"THIS family, about the time of William the Conqueror, being possessed of
Woodchurch in Kent, were thence denominated.
Raphe, son of Anchitel de Woodchurch, is said to be custos* of the castle of London in the time of William Rufus : he was father of:
3. Roger, who married Isabel, daughter of Richard Wakehurst, by whom he had:
4. Thomas Woodchurch, who married Anne, daughter of Sir Walter Harvy, Kt. lord, mayor of London, in the reign of King John, by whom he had:
5. Sir Simon Woodchurch, Knt. who by Susan, daughter and heir of Henry Clarke, had issue two sons; 1, Simon, who married Isabel, daughter of Sir Robert Rockesly of Horton-Kirkby, near Dartford in Kent, and left only a daughter and heir, Isabel, the wife of Adrian Fortescue.
6. Clarke Woodchurch, heir to his mother's lands, married Benet, daughter and co-heir of Robert Shert of Woodchurch, and was father of
7. Peter Clarke, alias Woodchurch, who married Eleanor, daughter of Peter
Rowling, and had two sons, John and Henry, batchelor in divinity, who died S.'P.
8. Sir John Clarke, Knt. eldest son, was at the battle of Poitiers, and winning of Calais : he married Mildred, daughter and heir of Delahay, and had a son,
9. Henry Clarke, alias Woodchureh, who by Maud, daughter of-Ichingham of
Ichingham, had issue,
10. Robert Clarke de Woodchurch, who married Catharine, daughter of Richard Edingham of Edingham, in Kent, by whom he had,
11. William Clarke of Wood church, who had three wives; I, Julian, daughter of Roberts of Ghissenbury in Kent; 2, Benet, daughter of Ashburnham, Esqrs. by neither of which had he any issue ; 3, Elizabeth, daughter and heir of William Winterborne of Sandhurst, in Kent, Esq. by whom he had two sons;
12. 1, Robert, who married the daughter of 'Hales of Halden, in Kent; but his issue failed ; 2, John, who married Rabege, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Godfrey of Allington, Esq. by whom he became possessed of Fauconhurst. This William built the south aisle at Woodchurch, and was there buried in 1473.
13. Humphrey Clarke, son of John Clarke of Woodchurch, was afterwards of
King's-North in Kent; and by Margaret his wife, daughter of John Many of Biddenden in Kent, Esq. had issue four daughters; Margaret, the wife of William Brockman of Newington; Elizabeth of Richard Tucke of Aldington; Joan, first of Reginald Knight, secondly of Thomas Graunt, and thirdly of Sir Walter Ascough, Knt. and Lettice, first the wife of Martyn Culpeper, M. D. and secondly of Robert Purslow: and two sons; 1, Humphrey Clarke of Buckford, in Great- Chart, who sold the Woodchurch estate ;
14. 2, Walter Clarke of RatclifFe, in Bucks, Esq. who married Elizabeth, daughter of Simon Edolph of St. Radigan's, in Kent, Esq. and had issue four sons ; Simon, Martin, who died S. P. John, who married Mary, daughter of Randall of Dunkirk; and Humphrey, who married Cicely, daughter of Nicholls; and a daughter Anne, the wife of Abel Barnard.
I. SIMON CLARKE, Esq. the eldest son, was created a baronet May 1, 1617.
He'was a great encourager of Sir William Dugdale, in his Antiquities of
Warwickshire : and paid 800/. to the sequestrators for his estate, temp. Charles I. on account of his loyalty. By Margaret, daughter and co-heir of John Alderford of Abbots-Salford in Warwickshire, Esq. (by Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Dormer of New- bottcl. Esq.) He had issue five sons; Sir John, Walter, Thomas, Peter, a captain in the low countries, and Woodchurch (who married the daughter of Thomas D'Abitot of Ridmarsley, in Worcestershire, and left issue Simon ) also a daughter Elizabeth. His second lady was Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Hobson of Cambridge, Gent, by whom he had no issue. She died in 1699, aged 84.
