Nathan Clark (I) b. 10 Oct 1678, Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA (VR Braintree p653), son of Joseph Clark, (died Unknown) married 31 July 1701 (c1701-3) to Jemima Jewett Staples, widow of John Staples (b. 3 Nov. 1672 d. in Milton Mass 5 Nov. 1700; married 6 July 1693 Jemima Jewett in Braintree)(New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1962 page 19) (no marriage record in Braintree records).  There are Braintree births to Nathan & "Jemima" Clark, but no marriage record, & no evidence  other than the two quoted references that she was a widow of John Staples.

John Staples (born 3 Nov. 1672 Weymouth to John and Sarah Atkins Staples) and Jemima Jewett had three children (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1962 page 19):

  1. Jemima Staples 23 April 1694 (Braintree Births, Marriages, and Deaths p682)
  2. Sarah Staples 3 April 1696 (Braintree Births, Marriages, and Deaths p682)
  3. Mary Staples 13 Jan. 1698 (Braintree Births, Marriages, and Deaths p682)

   The Jewett family claims that Jemima was the daughter of Nehemiah and Experience Jewett of Rowley, Essex County.  She was supposedly born in Boston (I can find no Boston - or other - record of her birth yet).  She supposedly married 1693 first John Staples, supposedly born 1673.   She has been stated as residing in Dorchester when they married, although I have not found a record backing this statement - yet.   John Staples supposedly died in Braintree in 1700, and Jemima married Nathan Clark c1701-3.

   Jemima Clark joined the 2nd Church at Braintree May 29,1715.

  They removed to Middleboro about 1715-6.    Nathan Clark was admitted to Middleboro Church Nov.25,1716. [Sprague #1014]  I wonder what event caused them to remove to Middleboro, and why to this specific location?

  Jemima Jewett Staples Clark died 25 April 1716 at age 42 in Middleborough, 2 days after the birth of Ichabod Clark (VR Middleborough), so she was therefore born c1674,  Nathaniel Clark was younger that she, only 38 years of age at her death.  He probably remarried, and given other records, we might expect him to remarry by 1718.

  It has been claimed that Nathan Clark died in Middleborough 08 Nov 1718 but I (FOC) have seen no record of his death, and see below, there is evidence that he was alive as late as late as 1727.  There is a Suffolk Co. probate record for a Nathaniel Clark in 1733, will, 6488.   Our Nathan Clark would have been 55 years of age.  At this time, Braintree was in Suffolk Co., while Middleborough was in Plymouth County.  Norfolk County was not created until 1793, so this record could be of our Nathan, if he moved back into this county, or if he owned property in what was Suffolk Co. at his death.  If he remained in Middleborough, his probate would be in Plymouth County, and I did not see any likely candidate records there.  In summary, we do not yet know if Nathan Clark remained in Middleborough after the death of Jemima, nor do we know when or where he died.

  A Nathan Clark died in 1718 in Medway, son of Edward and Hannah Clark, so there were records of a lot of people named Nathan Clark, and caution must be exercised!  

  That our Nathan Clark (son of Joseph) was still alive in 1727 at age c49 (11 years after Jemima's death) is attested by this record: "2 May 1727 Gershom Samson and Bethiah Clark both of Middleborough after lawful publication and consent of parents were married pr Peter Thacher (VR of Middleborough p58)," although it does not state if he was remarried nor where he lived.  We may conclude that Nathan Clark was still above ground in 1737 at age c49.

