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Thomas Clark (abt. 1658 - 1726)

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Deacon Thomas Clark
Born about in Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
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Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married 15 Feb 1681 (to 4 Apr 1688) in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Plymouth Colonymap
Husband of — married 12 Feb 1689 (to 13 Nov 1695) in Plymouth, Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap
Husband of — married before 1700 (to Jul 1721) in Province of Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Biography

Deacon Thomas Clarke was the son of James and Abigail (Lothrop) Clarke,[1] born about 1658 based on his age at death, probably in Plymouth, (then) Plymouth Colony where his parents resided.[2][3] His birth (and those of his siblings) was not recorded.

Thomas married three times. His first wife was Rebecca Miller, daughter of John and Margaret (Winslow) Miller of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, where they married on 15 February 1681.[4][5] Rebecca died in Plymouth on 4 Apr 1688.[6] [7] His second wife was Elizabeth Crow whom he married in Plymouth on 12 February 1689.[8][9] After Elizabeth's death in Plymouth on 13 Nov 1695, [10] he married Susanna Miller by 1700 probably in Plymouth, the younger sister of his first wife Rebecca.[11] Susanna died in Plymouth in July 1721.[12]

Thomas Clarke passed away in Plymouth on 20 March 1726 at age 68[13] and was buried in the White Horse Cemetery in Plymouth where his gravestone still stands:

“HERE LYES BURIED THE
BODY OF DEACON THOMAS
CLARKE WHO DEC'd MAR
Ye 20th, 1726
AETATIS 68”[2]

The estate of "Deacon Thomas Clarke of Plymouth ... yeoman" was inventoried on 14 April 1727.[14] In addition to the usual personal and household items was 60 ounces of silver valued at £45, and £119 in bills of public credit, £300 in debts due to the estate, £407 in the value of his homestead and houselot that "lyeth to the eastward of the way from Plymouth to Monument Ponds", in addition to several other lots of land in Plymouth and Middleboro. His inventory totaled nearly £1400, and his debts were less than £14. His son Thomas Clark was granted administration on his estate. The younger man's death occurred on 18 Mar 1728, and Josiah Morton of Plymouth was named as the successor administrator ("de bonis non") on the estate of his "father in law Deacon Thomas Clarke" on 27 July 1731.

In the settlement agreement dated 27 April 1727, son Thomas was to receive the homestead, and he to pay his sisters the sum of £352. Josiah Clark, son of the elder Thomas Clark, half of a 60 acre lot on Pine hills. The daughters were named as Susannah, wife of Elisha Holmes; Elizabeth, wife of Josiah Morton; Rebeckah Morton relict widow of Nathaniel Morton; Anna, wife of Gideon Ellis; Abigail, wife of Nathaniel Bartlett; and Sarah Clark (unmarried) daughter to Deacon Clark [15]

Children, all born Plymouth:[16]

By first wife Rebecca Miller:
  1. Susanna, b. 21 Feb 1684, m. Elisha Holmes.
  2. Thomas, b. 25 Dec 1685, m. Mary Ellis
By second wife Elizabeth Crow:
  1. Josiah, b. 15 Dec 1690, m. Thankful Tupper.
  2. Elizabeth, b. 12 Jul 1692, m. Josiah Morton.
  3. Rebecca, b. 2 Jun 1694, m. Mordecai Ellis, Nathaniel Morton, Joseph Swift.
By third wife Susanna Miller:
  1. Annah, b. 24 Jan 1700, m. Gideon Ellis.
  2. Abigail, b. 9 Dec 1701, m. Nathaniel Bartlett.
  3. Sarah, b. 10 Feb 1703/4, unm. in 1727

Research Notes

Personal & family timeline:

  • 1687 Thomas Clarke Sr., son of James & Abigail Clarke - admitted [17]
  • 1687 Susanna and Thomas, 2 children of Thomas Clarke baptized 27 March 1687[18]
  • 1691 Josiah, son of Thomas Clarke, borne December 15, 1691: baptized [19]
  • 1691 Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Clarke senior admitted[19]
  • 1692 Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Clarke baptized 27 March 1692[20]
  • 1695 Elizabeth passes away 13 November 1695[21]
  • 1703 Listed as a Deacon in Plymouth First Church[22]
  • 1703 Women in the church as of 10 March 1703. “Susannah Clarke. The wife of Deacon Thomas.” [23]
  • 1703 Thomas Clarke Deacons "son"[24]
  • 1704 Sarah ye Daughter of Decon Clarke.[25]  Baptism
  • 1709 Mary the wife of Thomas Clarke[26] This is confusing since all indications and past studies indicate he married in 1713. It could be a late entry in the wrong place. [Note: Mary was named as "Mary Clark" in her father's estate distribution in Feb. 1710, so the assumption is that she married before that date]
  • abt 1713 Thomas Clarke (son) marries Mary Ellis abt 1713[27] or earlier see 1709, but 1713 is less likely.
  • 1713 Persons admitted -Thomas Clarke & Wife December 27, 1713
  • 1714 Deacon Thomas Clarke’s son Thomas and wife Mary have their first child born, Mariah.[28]
  • 1717 (Son) Thomas Clarke 1717 Daughter Sarah Baptized[29]
  • 1718 William the son of Thomas Clarke 2ds[30]
  • 1724 Mary wife of Thomas Clarke still listed as church member[31]
  • 1726 Deacon Thomas Clarke passed away 20 Mar 1726/1727[13]
“HERE LYES BURIED THE
BODY OF DEACON THOMAS
CLARKE WHO DEC'd MAR
Ye 20th, 1726
AETATIS 68”[2]
  • 1727 Plymouth County Probate case 4400 Deacon Thomas Clarke’s Estate 27 April 1727 and Inventory 14 April, 1727. On 12 May 1727 Son of Deacon Thomas Clarke, Thomas, tasked to Administer. [32]
  • 1728 (Son) Thomas Clarke Chosen as deacon on 22 January 1728 but Thomas Clarke died on March 18th before ordination .[33]
  • 1728 Plymouth County Probate Case 4401: (Son) Thomas Clarke probate Administors are John Ellis of Sandwich, Ma. and Mary Clarke. Also mentioned Josiah Morton.[34]  John is most likely the son of Mordecae Ellis; Therefore, Mary is Modecae’s daughter and not the daughter of John Ellis of Medfield, also born in 1686. It is unclear to me whether this is the son or the father.

