Thomas Clarke was born sometime before his baptism on 31 Mar 1605 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
He married his wife Jane around 1628-33 in England.  They emigrated to New England, and arrived at Rhode Island in 1638. They had no children.
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".
Jane died sometime after 1663. Thomas passed away at his brothers home on December 2, 1674 at Newport.
↑ "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.)
↑ Ibid, Extracts from the Parish Register of Westhorpe, Suffix, England p. 212, entry reads: 1605 Thomas, the sonne of Thomas Clarke, baptised XXXI March
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.
Husband of Susanna Ring — married 1634 in Plymouth MA
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