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. 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.

Charles E. French

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 showing Charles as a teenager, probably taken in the 1890s or turn of the century. Using our site search engine, I found that Charles E. 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)

Charles E. French

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

Charles E. French

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 tie in:

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 Amsterdam.

"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.

Paul Russell

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