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John Clifford Sr (abt. 1614 - 1694)

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John Clifford Sr
Born about in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
Clifford-354 created 27 Mar 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 18 Sep 2017
13:25: M Silva edited the Death Place for John Clifford Sr. (Edited colonial locations) [Thank M for this]
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George Clifford, descended in direct line from the ancient and noble family of Clifford, in England, came, probaby with his wife (Elizabeth?) and son, John (2) from Arnold village and parish, Nottingham co, England to Boston, in 1644; was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery co., moved to Hampton (Dow - p638)
John Clifford, son of George (1), born in England, in 1614; married, first, Sarah___________; second, Sept 28, 1658, Mrs Elizabeth Richardson, who died Dec, 1667; thrid, Feb 6, 1672, Mrs. Bridget Huggins, widow of John Huggins (1). He died Oct 17, 1694, "aged eighty years" (Town Record ) (Dow - p638-39)


1614 England[1]


17 OCT 1694 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA
Dow says that he was son of George CLIFFORD of Boston, but this is apparently unlikely. One user of this website reports: "Massachusetts and Maine Familes in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis," (Genealogical Publishing co., 1996), Vol. 1, pg. 283. This is a compendium of the author's life work. The CLIFFORD material was originally published in his "Ancestry of Nicholas Davis," (1956).In a footnote to the first paragraph, Davis has this to say concerning John CLIFFORD's ancestry. "There is no documentary evidence whatsoever that John Clifford of Hampton was identical with John, son of George Clifford, who was baptized in Boston on May 10, 1646, that statement having been made by Mr. Dow in his "History of Hampton" and copied by Mr. Hoyt in his "Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury." When the Hampton man died in 1694 he was aged 80 and was therefore born in or about 1614 and in England where he could hardly have escaped infant baptism which was the law of the land. Nor would a man in his thirties have been baptized in New England as son of his father. In the Congregational system, independent of the established English church, children sometimes remained unbaptized, but, if they were baptized as adults, it was always 'on profession of faith', the status of their parents, as church members or not, having nothing to do with the case."He devotes the second paragraph to John's second marriage. "On September 28, 1658, Clifford married, secondly, Elizabeth Richerson. She was, without any doubt, that Elizabeth Wiseman who married in Newbury on August 23, 1654, William Richardson, by whom she had two sons, Joseph Richardson, born in Newbury, May 18, 1655, and Benjamin Richardson, born there March 13, 1656. William Richardson died in Newbury on March 14, 1656 (1656/7), seemingly the day after his second son was born, and his widow Elizabeth swore to his small inventory of ?52 on March 30, 1657. The inventory had been taken by Gyles Cromlone and Edward Richardson, and in it Richardson's death is said to have taken place on March 25, the first day of 1657. [Probate records of Essex County, 1:247] Gyles Cromlone had married Alice Wiseman, obviously Elizabeth's sister, in Newbury on September 10, 1648. The only other Wiseman whose name appears in Essex County records at this period is William Wiseman, a rather disreputable sailor, who between 1647 and 1670 was before the courts for 'being disguised with drink', 'multiplying oaths' and abusing his owner and company, in addition to being sued for debt. In 1669 he owed Dr. William Woodcock the large sum of ?7:5:11. These three Wisemans may have been the children, by a former marriage, of the wife of some early Newbury immigrant."


  1. Dow: Vol. 2, Page 581-1104
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On 10 Aug 2015 at 13:49 GMT Ann (Thompson) Johnson wrote:

Clifford-355 and Clifford-354 appear to represent the same person because: Merge of daughter Elizabeth occured

On 25 Sep 2014 at 17:19 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Clifford --1 and Clifford-355 appear to represent the same person because: same basic data

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