Tombstone of the Month

Joel & Chloe Clark

Joel Clark was born in 1752 in Massachusetts, served in the Revolutionary War as a Soldier from Connecticut, then later married Chloe Reed. They raised a family of three sons and one daughter: Elihue, Joel, Jr., Philetus, and Chloe. After first residing in Connecticut, where the children were born, they then moved to Russell, St. Lawrence County, NY, and finally came to Jefferson County about 1819. Joel Clark built the first saw-mill on Little Toby Creek, later adding a grist-mill; but lost both of them in a flood in 1847. Elihue married Elizabeth Ellinger; Joel, Jr., married Mary Monahan; Philetus married Penelope Goddard; and Chloe married Milton Johnston. Joel died on 11/6/1844, and was buried in "the Shaffers burying ground", now called the Hafner Cemetery. Chloe died 2/25/1849, and was buried beside him. New tombstones were placed on their graves in Hafner Cemetery, but the old stones were moved to Wildwood Cemetery and can still be seen there.

(from "History of Jefferson County, PA", by Kate M. Scott, 1888; "Jefferson County, PA, Her Pioneers and People", by Dr. William J. McKnight, 1916)


Original stones at
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The new stones at Hafner Cemetery


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