A Genealogical Profile of Thomas Clark
It appears to me that there is a lot of mythology on this man. At least I do
not see it in the original records. Let us begin with what http://www.plimoth.org/
has on line, as minimal truth! I have added to this the Boston birth
record of Joseph Clark.
The Great Migrations write up on him is probably factual, and I will fill that
in here later.
Birth: Thomas Clark was born about 1599 in England. Death: He died on
March 24, 1696/7, in Plymouth. He came over on the Ship: Anne or Little
Life in England: Nothing is known of his life in England.
Life in New England: Thomas Clark came over as a single man in 1623. He was a
freeman of the colony by 1633. He served on a number of juries and committees,
and was also chosen as constable for Eel River in Plymouth and surveyor of
highways. He lived in Boston by
1660, although he returned to Plymouth by 1673.
We certainly may assume that during this period his son William was with him
that that this birth record refers to him:
William Clarke and Anne Clarke had Joseph Clarke, of
William and Anne Clarke, born 10th Sept. 1659 (VR Boston Vol 9
Although he had no formal legal training, Thomas Clark acted as a lawyer on
numerous occasions, both for himself and others.
His gravestone on Burial Hill is one of the few dating from the 17th century.
Thomas Clark married (1) Susanna Ring before 1631 in Plymouth and had six
children. She died sometime after 1646.
He married (2) Alice (Hallett) Nichols after January 20, 1664/5, in Boston. She
died by July 25, 1671.
Children of Thomas and Susanna Clark:
- William Clark was born about 1634.
He was approximately 26 during the time his father was residing in Boston ("in
Boston by 1660, returning to
Plymouth by 1673") when William Clark had Joseph Clark with Ann the mother:
William Clarke and Anne Clarke had Joseph Clarke,
of William and Anne Clarke, born 10th Sept. 1659 (VR Boston
Vol 9 Page 69). Perhaps Ann died in childbirth or shortly thereafter.
There is no marriage record, so Joseph Clark could be illegitimate, although
the Boston Vital Record does not appear to so state. According to Plymouth
accounts, William Clark married (1) Sarah Wolcott
on March 1, 1659/60, and had two children. Sarah and a baby were killed in
1676 during King Philip's War. He married (2) Hannah Griswold
on March 7, 1677/8, in (Plymouth records say Plymouth) Saybrook, Connecticut and four children. He married
(3) Abiah Wilder
on August 3, 1692, in Plymouth and had one child. He died before March 28,
William and Anne Clarke, born 10th Sept. 1659 (VR Boston
Vol 9 Page 69) and died in Braintree in 1708. This is the line of FOC.
- Child by Sarah Wolcott whom he married March 1, 1659/60
- Child by Sarah Wolcott one of these children was killed in King
Philip's War in 1676.
- Child by Abiah Wilder whom he married 3 August 1672. (yes, I can see
that these dates don't make sense)
- Child by Hannah Griswold whom he married on 7 March 1677/8.
- Child by Hannah Griswold
- Child by Hannah Griswold
- Child by Hannah Griswold
- James Clark was born
about 1636. He
married Abigail Lothrop on October 7, 1657, in Plymouth and had seven
children. He died in Plymouth before October 4, 1731, when his will was
probated. FOC has a DNA match here via Paul Lee,
P_Lee45 on Ancestry.com.
- Susanna Clark was born
about 1638. She married
Barnabas Lothrop in 1658 and had nine children. She died on September 28,
- John Clark was born
about 1640. He married
Sarah Smith by 1668 and had eight children. He died in Lyme, Connecticut in
March 1719. FOC has DNA match here via "reedfinder" on
- Nathaniel Clark was born about 1642.
He married Dorothy (Lettice) Grey about 1685 in Plymouth. He died in
Plymouth on January 31, 1717/8.
- Andrew Clark was born
about 1646. He married
Mehitable Scotto by 1672 in Boston and had six children. He died in Harwich
in 1706. FOC has DNA match here via "Burgan_Janice" on
For Further Information:
Robert C. Anderson. The Great Migration Begins. Boston: New England Historic
Genealogical Society, 1995.
