Jeremy Clarke
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Jeremy Clarke (bef. 1605 - abt. 1652)

Pres. Reg. Jeremy "Jeremiah" Clarke aka Clerke, Clark, Clerk
Born before in East Farleigh, Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1637 (to 11 Jan 1652) in London, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about after about age 46 in Newport, Rhode Islandmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Sep 2013
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Jeremy Clarke migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640). (See The Directory, by R. C. Anderson, p. 66)
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Birth and Parents

Jeremiah/Jeremy was the son of William Clerke and Mary Weston.[1][2] He was baptised at East Farleigh, Kent on 1 December 1605, as "Jerum Clerk" in transcripts on the web, and with his father named as William.[3][4]

Marriages and Children

Jeremy is now believed to have married twice. His first wife was Isabell Colt; they married on 19 December 1634 at Wapping, Middlesex.[5][6] She was buried at St Saviour's, Southwark, Surrey on 11 September 1636.[6] (Douglas Richardson and others do not mention this marriage, whose existence was identified only after the preparation of his Magna Carta Ancestry and Royal Ancestry.)

In England in about 1637 Jeremy married Frances Latham, widow of William Dungam and daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Latham.[1][2] They had the following children, all named in John Osborne Austin's The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island:[7]


Jeremy settled in New England by 1638:[10] that year he was admitted as an inhabitant of the island of Aquidneck, Rhode Island. With him went his stepchildren from Frances Latham's first marriage.[11][12] On 28 April 1639, he was one of the signatories to an agreement to found a settlement which became Newport, Rhode Island. He was made a freeman in 1640.[1][2][7]

At Newport Jeremy held the following positions:[1][2][7]

  • 1639-40: constable
  • 1642: lieutenant
  • 1644: constable again
  • 1644-7: treasurer

From 1647 to 1649 Jeremy was treasurer for the four towns of Rhode Island. In 1648 he was one of the assistants to the colony's Governor, William Coddington. That year accusations were made against William Coddington, and, while these were being investigated, Jeremy was chosen as interim Governor, with the formal title President Regent.[1][2][7] During his time as acting Governor, a charter was granted to Providence, Rhode Island.[13]


Jeremy was buried at Newport, Rhode Island in January 1651/2.[1][2][10] There is a commemorative medallion at Newport, but this does not mark the site of his grave.[14] A later Quaker record, referring to January 1652, reads: "Jeremiah Clarke, one of the first English Planters of Rhode Island, died at Newport in said Island and was buried in the tomb that stands by the street by the water side in Newport."[7] The Quakers had not started to establish themselves in America at this date and it is very unlikely he identified himself as a Quaker, but his son Walter became an early Quaker.[15]

Jeremy's second wife survived him, going on to marry William Vaughan, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Rhode Island.[1][2][7]

Research Notes

Various spellings of Jeremy's last name can be found, as is common for this period, but it seems to have settled as Clarke. Sources name him both Jeremy and Jeremiah.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), Vol. I, p. 483, CLARKE 16, Google Books
  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 2.13 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), Vol. I, pp. 214-215, CLARKE 20
  3. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2020), Jerum Clerk, 1605
  4. East Farleigh baptisms 1580-1724, transcript by Kent Family History Society, FindMyPast
  5. Greater London Marriage Index, FindMyPast
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thomas P Dungan. The Life of Captain Jeremy Clarke. A Founder of Newport, Otter Bay Books, 2013, cited in Scott G Swanson: The Mother of Mary (Saxby) Clarke, Grandmother of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 169, Summer 2015, p. 226, footnote 1, American Ancestors website ($)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 John Osborne Austin. The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, John Munsell's Sons, 1887, p. 44, Internet Archive
  8. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914", database, FamilySearch ( : 17 December 2019), Jeremy Clark in entry for Weston Clark
  9. Edson I Carr. The Carr Family Records, Herald Printing House, 1894, p. 16, Internet Archive
  10. 10.0 10.1 Scott G Swanson. "The Mother of Mary (Saxby) Clarke, Grandmother of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 169. Boston, MA: NEHGS, 2015, pp. 226-232. American Ancestors website ($)
  11. Alfred Rudulph Justice. Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy, Franklin Printing Company, 1922, pp. 45-46, Hathi Trust
  12. John Osborne Austin (ed.). The Journal of William Jefferay, printed by M L Freeman and Sons (Providence, Rhode Island), 1899, pp. 36-37, Internet Archive
  13. Thomas Williams Bicknell. The History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, American Historical Society, 1920, Vol. III, p. 995,
  14. Find A Grave: Memorial #11712820
  15. Rufus M Jones. The Quakers in the American Colonies, Macmillan and Co, 1923, p. 53, Internet Archive

