Gen. Isaac Clark1,2,3

ID# 1474, (1748 - 1822)
FatherNathan Clark4 (21 Jul 1718 - 8 Apr 1792)
MotherAbigail Satterlee4 (12 Apr 1720 - 11 Nov 1796)

Key Events:

Birth: 5 Oct 1748, Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut5,6
Marriage: Hannah Chittenden, 18 Jan 1779, Ira, Vermont7,8,9
Marriage: Amie Fitch, 25 Mar 1790, Windham, Connecticut10,11,12
Death: 31 Jan 1822, Castleton, Vermont13,14
Burial: Congregational Cemetery, Castleton, Rutland Co., Vermont15

Spouse:Hannah Chittenden (13 Jul 1756 - 8 Sep 1789)
     Children:

  • Modena Chittenden Clark24,25 (4 Oct 1779 - 7 Oct 1837)
  • Artaxarxes Clark26 (4 Jun 1781 - )
  • Sally Clark27,28 (13 Jul 1783 - 12 Nov 1813)
  • Satterlee Clark29 (7 May 1785 - )
  • Isaac Clark Jr.30 (14 Mar 1787 - )
  • Hannah Clark31 (2 Sep 1789 - )
  • Beaulah Clark31 (2 Sep 1789 - )

Spouse: Amie Fitch (20 Jul 1751 - 12 Aug 1826)
     Children:

  • Charlotte Whiting Clark32 (2 Jun 1791 - )
  • William Temple Clark33 (1 Jul 1794 - )

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Gen. Isaac Clark was born on 5 Oct 1748 in Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut.5,6 He married Hannah Chittenden, daughter of Gov. Thomas Chittenden and Elizabeth Meigs, on 18 Jan 1779 in Ira, Vermont, with her father officiating.7,8,9
     The newly formed state of Vermont continued the practice of the colonial governors of New Hampshire of granting parcels of land to groups of "proprietors" to form towns. Isaac became a proprietor of seven towns, though it seems clear that in many cases his interest was speculation rather than establishing residence there. His first grant was for the town of Fair Haven, on 27 Oct 1779, by Gov. Thomas Chittenden. He was named as one of 76 "associates of Capt. Ebenezer Allen who paid £6,930 for the grant. Proprietors were required to cultivate 10 acres of land and build a house at least 18 feet square, or have one family settled on each share, within four years after the "circumstances of the present war...will admit of a settlement with safety." As with the royal grants, pine timber suitable for mast and spars for the Navy were reserved to the state.16 Isaac was one of 363 associates of Ethan Allen and Samuel Herrick receiving a grant the same day of some 23,000 acres on Grand Isle and Long Island in Lake Champlain, initially called Two Heros. Proprietors were allowed one year after the end of the war to settle on the property in this grant, but there was no reservation of pines for the navy, and no payment is mentioned.17
     His wife died on 8 Sep 1789 in Castleton, Vermont.18,19,20
     Isaac married second Amie Fitch, daughter of Eleazer Fitch and Amy Bowen, on 25 Mar 1790 in Windham, Connecticut.10,11,12 He was known as "Old Rifle Clark" and was a general in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.21,22
     As Col. 11th Reg.,he thanked the ladies of Shelburne in a letter dated 8 Dec 1812 at Burlington, for 81 pairs of mittens and socks they made for the soldiers in his unit, and delivered by Ebenezer Cobb.23
     Isaac died on 31 Jan 1822 in Castleton, Vermont, at age 73.13,14 He was buried in Congregational Cemetery, Castleton, Rutland Co., Vermont.15

Citations

  1. [S3167] Mackenzie, Colonial Families of the United States, 4:85.
  2. [S2266] Town Records, bk 1, pg 114, marriage record and birth record for Modean, shows name as Isaac Clark.
  3. [S1352] The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, pg 214, shows name as Isaac Clark, a soldier in the revolutionary war.
  4. [S2204] Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut, pg 255.
  5. [S2204] Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut, pg 255, shows date.
  6. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #9676879, Isaac "Old Rifle" Clark, shows he died 31 Jan 1822 at age 71, and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  7. [S2266] Town Records, bk 1, pg 114, shows date and officiant.
  8. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:5, birth records of son Artaxarxes and daughter Salley, shows her as his wife.
  9. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #9676890, Hannah Clark, "consort of General Isaac Clark" and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  10. [S2250] White, The Barbour Collection, Windham Vital Records, pg 85, citing vol 2 pg 59, shows date, as 25th, and citing vol 3 pg 43, shows date as 29th.
  11. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:3 marriage record, shows date, as 25th, town, and state; 1:11, birth record for daughter Charlotte, shows Amia as his wife.
  12. [S2249] Walworth, "Mason Family," pg 220, shows date, as 29th, and as her second marriage.
  13. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, town, and state.
  14. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #9676879, Isaac "Old Rifle" Clark, shows date, and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  15. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #9676879, Isaac "Old Rifle" Clark, shows cemetery and includes tombstone photo.
  16. [S4248] Dewart, Charters Granted by the State of Vermont, pp 73-4.
  17. [S4248] Dewart, Charters Granted by the State of Vermont, pp 192-5.
  18. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:15, shows date, as 8th.
  19. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #9676890, Hannah Clark, shows date, as 2nd, and includes tombstone photo showing date as "Sept. 2nd 1789.
  20. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, as 8th, town, and state.
  21. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998.
  22. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #9676879, Isaac "Old Rifle" Clark, shows him as an officer in the Revolution and late Colonel in the army of the United States, and includes photo of tombstone showing the same.
  23. [S2242] "Burlington, Dec. 8, 1812," Green Mountain Farmer, 6 Jan 1813.
  24. [S2266] Town Records, bk 1, pg 114, birth record, shows her as his oldest daughter.
  25. [S1352] The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, pg 214.
  26. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:5, shows as father's eldest son, 1:11 shows first son.
  27. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:5, shows as his second daughter.
  28. [S3261] Bostwick application, The Wisconsin Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
  29. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:11, shows as the father's second son.
  30. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:11, shows as the father's 3d son.
  31. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:11.
  32. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:11, shows her as his eldest daughter by his wife Amia.
  33. [S2228] Castleton Town Records, 1:11, does not state parents, but his record follows the other children of Isaac Clark which are in order, with the preceeding one being by his wife Amia.