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Towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge in the Middle Years of John Clark

Spanning The Years From
1776 to 1792

Narrative of the Clarks in Bedford and Pound Ridge.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

Bedford and Pound Ridge in 1776, would have been nearly 100 years old and teaming with commerce typical of rural communities.

In 1776 John Clark would have been age 36 and married to his second wife Polly Robinson for about 8 years. By now they have two children of their own; Amos and Thomas ages 8 and 2 respectively. John's two oldest children by his first wife, Martha Westcott, would have been Abijah age 11, and Ichabod age 10. We know from Jotham's Journal that Ichabod was raised by his mother's brother, John Westcott. We don't know if Abijah was also raised by the Westcotts or if he remained with his father.

John and Polly had two daughters born to them who died young. They were Amaziah and Martha and were presumed to have been born between 1780 and 1785. There appear to have been no births between 1774 and 1781.

John Clark and his brothers served as privates in the New York fourth regiment during the Revolution. Many of his neighbors and members of allied families also served in this regiment.

A more detailed work is forthcoming about the Clarks in the Revolutionary years.

Jotham's Journal gives a brief account of General [Enoch] Poor and his troops encamped on either Clark or Westcott family land. The regiment used the barn for the wounded and pitched their tents in the orchard.

Post-Revolution Bedford and Pound Ridge witnessed many changes in commerce and culture. The Westchester Library System in Tarrytown, has posted a sketch of the period 1783-1865.

Cottage industries, chiefly shoemaking, had been prevalent before the Revolution, providing farming families with a small but welcome cash income. After the war these occupations began to be carried on in "factories." The work was still largely done by hand, but in buildings, often barns, specifically devoted to that purpose.

Many other changes were taking place. The doors to westward expansion were beginning to open. These events-of-change gave rise to opportunities for our ancestors. Unfortunately, the cost of these opportunities were borne by displaced natives, fractured families and communities.

Some of our family chose to remain in Westchester county while many migrated north to Saratoga. After a time many of those men, now grown, branched out into more counties across the state as other lands opened up to settlement.

1792 is the year we presume Ichabod Clark migrated from Westchester county to Saratoga county. He and his wife Sarah Weed, had married in 1786. Sometime after 1790 and before summer of 1792, they with their two oldest sons -- and other family and neighbors -- joined the migration northward. Their third son was born in Saratoga in July of 1792. Ichabod was 26 in 1792, his wife Sarah was 21. They had married at a very young age. Over the years they raised 15 children and lived in three different counties.

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