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Re: Phoebe Clark

Posted: 1554923020000
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I suspect that the Northumberland County board may not be the best one for your query. The Wetmore’s I would associate with Saint John County or Kings County, possibly Queens County; at least that early. The middle name I usually see as ‘Lamoreaux’ and, I believe, is Huguenot in origin especially as, combined with Wetmore, it suggests a Westchester Co., NY origin before 1783.

Jesse, Jr. appears to have gone to California in the early 1850s, returning to NB in 1854 fairly wealthy. Going through Dan Johnson’s database at the PANB site, starting at:
he was resident of Carleton, Saint John Co., NB. Carleton is difficult to define, being at one time a parish, at another a township but more recently a part of the City of Saint John. It should not be confused with Carleton Co. or Carleton Parish in Kent Co. I believe it has been also Saint John West or West Saint John.

Possibly Jesse, Jr. was the Jesse who m. Carleton JUL1844 Matilda Hammer.

Jesse L., Sr. d. Carleton, Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 27FEB1856 age 67-years. James Carnahan Wetmore’s, “The Wetmore family of America, and its collateral branches”, p. 248, stated that Jesse ‘Lamereux’ Wetmore died in 1853. It also stated that he was born in NB 31MAR1790, the s/o John (and Anna Van Cott), s/o the Rev. James, that he m. ‘Pheobe’ Clark and had children: Sally Ann, Catharine, Daniel, Jesse ‘Lamereux’, ‘Pheobe’, James Alexander, Joseph Clark, Catharine (2nd?). Ward Chipman, William Puddington and John Saunders. Wetmore also stated that they lived in ‘Carrolton’, N. B. He seems to have had his information from someone in NB who was not the greatest speller. Jesse, Sr. had amongst his siblings Daniel Van Cott Wetmore and David Wetmore, either of whom could have been the witness at Jesse’s marriage.

A story in the Saint John, “The Daily Telegraph”, 21JUL1890 was transcribed by Dan (who did not proofread) as:

“On Saturday morn. last a reunion of some branches of the Wetmore family was held at the house of Mrs. Isaac BEATTEAY, King St., West End (St. John) in honor of Jesse L. WETMORE who leaves today for his home in Oakland, California. The gathering included Stephen R. WETMORE, who is upwards of 84 years of age, Mrs. J.H. LITTLEHALE and Capt. Jacob WETMORE, Halifax, N.S., all of whom are cousins of Jesse L. Wetmore. Mr. Wetmore left St. John for California in 1848 and has since then had many ups and downs in the far west. Arriving at the Golden Gate during the gold fever he soon amassed considerable capital through speculation, but while on a trip to Europe in 1854, the celebrated Meigs failure caused him a loss of nearly a quarter of a million dollars, completely ruining him for a time. Mr. Wetmore had plenty of New Brunswick pluck, however, and inside of seven years was a prominent railroad contractor in Chili. He then went into Bolivia where he invested in the guano trade doing a business of $5,500,000. The failure of a laarge French firm induced the sownfall of the southern confederacy and consequent litigation again prostrated Mr. Wetmore, but he was not yet beaten. He remained in South America until 1874 when he returned to California and again settled at Oakland. He had invested largely in real estate in that city about 1860 and had recently sold a corner lot 90 x 100 feet which he purchased originally for $600. The price he received was $33,800. He is a son of the late Jesse WETMORE of Kings Co. and latterly, of St. John. Jesse L. Wetmore in 1844 married a Miss HAMMER of England. His wife and two daughters, Ida M. WETMORE and Anna L. WETMORE accompany him on this visit. Mrs. Isaac Beatteay, with whom he has spent his holidays, is his only living sister.”

This at least points to Kings Co.

The Fredericton, “New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser”, 26FEB1896 had:

“Jas. E. WETMORE, an organ builder of Westfield, Mass. and Jesse L. WETMORE, Oakland, California, his cousin, have fallen heir to an estate in Amsterdam valued at $80,000,000. There are other heirs resident in this province. Jesse L. Wetmore of Oakland, Cal. is a Kings Co. man and apparently stands nearest to the money. His sister, Mrs. Phoebe BEATTEAY resides in the West End, St. John.”

Mind you, this ‘smells’ like one of those inheritance scams of the period.

Phoebe Wetmore m. Carleton (Saint John) NOV1846 Isaac O. Beatteay.

In B. Wood-Holt’s, “Early Marriage Records of New Brunswick”, 1986, p. 129, ‘Jessy’ L. Wetmore m. ‘Phebe’ Clark 19OCT1814. Both were of “S.J.” and witnesses were Jos. Clark and D. Wetmore. The problem with Clark/Clarke is that the name is as common as Smith, but perhaps Joseph (?) Clark (?) was Phoebe’s brother or father. It seems likely that Phoebe’s parents were Loyalists.

