I've been doing some research on the Gage family of Rehoboth & Providence (& surrounding towns), RI and encountered a Jesse Clark (c.1792, of Sharon, MA - 1831, Providence) who married 1/10/1813, North Providence, Cassandria Gage (c.1789/93-1858), d/o Benjamin Gage (1751-1824) and Betty/Betsey Ingraham (b.1755).  [Very little work has been done on the children of Benjamin and Betty Gage.]

Furthermore, I just determined that one of Cassandra/Cassandria's older sisters, Lydia Gage (1778-1847) married a Samuel Clark (see notes below -- perhaps Jesse and Samuel were nephew and uncle, siblings, or cousins).  According to Samuel's gravestone at Locust Grove Cemetery (Providence / PV004), he was born abt. Aug. 26, 1778/1779 (http://www.rihistoriccemeteries.org/searchgraves.aspx).  I wonder if he might be the Samuel Clark in your file, b. Aug. 27, 1777, Sharon, MA, to Sylvanus and Rachel??

I should note that in the 1800 Providence census the Samuel Clark household seems to have been in close proximity to a Thomas P. Clark, who may have been Thomas Peckham Clark of Newport, RI.


Another Gage sibling was William Gage (b.1785), probably my ancestor.  He is thought (by me) to have married a Sophia (-----) and had a daughter Sophia Gage (1811-1884) who married John Hodges Watson of Providence (my line).  (I am curious to see if there are any Sophias in the Clark family who could have been of William Gage's age.)  Other Gage siblings were Remember Ingraham Gage (1775-1820) who m. Elizabeth Bucklin; Betty or Betsey Gage (b.1777) who m. Nicholas Goff; Benjamin Jr. (1780-aft 1834) m. Isabella C. Randall; Barbary (Barnaby? b.1783); Polly (b.1788).


research notes for Jesse Clark / Clarke:

adv in 1818, of Providence, sale of land with Benjamin Gage [Jr.?] of Cranston

possible that these are not all the same man, but they seem to be (Jesse Clark/Clarke):
1815 "Peace & Painting" painting business with Samuel Clarke (copartnership formed) store of Mrs. Atwell, West side of river, lately occupied by Griffin Child.
1818 partnership dissolved.
1820 Providence Fire Engine No. 5
1821 Providence Fire Engine No. 5
1822 "Masonick" - Sentinel
1822 copartnership formed with Pardon Clarke, "P. & J. Clark[e], in the Painting and Glazing business. Taken the shop in Weybosset-Street, formerly occupied by Wm. T. Grinnell, and lately by one of the firm."
1824 Providence Fire Engine No. 7 with Pardon Clarke & others.
1824 Senior Warden, Mount-Vernon Masonic Lodge
1826 G.Scribe, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of State of RI
1826 Director; Pardon Clarke, Treasurer, New Market Library Company
1826 Treasurer, New Market Library Company
1826 Sir Knight, Senior Warden, St. John's Encampment of Knights Templars
1827 Treasurer, Providence New Market Association
1827 Eminent Sir, officer, St. John's Encampment of Knights Templars
1827 3d Masters Veils, Providence Royal Arch Chapter, No. 1
R-I American of 10/11/1831 "Died, In this town, on Friday morning, Mr. Jesse Clark, aged 39.  Funeral from his late residence, Pawtuxet st. to-morrow afternoon, immediately after divine service."
Providence Patriot 10/12/1831 "Died, In this town, on Monday, Mr. Jesse Clark, aged 39 years.  He sustained through life an irreproachable character and was a most industrious and worthy citizen."
1832 Charles F. Tillinghast, administrator

a Pardon Clark was son of Weeden & Thankful.  Per Weeden's pension children did not include Jesse & Samuel.

This Pardon and Weeden Clark were from Richmond, RI

Pardon Clarke
Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950
birth:    1788   
death:    26 Dec 1870    Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
parents:    Weeden Clarke, Thankful Clarke

My notes in my initial email for Jesse Clark(e) with dates all come from newspapers -- New England Historic Genealogical Society's membership gives access to one of the best newspaper databases, but I also find genealogybank.com to have a number of other newspaper titles.  NEHGS vital records provided me with the Sharon reference: >>>CLARKE Jesse, of Sharon, and Cassandra Gage, of North Providence, at Providence, by Rev. Mr. Cornell, Jan. 10, 1813<<<

Google Books' "Christian Telescope" newspaper gave me the 1824 death notice for Benj. Gage Sr.  Unfortunately Google Newspapers seems to have discontinued their newspaper scanning project, and never indexed what they did scan to make it searchable.

It seems with these two men that Jesse Clarke adopted the "e" while Samuel did not.

I've heard someone describe the ca. 1790-1830 period in the RI-MA area as something of a genealogical black hole - I think due to spotty vital record keeping, lots of movement to find work with the Industrial Revolution, shifting RI-MA borders, burgeoning cities, etc.  You mentioned CT, and I've found one place to look for such RI-area people is Thompson, CT which had a lot of water-powered industry at the time.

Interestingly, many of the Clarks and Gages seem to have been painters [Benjamin Gage, Sr., may also have been a painter - I found him in the 1798 Mass. tax census for Rehoboth with less than an acre of land, which indicates some type of tradesman or laborer; I doubt he was a mariner].  There are even more Clarks than I thought in that line of work -- here is the 1824 Providence Directory (the first Providence directory). 

Clarke Ambrose, 100 North Main
Clarke Chester, cabinet-maker, Union, 111 Westminster
Clarke Chester D. 68 Broad
Clarke George G. jewelry, 27 Cheapside, 22 Broad
Clarke Jabez, coachman, 118 Benefit, College
Clarke Jesse, 58 Weybosset, 67 Pawtuxet
Clarke Mrs. Lydia, 358 North Main
Clarke Mrs. Fox Point
Clarke Mrs. 86 High
Clarke Mrs. Martha, rear of 66 Broad
Clarke Pardon, 58 Weybosset, 73 Chesnut
Clarke Parker, mariner, Pine
Clarke P. & J. painters, 58 Weybosset
Clarke Miss S. preceptress, 113 Broad
Clarke Samuel, painter, 69 Pawtuxet
Clarke Sterry, inn-keeper, over 92 North Main
Clarke Thomas, grocer, 55 Broad
Clarke Thomas J. 78 North Main, Richmond
Clarke Thomas P. painter, 113 Broad
Clarke T. J. & W. E. painters, 78 North Main  ( copartnership ends before this
     directory is finished; business to continue under Wm. E. Clarke, 78 North Main )
Clarke William E. 78 North Main, 113 Broad
Clarke Weeden, machine-maker, Bark, Charles

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