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Bethiah (Hubbard) Clarke (1646 - 1707)

Bethiah "Bethia" Clarke formerly Hubbard aka Hubbert
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
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Wife of — married 16 Nov 1664 in Westerley, Washington, Rhode Islandmap
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Died in Westerly, Kings, Rhode Islandmap
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Bethiah Hubbard or Hubbert


Bethia was born on 29 December 1646 and was baptized on 3 January 1646/7 at Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield Vital Record actually reads:
Bethiah Hubbert the Sone [daughter?] of Samuell Hubbert borne 10 mon: 29 day 1646./ about sunsett & baptized 11 mon: 3 day 1646.[1]
Bethiah was a daughter of Samuel Hubbard[2] and Tacy (Tase) Cooper.[3] Her parents were probably Anglicans at the time of her birth. Later on they left the Established Church and became Anabaptists.

Marriage and Children

Bethiah Hubbard was married on November 16, 1664 to Joseph Clarke , Sr. of Westerly, at Westerly, Washington County Rhode Island. [2] [4](Westerly, RI VR; page 37: [5])
Children of Joseph Clarke and Bethiah Hubbard: [2][3] [4](Westerly, RI VR; page 90: [5])
  1. ) Judith Clarke, b Oct 12, 1667; m John Maxson, Jr.
  2. ) Joseph Clarke Jr. b Apr 4, 1670; m 1) Dorothy daughter of John Maxson, Sr., 2) Anna Babcock?
  3. ) Samuel Clarke, b Dec 29, 1672; m Ann daughter of Capt. William Champlin
  4. ) John Clarke, b Aug 25, 1675
  5. ) Bethiah Clarke, b Apr 11, 1678; m Thomas Hiscox of Newport
  6. ) Mary Clarke, b Dec 27, 1680; m William Champlin, son of Capt. William Champlin
  7. ) Susannah Clarke, b Aug 31, 1683
  8. ) Thomas Clarke, b Mar 17, 1686; m Elizabeth daughter of Capt. James Babcock
  9. ) William Clarke, b Apr 21, 1688; m Jane daughter of Edward Bleaven

Death and Legacy

Bethia (Hubbard) Clarke died 17 Apr 1707 (aged 60) at Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island and she was buried in the First Hopkinton Cemetery at Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island. [4] [6]


  1. Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. (Springfield Vol 1, Page 11) (Online Database accessed 8 March 2016:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Champlin, J.D., 1860 "Early Settlers of Westerly, Rhode Island." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Vol 14, Page 25) Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database accessed 8 March 2016:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Huling, Ray Greene, 1880 Samuel Hubbard, of Newport, 1610-1689. (Pages 12, 39) reprinted from Narragansett Historical Register. [Providence?] accessed 8 March 2016. Page 14, and Family of Samuel and Tase Hubbard; Page 38, 39
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Morrison Jr., George, Austin, "The "Clarke" Families of Rhode Island", 1902, by George Austin Morrison, Jr., New York, Press of The Evening Post Job Printing house, 1902, page 24. Public Domain Available on line at Yale University Library here
  5. 5.0 5.1 Arnold, James N. compiler, 1894 Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850. Vol 5, Washington County Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, Providence, RI, Book 1, Clarke, Joseph, of Westerly and Bethia Hubbard, dau. of Samuel, of Newport; m. by James Barker, Assistant, Nov. 16, 1664, p. 20.
  6. Find A Grave: Memorial #83148253; Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 17 August 2019), memorial page for Bethia Cooper Hubbard Clarke (19 Dec 1646–17 Apr 1707), citing First Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Juli (contributor 47080020).- Data extract: Bethia Cooper (Hubbard) Clarke was born 19 Dec 1646 at Agawam, Hampden County, Massachusetts, and she died 17 Apr 1707 (aged 60) at Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island; she was buried in the First Hopkinton Cemetery at Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island.

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I changed the DOB to 29 Dec 1646 to match the evidence cited in the bio. The DOB is not marked "uncertain." It is the place of birth that is so marked. I replaced the comments about her baptism as Albertus suggested, thank you. As for the references to Washington County, they should stand. They are there to identify a place which existed then and still exists. It doesn't matter that it wasn't called Washington County then. Anyway, most of the references are to locations of cemeteries, which are certainly now located in Washington County (and they're right where they've always been).
posted by Marc Cohen
WikiTree policy regarding place names (and also people's names) is to "use their conventions instead of ours." See Help: Location Fields and Help: Name Fields.

Based on this policy, the recommended approach here on WikiTree is to use the geographic terminology that existed at the time of the person's life event, not the modern place names. It is often appropriate to give both the historic name and the modern name in the text of the biography (for example, "he was born in Barrington, Massachusetts (now Barrington, Rhode Island)," but the data fields should show the historic place name.

Cemeteries are a special case. When identifying the place where a person's remains are currently interred (or at least where their gravestone is), we should use the current nomenclature (because that is what family members need to have in order to find it).

And for Rhode Island, all of this discussion of counties seems a bit silly, since Rhode Island counties have had no governmental function since 1846, and few people in the state can identify the county they live in. The county officially called Washington County is, however, known almost universally as "South County."

posted by Ellen Smith
The profile looks much better now, thanks to Randy. Bethia is my 8th Greatgrandmother. However, Washington County did not exist until 1783, and yet it is mentioned often at this profile: but Bethia died in 1707, 76 years before Washongton County existed. The birthdate 19 Dec 1646 is marked "uncertain", and yet the source quoted seems to be authentic, so the date would seem to be certain. At that time, before the Calender Reform, December was the Tenth month. Bethia Hubbard was baptised on 3 Jan 1647, a few days after birth. So her parents could not at that time have been Anabaptists, whose major tenet is to reject infant baptism. They must have been Anglicans, probably of the Puritan variety, who did keep infant baptism. If they later became Anabaptists, that should perhaps better be stated in a way that does not create the impression that her "Anabaptist" parents had had her baptised as a new- born babe. Such as, "Later on Bethia's parents left the Established Church and became Anabaptists."
I agree with Jack. Much better.
posted by Lynette Jester
Profile's looking much better....
posted by Jack Day
Randy, The PPP is really to prevent being merged again, additional husbands and children. Adding sources is allowed. The *Fact sources is verifying her profile to profile and the people who did it not following thru and putting the actual links/sources in. thank you for respecting the PPP enough to discuss this.
posted by Lynette Jester
There is much work that needs to be done on WikiTree. It is not necessary to be insulting when proposing to do it. In fact, being insulting is against the spirit of collaboration we seek. If there is work to be done, and there is, Just do it!
posted by Jack Day
The proposed merge has been updated to merge to the lowest number.
Whether Bertha will be removed or not, Hubbard-303 and Hubbard-2496 are one and the same person and should be merged, the higher-numbered profile into the lower-numbered profile.
Hubbard-303 and Hubbard-2496 are one and the same person and should be merged, the higher-numbered profile into the lower-numbered profile.