no image

William Clerke (abt. 1528 - abt. 1591)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
William Clerke
Born about in Benington, Hertfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married about 1552 in Hertfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Father of and
Died about in Benington, Hertfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 4 Jun 2018 | Created 30 Jul 2011
This page has been accessed 1,053 times.



William Clerke was probably born about 1528, Benington, Hertfordshire. He was the eldest son of George Clerke according to George's will dated 08 October 1556 (see Historical Antiquities of Hertfordshire, volume 2, page 128).

William's sons George and John were born about 1553 and 1557, respectively. He is mentioned as being their father in Alumni Cantabrigienses (pages 341 and 342). That source also states that son George Clarke succeeded to his father's estate in 1591.

He bought Chisfield Manor (and lands in Chisfield, Graveley, and Stevenage) from Thomas Bedyll according to The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary (Volume 1, page 346). This purchase apparently happened in 1565 or 1566.

The will of William Clerke, Yeoman of Benington, Hertfordshire, was written on 12 May 1591 and probated on 10 June 1591: . It mentions land tenements, hereditaments, and houses in Benington and Walkern , and the manor of Chesfield. It also says that he wished to be buried in Bennington near to the place where George Clarke his father was buried.

At St. Peter Church in Benington, in the nave on the east wall, to the north of the chancel arch, are two brasses, with inscriptions to William Clarke, 1591, and John Clarke, 1604. Source: The Victoria history of the county of Hertford (page 76 ?).

NOTE: William is possibly a brother of George Clerke ( ).


Date: 1538 (1558?)
Place: Walkern, Hertfordshire, England


Date: 24 MAY 1591
Place: Bennington, Herts, England


  • The Historical Antiquities of Hertfordshire, by Sir Henry Chauncy, volume 2, page 128.
  • Page 341 and 342 of Alumni Cantabrigienses : a Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900. Volume 1 Part 1. From the Earliest Times to 1751.
  • WikiTree profile Clerke-57 created through the import of Ed_s tree_2008-10-18_2011-07-29.ged on Jul 29, 2011 by Alexis Connolly. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Alexis and others.
  • Source: S21 Title: OneWorldTree Repository: #R1 NOTESource Medium:
  • Repository: R1 Name: Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  • Source S-1939516510 Repository: #R-1939516511 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is William your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

No known carriers of William's DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Login to post a comment.

On 13 Oct 2016 at 17:03 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Cicely Cartwright may have actually married a totally different William Clerke in Wrotham, Kent. The wife of William Clerke of Benington was named Cicely, but was it Cicely Cartwright?

On 13 Oct 2016 at 16:14 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

He is definitely the brother of George Clerke (Clerke-193) who might be the same person as George Clerke ( ).

On 10 May 2015 at 18:12 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Removing Elizabeth (Wilsforde) Clerke Wilsford-1 wrongly listed as father and improbable as mother since she is shown with a death date in 1540.

William is 20 degrees from Cari Starosta, 15 degrees from Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche and 10 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

C  >  Clerke  >  William Clerke