The mere mention of the business of the manufacturing of cotton goods to a citizen of New Jersey, will have the same effect that the mention of the name of Slater has in Rhode Island, as the names are as familiarity connected with the cotton industry as is Watts with steam, Stephenson with the railroad locomotive, Fulton with the steamboat, and Whitney with the cotton gin.
Peter Colt, superintendent of the first cotton mill established in New Jersey by the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers, and of which society Alexander Hamilton was an enthusiastic patron, wrote and signed a certificate, dated August 22, 1817, in which he testifies that he (Mr. Clark) "made in company with a partner who worked in iron and brass, all the valuable machinery in the first cotton mill that was ever erected in this part of the country, and the first (as I believe) that was worked in America." He further states in the same certificate, "Mr. Clark has been a resident of this town ever since the period first mentioned (1794), and has always carried on the business of making machines for spinning both cotton and the wool of sheep, and is a very able mechanic and an industrious citizen." This machinist, cotton and wool manufacturer and early fitter up of the first cotton mill in New Jersey was John Clark, of whom further.
(I) John Clark, the immigrant, was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, May 21, 1763. He was brought up to the machinist's trade and learned to make and set up looms in the cotton and woolen mills of his native country. General Alexander Hamilton, one of the founders of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers in the United States, was a personal friend of Mr. Clark and advised him to come to America to assist the society in their work. He embarked with his wife, Jane Slater, a native of Sterlingshire, Scotland, born May 1, 1768, and who died in Paterson, New Jersey, May 30, 1838, and their two children, Jane and John Jr., both born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and they landed in New York in 1794, after a long and tiresome voyage in a sailing vessel. The society under whose auspices the venture was made, sent the family to Paterson, where they established a home and the father began the manufacture of cotton spinners and looms. He formed a partnership with a fellow countryman who is described above as a worker in iron and brass, one McIlwhame, and March 18, 1799, the firm of McIlwhame & Clark rendered an account for services rendered to the society to the amount of two thousand one hundred and one pounds four shillings two pence. Mr. Clark, besides manufacturing machinery for cotton and woolen mills, engaged prominently in the manufacture of woolen fabrics, and in fact became the principal founder of the textile industry in Paterson, where he died, October 12, 1830.
The children of John and Jane (Slater) Clark, with the exception of the first two born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, were born in Paterson, New Jersey, as follows: 1. Jane, October 5, 1791; married Robert Cunningham, a machinist, of Paterson, New Jersey, where she died August 6, 1863. 2. John Jr., March 4, 1793; became first secretary of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers, and with Thomas Rogers became manufacturer of cotton looms in the "Beaver Mill," erected by his father soon after his arrival. The firm of Goodwin, Clark & Rogers continued throughout the greater part of his life, and became known as the Rogers Locomotive Works, and was very profitably conducted. He died in Paterson, April 3, 1841. 3. William L., October 5, 1795; managed the store connected with the cotton factory, fitted up by his father for Peter Colt, and subsequently became bookkeeper for Rogers, Ketcham & Grosvenor, builders of steam locomotives. He died in Paterson, November 9, 1859. 4. Robert, September 22, 1798; died March 9, 1869. 5. Elisha Boudinot, May 30, 1801; became a member of the firm of Clark & Robinson, cotton spinners, and occupied the mill site now owned by the Ivanhoe Paper Mill. He was a man of influence, held various prominent local offices in Paterson, and represented the district in the legislature of New Jersey. He died in Paterson, March 1, 1842. 6. Alexander, October 17, 1803; died in Paterson; we find no record of date of death. 7. Henry (q. v.). 8. Edward (twin of Henry), February 14, 1807; worked as a machinist in the shop of his brother John, and in 1826 established an iron foundry in Paterson at the corner of Mulbury and River streets, and in 1829, in company with his brother Henry, engaged in the hardware business, which included mill supplies. He married, November 8, 1828, Ann, daughter of John and Mary McIntyre, of New York City. She was born May 26, 1812, and died December 7, 1868. They had two children: Morton, who succeeded his uncle, Henry, in the hardware business, and Livingston, born April 22, 1841, died October 14, 1857. Edward Clark died in Paterson, New Jersey, May 15, 1875.
