Clement  (Bates) Bate

Clement (Bates) Bate (bef. 1595 - 1671)

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Clement Bate formerly Bates
Born before in Lydd, Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Clement (Bates) Bate migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 1, p. 195)
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Spelling of the Name

The baptism records in England spell the name, Bate, and Robert C. Anderson in his Great Migration series spells the name, Bate.[1] Some of the older secondary sources use the spelling, Bates, and some of the later generations appear to have adopted this spelling. Per Albert C. Bates, "The addition of the final "s" appears to be an American innovation, often making its first appearance with the second generation of the family born in this country, although the time of change is in nowise uniform."[2]


Clement Bate was baptized on 26 January 1594/5 at Lydd, Kent, the son of James Bate and Mary (Martine?) Bate.[1]

Note: Anderson uses the baptism date as given by the Bishop's Transcripts "which differs slightly from the date published in 1897." This 1897 publication was NEHGR 51:269; source was "data obtained while in England by the late Isaac C. Bates, Esq."[3]

Clement's brother, James Bate, also immigrated to New England. He settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony.


Clement and his family may have originally planned to embark on the Planter which sailed on April 2 or 11, 1635. Notes on the Planter passenger list report that they sailed aboard the Elizabeth which departed on April 17, 1635.

Clement and his wife, Ann, were both 40 years old when they immigrated with their five children: James age 14, Clement age 12, Rachell age 8, Joseph age 5, and Ben age 2. They also had two other passengers in their group who were listed as servants: Jo Winchester age 19 and Jarvice Gold age 30.[4]

Clement’s brother, James Bate (53 yeres), his wife Alice (52), and four of their children (Lyddia age 20, Marie age 17, Margeret age 12; and James age 9) were also recorded as "imbarqueing" on the Elizabeth.

James’ descendants removed soon to Connecticut. Clement came to Hingham, Massachusetts where he was made freeman on 3 March 1635/6.[1] On September 18, 1635, he received a grant of five acres of land in Hingham, on what is now South Street near Main Street, which has been held by his descendants almost continuously to 1904 and perhaps later (as reported in 1918). He was one of the first selectmen of Hingham on March 23, 1637. By 1646, Clement removed to Boston.[1]


Clement married by about 1621 to Ann (Unknown).[1] She died at Hingham on 1 October 1669 at Hingham.[1][5]


Children of Clement and Ann:[1]

  1. James Bate, b abt 1621 (aged 14 in 1635); m 19 Apr 1643 to Ruth Lyford
  2. Clement Bate, b abt 1623 (aged 12 in 1635), drowned at Hingham Nov 1639
  3. John Bate , bpt Biddenden 18 Oct 1624
  4. Rachael Bate, bpt Biddenden 22 Oct 1626, d Hingham June 1647
  5. Joseph Bate, bpt Biddenden 28 Sep 1628,
  6. Child Bate, bur 2 Apr 1631
  7. Benjamin Bate, bpt Biddenden 24 Jun 1632,
  8. Samuel Bate, bpt Biddenden 24 Mar 1638/9

Above are the only known children of Clement and Anna Bate. Some include the children below (without evidence):

Property and Positions

On 19 April 1637, Clement with Thomas Loring, Nicholas Jacob, and Joseph Andrews were granted the exclusive right to use a weir to harvest herring from the Weir River. The conditions were that they begin building immediately and sell at no more than 10s 6p per thousand fish.[6]