  1. Abigail Clark born 21 May 1702 (VR Braintree p 682).   Admitted to Miles Ch. 1734 unmarried (Clark Family of Braintree, Mass., by G.P. Bonsall, 1947) She married Seth Beal (3 May 1710-Dec. 1786), son of Seth Beal and Rachel Hershey (Beal) on 9 Sept. 1731 at Weymouth, Norfolk County, MA (VR Weymouth, V2, p26).  Abigail Clark Beal supposedly died on 16 December 1769 at Row, Dunbartonshire, Scotland at age 67.
    1. Elizabeth Beal born 23 Feb. 1735- died 1817
    2. Seth Beal born 20 Dec. 1736 Weymouth, MA (VR Weymouth, V1, p38)
  2. Nathan Clark (II) born 17 April 1704 Braintree (VR Braintree p 699).  Nathan Clark (age c26) married Jemima Etheridge (age c16), both of Stoughton, & their intent to marry was entered August ye 22 1730, and were posted by law (VR Stoughton: Stoughton 1727-1800, Canton 1797-1845 preceded by the records of the South Precinct of Dorchester 1715-1727, p25).  Both of Stoughton were "Joyned" together in marriage 1 Oct. 1730 by Samuel Dunbar, Pastor. (p31) .Jemima Etheridge Clark, wife of Nathan, died 22 June 1793 at age 79  (born c1714) in Foxborough (VR Foxborough p205).  In short, Nathan Clark born 1704 probably removed to Stoughton(ham) before 1730 (age 26) and was  probably the first of this family to remove to Stoughton(ham).
  3. Susannah Clark born 9 May 1706 Braintree (VR Braintree p 699).  Thomas the son of Susannah Clark and reputed son of Thomas Severy was born 14 Dec. 1731 (VR of Middleborough p132).  Thomas Severy married Mary Williams in Middleborough 27 March 1738 (Middleborough marriages Middleborough Public Library) and had children.  A Susanna Clark of Attleborough married Benjamin May of Attleborough 3 Mar. 1736 (VR Attleborough V1 p375).  I do not know if this is the same person.  
    1. Thomas Clark (Severy?) the son of Susannah Clark and reputed son of Thomas Severy was born 14 Dec. 1731 (VR of Middleborough p132)  Middleborough Public Library Births (p232) just lists him as Thomas Clark, father Thomas, mother Susannah!
  4. Bethah (Bethiah) Clark daughter born August 1708 Braintree (VR Braintree p 699).  William the son of Bethiah Clark and reputed son of William Parlour was born 17 Feb. 1724/5. (VR of Middleborough p80) . 2 May 1727 Gershom Samson and Bethiah Clark both of Middleborough after lawful publication and consent of parents were married pr Peter Thacher (VR of Middleborough p58)(Just to make it crystal clear, no parents objected to Bethia having had an illegitimate son by Wm. Parlour).  Gershom Samson's father was Samuel Sampson, Jr. ?(~1670?) and wife Mercy Eddy Sampson (1674-1743).  Bethiah Sampson was admitted to the First Church Middleborough 5 Aug. 1733.
    1. William (Clark, Parlour or what?) the son of Bethiah Clark and reputed son of William Parlour was born 17 Feb. 1724/5. (VR of Middleborough p80) (rest are children with Gershom Samson).  A William "Parlow" filed an intent to marry Lidea Randal 7 Aug. 1757 in Rochester, MA (VR Rochester p233).
    2. Hazadiah Sampson born 18 Mar. 1728/9 Middleborough (VR Middleborough)
    3. Jemima Sampson born 28 June 1731 Middleborough (VR Middleborough)
    4. Ruth Sampson born 22 Oct. 1731 Middleborough (VR Middleborough)
    5. Betty Sampson born c1736 Middleborough (VR Middleborough)
    6. Bithiah Samson dau to Gershom Samson and Bithiah his wife 13 May 1737 (VR Middleborough p19)
    7. Gershom Samson son to Gershom Samson and Bithiah his wife 19 Oct. 1740 (VR Middleborough p19)
    8. Mary Samson dau to Gershom Samson and Bithiah his wife born 24 April 1743 (VR Middleborough p19)
  5. Jerusha Clark daughter born 13 March 1711 Braintree (VR Braintree p 699).  She married John Hollis in Weymouth 28 Sept. 1739 (no intent listed, and no comment about either not living in Weymouth). Neither death listed in Weymouth.  Do not see any births in Weymouth.
  6. Sarah Clark daughter born 11 Oct. 1713 Braintree (VR Braintree p 699)
  7. Ichabod Clark born 23 April 1716 in Middleborough, Plymouth Co. to Nathan Clark and Jemima Clark (who died 25 April 1716 at age 42 in Middleborough (VR Middleborough).  Ichabod Clark died in 1805 in Sharon, married in Malden on 20 Dec. 1740 Sarah Whittamore, born c1714? died 1792  Sarah Whittemore was born in Malden, MA to Daniel Whittemore, who was born 1663, and who married Lydia Bassett of Bridgewater, d 1756.  Lydia Basset(t), Daniel Whittemore's wife and Sarah Whittemore Clark's mother was born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co. 
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