According to Suzanne Carter’s, “Baptism Records of St. George’s Anglican Church in West Saint John (Carleton), New Brunswick, Canada: 1826-1882 (some omissions)”, Jesse Wetmore was baptized in St. George’s Anglican Church as an adult 8MAR1843. His parents are not named and it is not clear which Jesse this was. Actually. I believe Suzanne has made a study of some Clark’s.

Amongst Jesse, Jr.’s siblings was Joseph Clark Wetmore. (25JUN1827-22JUL1827). The Joseph Clark who witnessed Jesse, Sr’s marriage could be:

Joseph Clark who d. Carleton (SJ) 2MAY1826 age 40-years, “formerly of Yarmouth, N.S.”

His wife may have been ‘Jenette’ d. Carleton 12MAY1863 age 77-years. Joseph Clarke m. Jennet Gillies and Isaac Olive m. Catherine Gillies, daughters of Archibald Gillies of Carleton (SJ) in a double wedding the Thursday before 4JAN1812 (31DEC1811). That Isaac Olive was involved actually suggests that this may have been the right Joseph. For example, the Olive’s had some connection to the Beatteay’s. Archibald Gillies d. Carleton JAN1821 age 66-years. Apparently a Loyalist, Archibald ‘Gilles’ petitioned for land in Kings Co. in 1785 (looks like Kingston Parish) and in Queens Co. in 1803. Archibald ‘Gillis’ was granted 200-acres on the “North Side Kennebecasis Bay” in Kings Co. (Westfield or Kingston Parish?) 10FEB1786. At:
it looks like Westfield Parish. The New Brunswick Genealogical Society, “First Families”, had an entry:

GILLIES: Archibald Gillies born 1755 at Staatsburg, Dutchess County, NY, died 19 Jan 1821, m. 5 Dec 1780 Sarah Whitehand: they came to NB in 1783 as Loyalists and settled in Carleton, Saint John:
1) Elizabeth Gillies born 2 Mar 1782 at Staatsburg, NY:
2) David G. Gillies b. 5 Nov 1783 Carleton, Saint John, d. 22 Jul 1818 in NY:
3) Janet Rebecca Gillies b. 27 Jun 1786, married 31 Dec 1812 at Saint John, Joseph Clark:
4) Jane Gillies born 10 Feb 1789:
5) John W. Gillies b. 25 Jan 1791:
6) James Gillies born 1 Oct 1792, d. 16 Feb 1829, m. Margaret - :
7) Sarah Gillies b. 18 Nov 1794:
8) Catherine W. Gillies b. 18 Nov 1794, d. c1885 Carleton, Saint John, m. 31 Dec 1812 at Saint John, Isaac Olive:
9) Edward R. Gillies b. 18 Oct 1797:
10) Robert Gillies b. 23 Aug 1799, m. in NY, Heather Steele:
11) Archibald Whitehand Gillies b. 30 Jan 1801, married at Rochester, NY, Elsie Ann Cooke: had three sons:
12) Sarah Gillies born 2 Mar 1803:
13) Margaret E. Gillies b. 21 Oct 1804.
Source: MC80/2354 Saint John Branch, NBGS: Arrivals 99: our first families in New Brunswick, page 107: see also MC2657 NBGS Generations Issue #35, March 1988: Dr. Stephen D. Clark’s The Clark family, pages 10-12.

They also have a rather interesting item regarding Jesse, Sr.’s father:

“4) John Wetmore born 7 Jul 1755, d. 4 May 1848, married (1st) c1778 Anna VanCott, m. (2nd) Elizabeth Clark: first settled in Saint John, then moved to Yarmouth, NS:”

Another couple of very interesting entries are:

CLARK: John Clark born at Yarmouth, NS, d. age 32, s/o Joseph Saunders Clark and Catherine Wetmore of Yarmouth, NS: he married Helen Hunter of Yarmouth: the family came to NB and settled in Saint John:
1) George Hunter Clark b. in Saint John, m. Annie Cole: had four children:
2) Joseph Saunders Clark m. Jennie Jackson d/o James Jackson of Halifax, NS: had two children:
3) J.A. Clark (Rev.) married Lizzie Robinson and had three children:
4) William Walker Clark married Kate Cleary and had two children: settled in Saint John, NB:
5) James Alfred Clark married Helen Hamm and had three children:
6) Thomas Robinson Clark m. Anna Tilton and went to Boston, MA.
Source: MC80/338 I. Allen Jack’s Biographical Review, pages 578-579.

CLARK: John Saunders Clark b. 20 Mar 1778 at Yarmouth, NS, d. 21 Jan 1867, s/o John Clark and Sarah Saunders: came to NB and settled in Saint John: m. 1808 Hannah Hunter d/o George Hunter.
Source: MC2657 NBGS Generations Issue #34, December 1987: Dr. Stephen D. Clark’s The Clark family, pages 2-12: John had a brother Joseph Clark b. 18 May 1785, d. 30 Apr 1826, who settled in Saint John.