(II) Henry, sixth son and seventh child of John and Jane (Slater) Clark, was born in Paterson, New Jersey, February 14, 1807. He was a pupil in the public school of his native city, and while quite young worked as a machinist. In 1829 he engaged in the hardware business in partnership with his brother Edward, and the business of "Clarks' Hardware Store" was continued for forty-six years by the twin brothers. He was a man of high character, and an elder in the first Presbyterian Church, of Paterson. He died at Paterson, August 9, 1875. He married, in May, 1842, Catherine Van Winkle, born March 1, 1816, died September 6, 1877, daughter of Edo and Jane (Van Houton) Van Winkle, of Paterson, New Jersey. Catherine Van Winkle was of the seventh generation in line of descent from Jacob Van Winkle, who came from Holland in 1684 and settled in Bergen county, New Jersey. (See Van Winkle). Children: 1. Henry Irving, born July 10 1843; see below. 2. John Edo, born April 28, 1845; mentioned below. 3. Mary, born June 2, 1848; married, September 27, 1871, Andrew Kerr; children, born at Ilchester, Baltimore county, Maryland: i. Mary Clark, August 19, 1872, died November 27, 1875; ii. Annie Couper, born October 21, 1873, married, June 23, 1906, Chauncy Owens Ransom; iii. Katherine Van Winkle, born September 17, 1876, now residing in Dunmurry, county Antrim, Ireland, married, June 16, 1908, Edward Percy Richardson, child-- Eleanor Coates, born March 22, 1909; iv. Henry Clark, born May 8, 1878, married, June 7, 1905, Emma Pounds, child-- John Clark, born May 20, 1907; v. William Morris, born July 22, 1879, married, April 24, 1907, Mercy Elizabeth Niblock, child-- William Morris Jr., born July 15, 1909. 4. Catherine, born December 3, 1850; married, December 1, 1891; children: i. Mary Clark, born December 5, 1887; ii. Ada, born December 23, 1880. 5. David Burrnett, born January 24, 1854; resides in Paterson, New Jersey. 6. William Livingston, born May 11, 1857; see below.
(III) Henry Irving Clark, son of Henry (q. v.) and Catherine (Van Winkle) Clark, was born at Paterson, New Jersey, July 10, 1843. He attended various private schools in his native city up to September ,1855, under the tuition of Garret J. Hopper, when the public schools were started there with first-class teachers in all departments. The grammar school which he entered was in charge of Professor Samuel C. Hosford as principal, a very superior teacher. He remained a pupil in the public schools until 1857, at the same time studying Latin, as only English was taught in the schools, special attention being given to mathematics. In September, 1857, he entered the classical school of Professor Theodore Ryerson, and commenced preparation for college. In March, 1859, his father requested him to relinquish the idea of going to college, and requested him to enter the hardware store of E. & H. Clark, in Paterson, Ne Jersey, in the capacity of clerk. He remained in that position until March, 1860, when he secured a position with T. Ketcham & Company, stock brokers, at No. 1 Hanover street, New York City. The following year, 1861, with the commencement of the civil war, a much greater activity was started in Wall street in stock and bonds than this country had ever experienced before. He was admitted to the firm of T. Ketcham & Company in the early part of 1864, and was elected a member of the New York Stock Exchange in November, 1864. He continued his connection with the firm until May, 1867, when the firm was dissolved. That same month he entered into partnership with William P. Ketcham, under the firm name of Ketcham & Clark, stock brokers. In 1868 his brother, John Edo Clark, became a member of the firm under the same firm name, and this relation continued until 1874 when the firm was dissolved. In that same year was formed the firm of H. & L. Clark, composed of Henry Irving and John Edo Clark, both members of the New York Stock Exchange, which remained in existence until February, 1893, when John E. Clark retired from business. In that same month Henry I. Clark formed the firm of Henry I. Clark & Company, composed of Henry I. Clark, Herbert H. Clark, Elisha T. Everett. Henry L. Clark was admitted to membership in 1897 and Josiah H. Clark in 1902. On October 7, 1905, E. T. Everett retired from the firm. The firm of Henry I. Clark & Company, stock brokers, is still in existence at No. 80 Broadway, New York City. Mr. Clark is a Republican in politics, having cast his first vote for Lincoln and Johnson in November, 1864. He has never held public office, preferring to devote his time and attention to business. He is a member of the Church of the Redeemer (Presbyterian), of Paterson, New Jersey, and a member of the Hamilton Club, of Paterson.
Mr. Clark married, April 13, 1870, Ada Huntoon, born August 14, 1849, daughter of Josiah P. and Sarah M. (Doremus) Huntoon. Children: 1. Herbert Huntoon, born March 7, 1871; married, June 23, 1897, Elspah Johnson, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; child-- Henry Irving (2), born April 24, 1899. 2. Josiah Huntoon, born December 4, 1873. 3. Henry Livingston, born February 11, 1876; married, September 12, 1900, Sarah Fifield, of Paterson; children: Edward Fifield, born July 21, 1903; Sarah Margaret, born December 14, 1905. 4. Meta, born June 15, 1879; married, April 5, 1906, Clifton F. Leathebree, of West Newton, Massachusetts; child-- Katherine, born March 2, 1907. 5. Florence, born October 21, 1882; married, April 13, 1905, Roger C. Turner, of Paterson; children: Ada Ann, born June 1, 1906; Roger Chamberlain, September 11, 1909.
