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 Sylvester Pendleton Clark, Sr

Sylvester Pendleton Clark, Sr

Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 22 Sep 1851 (aged 71)
Pendleton, Niagara County, New York, USA
Burial Pendleton, Niagara County, New York, USA
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"CLARKE" AKA "CLARK" (both, on family gravestones and within historical sources - some members from one family lineage used a different spelling of the surname), e.g. Sylvester's father used "CLARK", whereas Uncles, Thomas and Job used, "CLARKE" (as per their gravestones)...
b.01-Aug-1780, Hopkinton, Washington Co., RI.
[Date calculated, and based-upon his age at the time of death, i.e. 71y 1m 21d - as per gravestone.]
d.22-Sep-1851, Pendleton Twp., Niagara Co., NY.
[Some sources say, d.22-Sep-1854]
bur: Clark family cemetery, Pendleton Twp., Niagara Co., NY.
Father: Willet Clark, b.20-Oct-1759, Hopkinton, Washington Co., RI., d.???? Henderson, Jefferson Co., NY., m.24 Apr 1779 Hopkinton, Washington Co., RI, to:
Mother: Sarah Pendleton, b.26-May-1760 Westerly, Washington Co., RI., d.????.
Paternal Grandfather: Joshua Clark, b.26-Arp-1717 Westerly, Washington Co., RI., d.????, m.???? to:
Paternal Grandmother: Hannah Cottrell, b.1719 North Kingstown, Washington Co., RI., d.????.
Maternal Grandfather: Sylvester Pendleton, b.04-Aug-1730 Westerly, Washington Co., RI., d.????, m.???? to:
Maternal Grandmother: Sarah Champlin, b.05-Mar-1735 Westerly, Washington Co., RI., d.????.
See maps, at right: the S. P. Clark home was present on the 1875 map, in Pendleton Twp., Range 13, Lot 12, Niagara Co, NY.
Resided: Tonawanda Street, Pendleton, Niagra Co., NY. in 1860.

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"Clark Family Cemetery" - Located directly in front of "King Family burying grounds": 1/8 acre, overgrown, stones down and broken, Sylvester Pendleton CLARK. "King Family-Pendleton" - Located between Washington Str. and the southeast bank of the old canal: poor condition. Recorded in 1984 by D. Jerge and D. Rolling. Earliest grave appears to be 1829. Map Book 12, pg. 1129, with lot owner's name. GAR list.

SOURCE: "Niagara, NY, Pendleton Cemetery"
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The town of Pendleton was set apart in 1827 from part of the town of Niagara. Sylvester Pendleton Clark, one of the first settlers, gave his name to several locations in the town and eventually to the town itself. Clark served in the American Revolution [sic] {War of 1812} and became an innkeeper and postmaster.

Source [link]:,_New_York
Sylvester Pendleton Clark was the governor of Grand Island, and the founder of Pendleton, New York. He built and opened a log tavern there and become its postmaster in 1823. He led a rebellion against government taxes in the early 19th century.

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"Pendleton, in Niagara County, was settled before the projection of the canal {Erie Canal}, by Sylvester Pendleton Clark, who built the first log tavern here in 1821. Although a junction on the canal, and later a station on the Erie Railway, the town has not attained much prosperity."

SOURCE (Google Books): "Early western travels, 1748-1846: a series of annotated reprints" ..., Volume 24, 1906, page 178, edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites.
"Sylvester Pendleton Clark settled early on the site of Pendleton village, and built and opened a log tavern there in 1821. The post oflice was established in 1823, and he was appointed postmaster. The completion of the canal and its junction at this point, with Tonawanda Creek, drew together the nucleus ofa village. The first log tavern was superseded by a frame structure in 1822. Jerry S. Jenks came in about that time and brought the first goods for sale, he died soon afterwards. Austin Simons located at the village about 1830, and for thirty-five years was prominent as a merchant and buyer of staves, lumber, etc. William B. Lewis settled in the village in 1834, as a merchant and was postmaster sixteen years, and a justice of the peace thirty years ."

SOURCE (Google Books): "Landmarks of Niagara County, New York", 1897 (701 pages), Page 333, by William Pool.
Sylvester Pendleton Clark's log tavern built in 1821, was followed by his frame hotel, erected in 1822.

SOURCE (Google Books): "Landmarks of Niagara County, New York", 1897 (701 pages), Page 335, by William Pool.
"Origins of City Names in New York":
Pendleton named from Sylvester Pendleton Clark from Niagara April 16, 1827.

SOURCE (Google Books): "New York State Historical Association", vol 15, 1916, page 247.

SOURCE (Google Books): "United States official postal guide", 1836, page 120, by United States. Post Office Dept.
See also "Ancestry Library World Tree Project" [link]:
CHILDREN (with Thrizu Penny):
i. Angeline Theresa Clark, b.1811 d.1847 Clinton, Rock Co., WI., m.Perez Sanford Hollister Sr., b.1784 d.1867.
CHILDREN (with Lucy Wakefield):
ii. Willet Clark, b.~1827 NY, d.????.
iii. Washington Clark, b.~1829 NY., d.????.
iv. Desamonie Clark, b.~1831 NY, d.????.
v. Sarah Clark, b.~1833 NY, d.????.
vi. Henry Clark, b.~1838 NY, d.????.
vii. Tompkins Clark, b.~1840 NY, d.????.
viii. Lenett Clark, b.~1844 NY, d.????.
"US CENSUS 1820"
Name: Sylvester Clark
Event Place: Boston, Niagara, New York
Page Number:
NARA Publication Number: M33
NARA Roll Number: 69
Film Number: 0193724
Digital Folder Number: 004433300
Image Number: 00139

SOURCE: US Federal Census, 1820.
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"US CENSUS 1830"
Name: Sylvester P Clark
Event Place: Pendleton, Niagara, New York
Page Number: 426
NARA Publication Number: M19
NARA Roll Number: 95
Film Number: 0017155
Digital Folder Number: 004409455
Image Number: 00848

SOURCE: US Federal Census, 1830.
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"US CENSUS 1850"
Name: Sylvester P Clark
Event: Census
Event Date: 1850
Event Place: Pendleton, Niagara, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Marital Status:
Race (Original):
Race (Expanded):
Birthplace: Rhode Island
Estimated Birth Year: 1780
Dwelling House Number: 92
Family Number: 97
Line Number: 41
NARA Publication Number: M432
NARA Roll Number: 560
Film Number: 444276
Digital Folder Number: 004202528
Image Number: 00474
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Sylvester P Clark M 70 Rhode Island
Lucy Clark F 53 Vermont
Washington Clark M 21 New York
Willet Clark M 23 New York
Desamonie Clark F 19 New York
Sarah Clark F 17 New York
Henry Clark M 12 New York
Tompkins Clark M 10 New York
Lenett Clark F 6 New York
George Goff M 27 New York
Sylvester Colman M 15 New York

SOURCE: US Federal Census, 1850.
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Small stone says: S P C





  • Created by: Robert Kuhmann
  • Added: 10 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95131810
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvester Pendleton Clark, Sr (1 Aug 1780–22 Sep 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95131810, citing Clark family, Pendleton, Niagara County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Robert Kuhmann (contributor 46567652) .