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Clark, Sylvester


Age: 20, credited to Rochester, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF, 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/26/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. A, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63; enl 8/4/64, m/i 8/4/64, Pvt, Co. H, 11th VT INF, m/o 6/24/65

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Birth: 06/1842, Rochester, VT
Death: 02/14/1918

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 167340899


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/12/1887, VT; widow Laura M., 3/8/1918,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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Pleasant View Cemetery, Randolph, VT

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Sylvester Clark was born June 1, 1842 in Goshen. He enlisted in the fall of 1862 in Co. A, of the 16th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He reenlisted August 4, 1864 in Co. H, 11th VVI. Sylvester was a "West-R-Boy" who Ransom Towle notes as one of his "molasses" customers.

On returning from the Virginia battlefields, Sylvester had a farm on the north-facing mountains in Bingo, known as South Hancock. Child's Gazetteer and Business Directory of Windsor County, Vermont, for 1883-84, lists Sylvester C. Clark as living on Road 45, a teamster and breeder of Merino sheep, with a flock of forty sheep, five cows, and a sugar orchard with 300 trees on 200 acres.

Sylvester married Ransom's sister Laura after the war. They lived on a connector road off Road 45 in Bingo, where Sylvester was a teamster who bred Merino sheep. Their son Walter became a doctor with a practice in Lamoille, Vermont. Had Laura's brother lived, Sylvester would have been Lieut. Ransom Towle's brother-in-law.

Sylvester died on 14 Feb 1918, and was buried in Randolph, Orange Co., Vermont, beside his wife Laura.

Contributed by Joe Schenkman.


Sylvester Clark Veteran

Sylvester Clark, an old and respected resident and a veteran of the Civil war, died very suddenly at his home on Randolph avenue last Thursday evening of valvular heart trouble, from which he had been an acute and almost constant sufferer for about three years, though able at time to be about town for short periods. At Christmas time Mr. Clark contracted a cold and from then his decline was constant. For nearly three weeks his suffering was intense and his condition critical, but at the last the end came unexpectedly and almost instantly. About twelve years ago, while passing a rosser at the foundry sawmill where he was employed, the machine broke and Mr. Clark suffered a serious accident, one leg and the nose being broken, one wrist sprained and the sight of one eye destroyed, but in course of time he recovered sufficiently to resume duty.

Mr. Clark was born in Rochester June 1, 1842, being in his 76th year at his death. Passing most of his boyhood in his native town, he took up mill work, becoming a circular sawyer. Aug. 22, 1862, he enlisted at Rochester in CO. A, 16th Vermont regiment, from which he was discharged Aug. 10, 1863. He re-enlisted in Co,. H, 11th Vermont (Heavy Artillery) Aug, 4, 1864, serving until June 24, 1865, and retiring as corporal.

On returning to Rochester he resumed mill work and farming. Fifty years ago last month Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Laura M. Towle of Rochester, who has been his devoted companion and constant attendant during his decline. Two children were born, one dying in infancy. The other, Dr. Harry S. Clark of Danvers, Mass., a successful dentist, was the worthy object of their united pride and sacrifice.

The family removed to Randolph in 1890 and Mr. Clark has been employed most of the time in the woodworking department of Sargent, Osgood & Roundy companyís plant. He retained membership in H. E. K. Eaton Post, G. A. R., in Rochester and was one of trustees of the G. A. R. Hall when the Post disbanded last year. He belonged to Phoenix lodge, No. 28, F. and A. M., and the Eastern Star and to the Rochester Club of Randolph.

Mr. Clark was a good citizen, honest and square, a patriot in the truest sense. Though not loud in voice or obtrusive in manner, he did his full duty in every relation of life. Of such men comes the strength of our Vermont communities.

Besides his wife, son, and sonís wife, there survive four half-sisters, younger, residing in southern New York, Mrs. A. J. McCurdy, Mrs. Ezra Crump, Mrs. Alonzo Ball and Mrs. G. C. Tuckerman.

The funeral was held at Bethany church Sunday at 2 p. m., Rev. Fraser Metzger officiating, Phoenix lodge having charge of the service. The floral tributes included pieces from Phoenix lodge, the O. E. S. (who attended), the Rochester Club and the S. of V. and Auxiliary of Rochester. The bearers were the son, Harry S. Clark, R. J. Mitchell, H. F. Tilson and C. F. Stevens. The remains were placed in the tomb. Besides Mr. And Mrs. Harry S. Clark, those from away attending the funeral were Fred Tuckerman of Royalton and Archie McCollum of Barre, a cousin.

Source: Herald and News, February 21, 1918.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.