Thomas  Clarke

Thomas Clarke (1605 - 1674)

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Thomas Clarke aka of Westhorpe and Newport, RI
Born in Westhorpe, Suffolk, Englandmap
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Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
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Thomas Clarke migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Thomas Clarke was born sometime before his baptism on 31 Mar 1605 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England[1][2][3]

He married his wife Jane around 1628-33 in England. [4] They emigrated to New England, and arrived at Rhode Island in 1638.[5] [6] They had no children.[7]

Thomas was instrumental in the founding of Portsmouth, RI, and later Newport. He was a signatory of the Portsmouth Compact. This was the first document in history that severed both political and religious ties with mother England, and is viewed by some historians as marking the beginning of the Revolution. It has also been called "the first instrument for governing as a true democracy".[8]

Jane died sometime after 1663. Thomas passed away at his brothers home on December 2, 1674 at Newport.[9]


Clark, Thomas (1605-1674) & Jane __?__ (-1663+); ca 1628/33?, no issue; Newport.
Moriarty, G. Andrews, Jr.; "Genealogical Research in England - Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich"; vol. 75, pg. 279; 1921.
  • Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, (Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009)
Arrival date: 1620-1650 Arrival place: Newport, Rhode Island Place: Newport, Rhode Island; Year: 1620-1650
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Yates Publishing: The Generations Network, Inc. (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).
  • Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
  • Austin, John O. The Journal of William Jefferay, Gentleman (E. L. Freeman & Sons, 1899) Page 139: "1674. Dec. 2, Wednesday. Mr. Thomas Clarke died here. He leaves his estate to the children of his brother Joseph."
  • SOURCE: The Great Migration Begins, Vol 1, pages 375 - 380.


  1. NEHGR
  2. "Peckham Genealogy: the English ancestors and American descendants of John Peckham of Newport, Rhode Island 1630", Records in the Bible of John Clarke, p. 209, entry reads: Thomas Clarke sone of T: Clarke: baptd the : 31 :st March, 1605 (d. 1674, Oct. 2.)
  3. Ibid, Extracts from the Parish Register of Westhorpe, Suffix, England p. 212, entry reads: 1605 Thomas, the sonne of Thomas Clarke, baptised XXXI March
  4. Torrey
  5. NEHGR
  6. Filby
  7. Torrey
  8. Portsmouth Compact at RootsWeb
  9. NEGHR

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Portsmouth Compact, March 7, 1638
Portsmouth Compact, March 7, 1638

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Portsmouth Compact Memorial Plaque

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On 18 Jul 2016 at 15:09 GMT Christine Clark wrote:

Clark-6848 and Clarke-680 appear to represent the same person because: Seem to be the same people, geographic area, dates.

On 8 Mar 2015 at 21:34 GMT Bryan McCullagh wrote:

This is not the Thomas Clarke that married Susannah Ring. This Thomas married a woman named Jane.

Removing Susannah Ring as wife.

On 7 Jul 2014 at 23:09 GMT Vic Watt wrote:

This profile is a mixture of two and perhaps three different Thomas Clarks. I cleaned up the profile and put the vitals in order, but someone needs to tease the different people apart.

On 20 Jan 2014 at 03:43 GMT Merry Ann (Ebenstein) Palmer wrote:

I have edited the biography, but see no proof of marriage to ANY of the supposed wives. Jacques - could you give a reference/source for Susanna Ring? Then we have Alice and Jane. Unfortunately, my documentation focuses on his parents (Thomas & Rose), and does not have much on this Thomas other than his birth/baptism.

On 19 Jan 2014 at 21:33 GMT J Pictet wrote:

Husband of Susanna Ring — married 1634 in Plymouth MA

Thomas is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 15 degrees from Joseph Broussard, 23 degrees from Helmut Jungschaffer and 15 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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