Saturday, April 23, 2011

Clark Ellis

Clark Ellis was born in East Barnard, Vermont November 16, 1794.  He died February 11, 1862.  He married Anna Campbell of Barnard November 21, 1815.  To this union two children were born. Namely: *Joel, and Mary Ann.

It is believed that Clark built the house that now stands at the Farm. It was built for his father Moses and replaced the one that was farther up the hill.  

 When I visited with Philip Desmond, the owner, in 1999 he had found a remnant of a rock foundation which he felt might have been the site of the original house. It was farther up the mountain above the present house.

There was a smaller house that Clark built for himself closer to the start of the lane up to the house and barn.

 Mr. Desmond had found termites in the smaller house and was in the process of reconstructing it at the time of my visit.  I have no information on the house at this time.  
At this writing  I have tried to contact Mr. Desmond to ascertain the situation at this time.  Some time ago the Farm was listed for sale by the Sotheby Company in New York but I have no information as to the results of that sale.  At the time of my visit Mr. Desmond had worked considerably to clear some of the old trails used for mining the granite from the quarry.

He also had salvaged the downed timber from an ice storm (perhaps in 1998 or prior) He then hired a man with knowledge of timber log building to construct a shelter at the top of the mountain.  My wife, Coleen, and I hiked the trail to the top of the mountain and enjoyed a picnic lunch at the shelter.  The picture shows the author at the log shelter on top of Ellis Mountain at East Barnard, Vermont.

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*my direct lineage


  1. Go Cyclones! ;-)
    Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Sometimes you can get local college/university to do a site evaluation as a project and learn more about the possible original foundation.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  3. Dick,
    What a great surprise! I enjoyed reading this articulated history of place and lineage. My family owns this property now. Come back for a visit anytime.

    Steve Heim