Clark.  Primarily being a New England family of Clarks presently beginning with one Joseph Clark of Braintree, who died in 1708, plus sundry other Clark records from Massachusetts and surroundings.

I believe there is a good possibility that we have now identified the father, and immigrant grandfather of Joseph Clark of Braintree.

There is a new page of records and speculation on the father of Joseph Clark of Braintree.

Calling all Clarks descended from Massachusetts Clarks!  Please do a Y-DNA test on Family Tree (or any place else that will do a Y-DNA test) and upload the result to the Clark(e) Project (the link to which will appear on the Family Tree page near the top).  There are 455 people participating currently, but very few from Massachusetts.  It appears that we have quite a few immigrant Clark(e)s during the very early pilgrim period, and Y-DNA is the only way to sort them out.  You may control anything done with your DNA results.

 

We now have 90 autosomal (this means they can come from anybody) DNA matches to all of the children of Thomas Clarke 1599-1697 who died in Plymouth, and another 104 autosomal DNA matches to the siblings of his wife, Susanna Ring, of Plymouth, for a total of 194 autosomal DNA matches to the pair.  We should have, on average, an equal amount of DNA from each.  This agreement at this moment in time is fortuitous, and of no significance.  Further, there are six of us at present in these autosomal DNA matches, and two are from an independent line from Braintree (Nathan Clark's son Benjamin), meaning that this line, and the rest of us (who descend from Joseph Clark's son Nathan Clark), connect at two generations from Thomas Clarke.  This connection means that whatever the DNA connection, it is from at or before Joseph Clark of Braintree (that "at" is that it could be through Damaris Francis, for example, as we all share her).  If you are descended from another child of Joseph Clark of Braintree (i.e. someone other than first born Nathan, or 7th born Benjamin), please "share your DNA with me with "collaborator" privileges on Ancestry so that I can check your connections to Thomas Clarke and Susanna Ring as well.  This may also mean only that we are DNA connected to these two back in England.  I have not yet found another connection here in Massachusetts, although it may exist.

  We need well documented Clarks who are lineal male descendants of  Thomas Clarke 1599-1697 who died in Plymouth, for Y-DNA tests.  If the three of us who have Y-DNA tests match a single Clark from a well documented line of Thomas Clarke, then we have proven this connection.   I have identified two living Clark males who come from independent branches of the Thomas Clarke line and one is now in the process of doing a Y-DNA test, which would confirm or deny this line.  If you are a Clark with a contiguous unbroken male Clark lineaage from Thomas Clarke, please contact me for a Y-DNA test!  (see above)

These records below were accumulated along the way to tracing our own Clark line.  To date, we have traced our line back to Joseph Clark who died in Braintree in 1708, and probably to his grandfather, Thomas Clarke.  We put these records on the web for the further use of those searching Clark families.  These are not a genealogy, but simply records.  Anyone with further information on our family, please send it along.  If you would like your own Clark records added, send them, and I will put them up.  Please send only text, as server space does have a finite limit.  Please send records, comments, suggestions, and speculation.  I have resisted the siren call of the spell checker to the best of my ability, but there are OCR errors in these digitizations.  Always check the originals.
Passenger Lists
The Mayflower Clark Myth
Genealogical Guide to Early Setters of America (Clarks extracted)(I realize there are OCR errors in these)
Pioneers of Massachusetts (Clarks extracted)(I realize there are OCR errors in these)
Barnstable County, MA: Barnstable(1638), Brewster(1803), Eastham(1646), Falmouth(1686),  Harwich(1694), Yarmouth(1639)
Bristol County, MA:  Acushnet (1860), Attleboro (1694), Dartmouth(1664), Easton(1725), Fall River(1803), Freetown(1683), Mansfield(1725), New Bedford(1787), Norton, Taunton(1639),  Raynham(1731), Rehoboth(1645), Swansea(1667)
Essex County: Danvers(1775), Ipswich(1634), Lynn(1629)
Hampden County: Ludlow (1775), Springfield(1636)
Middlesex County, MA: Acton (1735), Arlington, (1807) Cambridge (1636), Concord(1635), Dunstable(), Groton(1655), Lexington(1713), Lincoln(1754), Malden(1649), Medford(1630), Newton(1688), Reading(1644),  Sherborn(1674), Stow(1683), Sudbury(1639), Waltham(1738), Watertown(1630),
Norfolk County, MA: Braintree(1640), Canton(1797),  Cohasset(1775), Dedham(1636), Dover  Foxborough(1778), Franklin (1778,) Holliston(1724),  Medfield(1651),  Medway(1713),  Millis(1885), Milton(1662), Needham(1711), Quincy(1792), Randolph(1793), Sharon(1775),  Stoughton(1726),  Walpole(1724), Weymouth(1635), Wrentham(1673)
Plymouth County, MA: Abington (1712), Bridgewater(1656), Brockton(1821), Carver (1790), Duxbury (1637),  East Bridgewater(1823), Halifax(1734),   Hanover (1727), Hanson (1820), Hingham (1634), Hull(1644) (no Clark), Kingston (1726), Lakeville(1853), Marion (1852), Marshfield (1640), Mattapoisett (1857), Middleborough(1669), Norwell(1849), Pembroke(1712), Plymouth(1620),  Plympton(1707), Rochester(1686), Scituate(1636), West Bridgewater(1822), Wareham(1739), Witman(1875)
Suffolk County, MA: Boston (1630),  Brookline (1718), Chelsea(1739), Dorchester, Milton(1662), Roxbury(1630) Deeds
Worcester County, MA: Worcester(1684)
Early Records (not broken out by town, not complete, just as I find them!)
Rhode Island Clark linked to Sharon, MA
Maine Clarks

Approximate Geographical Map circa early 1700s
Ipswich
Salem
Charlestown (1628) Lynn (1629)
Concord (1635) Cambridge (1636) Charlestown (1628)
Sudbury (1639) Watertown (1630) Boston (1630)
Newton(1688) Roxbury (1630)
Dedham (1636) Milton (1662) Dorchester (1630) Quincy
Dedham (1636) Braintree (1640) Dorchester (1630) Weymouth (1635) Hingham
Canton (1797) Randolph (1793) Dorchester (1630) Dorchester (1630) Duxbury (1637) Scituate (1636)
Duxbury (1637) Duxbury (1637) Duxbury (1637) Marshfield (1640)
Taunton (1639) Duxbury (1637) Duxbury (1637) Duxbury (1637)
Attleboro (1694) Taunton (1639) Taunton (1639) Plymouth (1620), Plymouth (1620),
Taunton (1639) Middlebborough (1669) Plymouth (1620), Plymouth (1620),
Rehoboth (1645) Freetown (1683) Middleborough (1669)
Dartmouth Rochester (1686)
New Bedford (1787)

These records are neither complete nor exhaustive.

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All records on this Clark web site are Copyright©1999-2017 Frank O. Clark, Ph.D., unless otherwise attributed. These documents may be freely used for private purposes, and included in your own genealogy.  However, these documents are copyrighted and may not be sold, nor given to anyone who may attempt to derive profit from same. Please send any errors, corrections, conjectures, updates, etc. to Frank O. Clark, Ph.D.