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John Clark (1679 - 1768)

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John Clark
Born in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 31 Oct 1704 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified 28 May 2019 | Created 8 Jul 2011
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John Clark wrote his Will, 2nd of February, 1762, at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. In it he names: Eldest son John, sons Eliakim, Aaron, Elisha (deceased), Ithamar, Gershom & David & daughters, Elizabeth (wife of Benjamin Edwards, Catherine, (wife of Samuel Edwards, Sarah (wife & widow of Mathew Clark) & Jerusha (deceased wife of Jonathan Kingsley. He also mentions, "my grandchildren, the children of my Daughter Jerusha Kingsley, deceased".... & "my grandchildren the Heirs of my son Elisha, deceased...".

The link to the Will of John Clark, is found at, but the will is in shambles[1]. It fell apart & was haphazardly place back together in an order that was not appropriate. I've taken the pieces, put in the correct order & created new files. Those pages will be posted as an image in this profile. Unfortunately, there were still pieces missing & text too difficult to read, but there was another version, a transcribed version I found. That will be uploaded as well, as I do not have a url to post.

His Will was proved, 6th of September, 1768.

Note that he writes, "my grandchildren, the children of my Daughter Jerusha Kingsley, deceased...". Grandchildren is plural, which implies that Jerusha Clark Kingsley had more than one child with Jonathan Kingsley. It is clearly known that Jonathan & Jerusha had a daughter Jerusha,[2] but a birth record for Rachel Kingsley has not been found, nor has another child been attributed to this couple. Jonathan's 3rd wife, Rebecca Clark, wrote her Will in 1754 & mentions her children, but does not mention Rachel. It follows that Rachel was the daughter of Jonathan & Jerusha, not Jonathan & Rebecca & others have claimed.

John was born in 1679. [3]

Birth: Dec. 28, 1679 Northampton Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA Death: Aug. 3, 1768 Northampton Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA

Event Type: Marriage Marriage Date: 31 Oct 1704 Marriage Place: Northampton, Massachusetts Spouse Name: Elisabeth Cook


Place: Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts


  1. John Clark's Probate on AmericanAncestors, 7 pages.
  2. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch Jerusha Kingsley, 16 Aug 1740; citing Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
  3. Source will be added by Nora (Cain) Sparks by 20 Mar 2019.
  • WikiTree profile Clark-4507 created through the import of BDM7-7-11.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Brian McCullough. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Brian and others.
  • Jerry Fuller, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Jerry and others.
  • Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

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On 19 Mar 2019 at 03:30 GMT Nora (Cain) Sparks wrote:

Clark-4507 and Clark-49150 appear to represent the same person because: I accidentally added a new person yours should be the only one

On 13 Feb 2017 at 02:38 GMT Sue Hall wrote:

Clark-9517 and Clark-4507 appear to represent the same person because: same name, dates, wife

John is 9 degrees from Thomas Edison, 23 degrees from Nikola Tesla and 15 degrees from George Westinghouse on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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