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William Clerke (1535 - 1611)

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William Clerke
Born in Forde, Wrotham, Kent, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] in Englandmap [uncertain]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1559 in Ford Hall,Wrotham,Kent,Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Forde, Wrotham, Kent, Englandmap
Profile last modified 11 Mar 2019 | Created 10 Dec 2012
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William was born in 1535. William Clarke (CLERKE). William passed away in 1610 and was buried 23 March, 1611 in Wrotham Church, Wrotham, Kent, England. His father was George CLERKE (CLARKE) who was born in 1510 in Forde, Wrotham, Kent, England and William's mother was Elizabeth WILSFORDE (WAISFORDE) the daughter of Thomas Of Hartridge WILSFORDE and Elizabeth CULPEPPER in 1553 in Forde, Wrotham, Kent, England. Elizabeth was born in 1517 in Hartridge, Cranbrook, Kent, England.

William married three times. First to Anna Cartwright . Second wife was Jane Sanger. His third wife was Elizabeth Aubrey.

Born 1535 Wrotham, Kent, ENG. [1][2]

Died 23 Mar 1611. Wrotham, Kent, England. [3][4]

William CLARKE. [5][6]


  1. Source: #S160 Database online. Record for John Cartwright CLARK Link:
  2. Source: #S160 Database online. Record for Anna Cartwright Link:
  3. Source: #S160 Database online. Record for John Cartwright CLARK Link:
  4. Source: #S160 Database online. Record for Anna Cartwright Link:
  5. Source: #S160 Database online. Record for John Cartwright CLARK Link:
  6. Source: #S160 Database online. Record for Anna Cartwright Link:

A full family tree can be found @ RootsWeb [on line]. (Note: sources are cited but cannot be accessed.)

Research Notes

Brown-13495 11:46, 5 February 2019 (UTC) Son of George Clerk of Ford and Elizabeth Wilsford son of Thomas (of Cranbrook) ('Visitation of Kent, 1619-1621) Going by his age on his memorial (see below) he was born around 1535.

According to the 'Visitation of Kent, 1619-1621' William had 3 wives - Anna Cartwright daughter of Edmond of Ossington, Jana daughter of Unknown Samger, and Elizabeth daughter of Abrey Juris and widow of Thomas Norton of Northwood.

All children were from Anna according to 'Visitation of Kent, 1619-1621':

1) Maria Dorothea, : baptism
2) Francisca (married Edward Theodum of Essex), baptism
3) Katherine (consort of George Chauncey of Hartford), baptism
4) Jana betrothed to John Howell of Comp, Wrotham,
5) Anna m. Richard Lee, baptism Marriage
6) James died in France, baptism
7) John Clerke, son and heir married Elizabeth Steed,
8) Elizabeth married Peter Parris of Malling baptism marriage
Death record First name(s) William Last name Clerke Residence Esq Burial year 1612 Burial date 25 Mar 1612 Church St George Place Wrotham County Kent Country England Record set Kent Burials Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records Subcategory Parish Burials Collections from England, Great Britain Buried 29 March 1612 (image of parish register obtained - KHC:405/1/1 scan 13)
Citation on the memorial in Wrotham Church (Note the discrepancy between the memorial and the burial record) - Here lyeth enterred the bodyes of William Clerke of Wrotham in ye County of Kent Esq & Ann his wife Ye daughter of Hugh Cartwright of Ossington in the Countie of Nottingham Esq by whom he had issue 2 sonnes & 10 daughters . Ye said William departed this life ye 23rd day of March AD 1611 in the 76 yeare of his age and ye said Ann deceased the 31 of December in the 46 yeare of hir age" Between them is a scroll saying "When Christ who is our life shall appeare then shall wee also appeare with him in glorye" [ (Image held)

William's scroll says "I know yt my redeemer liveth "

Ann's scroll says "I rejoyce onely in the Lord"

No record has been found so far of the middle name Alexander

Brown-13495 11:27, 6 February 2019 (UTC) Margaret [[1]] has been disconnected as a wife of William as sources confirm she was not a wife.

John Cartwright Clerke has been transferred to the correct mother. Another search for his marriage has been unsuccessful. A merge has been proposed between Clarke-381 and Clark-27998

William's middle name of Alexander has been removed.

Brown-13495 09:09, 7 February 2019 (UTC) [Clarke-11594] has been removed as father of William.

A merge has been proposed for William and [2] which will give him the correct father.

The marriage of John (Clarke-381) to Mary Morton has been sourced and removed (First name(s) John Last name Clark Birth year - Marriage year 1598 Spouse's first name(s) Mary Spouse's last name Morton Place Stepney St Dunstan County London Country England Source Boyd's marriage index, 1538-1850 Record set England, Boyd's arriage Indexes, 1538-1850 Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers) Subcategory Parish Marriages Collections from England, Great Britain FindMyPast

Son William Clerke [Clerke-1699] has been removed

A merge has been proposed between Clark-27998 and Clarke-381 (John born 1585)

Brown-13495 10:17, 8 February 2019 (UTC) All children have now been added to William and Ann. Some already had unconnected profiles which have been sourced and amended as necessary.

  • Source: S160 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.; Repository: #R7
  • Repository: R7


Thank you to Kimberly Motley for creating Clarke-3709 on 4 Nov 13. Click the Changes tab for the details on contributions by Kimberly and others.

Thank you to Jerry Powers for creating WikiTree profile Clerke-106 through the import of Powers-White-Beddo Lines_2013-03-17_01.ged on Mar 17, 2013.

Thank you to Merilee Burton for creating WikiTree profile Clerke-132 through the import of burton[1].ged_2013-12-25.ged on Dec 26, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Merilee and others.

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On 8 Feb 2019 at 10:45 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Clarke-7336 and Clerke-98 appear to represent the same person because: Following research and addition of sources these two profiles are confirmed to be duplicates. Same mother, same wife, same son. Clerke is the preferred LNAB. Thanks for reviewing.

On 6 Feb 2019 at 12:18 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hi pms, you may have noticed that a member of the Kent team of the England Project has been working on this profile. His family is well documented He is currently linked to the incorrect father. The correct father is George Clerke. In preparation for proposing a merge of this profile with William Clarke, we will be removing the current father. We will also be removing William Clarke as a son. Please contact me if you would like to discuss. Thanks.

On 6 Feb 2019 at 09:40 GMT Jo Fitz-Henry wrote:

Great sourcing Christine!

I see that you have disconnected William Clerke as a husband from the Margaret Walker Hunlocke that I'm working on, thank you.

Only one more William Clarke to disconnect!


On 6 Dec 2018 at 15:08 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Was his name William or Alexander? Two names almost unheard of at this time.

On 28 Nov 2018 at 16:13 GMT Kelly Clarke wrote:

Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan genealogy

Rejected matches › William Clark (1535-1611)

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