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Clark, Joel Hunt


Age: 20, credited to Westminster, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. B, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 1842, Westminster, VT
Death: 1922

Burial: Westminster West Cemetery, Westminster, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 116847726


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/4/1890, VT; widow Anna C., 6/18/1922, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Westminster West Cemetery, Westminster, VT

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Death of J. Hunt Clark

The death of J. Hunt Clark, which occurred Monday, June 5, at 9:45 p. m., removed one of the town’s most prominent and highly respected citizens. Mr. Clark had been in failing health for some time, but at the last he was confined to his bed only a few days, with enlargement of the heart. Miss Doris Bemis, a trained nurse, his son, Charles, of Boston, and son, Fred, and wife of Bellows Falls were with him through his last illness.

Joel Hunt Clark, son of Mary Crosby Hunt and Fessenden Clark, was born in Westminster West June 27, 1842, so would have been 8-0 years of age had he lived until the 27th of this month. He always lived here. Mr. Clark’s great-grandfather, Scott Clark, and brother, Barnabas, came here from Cape Cod in 1796 with their families, making the journey in 14 days, with an ox team. They brought gold to pay for their farms. Scott’s was in the center of a tierce of salt, while Barnabas expressed his through on the back of his oldest son, Joshua.

Hunt Clark married Anna Clara Campbell, daughter of Clarissa Dagged and Sidney Smith Campbell of Factory Village, now Spofford, N. H.

Mrs. Clark’s father was born in Westminster West on the place now known as the Fred G. Campbell Homestead. Her grandfather, Dr. Edward R. Campbell, also was born here about 1765. He was a direct descendant from Colin Campbell, the first Earl of Argyle, of Scotland.

They were married in Spofford, by the Universalist pastor, Rev. Mr. Woodbury, Feb. 13, 1868, and lived on the farm until 1898, when they sold it to Clinton McIlroy and moved to the village street, where they have since lived.

Two sons have blessed this couple, Frederic S., who has a grocery store in Bellows Falls, and Charles B., an artist, who has a studio in Boston.

Mr. Clark was a teacher in early life. Mr. And Mrs. Clark were both charter members of Maple Grove Grange in 1874, and have always been members. Mrs. Clark, now being the only charter member left in Westminster West. Mrs. Clark was secretary of the Grange for 22 years, resigning on account of ill health. She was also first lecturer of Saxtons River Pomona Grange, serving four years.

Mr. Clark had been secretary of the Pomona Grange and secretary of Maple Grove Grange, also master of the Maple Grove Grange for eight years serving for two years at four different times, the first time for 1883 and 1884 and the last 1902 and 1903. He was steward of the Vermont State Grange, then he and Mrs. Clark were elected assistant steward and lady assistant steward of the State Grange, which offices they held for eight years.

Mr. Clark enlisted Aug. 28, 1862, in Company B, 16th Vermont regiment. He served nearly a year under Col. W. G. Veazey and participated in and fought three days at the memorable repulse of Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg. He was a member of the E. H. Stoughton post, G.A.R., of Bellows Falls, and Mrs. Clark is a member of the Women’s Relief corps.

Mr. Clark served 18 years as selectman, and held other town offices and was for many years, justice of the peace. He was a representative from this town to the state legislature from 1896 to 1898.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Feb. 13, 1918. The day was spent quietly but very happily receiving callers all day and evening. They also received many letters and cards from friends throughout the state.

Besides his wife and two sons, Mr. Clark leaves one sister, Mrs. Alfred Ranney of this place.

The funeral services were held at his late home Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, Rev. Walter R. Curtis officiating. Edwin E. Gorham of Boston sang Lead, Kindly Light, and Beautiful Isle of Somewhere. There were nine veterans of the Civil war and six veterans of the World war in uniform. They were lined up each side of the walk, from the house to the street, and the casket, on which was draped a large flag and covered with flowers, was carried through their ranks by the bearers, Roland Chapman, Frank Miller, Clinton McIlroy and Bert Ormsby. The soldiers then formed in line, leading the procession, to the nearby cemetery. At the grave, which was bordered with greenery and many small flags, stood the aged veterans of the Civil war while military honors as a farewell were given the dead soldier. The young veterans of the World war fired three volleys, the parting salute, and “taps” were sounded on the bugle. A wealth of beautiful floral tributes testified to the high esteem in which this was held. Among these were large pieces from Company B, of Brattleboro, the Relief corps of Bellows Falls, the community, Maple Grove Grange and the clerks in Fred Clark’s store.

Those attending from out of town were, besides the veterans and soldiers from Bellows Falls, Mr. And Mrs. William Leonard of Walpole, N. H., Mr. And Mrs. Wallace Leonard and John Throing of Gageville, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Batchelder of Townshend, Misses Mary and Stella Cutting, Miss Abbie Goodell and John T. Moore of Bellows Falls, Mrs. Fred I. Lane, Mrs. K. W. Holton, George C. Wright, Mrs. Martha Miller and Charles Miller of Westminster.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, June 14, 1922
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.