Edwin Cook Clark was born on 23 Oct 1826 in Northhampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts, the sixth child and third son of Allen CLARK (b. ca 1789 Northampton; d. 1849 Northampton) and wife Sophia COOK Clark (b. ca 1783 Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA; married Allen in 1814 at Northampton; d. —?—)
On 20 Nov 1850 in Lee, Hampshire Co, MA, Edwin married Emily Louise HINES (b. 24 Apr 1832 in Becket, MA – d. 29 Oct 1920 Northampton.) Edwin and Emily had four children; all four lived to adulthood. From the eldest of these, daughter Ida Beebe, the line descends to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.
During his lifetime in Northampton, Edwin ran a sawmill, engaged in the livery business, and was superintendent and treasurer of the Northampton Street Railway. He served the community as Alderman, and for 25 years as a fireman. He was also a Master Mason. At 23, he spent a year or so in California during the gold rush, trying his luck at placer mining on the American River; and after that, worked four years in New York City handling shipping for the firm of Beebe & Co, Hatters.
Edwin C Clark died on 10 May 1898 and is buried in the Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire County, MA, as is his wife Emily who died 22 years later.
Sources: All familial sources were accessed in Jan 2015:
US Federal Census – 1850, 1860, 1870, 1800, 1900.
Index to MA Marriages 1841-1850
Deaths for City of Northampton (MA)
On 13 Oct 1861 Edwin enlisted as a 2nd Lt in Company A of the 27th MA Vol Infantry and served in the Burnside expedition to North Carolina, taking part in the battles of Roanoke Island and Newbern. He was mustered out on 30 Mar 1862. On 20 Nov 1862 he re-enlisted in the 52nd MA Infantry as 1st Lt of Company C. He later received a commission as Quartermaster. He was in Louisiana under the command of General Banks, being present at the capture of Baton Rouge. He also served at Port Hudson and came up the Mississippi River with his Regiment. He was mustered out of the service on 14 Aug 1863.
After the war, Edwin became a member of L. W. Baker Post #86 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in Northampton. He also was a member of the Massachusetts Commandary of the “Loyal Legion of the United States”:
He is listed in the 1900 “Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the US: Civil War Papers” (pg 17) as:
“CLARK EDWIN C., 2nd Lieut, 27th Mass, Infantry; 1st Lieut, R.Q.M., 52d Infantry, M.V.M”
and in the 1906 “Register of the Loyal Legion” (pg 54) as
Edwin C Clark did not apply for, nor receive, a Civil War Pension; but after his death, wife Emily applied for a widow’s pension (Filed in Mar 1901: Application #738.376; Certificate #527.484); and evidently received a pension until her death in 1920.
Sources: All military sources accessed in Jan 2015:
Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, Fold3.com.