Sources

  1. D.L. Jacobus, "Thomas Clark(e) of Plymouth and Boston in the Line of Nathaniel3 of Lyme, Connecticut," The American Genealogist Vol. 47:6 (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) (By subscription)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Find A Grave: Memorial #110891915, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 January 2018), memorial page for Deacon Thomas Clarke (unknown–20 Mar 1726), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110891915, citing White Horse Cemetery, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Joan Ellis Pulis (contributor 47051328)
  3. Find A Grave: Memorial #5357574 - duplicate memorial.
  4. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016), Yarmouth, V1, pg. 127. (By subscription)
  5. William R. Librarian of the Woburn Public Library Cutter, "Miller, Cook, Clark, Hall, Crosby & Smith," NEHGR Vol. 51 (Jan. 1897), pp. 33-34.
    "Thomas clark and Rebeckah Miller was mared the 15th of ffebuary 1681 in Yarmouth by Justes [Justice] Lathrop."
  6. Lee D. van Antwerp, compiler, Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1993), p. 134.
    "Rebkah, the wife of Thomas CLARKE, decd. 3d April 1688."
  7. Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, compilers, Vital Records of Yarmouth, MA to the year 1850 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1975, second printing 1993), p. 129.
    "Rebekah Clarke daughter of the abovesaid John and Margreat Miller died upon the 4th day of April 1688."
  8. Lee D. van Antwerp, Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1993), p. 86.
    "Thomas CLARKE Sr. married Elizabeth CROW 12 Feb. 1689 or 90."
  9. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29L-GZ74 : 3 November 2017), Thomas Sr. Clark and Elizabeth Crow, 12 Feb 1689; citing Marriage, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 416,334.
  10. Lee D. van Antwerp, Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1993), p. 135.
    "Elizabeth, the wife of Deacon Thomas CLERKE, decd. 13th Nov. 1695."
  11. New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015, Torrey’s, V1, pg 329. (By subscription) Detail: Torrey's New England Marriages before 1700, states that Susannah Miller was Thomas Clark's third wife, married by 1700, resided in Plymouth. He cites Samuel C. Clark, Records of Some of the Descendants of Thomas Clarke, Plymouth 1623 to 1697 (Boston: Daniel Clapp & Son, 1869), p. 16 (link to p. 11); MD 1:141; William Thomas Davis, Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Part 2, Genealogical Register (Boston: Damrell & Upham, 1899), p. 62.
  12. The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859, CD-ROM (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 2003), p. 290.
    "[1721] Members deceased: Susanah ye wife of decon Clark in July."
  13. 13.0 13.1 Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.), pg. 227/297 (By subscription)
  14. Plymouth County, Probate Records, Docket #4400, Thomas Clark (1727), Vol. 5:215, 233, 235, 6:54.
  15. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G97D-F4Y7?cc=2018320&wc=M6BX-WZ9%3A337878501 : 20 May 2014), Probate records 1724-1731 and 1838-1842 vol 5-5T > image 153 of 596; State Archives, Boston. Vol. 5:215, 233, 235 (linked image), 6:54.
  16. George Ernest Bowman,"Plymouth Births, Marriages and Deaths" The Mayflower Descendant Vol. 1:141.
  17. Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.), 260/330 (By subscription)
  18. Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) pgs 259/329 (By subscription)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.), pg 270/340-271/341 (By subscription)
  20. Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) pg. 274/344 (By subscription)
  21. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995), pg. 380. (By subscription)
  22. Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) 191/260 (By subscription)
  23. Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) (By subscription)
  24. Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) pg. 192/261 (By subscription)
  25. Plymouth, MA: First Church Records, 1620-1859 from the Plymouth Church Records 1620-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2003. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) pg. 198/267 (By subscription)
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On 4 Sep 2019 at 18:25 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

Contacting Mr. Reed, below, via his profile about the changes he's made.

On 4 Sep 2019 at 16:21 GMT Ronald Reed wrote:

Removing Elizabeth Crowell as spouse of Thomas Clark. His second wife was Elizabeth Crow b. about 1667 the daughter of John and Mehitable Crow. John was Yelverton's brother.

On 9 Aug 2018 at 01:34 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

I question if Thomas' second wife was the daughter of Yelverton Crow/ell. If she was, she would have been ten years older than her second husband. And if she was the widow Matthews, why does her marriage record call her "Crow" instead of Matthews? I think she's been misidentified, and further research on her parents is needed.

On 9 Aug 2018 at 00:32 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

In the estate papers for Deacon Thomas Clark (file 4400), on 27 July 1731, Josiah Morton is assigned as administrator "de bonis non", meaning he became the second administrator after the death (or removal) of the first administrator, who had been the son Thomas Clark. Josiah was named admin. on the estate of his "father-in-law".

On 10 Jan 2018 at 07:09 GMT Richard Bump wrote:

Possibly Find-A-Grave memorial 110891915 which would imply he has born around 1658. That would lessen the distance between Elizabeth Crowe/Crowell and himself at the time of marriage. Also his grandfather "was not" a Deacon. I'm still trying to sort that one out.




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