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Clark New England Head of Line Study

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This is a 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.




  • Arthur Clark of Hampton, Salem and Boston - Born c 1620 Died bef 31 Oct 1665.


  • Jeremy Clark - Born bef 1605 - Died 11 Jan 1652 Newport, Rhode Island
  • 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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My 4th Great-grandmother is Susanna Clarke Kenyon, she descends back to Joseph Clarke. I've worked on her line using The Clarke Families Book, by George Austin Morrison. I'm happy to contribute to the Clark project with individuals along this line. They were close to my Kenyon ancestors in Rhode Island, prior to moving to New York State.
posted by Marilyn Kenyon PsyD
edited by Marilyn Kenyon PsyD
I have been working on the Clark lines of Sgt. Thomas Clark, Sr., the tanner, Thomas Clark, Sr., the cooper, Edward Clark of Haverhill, Emanuel Clark, the mariner of Marblehead, and Matthew Clark of Marblehead, and am in the process of adding them to WikiTree.

I have also done the Big Y-700 test at FTDNA and am a member of both the Clark/Clarke YDNA Project and the Clarke-Emanuel1621 YNA Project. I share the newly designated YDNA haplotype R-FTD68042 solely with a descendant of Emanuel Clark, the mariner of Marblehead, whereas I am a descendant of Sgt. Thomas Clark, Sr., the tanner. We seek other direct Clark descendants from these men to verify/refute their common ancestry.

posted by Robert Clark