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John Clark (1651 - 1731)

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John Clark
Born in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married 1675 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticutmap
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Died in Middleton, Middlesex, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified 8 Jan 2019 | Created 19 Oct 2010
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John Clark , Hartford; m. Elizabeth White (Nathaniel, John), b. Mar. 7, 1655, Upper Houses. He purchased, Mar. 21, 1681, the southern half of the Thomas Hubbard place and d. thereon July 26, 1731; on Sept. 7, 1720, he executed deeds to his three sons of all his real property and on the same day executed in one deed all his persona property to his daughters, the latter never having been recorded, but was executed before Thomas Ward, Justice of the Peace. The homestead was given to his son John. Nathaniel's ten acrs, "whereon he dwlet," was on the east side of the road to Hartford near where the Swedish church stands. His wife d. Dec. 25, 1711; he July 26, 1731, and a headstone locates his grave.


Nathaniel, b. Apr. 18, 1676; m. Oct. 27, 1702, Sarah Graves, b. Feb. 15, 1679, Hatfield, Mass., whose mother, Sarah (White) Graves, was dau of Serg. John White, the brother of Capt. Nathaniel White. Child: John, b. Aug. 24, 1704; m. Jane Wilcox (Janna, Ephraim). 3. John , b. June 14, 1679. 4. Daniel , b. Aug. 30, 1680. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 3, 1685; m. Ebenezer Selden of Hadley, Mass., who d. in 1740. She was living in 1746. Mary, b. Apr. 3, 1691; d. in infancy. Sarah, b. Sept. 8, 1692; m. Feb. 17, 1720, John Shepard (See the Shepard Family). White, b. Nov. 4, 1693; m. (1) Joseph Cole of Wethersfield; m. (2) Mar. 22, 1744, Samuel Smith of Middletown. Mary, b. May 4, 1695; m. James Thompson of Brimfield, Mass.

Much has been written on this John Clark, and many genealogists have concluded that he resided in succession in Cambridge, Hartford, Saybrook and Milford (with a possible brief stay in Norwich between Saybrook and Milford). The three most important summaries of his life are those by Louis Effingham DeForest [Moore Anc 187-95], Mary Walton Ferris [Dawes-Gates 2:201-05] and Donald Lines Jacobus [Granberry 194-96].

Although there is no record which explicitly states that the John Clark of Cambridge is the same as the John Clark of Hartford, there is no record of the man in Cambridge after the spring of 1636, and almost the entire population of Cambridge moved to Hartford in 1635 and 1636. The John Clark of Saybrook is determined to be the John Clark of Milford since the latter mentions extensive land in Saybrook in his will.

The problem comes with the connection between Hartford and Saybrook. John Clark appears in Saybrook at about the time that records for John Clark in Hartford cease, and William Pratt, son-in-law of John Clark of Saybrook-Milford, had resided in Hartford before moving to Saybrook. There is no direct evidence making the connection, and a number of circumstances causing doubt.

The John Clark who resided in Cambridge and Hartford served once as a hogreeve and twice as a juror. The John Clark of Saybrook and Milford served repeatedly as deputy to the Connecticut court and held other high offices. None of the records for the John Clark of Cambridge and Hartford indicates that he had a wife or children.


  • Marriage Notes for Elizabeth White and John Clark:
New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by: Clarence Almon Torrey
  • Memorials of Elder John White, One of the First Settlers of Hartford, Conn ... By Allyn Stanley Kellogg
  • Genealogies of Hadley Families: Embracing the Early Settlers of the Towns of ... p.155
  • MIDDLETOWN UPPER HOUSES - a history of the north society of Middletown, Ct. from 1650 to 1800 with genealogical and biographical chapters on early families. Charles Collard Adams. New York: Grafton Press, 1908. THE CLARK FAMILY

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On 29 Aug 2014 at 05:10 GMT Al Adams wrote:

I updated the Bio with sources. Thanks Al

On 28 Aug 2014 at 17:37 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Are there sources for John Clark's birth and marriage to Elizabeth other than family trees? Thank you.

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