Joseph Clark, probably born before 1654 (marriage
date - 21) to ???? Clark
(speculation & records on the father of Joseph Clark,
married Damaris Francis 19 Aug. 1675, died
08 Nov 1708 in
Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA (VR
We don't yet know Joseph's parentage, or even from whence he
came, except for the Boston birth record quoted, which requires him to marry
one month before his sixteenth birthday, which is possible. If he were an original
immigrant, there should be a record of his indenture (to whomever paid his
passage), and another of his becoming a "freeman," and I have found neither
yet. If his family did not own real estate, they may not show
up in extant records.
King Philips War began on 24 June
1675 when King Philip attacked
On 19 Aug 1675
Joseph Clark married Damaris Francis in
Braintree, so he would not appear
to have been a refugee from one of the towns
attacked. For example, it is
documented that one William Clark of Middleborough (this
house appears to have been on Eel River, close to Plymouth, but is claimed
in the History of Middleboro) had his house burned in this war on 12 March
1676., but Joseph married well before this
date. This very same William Clarke is my
current best guess for the father of Joseph Clarke. King Philips War ended
shortly after 12 August
1676 when King Philip was killed (HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MIDDLEBORO
MASSACHUSETTS, BY THOMAS WESTON, A. M. OF THE SUFFOLK BAR, BOSTON
YORK, HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN
AND COMPANY, The Riverside Press Cambridge,
1906). The moping up took a little longer,
but was a fait accompli by this time. I have not yet found any
record to attest that our Joseph Clark of
Braintree served in King Phillips
Joseph Clark married Damaris Francis (Ffrancis
in Braintree record) 19 Aug
(6th month) 1675 in
MA (VR Braintree p718)(if 21 when
he married, he was born <1654), supposed (not documented) daughter of
John Francis and Rose Francis.
Notes for Joseph Clark:
Joseph Clark took the oath of allegiance in
Braintree about 1678-9. [Sprague
#1012] Note by FOC, everyone took the oath of allegiance in 1678 (see Vital
Records of Dedham, Picton Press), but the details of precisely which oath
could state if Joseph Clark was a "freeman" or not. This in turn,
might reveal if he was an original immigrant.
Notes for Damaris Francis: Damaris, wife of Joseph Clark was admitted to
full communion at church May 5,
1689. [Sprague #1012] A Joseph Clark was in King Phillip's
War (I - FOC - do not believe there is any extant record showing that the
Braintree Joseph Clark served in King Philips War). Joseph Clark and
Damaris had eight sons, and Nathan was the oldest. This could mean
that Joseph's father was named Nathan or Nathaniel. Damaris' father was
supposedly John Francis, although this is not
so stated in the Braintree Vital
Records (that I could find). Joseph Clark may have been born in what is now
Frances Clark Cutting found the following:
(Copied word for word but it is difficult to read. It is handwritten and
copied to microfilm.) From "Genealogies of the Families of Braintree,
Massachusetts, 1640 - 1850" compiled by Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, Published
on microfilm by the Quincy Historical Society and the NEHGS. (A small
note at top of page says no probate)
Joseph Clark, parentage unknown, first appears (in town records - FOC) at
his marriage Aug 19, 1675
to Damaris Francis, probably daughter of John and Rose Francis. He is presumed
to be the Joseph Clark who served in King Philip's War (again, see FOC comments
above, I do NOT believe there is any record substantiating this Joseph Clark
serving in King Philips War) and he took the oath of allegiance here about
1678-79. He died Nov 8,
1708 (or Dec 8 -
Marshall's Diary) and Damaris
died Aug. 14, 1728.
Damaris wife of Joseph Clark was admitted to full communion at church
May 6, 1689.
8 Nov. 1708 Joseph Clark died. There is no Joseph Clark indexed
in Suffolk Co. probate records for 1708. There is a Joseph Clark
will in 1684 #1351, and a Joseph Clark administration in 1703 #2794.
These do not appear to be our Joseph, but he could have had
a lingering issue and they will be checked.
John Hull sold the 400 acre Webb and Scott grants to John Thomas in 1709.
It was called now or late in the occupation of Thomas Copeland, John Hayford
and Joseph Clark. A place on Liberty
St. was referred to in later Thomas Fa?? deeds
as Clark's Slough. It is a
swampy place at the foot of the hill just south of
Plain St. and Joseph
Clark probably lived near here. That was all that I got that was new
to me. Somewhere I read in another book while at the library that a certain
Joseph was called Josiah in the previous generation.
Damaris Francis Clark died 20 years after Joseph Clark
Aug. 14, 1728.
There is no Suffolk Co. probate record for a Damaris Clark.
The following from previous research.
Braintree: A record of
the births of Joseph and Damaris's children
from the Braintree VR, Joseph Clark died on
8 November 1708: Damaris
Clark, widow of Joseph, died on 14
from American Marriage Records before 1699 by Clemens: Clark, Joseph
and Demaris Francis, 19 August
from vol 59, NEHGS, the Records of the
I have spent a lot of time tracing children for as many generations as feasible.
