than thirty years.

In the spring of 1863 Mr. Clarke enlisted in the Union Army, and served until September, 1864, when he was discharged on account of disability, and sent home. He was disabled for manual labor for several years. Having partially recovered his health, he again began teaching, but this lasted only a few months. In 1875 he opened an insurance office which he continued for ten years, and then sold out, and took up pension business, which he continued until 1913; during this time he secured nearly a thousand pensions for those who were legally entitled to receive them. He was a notary public for a period of thirty consecutive years. He was a trustee of Naples Union-High School 1891-1897, and served as clerk of the Board for several years.

From boyhood Mr. Clarke had been a member of the Naples Presbyterian Church, and for seventy-five years was active in Sunday School work, serving in different capacities, as superintendent, teacher and chorister. He had also served the Church as trustee and elder. For at least twenty-five years he was choir leader. He served as clerk of the Session for many years, and was often a delegate to meetings of the Presbytery; once to the General Assembly at Saratoga.

For one who was not over strong, Mr. Clarke led a very active life, and was always interested in the welfare of the community. Especially interested in Bingham Post, G.A.R., which order he served as commander for several years.

It was while living in Canandaigua that he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Cowles Richards, of that village, on September 19, 1866. Mrs. Clarke died in 1913. They came to Naples in 1867. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarke, but two now survive, Mrs. Burr W. Mosher, of Binghamton, N. Y., and Edward R. Clarke, principal of the Winthrop, Mass., High School; one daughter, Anna, died in 1913, and another, Mrs. A. A. Secretan, in 1914. Beside the one daughter and one son, there survive four grandchildren, Carolyn and Alfred Mosher, of Binghamton, N. Y., and Pearl and Julie Secretan, of London, England.

A prayer service was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mosher, on Saturday, conducted by Dr. John J. Lawrence, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, and the body was placed in the vault at Spring Forest Cemetery until spring, or such time as it seems best to bring the body to Naples, when a service will be held here and interment made in Rose Ridge cemetery.

Added by Gary Fritz on May 18, 2014 8:17 PM

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Lt. Edmund C. Clarke, (USA)'s Timeline

1834
September 30, 1834
Naples, Ontario County, New York, United States of America
1868
December 11, 1868
Naples, Ontario County, NY, United States
1871
May 1, 1871
Naples, Ontario County, NY, United States
1878
October 26, 1878
Naples, Ontario County, NY, United States
1880
May 28, 1880
Naples, Ontario County, NY, United States
1920
January 16, 1920
Age 85
Binghamton, Broome, NY, United States
January 16, 1920
Age 85
Rose Ridge Cemetery, Naples, Ontario, NY, United States