(III) John Edo Clark, second son of Henry and Catherine (Van Winkle) Clark, was born at Paterson, New Jersey, April 28, 1845. His elementary educational training was in the best private and select schools of Paterson under the best instruction, and this was supplemented by a course in the public schools. He ranked high in his studies and graduated from the Paterson high school in 1860. Shortly afterward he entered the employ of E. & H. Clark as clerk in their hardware store, remaining about four years. Desiring to enter the mercantile world and make a mark for himself, he began a clerkship in the office of T. Ketcham & Company, bankers and stock brokers, at No. 1. Hanover street, New York, during the civil wr, when the brokerage business was at its height. By strict attention to the business in all its details and by his probity he rose to positions of greater responsibility and remuneration, becoming thoroughly familiar in the purchase and sale of stocks and bonds of the New York Stock Exchange. In 1868 he was admitted a partner in the banking house of Ketcham & Clark, the firm having been formed in May, 1867, by Henry I. Clark, a brother of Mr. Clark, and William P. Ketcham. The three partners continued in active and prosperous business until 1874, when the firm was dissolved and the two brothers, Henry I. and John E. Clark, entered into partnership under the firm name of H. & J. Clark, with quarters t No. 66 Broadway, and later removed to Wall street, where the business as continued under that name until 1893, when Mr. Clark retired, although he held his seat in the New York Stock Exchange until 1900, when he sold it and retired from all active business. Mr. Clark believed in outdoor exercise and recreation, and became an ardent and active member of the North Jersey Golf Club, in which he held membership since its organization. He was a much respected member of the Hamilton Club, the leading social organization of Paterson, taking a deep interest in its welfare. In political preferment he was a Republican of the true type that never sought public office.
In social as well as in private life Mr. Clark was a model man. At home he was the center of the affection of his sister's family, where for twenty-three years he watched over the welfare of her children with the tenderness of a fond parent. In the church, which was his supreme delight, he was a pillar, the same in which his father had been an elder. He as a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and stood loyal to its interests when others withdrew from it. The religious element in his character was positive and of a high type. He was a close student of the faith of his fathers, yet was free from all cant and narrowness, and preserved through his life the pre-eminent christian character. John Edo Clark died at his residence on Hamilton avenue, November 7, 1909. To those who knew him best he was most strongly endeared. His very goodness made him noble and placed him on that plane above the common run of mankind. Always of the kindest and most lovable nature, John E. Clark was indeed a noble man. It was ennobling to know him and to appreciate him. He was just to all and guarded in his word. "None were ever wounded by word or act of his, and his many excellent qualities of heart and mind shone brightly."
(III) William Livingston Clark, youngest child of Henry and Catherine (Van Winkle) Clark, was born at Paterson, New Jersey, May 11, 187. He attended the Paterson public schools, and this was supplemented by a course at the Paterson Seminary, where he prepared for college, entering the University of the City of New York, from which he graduated in 1877, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He subsequently received from the same institution, the degree of Master of Arts in 1879. During this time he took a course at the Columbia Law School in New York City, and graduated in 1879 with degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the New York bar in June, 1879, and began the practice of law with Thomas Darlington, with offices at No. 7 Beekman street, New York City. Mr. Clark has continued in active practice in the city of New York continuously since that time. He was admitted to practice as an attorney and counsellor at law by the supreme court of New Jersey, where he has been largely engaged in the court of chancery. Mr. Clark was a resident of Paterson, New Jersey, from his birth until February 25, 1885, when he was united in marriage to Mary E. Spencer and removed to Brooklyn, New York, where he resided until April of the following year, when he removed to Passaic, New Jersey. He was one of the first to erect a residence in this section of the city, and became active in promoting and improving the locality which has become the finest residential section of Passaic. He has taken an active interest in the conduct of the public affairs of Passaic for a number of years, resulting to the growth and development of the city, and assisted in the formation of the Citizens' Association and Board of Trade, of Passaic. He as instrumental with others in forming and organizing the Passaic Club, and became its first treasurer and second president. In addition to the Passaic Club he holds membership in the Acquackanonk Club, of Passaic; the Yountakat Country Club, and the Lotos Club, of New York City. In religion Mr. Clrk retains the faith of his ancestors, and is a member of the Passaic Presbyterian Church, having served that body as its trustee for fifteen years. He is a Republican in politics, and served the third ward of his city as councilman from 1890 to 1893.
Mr. Clark marred at Paterson, New Jersey, February 25, 1885, Mary E., born December 1, 1861, daughter of Lucius F. and Caroline (Denison) Spencer. Lucius F. Spencer is a prominent resident of Passaic, New Jersey, an a descendant of Michael Spencer, a brother of William Spencer, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the early New England ancestor. The only child of this marriage is Mary Alice, born at Passaic, New Jersey, July 26, 1886.