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Jeremiah Clarke (bef. 1605 - 1652)

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Jeremiah "Jeremy" Clarke aka Clerke, Clark
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Husband of — married about 1637 (to 11 Jan 1652) in Englandmap
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Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
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Jeremiah Clarke is a descendant of the Magna Carta surety Saher De Quincy:

Jeremiah Clarke aka Clerke son of
William Clerke son of
James Clerke son of
George Clarke aka Clerke son of
Elizabeth (Ferrers) Clark daughter of
Henry Ferrers son of
Thomas Ferrers son of
William Ferrers son of
Henry de Ferrers son of
William de Ferrers son of
Henry de Ferrers son of
William de Ferrers son of
William de Ferrers son of
Margaret De Quincy daughter of
Roger De Quincy son of
Saher De Quincy


Jeremy was also known as Jeremiah; his father and grandfather were Clerke. Jeremy and his son William were Clarkes. For what ever reason the surname was changed.[1]


He was baptized 1 Dec 1605 in East Farleigh, Kent, England, son of William CLERKE and Mary WESTON. [2][3][4]


He married about 1637 in London, England, Frances Latham, widow of William Dungan and daughter of Lewis Latham by his wife Elizabeth. [2]

Civic Service

April 28, 1639, he and eight others signed a compact at Portsmouth which led to the settlement of the town of Newport.[2]
1639-40 Newport Town Constable[2]
1642 Lieutenant[2]
1644 Captain[2]
1644-7 Treasurer for Newport[2]
1647-9 Treasurer for all four towns in the colony[2]
1648 Governor's assistant and interim governor
1656 Separated from the First church and organized a new society known as the Second Baptist Church.[2]


Jeremiah came to Rhode Island from England before 1638; in which year he was admitted an inhabitant of the island of Aquidneck, later Newport, Rhode Island.[2]
He was made freeman March 16, 1640.[2]


January 1651/1652, Rhode Island[2][3]


Burial: Newport, Rhode Island[3][2]


He was made freeman 16 March 1640/1, and later served as treasurer of Rhode Island (1644-1647). President Regent of Rhode Island; one of the founders of Newport, R.I.; Lieutenant and later Captain of Militia.

Short version Biography

He married the widow Frances Latham Dungan in London, England and came before 1638 to Aquidneck, Rhode Island with her and her children by the first husband. On April 28, 1639, he and eight others signed a compact at Portsmouth which led to the settlement of the town of Newport. In 1648 under the title of President Regent he was acting governor of Rhode Island pending Governor William Coddington's clearance of certain accusations. He had seven children by Frances of whom Walter was governor of Rhode Island; Mary married the future governor of Rhode Island John Cranston (parents of Governor Samuel Cranston); and James was ordained pastor of Second Baptist Church, Newport.[3][5]

Long version Biography[6]

Jeremy Clarke (also known as Jeremiah Clarke) (1605–1652) was an early colonial settler and President of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Born into a prominent family in England, he was a merchant who came to New England with his wife, Frances, and four stepchildren, settling first at Portsmouth in 1638, but the following year joining William Coddington and others in establishing the town of Newport. Here he held a variety of civic positions until 1648 when Coddington's election as President of the colony was disputed, and Clarke was chosen to serve in that office instead. He was the father of Walter Clarke, another colonial governor of Rhode Island, and also had family connections with several other future governors of the colony.

Immigration to New England

Born in central Kent in southeastern England, Jeremy Clarke was the son of William Clerke and Mary Weston. His maternal grandfather was Sir Jerome Weston, Barron of the Exchequer, and his uncle was Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland, Lord High Treasurer of England. Clarke was a merchant in London before sailing to New England. While in England he married Frances (Latham) Dungan, the widow of William Dungan, and the daughter of Lewis Latham, and she and her four Dungan children accompanied Clarke to the American colonies. They first settled on Aquidneck Island (later Rhode Island), and Clarke was listed as an inhabitant there in 1638. In April 1639, while living in Portsmouth he was one of nine men who signed a compact, agreeing to establish a government just prior to settling in Newport. In Newport he held a variety of positions from 1639 to 1649, including treasurer, constable, and assistant. In March 1640 he had 116 acres of land laid out for him in Newport, and the same year he was one of three appointed to lay out remaining lands in Newport. In 1642 he was chosen lieutenant of the military in Newport and in 1644 he became captain.

