Samuel C. Clark1,2

ID# 15459, (btn 1765 - 1775 - bef 1828)

Key Events:

Birth: between 1765 and 17753,4
Marriage: Persly [surname unknown] (about 1774 - 22 Oct 1801)5
Death: before Nov 18286

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     Samuel C. Clark was born between 1765 and 1775.3,4
     Samuel married Persly [surname unknown].5 Nothing is known of Samuel's ancestry. He would seem to have been a relative of Modena Chittenden Clark because of his close association with her husband in Eddyville, and the fact that he lived with them the remainder of his life after his wife died. But research of her family as failed to identify any connection. Her siblings are believed to be known, and he is not among them. But it appears that she may have had first cousins who are not known.
     He came to Eddyville, Kentucky, as part of the group from Vermont led by Matthew Lyon. He was apparently part of the first party, which arrived in the spring of 1800, as he was well established by the time the second party arrived 15 Jun 1801.7,8,9 (For details, please see The Trek from Vermont to the Kentucky Wilderness.)
     Samuel seems to have taken an active part in his adopted community. On 7 Jul 1801 he was appointed one of the appraisers for an estate. On 2 Nov appointed surveyor of the road from Eddyville to Eddy Creek, and on 7 Jun 1803 for the road from Eddyville to Lick Creek.10 At the Nov 1809 term of the Caldwell Co. Court he along with Gideon Dyer Cobb, Elijah George Galusha Jr. and John Bradley posted a bond to build a brick court house in Eddyville for the new county of Caldwell.11,12 (For more examples, see the extracted County Court Orders.)
     On 7 Jul 1801 Samuel's application for a grant of 400 acres in Livingston Co., Kentucky, was approved by the county court. But he did not make the required payments, so the request lapsed. While no deed has been found, he seems to have already purchased 200 acres on Eddy Creek. On the same day the County Court issued a writ of ad quod damnum for a water saw mill he wanted to build on this land, with the sheriff to summon twelve fit persons to examine the premises. The following month the jury reported that the mill dam would not harm any neighbors and he was authorized to build the mill.13,14,15
     He was appointed jailor for Livingston Co. on 2 Apr 1805. On 1 Dec 1806 he and two others were appointed inspectors for the Eddyville ware house. He had also been appointed constable by this time.16
     On 27 Aug 1805, Samuel in partnership with Gideon Dyer Cobb, purchased lots 12 and 32, on Water, Franklin, and 2nd Steets in Eddyville, adjacent to Gideon's home and tavern.17,18 Samuel must have moved in with Gideon and his family by 1807.19 On 7 Feb 1809 the two of them obtained a license to operate a tavern in their home, and apparently they operated it jointly. The tavern seems to have been a more welcoming in cold weather than the half-finished courthouse, as the county court for newly formed Caldwell Co. adjourned to there on at least six occasions in the winter months from 1810 through 1815.20,21 He was probably one of the two males age 26 to 45 listed in the household of Gideon Dyer Cobb, in the 1810 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.22,23
     He was appointed constable for the new county on 7 May 1810. On 23 May 1814 he was appointed jailor, and required to execute a $1,000 bond. Two months later he was appointed keeper of the stray pen.24
     On 12 May 1814 Gideon's brother Joshua, of Greene Co., Pennsylvania, gave their younger brother John a power of attorney to recover debts owed to him by Cobb & Clark. There is no record of what those debts were.25 On 25 Dec 1815 Samuel sold his interest in all four lots to Gideon for $500.26
     He was replaced as jailor in Dec 1816, "dismissed from office for cruel and inhumane treatment toward a prisoner now Jail in this County," and ordered to deliver the keys to the jail, courthouse and stray pen to his successor. That did not however end his law enforcement career, as on 25 Aug 1817 he was re-appointed as constable, and again in 1818 and 1820, posting another $1,000 bond each time. He resigned that postion in 1821. He was commissioner of taxes for one constable's district in 1820, for which he was paid $35 for 35 days work.27
     Samuel is probably one of the two males over age 45 listed in the household of Gideon Dyer Cobb in the 1820 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.28
     Samuel sold a parcel of land and lot no. 67 in Eddyville to Caleb Clark Cobb on 27 Jun 1824, for $300.29
     He was reported by Congressman Chittenden Lyon in 1828 as "poor" and having "lost one leg, amputated close up to the body." After he died later that year Gideon Cobb was paid $27 for his burial and other expenses.30,31
     Samuel died before Nov 1828.6

     Children with Persly [surname unknown]

One or both of the unknown girls in the Cobb household in the 1810 and 1820 census, where Samuel was then living, may have been daughters of Samuel and Persly.
  • Gideon Cobb Clark32 (15 Sep 1801 - 17 Sep 1801)


