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Surnames/tags: Clark Clarke Clearke
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Clark, Clarke, Clearke, etc., and its variants, who are original immigrants to this country around the 1630's to the geographical area known as New England. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.


To separate out the various men named Clark, Clarke, Clearke or similarly phonetically named ancestors who came early to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, New Haven Colony, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, aka current New England, in or around the great migration from 1620 - 1640's and their descendants.


Identify the immigrants named Clark/e and correctly place his descendants within the proper family, identify realistic birth, marriage and death dates and make sure the details correlate with the matching geographical areas.





  • Rev. Dr. John Clarke - Born 8 Oct 1609 - Died 20 Apr 1676. No living descendants from this line of Clarke. For reference only.
  • Thomas Clarke - Born 31 Mar 1605 - Died 2 Dec 1674. No living descendants from this line of Clarke. For reference only.


The Clark/Clarke YDNA Project at FTDNA is helping to support connections to the HEAD OF LINE profiles. If you believe you are a male descendant of an unbroken, male Clark/Clarke line of men, and you want additional data to confirm your descent from a HEAD OF LINE profile, or find out which Clark/Clarke line you descent from, in addition to atDNA, you should also consider YDNA testing. YDNA matches with several men that claim to descend from can help narrow the Clark/Clarke family and geographical area that the family came from hundreds and/or thousands of years ago. It is not the end all be all proof, but it can help separate out the different Clark/Clarke lines which is our intent with the Clark Name Study.

Chestnut Group - R 61 - Haplogroup R1b --> R-M269 --> R-P312 --> R-BY19173 - This group of YDNA & Big Y test takers includes four men who have identified two "HEAD OF LINE" immigrant ancestor Clark/Clarke's in the same Connecticut geographical area. The project grouped the tests together in the DNA project's Chestnut family tree because they share similar DNA markers that help to define paternal lineages. These men, along with the immigrant ancestor, most likely share a common grandparent within the past 15 generations to thousands of years ago. The exact connections between the two HEAD OF LINE men connection below are unknown, although it seems they immigrated about the same time to the same geographical area.


As the original focus of this page is the "head of line" Clark families who migrated to New England during the great migration, about 1620-1640's, if you would like to create your own Clark Name Study focusing on different geographical areas like Virginia or the Jamestown Colony, or a different time period other than the great migration, see the link below for information and create a link to this page.


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On 30 Apr 2019 at 02:14 GMT Jeff (Clark) Andle wrote:

Any of these Clark lines haplogroup R-L1? One of my Clark Cousins descended from Ichabod Clark (1777, Maugerville, New Brunswick, later Levant, Maine) has that haplogroup.

On 26 Mar 2019 at 12:29 GMT Ginny Burnham wrote:

My Clarke ancestors are the John Mark, Ada Tracy branch. My grandfather's name was Faye Tracy Clarke.

On 8 Oct 2018 at 18:11 GMT Jeff (Clark) Andle wrote:

"Clark/Clarke YDNA Project at FTDNA" is suggested here... is this only accessible through their test? Would an Ancestry.com test raw data file be compatible with their comparisons?

On 19 Jul 2018 at 18:19 GMT JA Clarke wrote:

My last name is Clarke, my father is a Clarke from UP Michigan and his father was from Prince Edward, Ontario. I have a great grandmother who was a Clark (and married a Clarke). Very interested in learning more.

On 18 Jul 2018 at 19:38 GMT Richard Clark wrote:

Hi. I am a new volunteer here. Five generations of my Clark ancestors (Dennis (b 1924), David (1886), Job (1862), William (1821), James (?)) were all miners or steelworkers in the industrial Black Country, centred around Cradley Heath, UK. I am interested to collaborate if anyone else is active in this area.

On 30 May 2018 at 17:34 GMT Bill Clark wrote:

We have been researching the line of Benjamin Clark (1644 - 1724) and Dorcas Morse (1645 - 1725), of Medfield, MA. (and earlier) . Our branch migrated to Bradford County, PA from Ashford, CT. We are descended through Theophilus Clark and Bethiah Billings, of Ashford CT. Please visit www,clark-hart.us for more information.

On 26 Apr 2018 at 17:02 GMT Brandy (Wenzel) Vaughn wrote:

Hello. Clarke is my biological father's surname. I'm not sure if this family line is Irish or Scottish... It's been an interesting adventure so far.

On 25 Feb 2018 at 11:06 GMT Steve Clark wrote:

The only certified record I have confirming my ancestry is the marriage certificate of my paternal grandparents. My grandfather was Robert Clark and was married to Lydia Isobel Kerfoot at the Wesleyan Chapel in Carnforth, in Lancaster county, England on April 16th 1932. The record states my great grandfather was Thomas Clark and his occupation was a Railway Guard. I am looking to verify my fathers uncle Thomas Clark who was a constable at the Prestwick Airport and certify birth places of all three of these Clark family members. I believe my great grandfather, grandfather, and my father's uncle originated possibly in the Annan, Scotland area. Any help in re-establishing links to my father's uncle's family would be greatly appreciated.

On 22 Jan 2018 at 21:26 GMT Gail (de Jongh) Hickey wrote:

Clark family in South Africa: Grahamstown. I am keen to collaborate with families researching Clark who emigrated from UK to South Africa. I have received a lot of information from Paul Tanner-Tremaine who manages the 1820 Settlers website. I am happy to share what I have saved. All info will be posted on my family tree. Please feel free to contact me, thanks, Gail

On 30 Nov 2017 at 02:42 GMT Anonymous Clark wrote:

3rd Great Grand Dad Thomas Shuttleworth Clark Jan 3rd 1829-1929 100 yrs old

Lincolnshire, England came to America in 1850. would like very much to join this group S. Clark 38203

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