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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LEWIS A. CLARK, a widely known farmer of Huntington, was born in Southampton, Mass., January 8, 1839, son of Elisha and Minerva (Stearns) Clark. Mr. Clark’s father was a native of Massachusetts, and followed at different times the occupations of farmer and cooper. He moved to Huntington in 1865, where he was engaged in agriculture until his death, which occurred February 10, 1869. He was a Whig in politics, but beyond casting his vote he took no active interest in public affairs. Elisha Clark’s wife, who was born in Hinesburg, Vt., became the mother of six children, as follows: Mary, wife of Dexter Lyman, a resident of Huntington; Martha, deceased, who married for her first husband Thomas Wright and for her second Joshua Bemis; Sophronia, deceased, who married W. Graves; John E., who married Julia Freeman, and is now a farmer in Easthampton, Mass.; Ellen E., widow of Isaac Avery; and Lewis A., the subject of this sketch. The mother died April 6, 1891.

Lewis A. Clark resided at home until his fourteenth year, when he began to support himself. At the age of seventeen he commenced to learn the trade of a mason, and after working at that calling in Southampton and the West for five years he went to Easthampton, where he labored as a journeyman for another five years. From Easthampton he went to Springfield, Mass., where he was employed at his trade for one year; and in 1869, when his father died, he went to Huntington to take charge of the home farm. He has since successfully carried on the farm, while continuing to work at his trade. He is independent in politics, and has served as a Selectman for eight consecutive years.

On December 20, 1866, Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Hattie R. Howes, daughter of Charles and Mary Howes. Mrs. Clark is a member of the Congregational church. They have one adopted son.

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