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.
We now have a probable ancestor for Joseph Clark, based on three DNA matches to three sons of Thomas Clark born 1599 in England who died in Plymouth in 1697
Caution, caution, caution! These are "autosomal" DNA matches, which mean that I, at minimum, am clearly related by DNA to Thomas Clark 1599-1697, died in Plymouth, MA, as are probably all descendants of Joseph Clark who died in Braintree in 1708. However, it may not be via his son William, and Joseph Clark who died in Braintree. The potential fly in the ointment could be a DNA connection through some other line (I do not yet see any possibilities for that). I am further pursuing this connection via a Y-DNA test, and I will then have to search for another Clark male lineal contiguous descendant of Thomas Clark 1599-1697 myself (via his son William Clark would work as well, as there seems to be no ambiguity there), but I do not see anyone who fits this category in the Clark Y-DNA (https://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/clark-clarke/pats) and note that my own tree back to Thomas Clark has not yet been updated as of 1 May 2017, but has been submitted).
These records 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. We put these records on the web for the further use of those searching Clark families. 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.
|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|
Approximate Geographical Map circa early 1700s
|Charlestown (1628)||Lynn (1629)|
|Concord (1635)||Cambridge (1636)||Charlestown (1628)|
|Sudbury (1639)||Watertown (1630)||Boston (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)|
|New Bedford (1787)|
These records are neither complete nor exhaustive.
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All records on this Clark web site are Copyright©1999-2015, 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.