Joseph Clark, son of Edward and Ruth, was born in Haverhill, MA., (Salem, NH) in 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 Revolutionary War as a Sergeant in the Co. of Captain John White (pension file), and 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, of 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 Ministers. (WMN) 

        Joseph and Sarah had six sons, Joseph Jr., Laban, Moody, Edward, Samuel, and Gardner Kellogg, who became a Presbyterian minister at Preble, NY, and three daughters, including: Betsey, Hannah, and Sally, our foremother (SM..)  Sarahdied March 18, 1833 at age 75. 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 Sarah was born July 9, 1789. She married David Morrison of Fairlee (see MORRISON). They lived near the North end of Fairlee Pond. (SM:165) 

~ Sources ~

  • Chase, George Wingate, History of Haverhill, (MA). (GWC) 
  • Cutter, William 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) 
  • Johnson, Carol 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) 
  • McKeen, Silas, History of Bradford., J.C. Clark and Sons, Montpelier, VT, 1875 (SM) 
  • Newton, William M., "Old Barnard Circuit", Herald, August 30, 1917, and September 6, 1917, and September 13, 1917 (WMN). 
  • State of Vermont, Revolutionary War Rolls (RWR) 
  • Vital Records of Haverhill, MA.(VRHM) 

Submitted by Susan Winters Smith, Descendant.