See also:

  • Faris, David. Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-century Colonists, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996, pp. 65-66
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of certain American Colonists who came to America before 1700, 8th edition, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, p. 16, line 11/41
  • Wikipedia: Jeremy Clarke (governor)
  • Edwards, Olga and Roberts, Ina Wear. Descendants of East Tennessee Pioneers, 2nd edition, 1986, p. 278 [not viewable by Michael Cayley when he was revising this profile for the Magna Carta Project in January 2023]


Magna Carta Project

This profile was re-reviewed for the Magna Carta Project by Michael Cayley on 3 January 2023.
Jeremy Clarke is listed in Magna Carta Ancestry as a Gateway Ancestor (vol. I, pages xxiii-xxix) in a Richardson-documented trail to Magna Carta Surety Baron Saher de Quincy (vol. I, pages 480-483 CLARKE). This trail was project-approved/badged in April 2016 by a Magna Carta Project member. This trail is set out in the Magna Carta Trails section of his father's profile.
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".

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I plan very shortly to overhaul this profile for the Magna Carta Project. Almost all the text in the research notes is copied and pasted from Wikipedia, and will be deleted as I work on, and hopefully expand, the main bio.
posted by Michael Cayley
I have now substantially revised this profile. If anyone spots any typos etc, please either correct them or message me.
posted by Michael Cayley
In the book "350 Years of American Ancestors" by Mary Coates Martin, 1989, this man is listed as "Jeremiah Clarke (Jeremy Clarke), but is usually referred to as Jeremiah. His son Jeremiah, b. 1643 was married to Ann Audley, daughter of John and Margaret Audley. Noland 588.
posted by Linda (Noland) Layman
Thanks. Sources differ on this. Douglas Richardson, Wikipedia, and a 2015 article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register all use Jeremy in preference, as do some other sources, but most state that he was also known as Jeremiah.
posted by Michael Cayley
edited by Michael Cayley
update: proposed change completed (Jeremiah is now the "Other Nickname")

Since most sources show Jeremy, I believe the better option would be to list Jeremy as proper/prefered name and Jeremiah as an "Other Nicknames". OK if I do so?

In the list of sources given by Richardson,* only one refers to him as Jeremiah.

Cheers, Liz (co-leader, Magna Carta Project)

P.S. In general, I do not object to replacing an inline citation to Wikipedia with a better source, but I do object to removing Wikipedia from the profile's source list. In my opinion, a link to a Wikipedia article, if one exists for the person, should be included in the person's profile. In this case, I think the inline Wikipedia citation is appropriate.

*See the bibliography following the entry for "[Mr.] Jeremy [or Jeremiah] Clarke" in Magna Carta Ancestry, volume I, page 483 CLARKE 16.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
AP, he's described as Jeremy Clarke in The History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Volume 3

By Thomas Williams Bicknell; see . And the memorial for him pictured on his wikipedia profile names him Jeremy.

posted by Jillaine Smith
Is there any official documents that list a nickname of Jeremy? I'm not sure if nicknames were used in this time period. Any objections to removing the Wikipedia links as sources?
posted by Alan Pendleton
I edited the Magna Carta Project section/Richardson links. I also moved the "Short Version Biography" up (without the heading) and hid the "Long version Biography" (which appeared to be a copy of his Wikipedia article - I added a reference to it from text).
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
oh my. I usually don't edit PGM profiles, but in this case...

If no objections, I'll consolidate the Magna Carta info to the Magna Carta Project section & edit that section.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hardly the wife of this one, since she was b. 1643 and he died in 1652. I've detached.
posted by Anne B
Note that one of the currently attached spouses is Anne Audley. Was she indeed at one time or another the wife of two Jeremiah Clarkes, father and son?
posted by John French Ph.D.
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.

posted by Meg (Harris) Powell
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.
posted by Meg (Harris) Powell