II. Sir JOHN CLARKE, eldest son and successor to Sir Simon, married Anne,
daughter of John Williams of MarnhevilJ, Esq. and dying without issue was
succeeded by his nephew, In Salford-Priors church, in Warwickshire, in the
chancel, on the north wall, between two pillars, are several shields, with coals of arms depicted thereon, and inscriptions under them : in the midst, in a nich of the wall there is a little slatue of a lady tying along, and leaning her head upon her hand, and under it-Here lyetb Walter Clarke, who died the 3 of May, 1607; anil Thomas Clarke, who died die 27 of May, 1616, being second and third sonnes of Sir Simon Clarke, Knt. and Bart, by Dame Margaret, his first wife, who died the 2 of May, 1617, and is here interred, being daughter and co-!ieir of John Alderlbrd of
Abbots-Salford, Esq. byElizab. Dormer, his wife. He died the 27 of Decemb. 1606, and is heere buried. This monument was erected accordijig to the lineal descents from father to sonne, of the Clarke's, alias Woodchurch, of Woodchurch in Kent, with their wives and cotes of armes, by Sir Simon Clarke,. Jord of this manor, anno 1631, in memory of his first wife, and his two sons by her, and the lady Doro- jhy, daughter to Thomas Hobson, his second wile. DttgJale'i lf-'aiw. vol.
II. Jt. 864, S65.
III. Sir SIMON CLARKE, son of Peter Clarke, Esq. (who was killed in 1639 by lord Morley) by Elizabeth his wife, daughter of - Corbyson of Warwickshire : he married Mercy, daughter of Philip Brace of Doverdale, in Worcestershire, Esq. by whom he had two sons, Sir Simon, his successor, and Philip ( who left two sons, Sir Simon, hereafter-mentioned, and Philip) and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary.* Sir Simon died Nov. 10, 1687, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
IV. Sir SIMON CLARKE, Bart, who married , daughter of the Rev. Mr. Castle, by whom he had
V. Sir SIMON PETER CLARKE, Bart, who first went to sea with the king's letter, on board the Assistance man of war, and afterwards served in several different capacities at sea; but dying without issue, was succeeded by his cousin,
VI. Sir SIMON CLARKE, Bart, eldest son of Philip, second son of Sir Simon, by Mercy, daughter of Philip Brace, Esq. before-mentioned. In May 1770, an express arrived in London from Jamaica, with an account of his death. He left two sons, Sir Simon and George, who lived in London, as a factor for many of the Jamaica planters: whether he is alive or not I have not been able to learn.
VII. Sir SIMON CLARKE, Bart, married .daughter of Houghton of the island of Jamaica, with a fortune of 1OO,OOO/. He resided in Jamaica, and left (I believe) two sons, Philip Houghton and Simon Houghton. He was succeeded by his eldest son,
VIII. Sir PHILIP HOUGHTON CLARKE, Bart, who died in May 1798, and was
succeeded by his brother,
IX. Sir SIMON HOUGHTON CLARKE, Bart.
ARMS-Gules, three swords erected in pale, argent; hilts or.
CREST-A hand couped at the wrist, proper, holding a sword, as in the arms.
He was buried at Salford-Priors in Warwickshire, where, on a flat stone is this inscription :-Here lies interred the body of Sir Simon Clarke, Baronet, the only son of Peter Clarke, Esq. 2d son to Sir Si* mon Clarke, Knt. and Bart, who was born at Dunkirk, in Flanders, his father being then a chief commander in the wars between the Spaniards and the United Netherlands; from whence he was brought an infant to this realm, where he soon appeared to be the true heir of his father's courage and virtues; and was accordingly chosen to serve his king and country in the quality of military employment, by the right hon. Earl of Northampton, which he
performed with great loyalty and integrity. He had four children by dame Mercy, the daughter of Philip Brace, Esq. of Doverdale, in the county of Worcester, viz. Sir Simon Clarke, Bart. Philip, Elizabeth, and Mercy, now living. He was brought up in the faith, constantly continued, and at last died in the communion of the church of England, Die Nov. 10, Anno Dom. 1687, /Ktati-, 52.
