(1.) Joseph Clark c1621 (birth year of his first child -21) -1684 married Alice (Alse) d 17 March 17(10-11)

Frances Clark Cutting found a book titled Founders of Early American Families , published by the Order of Founders and Patriots. On the Clark page are three Thomas and three William Clarks. One William  Clark, born about 1609 in England, came to American in 1633 on the Mary and John.   William Clark lived in Dorchester and Northampton.

Joseph Clark came to Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1640, accompanied by his wife, Alice Clark. They settled first in Dedham, then moved to Medfield, and helped found that town in 1650. The first mention of Joseph Clark appears in the "Pioneers of Massachusetts" as follows:

"Dedham, ye 28 of ye month called September 1640, Whereas Edward Alleyen hath granted unto Joseph Clark one acre of ye land next Vine Brook towards North for setting his house upon we do grant unto sayed Joseph one acre of ye land to adjoin thereunto for to make an house lot. And we do grant unto the sayed Joseph Clark six acres of planting ground to be beyond Vine Brook to be set off by the aforementioned men that we appointed to perform for Henry Wilson, provide that he subscribe to the town orders."

Ten years later, Joseph Clark was one of the early proprietors and settlers of Medfield, and in his will bequeathed land to his sons, on the West side of the Charles River, afterwards Medway. Joseph Clark was one of the earliest residents of Dedham, and one of the first thirteen who undertook the settlement of the Town of Medfield. He was made a freeman (given the right to vote) in 1652, at which time he was said to be of Medfield. His house was on the West side of South Street, and the old cellar, near the corner of Oak Street, marks the spot where he built. He served as a selectman in 1660, but does not appear very frequently in town offices. He died 6 Jan. 1684, and his widow, Alice (Alse) died 17 March 1710-11.  Children:

  1. Joseph Clark born 9 Dec. 1642 to Joseph and Alice Clark (Vital Records of Dedham p2.)
  2. Benjamin Clark born 9 Dec. 1643 (VRD p2), m 1665 Dorcas Morse.
  3. Ephraim Clark born 1646 Mr. Tilden's History of the Town of Medfield Massachusetts 1650-1886.
  4. Daniel Clark  born 29 July 1647 (VRD p3), died 1676, received wounds from the Indians at the time of the burning of Medfield, from which he died about six weeks afterward.
  5. Mary Clark born 23 Feb. 1649 (VRD p4), m 1673 to Jonathan Boyden.
  6. Sarah Clark born 11 Feb. 1650 (VRD p5)-1704, m (1) 1673 John Bowers, m (2) 1677 Samuel Smith.
  7. John Clark born 1652-1720
  8. Nathaniel Clark born 1658
  9. Rebecca Clark 1660-1739, m 1679 John Richardson.

[Sources: "Some Clark & Wilson Footprints, FEC,II; hereinafter FECII; The Pioneers of Mass., Charles Henry Pope, publ. Boston 1900, p102; The Medway Biographies & Gneal., EO Jameson, 1886, p130; Vital Records of Medfield to 1850, p200 & 204-VRMDFLD-; Hist. of Medfield, Wm. S. Tilden, 1887, p347 - HSTMDFLD]

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