FOUND FAMILY FOTOS #2
MONTGOMERY COUNTY NY
The identified family photos in the "Found Family Fotos" sections were purchased by the site coordinator at various
antique shops and flea markets around NY State in early 2002. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version of the photo. If anyone here is your direct
ancestor, you're a descendant of one of their siblings, or you have information
to share about them below their photo, please contact the site coordinator.
This photo of Charles E. French was found in New York City, part of a group of 3 family photos that
were all taken at the Taylor studio, 23 & 25 E. Main St., in Amsterdam. This is a cabinet card photo of Charles as a teenager, probably taken in the 1890s or turn of the
20th century. Using our site search engine, I found that Charles E. French grew up to become a prominent man:
1917 Amsterdam phone book
- French Charles E, r, 80 Locust av Amstdm 1259-W
1912 Amsterdam Board of Trade
- French, Charles E., Banker
- Charles E. French 1900 - (secretary from 1900-1912)
Certain features of Dr. S.H. French show a strong resemblance to Charles E., above, and I'm going to take the liberty
of posing the possibility that this is his father, or a close relative. Using our site search engine, I also
found Dr. French:
1917 Amsterdam phone book
- French Dr S H, r, 40 Church Amstdm 52
- French H C, Dental Laboratory, 1 E Main Amstdm 687-J
I'm noting the above as perhaps there's an association with the dental lab - Dr. French might
have been a dentist.
On our site, early mentions of French family members residing in Amsterdam include:
1869 Town of Amsterdam directory
- French, Benjamin W. (Amsterdam) groceries, produce and provisions, corner Wall and Division
- French, Marvin H. (Amsterdam) farmer 112
This man's photo is identified on the back as "Mr. Clark, un. James Clark, brother of Mary C. Dean (Mrs. Luther
Dean)." This photo appears to have been taken in the late 1880s or early 1890s. Using our site search engine, I
found an association between this man's sister and the French's, as well as several other listings that may
1917 Amsterdam phone book
- Clark James N, r, 133 Guy Park av Amstdm 1043-J (is this the man above?)
- Dean Mrs L L, r, 80 Locust av Amstdm 1259-W (residing at same address as Charles E. French, and at least in her
70s or 80s if the children in Green Hill Cemetery are her children)
Mentions that I found of the Luther L. Dean family of Amsterdam are:
1869 Town of Amsterdam directory
- Dean, Luther L. (Amsterdam) Dean & Visscher
Green Hill Cemetery
- Dean, Child of Luther b. Amsterdam, N.Y. d. 4-10-64 (still born)
- Dean, Marcus C., son of L., b. Amsterdam, N.Y. d. 8-12-66 , 0-9-7
- Dean, Willie-son of Luther d. 9-0-67 4m. 11d.
4/8/02 - New information from Paul Russell, that ties together the Deans, Clarks and French's. Charles E.
French was Luther Dean's son-in-law.
I saw your most recent posting on the Herkimer-Montgomery Co. site with
some information on the photos you found. I have more on the CLARKs from an
old scrapbook of obituaries & wedding announcements, specifically James N.
CLARK, brother of Mrs. Luther DEAN.
"7 Jun 1924, James N. Clark: James N. Clark, aged 72, died at 1:45 o'clock
this morning at his home, 133 Guy Park Ave., of a complication of diseases
from which he had been suffering for two years. Mr. Clark was born in
the town of Perth, where he was engaged in farming during his early life.
Later he entered the lumbering business and for 22 years conducted a saw mill
near Fort Johnson, after which he retired and for the past 26 years has
resided in Amsterdam. He was of a quiet, unassuming disposition and spent most
of his later life in his home. He was for a number of years a member of
the Fort Johnson Club. Mr. Clark was a member of the Emmanuel Presbyterian
church and was held in high regard by all with whom he was acquainted.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah M.; a sister, Mrs. Sarah J. Moore, of
this city [Johnstown?] and several nephews and nieces of this city." A
smaller clipping reads: "CLARK, James N. Clark, June 7. Funeral at the home,
133 Guy Park avenue, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Lewis A.
Galbraith officiating. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill."
I have an obituary for their father, Joseph CLARK [albeit with no date
on it, but it clearly is from before 1924]:
"Joseph Clark. Joseph Clark died at 3 o'clock yesterday morning at his home in West Amsterdam of diabetes,
in the 78th year of his age. Mr. Clark was an intelligent and prosperous
farmer and was well-known in the eastern part of this county. He was
born and reared in Perth and lived for thirty-eight years on the place where
he died. His wife, whose maiden name was Charity Kline, died ten years
ago. He leaves four children, Mrs. Stoller Moore of Amsterdam, Mrs. Obadiah
Wilde and James N. Clark of Fort Johnson and Supervisor William Clark of the
town of Amsterdam. One brother, George Clark of Perth and two sisters, Mrs.
