Nathan Clark (II), born 17 April 1703 to Nathan Clark (I) appears to be the first in our family to move to Stoughton in 1730.  He married Jemima Etheridge, 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); presumed son of Nathan Clark I, of Braintree (VR Braintree p 699), both of Stoughton were Joyned together in marriage 1 Oct. 1730 by Samuel Dunbar, Pastor. (p31).  Nathan II was c27, Jemima c16.  She was very young to marry, he slightly over ten years older.

This record could be of either Nathan Clark born 1703, or his father Nathan Clark born 1678, but I suspect the younger.   In 1740 the inhabitants of the area "of the Southerly part of Stoughton," petitioned the governor to be set off as a separate town, heard in Boston 8 June 1739.  The last name on this list is Nathan Clark.  (Sharon, Massachusetts, A History, Publication of the Sharon Historical Society, Blue Mustang Press, Boston, 2006, page ix - this record is not indexed!)

For Year 1753 Aprill 15. Nathan Clark was Received into the Church: from the 1st Church: in this Town at Stoughton

A Nathan Clark lived in Sharon adjacent to the land whereupon a furnace was constructed to produce "holloware" iron on 27 March 1762 (Sharon, Massachusetts, A History, Publication of the Sharon Historical Society, Blue Mustang Press, Boston, 2006, p65).  

We have  yet no clear death record of  this Nathan Clark, nor his father.  There is a 1790 census record of a Nathan Clark in Foxborough (but this was a common given name!).   If he lived the canonical "three score and ten," then he may have died c1773.

A Nathan Clark died "at Sheffield" in 1760 (VR Medfield p370). (Sheffield is out by the Connecticut River.)

There is a Suffolk County Nathan Clark probate adminstration in 1777 (16164).

There is a Suffolk County Nathaniel Clark administration in 1784 (18231).

Jemima Etheridge Clark, wife of Nathan Clark, II, died 22 June 1793 at age 79 in Foxborough (VR Foxborough p205), so she was born c1714.

Documented Children of Nathan Clark and Jemima Etheridge Clark of Stoughton/Stoughtonham/Sharon:

  1. Nathaniel Clerk, III, son of Nathan & Jemima Clerk born September 27, 1733 (V.R. Stoughton: Stoughton 1727-1800, Canton 1797-1845, S. Precinct of Dorchester 1715-1727)
  2. Angelit Clark daughter of Nathan and Jemima Clark was born 10 April 1736 (VR Stoughton p45).  p78 "Angelot" married Seth Peirce both of Stoughton 19 August 1756 PRI (int not recorded)(VR Sharon)
  3. Jemima Clark, daughter of Nathan & Jemima Clark was born July 22, 1741 (VR Stoughton, p45) married in Stoughton Thomas Nason 8 Nov. 1762 (Rev Philip Curtis' notes) PRI (VR Sharon)
  4. Thomas Clark son of Nathan Clark & *** his wife, was born March ye 27th 17** (1745) (see p112) (VR Stoughton: Stoughton 1727-1800, Canton 1797-1845 preceded by the records of the South Precinct of Dorchester 1715-1727, p22), baptised 31 March 1745 P.R.I. (VR Sharon p19).  Thomas Clark married Mary (Sarah PRI) Lewis 10 Sept. 1775 (VR Sharon)
  5. William Clark son of Nathan Clark and Jemima His Wife was born 2 Sept. 1747 (VR Stoughton p61), baptised 6 Sept. 1747 PRI (VR Sharon p19).  William Clark filed an intent to marry Hannah Lealand of Holliston 28 Apr. 1770 (VR Sharon).

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