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Edward Clapp (abt. 1605 - 1664)

Deacon Edward Clapp aka Clap
Born about in Salcombe Regis, Devon, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1626 in Englandmap
Husband of — married about 1646 in Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 59 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Nov 2009
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Edward Clapp migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 2, p. 76)
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Edward Clapp, son of William Clapp and Johana (Channon) Clapp,[1] was born by about 1609 [estimated based on date of marriage]. He was from Salcombe Regis, Devonshire.[2]

He migrated to New England in 1635 on the Hopewell to Dorchester. [2]

He married twice. First he married his first cousin Prudence Clapp daughter of Nicholas Clapp, by about 1634 and secondly he married Susanna Cockerill, by about 1646[2]

Edward and Prudence Clapp were early members of the second church at Dorchester, organized 23 August 1636. Edward was a Deacon of the church.[3]

Edward became a freeman 7 Dec 1636.[4]

"The 8th day of the eleventh month [January] 1664[/5] being Sabbath Day Deacon Edward Clap departed this life & now resteth with the Lord there to keep an eternal Sabbath with God & Christ in heaven, after that he had faithfully served in the office of a deacon for the space of about five or six and twenty years, and being the first church officer of this church that was taken away by death since the first joining together in Covenant which is now 28 years four months and odd days"[3]


Wife: Prudence Clapp
Child: Elizabeth Clapp
Child: Prudence Clapp
Child: Ezra Clapp
Wife: Susanna
Child: Nehemiah Clapp
Child: Susanna Clapp
Child: William Clapp
Child: Joseph Clapp
Child: Esther
Child: Abigail
Child: Joshua
Child: Jonathan

NOTE: There is more information in the Great Migration Article


  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 link
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Edward Clap, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), II:76-81.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Anderson: citing Dorchester Church Records pp. 3, 9
  4. Anderson: citing Massachusetts Bay Colony Records Vol 1 p. 372

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Clapp-939 and Clapp-5 appear to represent the same person because: same place of birth, same father, same year and place of death. Please merge. Keep all sources, data, and biography from -5 which is a Puritan Great Migration profile. Thank you.
Clapp-5 and Clapp-781 appear to represent the same person because: This is the same person. Please Merge
Edward and his family came to New England in 1635 on the Hopewell from Weymouth.14

ca 1634 Edward first married Prudence Clap, daughter of Nicholas Clap,ca 1575-Mar 1631) & Elizabeth [Clap] (-Mar 1631).Born in England.

Their children include: Elizabeth Clapp (ca 1634-16 Jan 1693/4) Prudence Clapp (28 Dec 1637-) Ezra Clapp (22 May 1640-23 Jan 1717/8)

bef 1646 Edward second married Susanna Cockerill, daughter of William Cockerill. Susanna died on 16 Jun 1688 in Dorchester, MA.14

Their children include: Nehemiah Clap (ca 1646-) Susanna Clap (ca 1648-) William Clap (ca 1651-) Joseph Clap (ca 1654-) Esther Clap (ca 1656-26 Jan 1698) Abigail Clap (Died soon) (27 Apr 1659-8 Jan 1659/60) Joshua Clap (Died soon) (12 May 1661-22 May 1662) Jonathan (Died soon) (23 Mar 1664-30 May 1664)

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