CLARK: Joseph Clark or Clarke born 18 May 1785 at Yarmouth, NS, d. 30 Apr 1826, s/o John Clark and Sarah Saunders: came to NB by 1809: settled in Carleton, Saint John: m. 31 Dec 1812 at Saint John, Janet Rebecca Gillies born 27 Jun 1786 at Saint John, d/o Archibald Gillies and Sarah Whitehand:
Children born at Carleton, Saint John:
1) Archibald Clark b. 13 Oct 1813:
2) John James Clark b. 2 May 1815, d. 15 Nov 1902, married 1 Feb 1844 in Carleton, Saint John, Jemima Nice b. 18 Apr 1826, d. 5 Aug 1881:
3) William Henry Clark born 21 Jan 1817, died 18 May 1818:
4) Margaret Clark born 30 Dec 1818, married 25 Mar 1841 Charles Vail or Charles Neill:
5) Joseph Edward Clark b. 24 Mar 1821, d. Jul 1852, possibly at Pamama:
6) William Henry Clark b. 18 Jul 1823, d. 22 Jun 1909 at Lancaster, Saint John, married 18 Sep 1851 Mary Thomas from Bristol, England, b. 8 Nov 1832, died 11 Jan 1882: they settled in Saint John and had seven children:
7) Isaac Olive Clark born 11 Jun 1825, died 21 Mar 1831.
Sources: MC80/127 William F. Bunting’s Freemasonry in New Brunswick, pages 227 to 228: see also MC80/2354 Saint John Branch, NBGS: Arrivals 99: our first families in New Brunswick, pages 51 to 52: see also MC2657 NBGS Generations Issue #34, December 1987: Dr. Stephen D. Clark’s The Clark family, pages 2-12: Joseph had a brother John Saunders Clark who also settled in Saint John: see also MC2657 NBGS Generations Issue #35, March 1988: Dr. Stephen D. Clark’s The Clark family, pages 4-9.

I rather suspect that Sarah ‘Whitehand’ might be a Sarah Whitehead.

All of the above is subject to verification but, at this point, I would guess that Phoebe Clark/Clarke was a daughter of John and Sarah (Saunders) Clarke.

It seems that a Joseph Saunders from Salem Massachusetts was what I believe is known as a New England Planter who came to NS after the Seven-Year’s War ca. 1765 and founded Yarmouth, NS. John Saunders Clark, above, may have married 1st Hannah Hunter but at:
are abstracts of inscriptions of headstones in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Saint John, including:

68. John Clark d. 13 Jan 1843 ae 70 yrs
h/w Rebecca d. 28 Mar 1851 ae 77 yrs
84. John Saunders Clark b. Yarmouth, NS 30 Mar 1778 d. 21 Jan 1867
Catherine Wetmore w/o John S. Clark d. 19 Mar 1849 ae 65 yrs
115. Joseph [Saunders] Clark d. 7 Jun 1842 ae 31 yrs

Joseph Saunders is also said to have been b. Haverhill, MA 16JUL1724, married Sarah Hill, and to have had a daughter, Sarah Saunders (b. 2NOV1750), who m. 3FEB1774 John Clark about whom there was nothing further. See also:

is the statement:

“Pheobe was born on December 23 1792, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.”

Apparently referring to Phoebe, Sr., Jesse, Jr’s wife. Ann Marie Flewelling posted at:
a file that has, in part:

1200. JesseLamereux WETMORE (John WETMORE, James WETMORE, James WETMORE, IzrahiahWETMORE, Thomas (Whitmore) WETMORE, John, Thomas) was born 31 Mar 1790 in NewBrunswick. He died 27 Feb 1856 in Saint John, New Brunswick and was buried inCedar Hill Cemetery, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Jesse married Pheobe CLARK on 19 Oct1815 in St. George's Church, Saint John, New Brunswick. Pheobe was born 23 Dec1792 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She died 22 Jul 1834 and was buried in OldCentral Norton Baptist Cemetery.
They had the following children:
1875 F i. SallyAnn WETMORE was born 30 Jul 1816.
1876 F ii. CatherineWETMORE was born 8 Aug 1818.
+ 1877 M iii. Daniel WETMORE was born 8 Apr 1820.
+ 1878 M iv. Jesse Lamereux WETMORE was born 20 Oct1821 and died 1902.
+ 1879 F v. Pheobe WETMORE was born 14 Apr 1823 anddied 1910.
1880 M vi. JamesAlexander WETMORE was born 3 Jul 1825.
1881 M vii. JosephClark WETMORE was born 25 Jun 1827. He died 22 Jul 1827.
+ 1882 F viii. Catherine WETMORE was born 20 Sep 1828 anddied 24 Jan 1875.
1883 M ix. WardChipman WETMORE was born 25 Jun 1830.
+ 1884 M x. William Puddington WETMOREwas born 9 Jun 1832.
1885 M xi. JohnSaunders WETMORE was born 8 May 1834.

Ann and Suzanne, and others, might be more specific if you post your query in the Saint John board and if they see it. My connections are more distant and peripheral.

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