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Sylvester Clark
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1836
Mohawk View
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1896
Emmet County
Iowa, USA

Parents are Joseph Clark & Elizabeth Youker

Husband of Bathana / Bethena Youker

Known children are;
John Hartley Clark
Carrie Louisa Clark, m. Charles F Carprnter
Robert Sylvester "Robbie" Clark

*Pictured death notice is published in The Spirit Lake Beacon December 25, 1896

Sylvester Clark , one of the Early Settlers of Northwestern Iowa Passed Away Saturday.

Though his death had been expected to occur at anytime, many friends were deeply grieved when the word passed around Saturday morning that Sylvester Clark had passed away.

Mr. Clark was one of our old settlers of the county, and one of the most respected citizens. But he has gone from among loving friends to join the other dear one that has proceeded him a few months on the journey to that better happier land beyond.


Sylvester Clark was born in Mohawk County, New York, Aug 9, 1836. Was married to Barthena Youker, Mar 9, 1865. Together they moved to Emmett County, Iowa twenty-eight years ago and settled near Estherville, Iowa. Here they lived and tolled together until a few years ago they left the farm and moved to town. Last Spring Mrs. Clark died after a long and painful illness having tried all that medical skill and change of climate could do for her. After her death he went to Michigan and Pennsylvania to visit friends and relatives thinking that a change of scenes and surroundings would serve to wear away the sorrow that came to his life. But in Pennsylvania he was stricken down with heart disease from which he never recovered. He came home two weeks ago, lingered until Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock when he sank peacefully away. His funeral was held at the M. E. Church on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. H. G. Pittenger, assisted by Dr. Bevan of the Baptist Church. He leaves two children, a daughter (Carrie L. Carpenter) and a son (Robert S Clark), an aged father (Joseph Clark, Jr.) and three sisters (Mary Jane Barrett, Helen L. Bowman Webb, and Lucy A. Phillips) to mourn his loss. He was an exemplary faithful Christian man, having been a member of the Methodist Church for forty-five years. His age was sixty years, four months, and three days. His remains were laid to rest in the old cemetery.

*SOURCE: The Semi-Weekly Northern Vindicator , Friday Nov, 1896, Estherville, Iowa

*Obituary and additional information submitted by Rose Dodd


The following additional information was submitted by Merllene

Sylvester Clark has suffered a relapse since arriving here from Pennsylvania and is now lying dangerously sick at the home of Hiram Barrett. (Semi-Weekly Northern Vindicator, Estherville, IA, December 8, 1896)

Sylvester Clark has grown much worse since arriving home from Pennsylvania. The trip, it seems, was more than he could stand and his relatives have little hope for his recovery. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 9, 1896)

Death of Sylvester Clark
Sylvester Clark died of heart disease at the home of Mrs. H. Barrett, December 12th, 1896, aged 60 years, 4 months and 3 days.

The deceased was born in Mohawk county, New York, August 9th, 1836. He was married to Bathena Youker, March 9th, 1865. Two children were born to them, a son and a daughter, both of whom survive. Twenty-eight years ago they moved to Emmet county, Iowa and settled near Estherville. When a boy he was converted to God and joined the Methodist church of which church he has been a consistent member for 45 years. He was also a soldier in the Union Army. After the death of his wife last spring he concluded to go east to Michigan and Pennsylvania and spend some months visiting relatives and friends. In Pennsylvania he was stricken down with heart disease from which he never rallied. It is a marvel that he ever lived to make the long and tedious trip back home. He passed peacefully away on Saturday morning, Dec. 12th. He was a man of earnest devoted Christian character. Besides his two children, three sisters and an aged father mourn his loss. His funeral was held from the M.E. church in this city on Sunday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. M.D. Bevan, and his remains were laid to rest in the old cemetery northeast of town. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 16, 1896)

Card of Thanks: We, the undersigned, desire to express our sincere thanks to our kind friends and neighbors for their kindnesses shown during our late bereavement. Their kindness will never be forgotten. Joseph Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark, Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Carpenter (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 16, 1896)

Mr. Elmer Clark came down from Lake Park last Friday to attend the funeral of his uncle, Mr.Sylvester Clark. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 16, 1896)

Obituary Sylvester Clark was born in Mohawk county, N.Y., Aug. 9th, 1836. And died at Estherville, Iowa, Dec. 12th, 1896, aged 60 years, 4 months 3 days.

Deceased was married to Bathena Yonker March 9th 1865. Three years afterward moved to Iowa and settling in Emmet county. He was one of the oldest settlers in the county. He lived most all of this time on his farm south of Estherville. A few years ago he and his wife moved to town where they resided until last winter, her faith was falling so fast they went to Georgia in search of a better climate. But this proved as in many other cases, that climate could not restore, and she died there and was brought home for burial. Mr. Clark went east seeking rest and change of surroundings, expecting to return some time this winter, but in Pennsylvania at the home of his friends he was stricken down with heart disease from which he never recovered. He passed peacefully away at the home of his sister, Mrs. H. Barrett on Saturday morning. His funeral was held from the M.E. church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. A large concourse of people attending. The services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. H.G. Pitenger, assisted by Rev. Dr. Bevan of the Baptist church, and his remains laid to rest beside his wife in the old cemetery.

"Servant of God well done
Thy Glorious warfare's past,
The battle fought, the race is won
And thou art crowned at last."
(Emmet County Republican, Estherville, IA, December 17, 1896)


Note: Mr. Sylvester Clark was a soldier in the Union Army

WPA Iowa Notes; b. Mowhawk Valley, N.Y.; res. Estherville; N. Vindicator 15 Dec 1896; Co. B 171 Ten inf

Family links: 
  Joseph Clark (1813 - 1898)
  Elizabeth Youker Clark (1814 - 1893)
  John Hartley Clark (1866 - 1873)*
  Carrie Louise Clark Carpenter (1868 - 1945)*
  Robert Sylvester Clark (1870 - 1948)*
  Sylvester Clark (1836 - 1896)
  Jonas Clark (1837 - 1896)*
  Mary Jane Clark Barrett (1839 - 1918)*
  Lucy A Clark Phillips (1841 - 1928)*
  Helen Louisa Clark Bowman (1845 - 1921)*
  John H Clark (1847 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
East Side Cemetery
Emmet County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Aug 18, 2008
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Sylvester Clark
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Sylvester Clark
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