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William Clarke (1566 - 1632)

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William Clarke aka Clerke, Clark
Born in Great Bromley, Essex, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 10 Apr 1591 in Wix, Essex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Great Bromley, Essex, Englandmap
Profile last modified 11 Apr 2019 | Created 12 Oct 2011
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William Clarke was born in 1566 in probably Essex, England.(1) At this time his parents are unconfirmed. From the birth of his children through his death his residence is documented as Little Bromley & Great Bromley, Essex, England (3,4,5,6)

In 1591 he married Margaret Hadlock, born 1570.(1) They had the following known children:

  • Joane Clarke, b. 1596(2)
  • William Clarke, bap 18 Spr 1593, Little Bromley, Essex(3)
  • Margaret Clarke, bap. 30 Oct 1598, Little Bromley, Essex(4)
  • Miles Clerke, bap. 1 Dec 1607, Little Bromley, Essex(5)

Yeoman William Clarke died sometime in 1632. His Will is preserved in the Essex, England Records Office at Chelmsford.(6) He was buried before 12 Jul 1632. (ref_)


(1) "William Clarke Birth & Marriage taken from: William Clark, birth 1566; Spouse Margaret Hadlock, birth 1570."; Marriage Yr 1591; England. US & International Marriage Records.

(2) "William son of William Clarke bap 18 Apr 1593, Little Bromley, Essex, England." England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997. William Clarke, 18 Apr 1593, Christening; citing , Little Bromley, Essex, England, Record Office, Chelmsford; FHL microfilm 571,178.

(3) "William's daughter Joan Clarke b. 1596." North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000; Lowe: The Ancestors of the John Lowe Family Circle and their descendants; pg. 150; Ancestors of Betsey Fairbanks Stone, wf. of Oliver Taylor:

"Simon Stone was taxed for land in Boxted, Essex County, England. Simon Stone embarked for New England 15 Apr 1635 in the ship 'Increase', his age being fifty years; his wife Joan, age 38, daughter of William Clark. Their children then were: (i) Francis, 16 yrs; (ii) Ann, 11 yrs; (iii) Simon, 4 yrs; (iv) Marie, 3 yrs; (v) John, 5 weeks. They settled in Watertown, Mass., were Joan d. before 1654; Simon Stone m. 2nd wf. Sarah, widow of Richard Lumpkin of Ipswich, Mass. Simon d. 22 Sept 1665."

(4) "William & Margaret Clarke daughter Margaret baptised 30 Oct 1598 at Little Bromley, Essex, England." England Select Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900.

(5) "William's son Miles Clerke bap. 1 Dec 1607, Little Bromley, Essex, England." England, Select Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900.

(6) "William Clarke, Yeoman Death: Yr 1632 Clarke, William, Yeo., Gr. Bromley." US Extracted Probate Records, 1269-1975; Collections: Essex, Hertfordshire: Chelmsford-Wills 1620-1720; Index to Wills Now Preserved in the Essex Record Office of Chelmsford; Chapter: 1620-1720; Text: 1632 Clarke, William, Yeo., Gr. Bromley 251 CW 11

Sources 1,3,4,5,6 obtained online in image and/or electronic transcription record source thru: [].

Research Notes

Other sources which may or may not be applicable: England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997," database, FamilySearch ( December 2014), William Clarke, 06 Jan 1577, Christening; citing Shalford, Essex, England, Record Office, Chelmsford; FHL microfilm 1,472,680.


This person was created through the import of Acrossthepond.ged on 21 February 2011. grant2.ged imported on 07 February 2011.

Additional sourcing and bio by ancestor [Johnson-43462]. Please feel free to upgrade the current format or add additional sources. Thank you for your help.

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On 8 Feb 2019 at 11:38 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Removed as son of William Clerke as there are no sources suggesting that William Clerke had a son called William.

On 5 Feb 2019 at 23:34 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hi profile managers, do you have any other sources to add to this profile? In particular, the father William Clerke-98 is well-documented. Any sources showing that William Clerke-98 had a son William born about 1566 in Great Bromley, Essex, would be really helpful. Thanks

On 12 Aug 2017 at 20:06 GMT Jamie Handy wrote:

Clark-1868 and Clarke-1699 appear to represent the same person because: Same Death date

William is 18 degrees from Cheryl Hess, 22 degrees from John Lennon and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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