Robert C. Anderson. The Pilgrim Migration. Boston: New England Historic
Genealogical Society, 2004.
Arthur H. and Katherine Radasch. The Thomas Clark Family. South Yarmouth, Mass.:
Privately printed, 1973.
Eugene A. Stratton. Plymouth Colony: Its History and People, 1620-1691. Salt
Lake City:Ancestry Publishing, 1986.
A collaboration between PLIMOTH PLANTATION and the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETYŽ www.PlymouthAncestors.org
The rest is more conjectural.
Thomas Clarke, Sr. of Plymouth, born c1599,
died 24 March 1697, aged 98 (97) years, came over in the Anne in 1623 age
23 years (also stated "supposed mate of the Mayflower," in the History of
Town of Duxbury). Married 1st
Susanna Ring, daughter of widow Mary Ring, before 1631. (From "Cape
Code Library of Genealogy and Local History," "A Facsimile Edition of 108
Pamphlets Published in the Early 20th Century," Volume I. Family
Tree Maker, Family Archives, Family History, Massachusetts & Maine
Genealogies 1650s-1930s.)(Vital Records of Plymouth) He married 2nd
Alice Nichols of
Boston, 1664, daughter of Richard Hallet
(History of Duxbury
p246, 247). Is this a second Thomas Clark, or is this also the same
Thomas Clark listed in Duxbury??
Children: (Andrew, William, James, Nathaniel, John) (History of Duxbury
p247 lists children as: Wm., James, Nathaniel, Andrew, & Susanna)
Andrew Clarke (born c<1635) died 1706,
living in Boston before 1676, married Mehitable
Scottow, baptised 1649. Removed to Satucket (western Brewster) c1676, many
children removed to Harwich.
Thomas Clark born 1672 (Lt. Thomas), of Plymouth
Susanna Clark born 1674 married John Gray
Andrew Clark (alive 1693) married Elizabeth Winslow 1711
Scotto or Scottoway Clark
of Plymouth, m. Mary
Nathaniel Clark married Abigail Hedge 1720
Mehitable Clark b 1676 Boston, m. John Haskel 1705.
William Clark (alive 1693,
could have been born as early as 1631), left 18d by the
William Clark of Duxbury in 1687 (History
of the Town of Duxbury, MA, with genealogical registers, Justin Winsor,
1849. ) Did he reside in
William Clarke now resident in Boston & Martha Farr
daughter of George Farr of Lynne were married 18th Sept. 1661 by Mr.
Richard Russell (VR Boston Vol 9 Page 82). Two children in the Boston
records: Joseph Clarke, of William and Anne Clarke, born 10th Sept. 1659
(VR Boston Vol 9 Page 69) and Samuel Clarke of William & Martha Clarke
born 28 June 1663 (VR Boston Vol 9 Page 88)
James Clark (alive 1693)
John Clark (alive 1693). A
John Clark is stated as a grandson of old Thomas
Clark of Plymouth in the History of Duxbury, but did not state grandsom of
which Clark.) John Clark
married Mary Benjamin 16 Aug. 1695, died at Plymouth 1712.
John Clark 16 Nov. 1697
Isaac Clark who went to "Hardwich" (History
of the Town of Duxbury, MA, p247)
Andrew Clark (alive 1693)
Joseph Clarke, of William and Anne Clarke, born 10th Sept. 1659 (VR Boston
Vol 9 Page 69) Is this Joseph Clark
born <1657 who died in Braintree in 1708? (not listed in Plymouth
records, only Boston)
Samuel Clarke of William & Martha Clarke born 28 June 1663 (VR Boston
Vol 9 Page 88) (not listed in Plymouth records, only Boston)
James Clark (born <c
1636, alive 1693) married Abigail Lothrop 7 Oct. 1657
James Clark born <c1702
Nathaniel Clark (alive 1693), "the secretary."
Susanna Clark married Barnabas Lathrop 13 Nov. 1658. (History of the Town
of Duxbury, MA, with genealogical registers, Justin Winsor, 1849.
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