Additional family ancestry from the Bass, Burr, Copeland, Davis, Glen, Groot, Scott, Vedder, Vivell and other related families are included on the web site.
Direct descendants can be traced back to William Bradford of Plymouth, MA arriving on North American soil in 1620. More than 390 years of family linage traces the Bradford’s through the Clark’s from Massachusetts to Illinois and now on to Iowa and Texas.
A second branch of the family can be traced back to the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony with the Bass family which leads up to the Leachs and on to the Clarks.
Vedder family members can be traced on American soil for over 350 years going back to Harmen Albertise Vedder arriving from Holland and being a trader in Beverwyck (Albany) New York.
Another early settler was Thomas Yale who arrived in Boston with his mother in 1637 and a year later moved onto a farm in New Haven, CT.
Scotchman Sander Leendertse Glen was a trader for the West India Company, at Fort Nassau on the Delaware River in 1633. He was also one of the original settlers at Schenectady.
Family members have been Physicians, Politicians, Law Enforcement Officers, Farmers, Business Leaders and a variety of other professions. Each has an interesting story.
Web Site Updated March 26, 2013.
Photographs and captions regarding a fire at Victor and Violet Clark's home in Carrollton, Illinois have been added to the Clark section of the family history. By clicking on the link (in the Victor Clark section) you will find the photographs taken by John Ross Clark shortly after the fire and during the home repairs. Captions by Alan L. Clark who has spent almost 40 years as a fire investigator in the Midwest United States.
Additional photographs or documents have been added to the Victor & Violet Clark, Oscar & Belle Vivell and U. D. & Bertha Clark Photo pages. Documents include Violet V. Clark's & O. H. Vivell's Illinois Drivers license and Vivell's Real Estate license. Additional photographs of U. D. and Bertha Clark and Belle Davis were added.
More Daniel B. Leach civil war papers have been added to the civil war tab above in March 2013 and additional information on Daniel B. Leach was added to his portion in the Leach Family history in February 2013.
A group of Alfred Clark's civil war records has been added to the civil war tab the end of February. Alfred is the brother of Elias Clark and son of Dr. Elias Clark.
SOUTH SALINA STREET ARSON, SYRACUSE NY
All twelve Installments are Completed.
To begin the adventure click on the link on right.
Newspaper accounts of the December 1869 Arson Fire on South Salina Street, Syracuse, New York. Articles document the actions and involvement of F. P. Vedder and the insurance trial that gives a great deal of the sworn testimony at the time. We are currently transcribing additional articles from various papers including the Syracuse Daily Jounal and the Syracuse Daily Standard as well as newspaper accounts from the Whitehall, Illinois Register.
All twelve installments are now complete. The final part contains the Samuel Bennett trial.
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Over 107 personal bios have been added on many of the family members. Put together by Alice Clark it gives a summary of information and a listing of some of the source documents. We are adding more personal bios at this time and have many more to add, so check back often.
Alan L. Clark