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HON. HULET CLARK.
His grandfather David was of English descent, and lived and died in Westchester Co., N.Y. Caleb, father of Judge Hulet Clark, was born in Westchester County in 1760. He married Jemima Kniffen, and their children were Hulet, of whom this sketch is written; Wallace, married Sarah Smith; Jerusha, married Moses Durland, and lives in Greenville; David, married Nancy Slauson, and after her death Betsy Manning; Phebe, married Lewis Seybolt; Jas. F., married Abbie Hallock, and lives in Greenville.
Caleb Clark moved to Otisville, Orange Co., N.Y., about 1796, and a few years afterwards into Minisink township, where he died in 1840. Judge Hulet Clark was born in Bedford, Westchester Co., N.Y., March 26, 1790. His childhood was spent at home, and the common schools were his only educational advantages. In 1812 he married Mary, daughter of Zebulion Hallock, of Greenville, and their children were Chauncey H., who married Angeline Slauson, and afterwards Mary Corwin, and lives in Wawayanda; Alfred, Bertha, Samuel J., James Monroe, Henry Hallock, and Zebulon H., all of whom died in August, 1825. His wife Mary died Sept. 2, 1825. Soon after his marriage Judge Clark commenced farming on the farm now owned by Hulet Manning, of Greenville. April 1, 1828, he bought 420 acres of land in Minisink, which still remains in the family, and there lived, following agricultural pursuits the remainder of his life. In 1814 he received a commission as captain of a company in the One Hundred and Forty-eighth New York Regiment of militia from Governor Tompkins, which he held six years. He was afterwards commissioned major, and served until 1826, when he was again commissioned as colonel of the same regiment by Governor DeWitt Clinton, and served for eight consecutive years. He was town clerk in 1819—20; justice of the peace from 1821 to 1834; and judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1834 to 1840. Politically he was a Democrat, represented his town in the board of supervisors, and was chairman of that body in 1851. Judge Clark was an active, energetic business man. He kept his engagements with scrupulous integrity, and was regarded as a man of sterling worth and a representative man of his time. He was a director of the Highland Bank of Newburgh for many years. He was a man of positive character, and although dignified in his bearing, was Democratic in his principles in a large degree. He died March. 31, 1857.
Nov. 30, 1826, Judge Clark married Emeline, widow of John Greenleaf, and daughter of Ephraim and Amy Forbes, of New London, Conn., and of this union were born Bertha, who lives on the old homestead; William H., who married Emily, daughter of Robert Robertson, of Wawayanda, and lives in Minisink; Caleb, who married Phebe A., daughter of Henry Decker, of Minisink; Elizabeth C., who married Gilbert W. Roe, and lives in Oshkosh, Wis.; and George Dallas, who lives on the old homestead. Emeline Clark died June 2, 1876. William Harvey Clark represents the Second District of Orange County in the New York Legislature, is supervisor of his township, and was chairman of the board of supervisors in 1876. He was one of the incorporators of the Middletown, Unionville and Water Gap Railroad, and has been its treasurer since 1874, and a director in its board since 1866. Caleb Clark studied medicine with Dr. Seymour, of Westtown, N.Y., was graduated from the Albany Medical College in 1862, and was assistant surgeon in the Ninety-second New York Regiment in the late war. He now carries on a farm of 200 acres of land in Minisink. George Dallas Clark is a successful farmer and a man of good judgment in his business affairs.