Robert Campbell of Johnstown and Mrs. John McVean, of Caledonia, Livingston
County, also survive him. Mr. Clark was a member of the Perth United
Presbyterian church. He was a man of the highest integrity and was
highly respected. His record of industry, probity and faithful discharge of
all duties which came to his hand is worthy of emulation. The funeral
will be held from the house Thursday at 1 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Adair officiating.
The interment will be made at Perth Center."
I have an obituary for Luther DEAN--a very long one--with no date.
Here is the relevant genealogical information: "He was born in the fifth ward
of the city of Amsterdam on 8 June 1842. His father was Daniel Dean, a
native of the town of Florida, who passed most of his life as a shoe dealer in
Port Jackson. Luther L. Dean was the eldest of three children. With him at
the time of dissolution were his wife, his only sister, Mrs. N.C. Becker
and his son-in-law, Charles E. French. The remains were brought to Amsterdam
Sunday afternoon [he died in Albany at St. Peter's Hospital at 8:40 o'clock,
Saturday Evening as the result of pneumonia after a successful operation on
Friday, November 29.] arriving on the New York Central at 2:53 o'clock
and were taken to the home, No. 80 Locust Ave. The survivors are the wife,
Mary S. Dean; one daughter, Mrs. French; one sister, Mrs. Becker, and one
grandaughter, Eleanor H. French. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon
at 2:30 o'clock at the house, the Rev. Dr. Joshua R. Kyle, pastor of
the First Reformed church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Henry T.
McEwen, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church. Friends are
requested to omit flowers. Those who desire to view the remains may do so between
the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday. The bearers will be William
McCleary, Thomas F. Kennedy, James T. Sugden, W. Barlow Dunlap, Jacob J. Johnson
and John I. Frederici. The interment will be in the family plot in Green
Hill cemetery." Mr. Dean seems to have been a businessman and local
entrepreneur, owning part of "Park Knitting Mills." He was also a
village trustee, an assessor and helped to create the sewer commission in
"5 Sep 1926, Funeral of Mrs. James N. Clark. The funeral of Sarah
Melvina Plantz, widow of James N. Clark, was held at 2 o'clock Wednesday
afternoon at her home, 19 Lincoln Ave., the Rev. Lew A. Galbraith, pastor of
Emmanuel Presbyterian church, of which, Mrs. Clark had long been a member,
officiating. There was a large gathering of relatives and other
friends and numerous floral remembrances. Interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery at
Tribes Hill, the bearers, all nephews of Mrs. Clark being: Stewart
Plantz, Archivald Hallenbeck, William H. Fonda and A. Wilhelm. Among those in
attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Plantz, Mrs. Sarah Browne, Mr. and
Mrs. Archibald Hallembeck, Mrs. George Putman, Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson,
Mrs. W.E. Powell and Mrs. Elizabeth Stoller of Johnstown; Mr. and Mrs.
Bernard Plantz and Dr. and Mrs. George M. Clark of Gloversville; Mrs. George
Joslin and Mrs. John Putman of Perth; Mrs. Grace Reese of Fort Hunter; Mrs.
and Mrs. Stewart Plantz and Mrs. James Striker of Tribes Hill; Mrs. and
Mrs. A. Wilhelm of Schenectady and Arthur Moore of Ilion."
The obituary for Mr. CLARK's sister gives additional important genealogical info:
"9 May 1933, Obituary, Mrs. Sarah Jane Moore. Sarah Jane Clark,
widow of Stoller M. Moore, died Tuesday night at 11:30 o'clock at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. A. Wilhelm, Ballston Lake. She fell more than a
week ago, fracturing her hip. She was born in West Amsterdam, Town of
Perth, March 17, 1844, a daughter of Joseph and Charity Kline Clark and lived
there during her girlhood. For about 40 years she made her home in Amsterdam
and for the past few years has lived with her daughters, Mrs. William Fonda
of this city [Johnstown?] and Mrs. Wilhelm at Ballston Lake. December 29,
1864, she was married to Mr. Moore, who died March 17, 1894. [I have
his obituary as well.] Mrs. Moore was a member of the First M.E. Church of
Amsterdam, the Ladies' Aid Society and the Foreign and Home Missionary
socities of the church. She was an active worker and a faithful
attendant as long as her health permitted. She loved her home and family, and
had many friends in the community. Those surviving Mrs. Moore are two
daughters, Mrs. William Fonda, Amsterdam, and Mrs. A. Wilhelm, Edgar C.
Moore, Ilion, and Edgar C. Moore, Ballston Lake; four grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren. The body was brought to the funeral house of
Johnson & Lindsay."
This should help clarify some of the information needed to explain the
people in the photos you found.