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Thomas (Clarke) Clark

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Thomas Clark formerly Clarke
Born in Westhorpe, , Suffolk, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about in Of Westhorpe, Suffolk, Englandmap
Husband of — married about in Of Westhorpe, Suffolk, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Plymouth MAmap
Husband of — married in Plymouth Colony, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United Statesmap
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This profile is the unfortunate product of many merged profiles of 2 or more men of the same name. I am going to record my research findings here in order to assist with dividing these men back out.

The Thomas Clarkes of Massachusetts

Thomas Clarke is a name seen in multitude in early colonial records. It appears that Thomas did use both spellings for Clark(e) during his lifetime, but he signed it with an "e", as can be seen in the Records of some of the descendants of Thomas Clark, Plymouth, 1623 - 1697 (pg.9 of PDF). (The dates here represent his life in the colonies, not indicating 1623 as his birth date, as some have apparently assumed.)

It is documented that a Thomas Clark(e) arrived in 1623 on the "Anne". His Find A Grave profile quotes the following from The Handbook of Old Burial Hill -

Thomas Clarke came to Plymouth from England in the ship Anne 1623. He married Susan Ring of Plymouth, 1634. Their children were Andrew, Clark-3175 | James]], William, Susanna, Nathaniel, and John. From whom descended a numerous posterity. He married his second wife, Mrs. Alice Hallett Nichols of Boston, in 1664. He lived for some years in Boston, and also in Harwich, of which town he was one of the original proprietors. He died in Plymouth, having lived in the reigns of six British sovereigns and the Com'th. This stone is erected to his memory by his descendants A.D. 1891.

Thomas seems to have been slightly mixed up with his brother John by family story-tellers over the years. In the History of the town of Plymouth (pg. 24 in text, pg. 36 of PDF) by James Thatcher, we see the Mr. Clark(e) that Thomas was often confused with. The idea that Thomas was the one who came over on the Mayflower is discussed on page 168 of the text, pg. 180 of the PDF. To settle the argument, Mayflower Historian], Caleb H. Johnson says this about John -

Ship's Pilot and Master's Mate, John Clarke
John Clarke had been a ship's pilot on a voyage to Jamestown, Virginia in 1611, in the fleet that brought Sir Thomas Dale to govern the colony. He lived and worked ferrying cargo in the bay for about 40 days, until a Spanish ship came into the harbor. He was taken prisoner, tied up, and sailed first to Havana, Cuba, and later to Malaga, Spain, where he would be repeatedly interrogated by Spanish authorities. After five years imprisonment, he was released to the English in 1616. He took a load of cattle to Jamestown again in 1618, and was then hired for the Mayflower's voyage.

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Possible family records for further research

Name: Thomas Clarke
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 14 Feb 1677
Birthplace: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Father's Name: Thomas Clarke
Mother's Name: Mary Voaker
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C00366-9
System Origin: Massachusetts-ODM
GS Film number: 0877447 IT 2-4
  • Citing this Record:

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Aug 2014), Thomas Clarke in entry for Thomas Clarke, 14 Feb 1677; citing Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, ; FHL microfilm 0877447 IT 2-4.

Possible alternate birth dates

  • 31 Mar 1605 (baptism date) in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England[1](Is this the baptism date of the one born in 1599? What are the sources of these dates?)
  • 1629 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachussetts[2]

Emigration Information

  • JUL 1623, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Arrived in the "Anne" of 140 tons, Wm. Peirce, master.[3]
  • ABT 1638
Note: he emigrated to New England, and arrived at Newport in 1638.[4] [5]

Marriages Found

  • ABT 1634, Plymouth, Massachusetts[6]
  • 1634, Massachusetts, United States[7](Matched with 1605 birth date)
  • 1655 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts[8][9]
  • 1664[10]

Possible dates of death/burial

  • 24 MAR 1697, Plymouth, Mass[11] Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA[12]The Clark Genealogy gives the following:
"He died in Plymouth, and was buried on the summit of the Burying Hill, which commands a view of the harbor into which he is supposed to have brought the first English vessel, and the island on which he landed 77 years before. His gravestone is still to be seen, with the following inscription: -
Here lies buried ye body of Mr. Thomas Clark, aged 98 years. Departed this life March 24, 1697.[13]
  • 02 DEC 1674, Newport, Newport Co., RI[14]

Events of note

Event: moved BET 1655 AND 1660[15]
Place: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (to, or from?)


  1. Source: #S54 Page: Moriarty, G. Andrews, Jr.; "Genealogical Research in England - Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich"; vol. 75, pg. 279; 1921.
  2. Source: #S3
  3. #S154 page 10
  4. Source: #S54 Page: Moriarty, G. Andrews, Jr.; "Genealogical Research in England - Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich"; vol. 75, pg. 279; 1921.
  5. Source: #S-2075680314 Data: Text: Arrival date: 1620-1650Arrival place: Newport, Rhode Island Page: Place: Newport, Rhode Island; Year: 1620-1650; Page Number: .
  6. #S154 page 10
  7. Source: #S-1735333831 Birth date: 1605, Birth place: En, Marriage date: 1634, Marriage place: MA Source number: 885.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: FRA.
  8. Source: #S32
  9. Source: #S3
  10. #S154 page 11
  11. #S154 page 11
  12. Source: #S3
  13. Clarke Genealogy - Bonevich Website, Second Location: Website Author: Bonevich, Jeffrey D.
  14. Source: #S54 Page: Moriarty, G. Andrews, Jr.; "Genealogical Research in England - Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich"; vol. 75, pg. 279; 1921.
  15. #S154 page 11
  • Source: S54 Title: New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • Source: S32 Author: Ralph B. Montgomery Title: GEDCOM File : a17574.ged
  • Source: S-2075680314 Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009.
  • Records of the descendants of Thomas Clarke, Plymouth, 1623 - 1697. Compiled by Rev. William W. Johnson. North Greenfield, Wisconsin, 1884.

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On July 7, 2014 Vic Watt wrote:

This profile is a mixture of two and perhaps three different Thomas Clarks. I cleaned up the profile and put the vitals in order, but someone needs to tease the different people apart.

On January 20, 2014 Merry Ann Palmer wrote:

I have edited the biography, but see no proof of marriage to ANY of the supposed wives. Jacques - could you give a reference/source for Susanna Ring? Then we have Alice and Jane. Unfortunately, my documentation focuses on his parents (Thomas & Rose), and does not have much on this Thomas other than his birth/baptism.

On January 19, 2014 Jacques Pictet wrote:

Husband of Susanna Ring — married 1634 in Plymouth MA

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