Jeremiah Clark

From MYRON H. CLARK research: “JEREMIAH was a Revolutionary War soldier and a Delegate to the Vermont Convention, 24 Jul 1776 and Windsor 4 Jun 1777. He fought at the Battle of Bennington, holding the commission of Major.

His sword may be seen in the Museum at Bennington, VT. His eldest son of the same name also fought in the same battle when a boy of 16 years old. JEREMIAH was active during the long controversy between the states, which was settled in 1793-4.

He was Chief Judge of the Special Court for the shire of Bennington, VT, in 1778, and a member of the state council from 1777 to1780.He pronounced sentence of detah on David Redding the first man executed under sentence of death in the state of Vermont.

He was a man of iron will, strong resolution – always pursuing a fixed purpose to the accomplished end, possessing just the right points of character for the times in which he lived, times that tried mens souls. He was a prominent man in Vermont history and wasrefferred to as both “Major” and “Judge”, he having filled both positions during his eventful life.

He originally came from Preston, CT, and settled inShaftsbury, VT in 1767 where he resided for the remainder of his life.” Inscription on his gravestone reads: “A Memorial of Deacon Jeremiah Clark who died Oct. 17, 1817 in the 84th year of his age.” “His faith was pure his life upright The CHurch of Christ was his delight Death is to such their richest gain For they with Christ will ever reign.” SUSAN BOWEN, JEREMIAH’s second spouse, bore no children.

Ralph Barker’s(1857-1928) father was George Barker( – his wife was Cornelia Clark her father was Myron Clark(1790-1873) and his father was Henry Clark(1764-1800) and his father was Jeremiah Clark(1734-1810).

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