  1. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, mentions Samuel C. Clark living in Eddyville.
  2. [S500], online, memorial #6656732, Persly Clark, citing tombstone inscription, shows she was the wife of Samuel C. Clark.
  3. [S583] Cobb & Clarke household, 1810 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows two males aged between 26 and 45.
  4. [S576] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows two males over age 45, other records indicate one was Gideon and the other Samuel.
  5. [S2094] Edward Otho Cresap grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, shows "wife of Samuel C. Clark."
  6. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, D, 17 Nov 1828 session, included in the county levy for 1828 was $27 to Gideon D. Cobb for burial & other expenses for Saml C. Clark decd.
  7. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, lists Clark as one of those who went with or followed my father.
  8. [S1970] Livingston Co. Order Book, A:101, 7 Jul 1801, appointed to appraise and estate; A:103, same date, obtained writ of ad quod damnum for saw mill.
  9. [S2385] Matthew Lyon letter to Jefferson, 12 Aug 1801, shows the second party arrival date.
  10. [S1970] Livingston Co. Order Book, A:97, 7 Jul 1801; A:127, 2 Nov 1801; and A:229, 7 Jun 1803.
  11. [S3198] "Eddyville Court-House," The Farmer's Friend, 2 Oct 1809.
  12. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, 1:49-50, 7 Nov 1809, John Bradley, Gideon D. Cobb, Saml C. Clark and Elijah G. Galusha bond for brick court house; C:10, 28 Jul 1818, order for G. D. Cobb and four others to view road and report; C:43, Nov 1818, Gideon D. Cobb, Saml. C. Clark, and three others to return inventory of estate of Jas. Hill; and C:83, 26 Apr 1819, Gideon D. Cobb appointed surveyor.
  13. [S2824] Certificates for land granted by the Livingston County Court, 1801-1806, pg 45, no. 100, Saml. C. Clark.
  14. [S4054] Livingston Co. tax lists,, 1802 Upper District, pg 3, shows 200 ac on Big Eddy Ck; 1803 Upper District, pg 9, shows 200 ac on Eddy Ck.
  15. [S1970] Livingston Co. Order Book, A:97, 103, 7 Jul 1801; and A:114-5, 5 Aug 1801.
  16. [S1970] Livingston Co. Order Book, B, 2 Apr 1805; B, 1 Dec 1806; B. 6 Nov 1806 shows fines collected; and C, 28 Jul 1807 shows he posted bond as constable.
  17. [S4054] Livingston Co. tax lists,, 1801, pg 9, shows value of town lots as 200.
  18. [S1975] Deeds, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, A:587-9, David Walker & wife to Gideon D Cobb & Samuel C Clark, replacing original deed since lost, 11 Jun 1813.
  19. [S4054] Livingston Co. tax lists,, 1807, pg 6, shows person charged with tax as "Clark & Cobb," with two white males over age 21; shown as "Cobb & Clark" at 1808 pg 7 and 1809 pg 5.
  20. [S1970] Livingston Co. Order Book, D:7, Feb 1809, license issued to Cobb and Clark for tavern in their house.
  21. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, 1:84, 7 May 1810, Cobb and Clark permitted to keep a tavern; renewed at 1:254, 7 Dec 1812 and 1:357-8, 28 Nov 1814; Court adjourned to Cobb & Clark house at 1:55, 1 Jan 1810, 1:64, 5 Feb 1810, 1:71, 5 Mar 1810, 1:309, 23 Nov 1813, 1:314, 24 Jan 1814, and 1:360, 23 Jan 1815.
  22. [S583] Cobb & Clarke household, 1810 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, shows that Samuel C. Clark was living with G. D. Cobb in 1828.
  24. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, 1:79, 7 May 1810; 1:333, 23 May 1814; and 1:336, 25 Jul 1814.
  25. [S1975] Deeds, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, B:9-10, 25 Jun 1814.
  26. [S1975] Deeds, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, B:198-9, Samuel C. Clark to Gideon D. Cobb, 28 Feb 1816.
  27. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, B:106-7, 23 Dec 1816; B:161-2, 25 Aug 1817; C:116-7, 23 Aug 1818; C:199, 22 May 1820; C:288, 28 May 1821, Caleb C. Cobb replaced him after he had resigned; and C:191, 28 May 1821, allowed pay as tax commissioner.
  28. [S576] Gideon D. Cobb household, 1820 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  29. [S1975] Deeds, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, D:233, Samuel C. Clark to Caleb C. Cobb, 7 Jul 1824.
  30. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828.
  31. [S1971] Caldwell Co. Order Book, D:405l 17 Nov 1828.
  32. [S2094] Edward Otho Cresap grave marker, Eddyville Cemetery, is adjacent to Persly, who died about a month later, in the Cobb family plot.