Benjamin Clark born 25 August 1692 to Joseph and Damaris Clark (VR Braintree p670) died in Braintree 11 Feb. 1754; married 17 Aug. 1719 Mary Niles (born c1699), daughter of Increase and Mary (Purchase) Niles.  Mary Purchase was a granddaughter of John Neils, b. 1603, and Jane Peed, of Braintree, Mass., and a daughter of Oliver Purchase.  She died 17 May 1751.  Both admitted to church 1729.  He was a fence viewer in 1727; surveyor of highways 1732 and 1733 in the middle precinct; chosen constable in 1740 but refused.  At the town meeting 1 march 1714 it was voted that the selectment should stake out a private Town way from Joseph White's to Benjamin Clark's "as ye way nor runs."  This way went across Benjamin Ludden's land to Benjamin Clark's and Joseph Allen's.  Mary Niles Clark died 17 May 1752 in Braintree.

  1. Benjamin Clark born to Benjamin and Mary 16 Jan. 1721 Braintree (VR Braintree p708).  m. Bethia (born <c1724) before 1744.  Children:  
    1. Solomon Clark, b. 1744.  (listed in Reed Genealogy: Descendants of William Reade, of Weymouth, Mass., from 1635-1902, by J.L. Reed pub. 1901 vol 2 appendix, no source given)
  2. Ebenezer Clark born to Benjamin and Mary 4 Dec. 1722 Braintree (VR Braintree p712). m. Dec. 4, 1744, Abigail Ager. (listed in Reed Genealogy: Descendants of William Reade, of Weymouth, Mass., from 1635-1902, by J.L. Reed pub. 1901 vol 2 appendix, no source given)
  3. Joseph Clark born 4 June 1725; is not mentioned in town affairs, nor is he given in 1790 census.  Joseph married 4 June 1745 Mary Shaw, and they had a daughter Bettee born 16 March 1747.  Married June 4, 1745, Mary Shaw; had Bettie Clark (b. in 1747). (listed in Reed Genealogy: Descendants of William Reade, of Weymouth, Mass., from 1635-1902, by J.L. Reed pub. 1901 vol 2 appendix, no source given)
    1. Bettee Clark born 16 March 1747
  4. Mary Clark born 16 March 1728 died 30 Apr. 1729. (Clark Family of Braintree, Mass., by G.P. Bonsall, 1947)
  5. Capt. James Clark born 28 Jan. 1729. (Clark Family of Braintree, Mass., by G.P. Bonsall, 1947, Niles Genealogy) Married 13 July 1759, Eliza French. (listed in Reed Genealogy: Descendants of William Reade, of Weymouth, Mass., from 1635-1902, by J.L. Reed pub. 1901 vol 2 appendix, no source given).  The Reed genealogy also states that this James Clark could be the James & Mary Clark who had the following children: [note marriages & children of this James Clark have not been verified with records!]  James Clark died in 1799
    1. James Clark, b. 1755. (Reed Genealogy) probably he who married Rhoda Billings in 1783. (Reed ibid)
    2. Lemuel Clark, b. 1756.(Reed Genealogy)
    3. Peter Clark, b. 1758,(Reed Genealogy)
    4. Gregory Clark, b. 1760.(Reed Genealogy) probably married Elizabeth Bass in 1783. (Reed ibid)
    5. Mary Clark, b. 1762.(Reed Genealogy)
    6. Micaiah Clark, b. 1764.(Reed Genealogy)
    7. Asa Clark, b. 1766.(Reed Genealogy)
  6. Mary Clark born 24 Oct. 1731 in Braintree.  Married 24 July 1755 in Braintree Lt. Nathaniel Niles.  Mary Clark died 27 April 1771 in Randolph, MA, buried 1771 in Central Cemetery, Randolph.  (Nathaniel Niles, died age 82???)
  7. Sarah Clark born <10 March 1733/4 in Braintree (baptismal date), buried 22 March 1733/4 in Braintree.

I am Bruce Clark son of Eugene, George Enerst, George Edwin, Abram, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Benjamin son of Joseph of Braintree.   Many years ago I asked my dad how our family got here. The story I recall was two brothers sailed from England in a some what un seaworthy craft, landing on Cape Cod they were stranded.  I noted and traced out the fact that many kids I went to school with in the 60's turned out to be related by early marriage in Braintree.  Dad recounted stories of an ancestor that fought in the revolution. A revolutionary sword was amoung my grandfathers belongings and donated to the Lynn Historical Society. The sword was broken with stains on it. The story was it broke in action.  History shows Ebenezer served with Washingtons life guard. His grave is in New Ipswich, N.H. His grave stone lists him as a Capt but served as sargent in Revolution.  Ebenezers son Abram joined the Army 1861 as his son George Edwin had enlisted, Abram was mustered out but G. Edwin endured the entire war and his stories both written and verbal remain. I gave my uncle a book on herbs 1831 signed Ebebezer Clarks Book.  My Dad had no clue as to our tree, his stories I believe were as true and as accurate as word of mouth story telling can be over 300 years. My investigations of those stories that could be verified have been.  Bruce E. Clark.   Ah, to find Joseph's parent.

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