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John Clark (1680 - 1750)

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John Clark aka Clarke
Born in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1705 in Stratham, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married 1711 in Haverhill,Essex,Massmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Stratham, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
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John Clark, the earliest known ancestor of most of the Sanbornton Clarks, was b. in Haverhill, Mass. His father was a ship-carpenter, … and an observation of his, respecting ship building, is said to have been handed down for more than 200 years, " that there would be but few more vessels built in Haverhill, for the want of timber," it being then thought that no timber could be used but " such sticks as filled the molds," without splicing or cutting across the grain, as they did in after years. A sister of his m. Mudget, and lived in Rye. The names of neither of his two wives are now known. He resided in Stratham, on the farm where his grandson Benjamin Clark was living in 1826, and there d. His name, "John," is found in four or five successive generations of his descendants, and “seven John Clarks " are said to have been known in Sanbornton at one time! Another tradition says the “family originated from Martha's Vineyard, Mass." The name is very common, some twenty- five "original ancestors" being found in Savage, prior to 1700. It is equally honorable. One hundred and four persons of that name had graduated from the New England colleges, and Union and Princeton in 1826, and twenty-eight had become ministers of the gospel. The final “e" is usually omitted.[1]

JOHN CLARK(8) was born 30 Mar 1680 in Haverhill, Mass.[2] He married about 1705 in Rockingham Co., NH first to MARY RUNDLETT, daughter of Charles and Mary Shatswell Rundlett. She died in Stratham, NH. John married second to Ann Smith. He died ca. 1753 in Stratham. [3]

Children of John and Mary Rundlett Clark
1. John Clark
2. Satchel Clark b. 30 Oct 1706 Haverhill, lived in Stratham, NH
Children of John and Ann Smith Clark
1. Nicholas Clark b. 9 Nov 1716 Haverhill
2. Joseph Clark b. 9 May 1719 Haverhill
3. Daniel Clark b. Haverhill, m. Hannah Dearborn
4. Mary (Molly) Clark b. 4 Jun 1712 m. Joshua Rollins of Stratham
5. Anna (Ann) Clark b. 21 Mar 1714 Haverhill, m. Samuel Allen of Wakefield
6. Sarah Clark m. John Fogg of Exeter

Anna (Ann) Clark b 21 March 1714, Haverill, Essex, Massachusetts, child of John and Ann (Smith) Clark is said to have married Abraham Estes, however as this genealogical record indicates, she married a Samuel Allen 1711 - 1808, of Wakefield. [4] Also of note is that the Ann Clark that married Abraham Estes is said to have been born and died in Virginia, and was never in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. [5] Based on these facts it is evident that Ann Clark, dau of John and Ann Smith Clark, of Haverhill, MA is not the Ann Clark that married Abraham Estes.

Note: There is ongoing research into this question, and some evidence has surfaced that Ann Clark, the wife of Abraham Estes may descend from the Clark line that produced William and Meriwether Clark.

John Clark of Haverill, Essex, Massachusetts, died about 1753.

Last will and testament

Names wife Ann, sons John, Satchel, daughter Mary Rawlings (her children: Hannah, Elisha, Nicholas, Ann, Sarah), daughter Anne Allen, daughter Martha Clark, sons Joseph and Daniel.[6]


  1. Runnells, Moses Thurston, "History of Sanbornton, NH, Vol. II, Boston, MA, Alfred Mudge and Son, 1881 [Google Books]
  2. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), John Clarke, 30 Mar 1680; citing Haverill, Essex, Massachusetts, 53; FHL microfilm 877,468.
  3. ANCESTORS and DESCENDANTS of ANDREW LEE and CLARINDA KNAPP ALLEN, Compiled By Gerald R Fuller, 1952
  4. ANCESTORS and DESCENDANTS of ANDREW LEE and CLARINDA KNAPP ALLEN, Compiled By Gerald R Fuller, 1952
  5. Descendants of Edward Clark
  6. New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts. Probate Records, Vol 18-19, 1750-1756 Image

See also:

  • "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 July 2015), John Clarke, 30 Mar 1680; citing Haverill, Essex, Massachusetts, 53; FHL microfilm 877,468.
  • "New Hampshire, Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 July 2015), John Clearke in entry for Anne Clearke, 21 Mar 1714; citing STRATHAM TWP,ROCKINGHAM,NEW HAMPSHIRE; FHL microfilm 1,000,375.

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On 29 Jun 2017 at 08:19 GMT Lin Wright wrote:

Clark-17207 and Clark-12870 appear to represent the same person because: They have the same birth date and place and same wives. Other details similar.

On 11 Jul 2015 at 06:10 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Clark-23441 and Clark-12870 appear to represent the same person because: they both married Ann Smith and have similar vital statistics. If you agree that these are two profiles for the same person, please merge Clark-23441 into Clark-12870. Thank you!

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