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Mercy (Smith) Clarke (abt. 1650 - abt. 1700)

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Mercy Clarke formerly Smith
Born about in Kingston, Rhode Islandmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married about 1693 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Rhode Islandmap
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Mercy SMITH, Birth about 1652 , Kingston, Rhode Island.[1]

Mercy Smith, first wife of Benjamin Clarke of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, is identified as a daughter of John Smith and his wife Margaret. The will of Daniel Smith of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, proved 15 July 1707, mentions his "sister Mercy Clarke, wife of Benjamin Clarke, of Kingstown."[2]

Mercy Smith and Benjamin Clarke married by 1692. Their children, all born at Kingstown, included:[3]

  1. Mary Clarke
  2. Sarah Clarke, b. 26 February, 1693.
  3. Benjamin Clarke, b. 4 April, 1694.
  4. Emanuel Clarke, b. 4 April, 1697.
  5. Samuel
  6. Jeremiah


  1. A source is needed for this information. Note that the birth date may be a bit too early for the birth dates of the children.
  2. Morrison, George Austin. The “Clarke” Families of Rhode Island (New York: Press of the Evening Post Job Printing House, 1902), page 265. Accessed at
  3. Morrison, The “Clarke” Families of Rhode Island, identifies only Sarah Benjamin, and Emanuel; Glazier identifies the others.
  • Ancestral File (TM) Family History Library :  Ancestral File Number 5JF7-TLL
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2017-09-10), entry for Mercy SMITH, submitted by jrasband2769614.. Person Count 35,673 . Submission ID MM95-KBW
  • Wood, Michael Johnson. "The Earliest Shermans of Dedham, Essex," part 3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 167, Apr 2013; Whole Number 666, page 155.
  • Charles R, Hale Collection [of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices of Marriages and Deaths], (1933-34) at the Connecticut State Library, Plainfield, 24
  • Glazier, Prentiss. Clark-Clarke Families of Early Connecticut. In: Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 1. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983. Originally published in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, January 1974, vol. 128, pp. 22-27. Citing William H. Eldridge, "Benjamin Clarke of Plainfield, Connecticut" (1932). Quotation:
Benjamin Clark (1663-1750) resided at South Kingstown, Rhode Island and Plainfield Connecticut. A detailed study by William H. Eldridge, "Benjamin Clarke of Plainfield, Conn." in the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society opines English birth. He was apparently not connected with the Clarks of Medfield, Mass. By his first wife, Mercy Smith, he had: Mary, Sarah, Benjamin, Emanuel, Samuel and Jeremiah; by his second wife Jean or Jane (maiden name possibly Dean) he had: Theophilus, James, Ann, Elizabeth, Martha, Hanna, Rest and Abigail. He and his widow each left wills.
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
  • Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941: 9 Apr 1913, 3153. Name Mercy Clark., Birth Date 1650, Birthplace Rhode Island, Volume 29, Page number 492.
  • U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700

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On 10 Sep 2015 at 04:54 GMT Andrea Powell wrote:

Smith-77295 and Smith-60245 appear to represent the same person because: I suspect this is a duplicate of Mercy (Smith-60245) Clark, but further research will be needed to reconcile dates.

Mercy is 17 degrees from Cheryl Hess, 21 degrees from John Lennon and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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