Colonial Presidency

In 1648 Clarke was Newport's assistant to the governor, but became President Regent, or acting governor, of the entire colony (four towns) when accusations were made against William Coddington, who had been elected to that position that May. Coddington did not particularly care for the patent that Roger Williams had obtained from the crown in 1644; he much preferred autonomy for the two Rhode Island towns of Portsmouth and Newport, or even their union with the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Also, Coddington was a Royalist, supporting the King, Charles I, while most of the Rhode Island settlers supported the Puritan Party in England. For these, and probably other reasons not made clear in the court records of the day, Coddington was suspended from the office of President to which he had been elected, and Jeremy Clarke became the governor in his place.
One of the most important events of Clarke's administration was the granting of a charter to the town of Providence on 14 March 1649. Though first settled in 1636, this was the first recognition of organized government in what was called Providence Plantations in the Narragansett Bay in New England. This charter of civil incorporation gave the free inhabitants of the town full power and authority to govern and rule themselves.
Civil records do not show Clarke serving in any official capacity beyond his presidency. He became a Quaker (Society of Friends), whose records indicate that Clarke was buried "by the street by the waterside in Newport" in the "11th month, 1651," which is January 1652 in the current calendar. While the location of his burial is no longer known, he has a governor's grave medallion next to the marker for his son Walter Clarke in the Clifton Burying Ground in Newport, where a number of prominent Quakers are buried. His widow later married William Vaughan, dying early in September 1677 "in the 67th year of her age. She is buried in the Common Burying Ground in Newport, with the inscription on her marker reading, "Here lyeth ye body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alius Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke."


Clarke and his wife Frances had seven children together, the oldest of whom was Walter Clarke, a future colonial governor of Rhode Island. Their oldest daughter, Mary, married John Cranston, another future governor of the colony, and their son Weston married Mary Easton who was a granddaughter of two other governors, John Coggeshall and Nicholas Easton. Their youngest child, Sarah, married the future colonial governor Caleb Carr as her second husband.


The ancestry of Jeremy Clarke was published by Alfred Justice in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1920. Through his great great grandmother, Elizabeth Ferrers, Clarke descends from King Edward I of England and his wife Eleanor of Castile.[7]


  1. Source: Dale Burdick.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Vol. I, page 483, #16
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, page 16.
  4. Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists, page 65
  5. bio by: Michael Schwing
  6. Wikipedia
  7. Shared by ancestry user id: dwpoore
  • "Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013, Vol. II. p. 214
  • Carr, Edson Irving. The Carr Family Records: Embacing [sic] the Record of the First Families who... (Herald Printing House, 1894), page 16.
  • Edwards, Olga and Roberts, Ina Wear. Descendants of East Tennessee Pioneers, 2nd edition, page 278.
  • Faris, David. Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996. Online: Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
  • Langsto, Aileen L. Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants, Volume II, Chapter XVII, page 89.
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. Online: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.
  • Jeremiah “Jeremy” Clarke on Find A Grave: Memorial #11712820 Retrieved 13:44, 17 November 2017 (EST).

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On 23 Oct 2013 at 12:01 GMT Meg (Harris) Powell wrote:

Daniel agrees. MG? Ron? Anyone else?

I recently got a copy of ISBN 1176068776 regarding the descendants of Jeremiah and Frances (Francis) Latham. I'll be adding that info soon.

On 23 Oct 2013 at 01:15 GMT Meg (Harris) Powell wrote:

What do we think of the idea of correcting his name to Jeremiah Clarke? I see many folk originally had it that way, then deferred to the name Jeremy Clerke during a merge/match.

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