Last Will and Testament

Clement's will was dated 12 October 1669 and was witnessed by Peter Hubbart and Nehemiah Hubbart and was proved on 2 November 1671 Suffolk county of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Know all men by their prxxx that I Clement Bate of Hingham in New England in County of Suffolk being in health and perfect memory do make ordaine and constitute this my last will and testament in manner & form following upon this 12th Day of october in the year One thousand six hundred sixty and nyne. Imp. I do give and bequeath unto James Bate my Eldest sonne my house lot next adjoyning to my sonne Joseph Bate containing five acres be it more or less given unto me by the towne of hingham. I also give unto him one half of my planting lot lying upon pleasant hill contaying ten acres which half he shall have next unto the land of John Beache senior only he shall have but one quarter of the swamp that lyes at the southwesterd of the planting land the other quarter to Benjamin Bate my sonne. I give also unto James Bate my sonne one half of my meadow lying at the upper end of Broadcover meadow except about three quarter of an acre joyning to Nicolas Bake's meadow from a great Rock or dam in the meadow thexxx little parcel I give unto my sonne Joseph Bate. I do also give and bequeath unto James Bate a little piece of meadow lying at Couyhassett being about one acre. I do also give unto him all my apparrell linnen woollen I give also unto him one oxe. Itm. I do give and bequeath my sonne Joseph Bate the summe of ten pounds which shall be paid unto him by my sonne Samuell Bate in current country pat at the time or end of one whole year next ensuing after my decease my true intent is this summe of ten pounds shal be hereby paid to him or to his heirs. I do also give unto Joseph Bate one piece of salt meadow lying at Couihassett in the first division. Itm. I give unto Benjamin Bate my sonne the summe of ten pounds the which summe it is my will that James Bate his brother shall pay unto him or to his heirs or assynes in current country pay after one whole year expired after my decease. I do give & bequeath unto Samuell Bate my sonne one half of my planting lot lying on Pleasant hill together with one half of the swamp lying beneath ye planting hill next adjoyning to the land of Capt. Joshua Hubbart. Also I give unto him one half of my meadow tying at the upper end of broad cow meadows. I do also give unto him my now dwelling house with all other outhouses there unto belonging with that lot of five acres the house stands upon be it more or less. I give unto him also one oxe. I do also give unto my four sonnes James Joseph Benjamin & Samuell all my household stuff whatsow to be equally divided between them or so many of them as shall survive at my decease. It is also my will that James Bate whom I ordain to be sole executor to my last will and testament shall pay or cause to be paid to mr Hubbard our pastour the summe of twenty shillings. All the fore memtioned piticulars I leave to my sonnes desiring and requiring them as their father to live as brethren in unity and peace and to attend, better and higher matters for their soules welfare at present and for ever so as although we shall now part that they may meet me in a better world. In witness hereunto I have set my hand and seal the day & year above written being twelfth of October One thousand sixe hundred sixty and nyne. Signed and sealed in presence of Clement Bate a seal[7]

Death and Legacy

Clement died on 16 September 1671 at Hingham, Suffolk Co. (later Plymouth Co.), Massachusetts Bay Colony, "aged 81 years died Sabbath Day night." [NEHGR 121:126].[1]

There is a grave stone for Clement, made in 1927, "Years ago, the Church meeting house needed an addition and they had no where to go so they moved the graves of Clement and his wife Anna, along with other early Pioneers. They went farther back from the Church and dug a big hole and then put the remains dirt and all in this hole, and put a cement circle around it and a plaque telling that the Early Pioneers were there. In 1927 The Bates Association erected a stone on the site engraved with, “In Memory of Clement and Ann, Immigrant Ancestors”.[8]

Research Notes

Wife's Maiden Name Ann's maiden name is reported by some as Darymple, without evidence.

Note: The maiden name of Clement Bates's wife, the place of his marriage, and the birthplace of his sons James and Clement have not yet been found.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Anderson, Robert Charles, (1995) "Clement Bate," featured name. Great Migration 1634-1635, A-B. NEHGS (Volume 1, A-B, Page 195).
  2. Bates, Albert Carlos, (1943) Ancestral line for eight generations of Capt. Lemuel Bates, 1729-1820, with some records of his descendants. Hartford: (Page 12) Caution: contains errors.
  3. French, Elizabeth, (1897) Genealogical Gleanings in England. (Continued.) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 51. Boston, MA: NEHGS, (Vol 51, Page 269).
  4. Hotten, John Camden, (1874) The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants ... London: Hotten, (Pages 48, 68).
  5. Hingham, MA: Vital Records, 1637-1845. (Hingham, Vol 1, Page 6).
  6. Bigelow, E. Victor, (1956) A Narrative History of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts. [Cohasset] Committee on Town History, (Page 109).
  7. Crawford, James, "Clement's Will." saved on 5 Aug 2017
  8. Bates, Sandy, (5 Oct 2002) Clement Bates of Lydd, Kent, England The Bates Association
  9. Source: #S54 Page: Genealogical Research in England; transcribed by Elizabeth French; vol. ?; pg. 155

See also:

  • Bates, Albert Carlos, (1943) Ancestral line for eight generations of Capt. Lemuel Bates, 1729-1820, with some records of his descendants. Hartford: (Page 12) Caution: contains errors.
  • Crane, Ellery Bicknell, (1907) Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County Massachusetts with a History of Worcester Society, Vols 1-3. New York, Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, (Vol 1, Page 432).
  • Cutter, William Richard,(1916) Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, biographical--genealogical, Vol 6. New York, Boston [etc.] The American historical society (inc.), (Vol 6, Page 314).
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 51. (Vol 51, Page 269).
  • French, Elizabeth, transcriber, "Genealogical Research in England" New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 66. (Vol 66, Page 54).

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On 6 Aug 2017 at 11:03 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Anderson reports Clement's wife as Ann __________.

Question: do we have new evidence for his marriage to Anna Darrymple? (did not see a source for this in the profile)

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