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William Clarke (abt. 1647 - 1711)

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William Clarke
Born about in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticutmap
Profile last modified 18 Jun 2019 | Created 30 Nov 2018
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There is much confusion about the William Clark whose father Samuel moved from Wethersfield to Stamford in 1642 and the William Clark who lived in Wethersfield as an adult. This is the William from Wethersford. See [1] for the other William Clark, from Stamford.


William Clarke. Born ABT 1647 Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA. Died DEC 1711 Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA. He was the son of William Clarke and Katherine Bunce.

The only comment I found about a possible father for William comes from Savage: William Clark of Dorchester, who disappears after 1664. However, his son William was born in 1656, too late to be our William.

Some people say William was the son of William Clark born ABT 1624 in Braintree, Essex, England, and died 22 JUL 1681 in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut and Catherine Bunce born ABT 1625 in Scotland or England, and died in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut. These seem to be the most likely parents for William. Timing, place and names of siblings certainly hint in that direction, as does the eldest William's will in 1681.

He married Susannah Treat. Died AFT 1728 . According to Wethersfield Vital Records (Barbour), the children of William Clarke and Susannah are:

Mary Clarke. Born 18 June 1669 Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Susanah Clarke. Born 25 DEC 1672 Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

William Clarke. Born 29 Jan 1673 (1672) Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Mathias Clarke. Born 9 Feb 1677 (1676) Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Elizabeth Clarke. Born 28 Aug 1679 Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

(Unnamed) Clarke. Born 22 Nov 1681 Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Died 28 Nov 1681 Wethersfield.

Thomas Clarke. Born around 1685. We know of Thomas through William's will - he was the only son remaining alive at that time.

Hannah Clarke. Born around 1690. We don't have proof for this, but her father was almost certainly either William or William's son William, who would only have been 17 in 1690. This is the better choice.

Land Records

On June 31 1681 William received 25 pounds from his father's inheritance in Hartford, taken out of land that he owned.

William was granted a piece of land in Wethersfield to build a house on and to be near the coal kiln of Goodman Thomas Hurlburt. This was contested by John Belden in 1686.

In a deed dated June 6 1694, William Clark's mother-in-law is named Mary Smith. This would have been Susannah's mother, thus proving she was Susannah Treat. William is mentioned once more in 1696 as his land adjoining Benj. Adams' land.


A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, 1710 to 1715 (Manwaring). Page 168 Name: William Clark, Sen. Location: Wethersfield. Invt. £35-05-00. Taken 11 February, 1711-12, by George Kilbourn, James Patterson and Josiah Churchill. Will dated 15 January, 1710-11. I, William Clark of Wethersfield, carpenter, do make this my last will and testament: I give to Susannah, my wife, the use and improvement of all my household goods during the time of her widowhood. I give to my son Thomas Clark, whom I make my only and sole executor, my great brass kettle and all carpenter tools and husbandry utensils. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Morie £5, to be paid out of my household goods. The remainder of my goods I give to my other daughters, to be equally divided among them. [signed[ William X Clarke. Witness: Josiah Churchill, Hezekiah Deming, James Francis. - - - - - - - - - -. Court Record, Page 73--5 May, 1712: Will exhibited by Thomas Clark, who refused to be the executor. And this Court grant letters of Adms. to Susannah the widow, with the will annexed. - - - - - - - - - -. Page 206--15 July, 1715: Susannah Clarke, Adms., exhibited an account of her Adms: Paid in debts and charges, £37-03-02, which is more than the sum contained in the inventory account. Allowed, and grant the Adms. a Quietus Est.


  • Marriage as found at [2] No precise date is given; this is a list of people in Connecticut married before 1700.
  • Birth of son Mathias (likely name of mother Susannah's father): "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), William Clarke in entry for Mathias Clarke, 09 Feb 1677; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.
  • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Manwaring as found at [3]
  • Land information & Mary Smith being William's mother-in-law: The history of ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut : comprising the present towns of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington, and of Glastonbury prior to its incorporation in 1693 : from date of earliest settlement until the present time as found at [4]

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On 17 Jun 2019 at 09:16 GMT Anne B wrote:

I agree that the William died 1711, having children in Wethersfield was probably not the son of Samuel who went to Wethersfield.

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