The rationale is that this might somehow provide clues to the origin
of our Joseph Clark! (note that some of the first person comments are from
Frank O. Clark, and some from Frances Clark Cutting.)
The only clue so far is
to Middleborough, and unless
pointing back to Plymouth, seems
a dead end at this point.
Known Children of Joseph Clark and Damaris Francis are:
Nathan Clark, b.
10 Oct 1678,
MA (VR Braintree p653); d. Unknown;
married Jemima Jewett Staples,
31 Jul 1701,
Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA. "Clark Family of Braintree, Mass., by G.P.
Bonsall, 1947, states she was Jemima "Staples," widow of John Staples.)
c1701-3. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1962 page
19 states the same. She joined the 2nd Church at
29 May 1715.
They removed to Middleboro about 1715-6. Nathan
Clark was admitted to Middleboro Church 25 Nov. 1716. There are Jewetts
in Rowley, but she cannot be placed there. She is listed as residing
in Dorchester when they married. Jemima Jewett Staples, who married
Nathan, was not from Rowley. Possibly she was from
Dorchester. (Follow link to Nathan Clark page for
Abigail Clark born
21 May 1702 (VR Braintree
p 682); married Seth Beal. She died in 1769.
Clark born 17 April
1704 Braintree (VR
Braintree p 699), married Jemima Etheridge in 1730.
Clark born 9 May 1706
Braintree (VR Braintree p 699)
Bethah Clark daughter born August 1708
Braintree (VR Braintree p 699)
Jerusha Clark daughter born
13 March 1711
Braintree (VR Braintree p 699)
Sarah Clark daughter born
11 Oct. 1713
Braintree (VR Braintree p 699)
born 23 April
Middleborough, Plymouth Co.
Clark born 10 Oct.
1680 (VR Braintree p655) "leaves no trace in Braintree."
born 31 August 1682
(VR Braintree p670) "disappears from Braintree records."
(but shows up in Stoughton records - the part that became Sharon)
Edward Clark born
21 May 1684 (VR Braintree
p670), died in September 1695 leaving his eight brothren in teares." (VR
born Sept. 1686 (VR Braintree p670, again p672). David Clark
married Ruth Copeland, born 5 Apr. 1689 to John and Ruth Newcomb Copeland,
24 Sept. 1713 by Rev.
Mr. Samuel Niel (VR Braintree p742). remained in Braintree at least
from 1713 to 1723. A David Clark married Mary Smith 13 June 1728 in
Boston (VR Boston, Marriage, V1, p305).
Mary Clarke "borne"
27 May 1716 (VR Braintree
Ruth Clark born
21 Jan. 1721/2
Braintree (VR Braintree p709);
married 15 April 1741 Daniel Thayer, Junior(VR Braintree p762)
Seth Clark born
6 Aug. 1723
Braintree (VR Braintree p713)
William Clerk born 21 Dec. 1725, died 24 July 1726 (Clark Family of Braintree,
Mass., by G.P. Bonsall, 1947)
Clark, b. 14 Mar 1689/90, Braintree (VR Braintree p670);
m. Jemimah Staples 5 Oct. 1711 (VR Braintree
p742) d. 1746, Braintree. Children:
John Clark born
19 Feb. 1712/13 (VR Braintree
p692) m. Feb. 4, 1733, Susannah Briant
Lydia Clark born
28 Feb. 1715/16
Braintree (VR Braintree p700)
m. 15 April 1735 Thomas
Hollis of Weymouth
Samuel Clark born
5 August 1718
Braintree (VR Braintree p706)
married Sarah. Children:
Jemimah Clark born
7 Jan. 1721
Braintree (VR Braintree p708)
married 8 Oct. 1741 William Linfield
Susannah Clark born 17 Nov. 1724 (VR
Braintree) married 3 Jan. 1743 Elisha Shaw of Weymouth 11
Jonathan Clark born 6 Feb. 1728/9 (Clark
Family of Braintree, Mass., by G.P. Bonsall, 1947)
Betty Clark born 9 June 1736; died 9 July
1746. (Clark Family of Braintree, Mass., by G.P. Bonsall, 1947)
Clark born 25 August
1692 (VR Braintree p670) died in
11 Feb. 1754. m.
Aug. 17, 1719, Mary Niles
(Records of the Town of Braintree p745) (d. 1751).
Benjamin Clark born to Benjamin and Mary
16 Jan. 1721 Braintree (VR Braintree
Ebenezer Clark born to Benjamin and Mary
4 Dec. 1722 Braintree (VR Braintree
Joseph Clark born 4 June 1725;
Mary Clark born 16 March 1728
James Clark born 28 Jan. 1729
Mary Clark born 24 Oct. 1731
Sarah Clark baptized <10 March 1733/4
Ebenezer Clarke born
10 July 1694 (VR Braintree
p670) "dyed" 25 Dec. 1706
Braintree (VR Braintree p722)
"Mary Clark" baptized 11 (2) 1697
married 2 Jan. 1718 to Samuel Lipscomb (Clark Family of Braintree, Mass.,
by G.P. Bonsall, 1947)by Reverend Samuel Niles 42 Jan. 1717/8 (Records
of the Town of Braintreen (p744)
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