Here lies interred the body of dame Mercy Clarke, relict of Sir Simon Clarke, Bart, she departed this life the 22d day of December, Anno Domini 1698, Annoq. AUatis
jC. She was the best of wives, best of mothers, and best of friend
Mr. Philipot, in his discourse on Woodchurch, gives an account, That Woodchurch, in the hundred of Blackburn in Kent, was the habitation of a family of as deep root in antiquity, as any in this track; who extracted their surname, as well as borrowed their first original from this place. Roger de Woodchurch is the first who does occur ; who in the ancient evidences, and deeds of this place, which are not cloistered within any date, finds a frequent mention ; and from him (as appears from an old pedigree of this family) did it revolve to his grand-child, Sir Simon de
Woodchurch, who is in the register of those eminent persons who accompanied
Edw. I. in his victorious and triumphant expedition into Scotland, where his victories entailed upon his memory the character of Malleus Scotorum\ but in this Sir Simon, the name though not the male line, determined; for he, by matching with Susan, heir of Henry le Clerke of Munfidde, brought a large inheritance to own the signiory of Woodchurch; and his successors, in gratitude to a family which had added so much of splendour, and annexed so plentiful a revenue to his name, altered their paternal appellation from Woodchurch to Clerke; and so in all their deeds subsequent to this match have written Clerke, alias Woodchurch ever since. But as all families have their descent and period, as well as gradation and ascent, so had this; for after this manor had for so many hundred years continued
in this family, which had been productive of men which had bn:n planted in places of the greatest eminence, by which they were obliged to perform their service to thoir country, it came down at last to Humphrey Clerke, Esq. who about the year 1594 passed it away by sale, to Walter Harlackenden, Esq. whose daughter and heir, Debora, married Sir Edw. Hales, Bart.'
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Robert Clarke = WILL
"Dated 24 Sep 1548, proved 15 Jan 1550/1 at Besthorpe. Robert Clarke of
Banham referred to his father, John Clarke, indicating that he had held land in the same parish. He made bequests: "tp Thomas Clarke my sonne & to his heires my free tenement sometyme John Clarke my ffather with all the lands free & bonde that to the said ten[emen]tte belonge except twoo acres & a [half] in hooke upon thys condicion that the said Thomas shall paye unto Katherine my daughter [33s4d] at the daye of her marriage...to Rowlande my son, twoo acres & a [half] of land free lyeinge in the hooke [upon the condition] that the said Rowlande paie to Katherine my daughter at the daye of her marriage [33s4d]...to the saide Rowlande my sonne xl acres & a halfe and a half a rode of lande & medowe bonde wt at tent[emen]te called Silverns in westgate the whyche I pursheased of
John Plowman to hold to the sayde Rowlande & to his heyres for ever after the decease of Alyce my wyffe...to Alyce my wyffe my close that I percheased of Rycharde Leye terme of her lyef/And after her decease I will the said close to remayne to Thomas my son and to his heirs for ever/Itm...to Rowlande my son half an acre of land bonde, lyeinge at the [illegible] plane ende in the valeye & one rode & a halfe lyeinge in the same fairlonge and abbutt upon the lande of John Clarke towards the sowthe..../Itm...to Thomas Clarke my son one roode & a half of lande lyeing in Swete hyll medowe & half an acre lyeinge in the same medowe.../I
wyll yf I chance to dye seised in the twoo acres & a half of free lande lyeing in the hooke, that Thomas my sonn after the decease of Alyce my wyff shall gyve estate to Rowlande my sonne of the twoo acres & a half of lande in the hooke aforesayde......./I gyve to Johane Huntinge my daughter [40s] the whyche I wyll that Thomas & Rowlande my sonnes shall paye unto her after my decease...." He also mentions the children of his daughter Johanne Huntynge: John, Johan, Margaret and Elizabeth. He named his wife Alyce his executrix."
Title: English Ancestry of Joseph Clark (1613-1683) of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts
Author: Christopher Gleason Clark
Publication: NEHGR, Vol. 152, pp. 3-23, Jan 1998
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