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Capt Benjamin W. Clark
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Birth: 1791
Death: Oct. 25, 1839

*He moved to Le Claire Iowa later in life and is Buried in his back yard in Le Claire Iowa not Buffalo, even though he is the founder of Buffalo Iowa

Born on his father's farm in Wythe Co, VA in 1791, per Davenport Past and Present by Franc B Wilkie, published 1858. Actual burial is on the Clark Homestead at Buffalo Iowa.

Founder of Clark's Landing

The first township organized in Scott county was that of Buffalo, which was effected in 1833. Buffalo township was first settled by Captain Benjamin W. Clark in December, 1833, and the first town, that of Buffalo, named in honor of Buffalo, N.Y. was laid out in 1826 at the time of the Incorporation of Davenport.

Among the early settlers of Buffalo township were Captain Benjamin W. Clark; Smith Mounts, Andrew Moats, James M. Bowling, S.R. Baker, Henry B. Blackley, Mr. Lyon, Wm. H. Baker, Orange Babbitt, Dr. A.C. Donaldson (Davenport's first resident physician), Joseph Mounts, Matthias Mounts, Elias Moore, Andrew W. Campbell, James Wilkinson, John L. Sry, James E.Burnside, Wallace Pence, Michael Shelley, Wm. H. Gabbert, Mr. Sprout, Captain LeRoy Dodge, John P. Cooper and others.

In the summer of 1833 Captain Clark broke 10 acres of ground on the lower end of the farm still owned by his son, Captain W.L. Clark, of Buffalo; 40 acres on the site of the present town of Buffalo; 10 acres north of where the present C.R.I. & P. depot now stands, and 40 acres above the present Cook county house on this side of Buffalo, formerly the Captain Dodge estate. This was the first sod turned in Scott county.

The village of Buffalo, which like the township, is named after Buffalo, N.Y., and not from the noble American bison, was originally laid out two years before the incorporation of the city of Davenport in 1836. Clark (Benj. W.), E.A. Mix and Pillsbury, and uncle of Mr. Mix, platted the hamlet and opened a general store in which Erastus H. Bassett was installed as manager. Mr. Bassett was the first school teacher in Scott county as we shall learn later.

In 1834 a Mr. Lynde, then living in Rock Island and the progenitor of the partner in the Mitchell and Lynde bank of that city, began the sale of goods at Buffalo. He thus became not only the first merchant in Buffalo, but also the pioneer merchant in Scott county.

Captain Clark, father of W.L. Clark, of Buffalo today, was the first white settler in Scott county, as also the plotter of the oldest town in the township, which in turn is the pioneer among her other 16 sisters in this commonwealth of Scott. 
Family links: 
  Warner Lewis Clark (1822 - 1911)*
  Elvira Elizabeth Clark Manley (1839 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Record added: Aug 31, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21268567
Capt Benjamin W. Clark
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- Charles
 Added: Feb. 25, 2012
In memory of my Uncle Benjamine ClarkAKA" CLARKE
 Added: Jan. 15, 2011

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