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William Clapp (abt. 1500 - 1555)

William Clapp
Born about in Sidbury, Devon, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 55 in Sidbury, Devon, Englandmap
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Profile last modified | Created 12 Nov 2009 | Last significant change: 3 Aug 2022
23:57: Darrell Larocque added Thomas Clapp (abt.1470-) as father of William Clapp (abt.1500-1555). [Thank Darrell for this]
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William Clapp was born in about 1500 in Sidbury, Devonshire, England. He married Alice ___ about 1526 in Sidbury. He wrote his will on 29 May 1555 as Yeoman of Harpford. His will was proved on 26 Jul 1555. He lists only one son Richard and five daughter: Florence Ybdon (and children of William Ybdon), Jyllyan Badstone, Alice Ynglande, Beaton and Johane the last two unmarried so possibly the youngest. And "Allse [Alice] my Wyffe."Wittness John Fulbrouke & T. Badstone. William's son Richard was progenitor of the New England family. Richard was married with two children at the time the will was written.[1][2][3] [4][5][6]

William Clapp was listed in the Devon subsidy rolls of 1523 through 1525 and from from 1541 through 1551 in the East Budleigh Hundred, parish of Sidbury. [7]

William passed away May 20, 1555 in Sidbury, Devon, England. He was buried in Saint Peter and Saint Giles Churchyard, Sidbury, Devon, England.[8]


  1. Smith, Dean Crawford, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000), Part IV: The Ancestry of Linda Anna Powers, 1839-1879 p 114-182
  2. Spear, Burton W. Search for the passengers of the Mary & John, 1630. (Toledo, Ohio: B.W. Spear, c1985-), Vol. 4. link
  3. Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009). , James A. Garfield, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Roosevelt link
  4. the Great Migration
  5. List of Early Chancery Proceedings ... (London, 1922) (Lists and Indexes, 48), 353
  6. Will of William Clapp of Sidbury and Harpford
  7. The Devonshire Lay Subsidy of 1332, Audrey M. Erskine, ed., Devon & Cornwall Record Society, New Series, vol. 14, pp. 59, 106, 123.
  8. Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current:

See Also:

Note these older Genealogies also treat this family but have errors corrected in Kempton Anc and should be used with caution:

  • Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy . . . (Boston 1919) 224-30 link
  • Walter Goodwin Davis, The Ancestry of Joseph Neal, 1769-c.1835 (Portland, Maine, 1945) 87-93 link
  • Mary Lovering Holman (and Winifred Lovering Holman), Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Frances Helen Miller, 2 volumes (n.p. 1948, 1951) 1:276 link
  • Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines (n.p., 1943) 1:155-75 link

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A brief introduction of an earlier Clapp, Osgod Clapa or Osgood Clappa (approx. 1000 AD), can be found in the introduction of "Fifty ancestors of Henry Lincoln Clapp: who came to New England from 1620 to 1650" and linked below:
posted by David Clapp

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