My Clark ancestors
The surname Clarke is one of the most ancient of the early English
patronymics. It signifies literally 'the clerk', who under the English
ecclesiastical law of the feudal period was any one who had been admitted
to the ecclesiastical state, and had taken tonsure. The application of the
word in this sense gradually underwent a change and 'clerk' became more
especially the term applied to those in minor orders. The word also
developed a different sense. In medieval times the pursuit of letters and
general learning was confined to the clergy, the only persons who could
read and write, and who performed all notarial and secretarial work. In
time the clerk was not necessarily a clergyman, but one who performed the
duties of notary, accountant, or mere penman, etc. We therefore find the
term widely applied, and the office well established at the beginning of
the surname era, which accounts for the frequent recurrence of the surname
in medieval registers, and for the fact that it ranks ninth among English
surnames in point of popularity. Whether spelled Clark, Clarke, or Clerk,
the pronunciation is identical, and is always with the broad 'a'.
Source: History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920
|Source material for first 3 generations listed below is: English Origins of New England Families, Series 1, Volume 1, Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich, by G. Andrews Moriarty, pp 648-655, originally published in NEHGR, republished by Genealogical Publishing Company)|
01. John Clark was born about 1503, of Finningham, Suffolk, England and died about March 2, 1559 in Suffolk, England. He md Margaret about 1533, prob. Finningham, Suffolk, England. Margaret was born about 1516 prob. Suffolk, England.
02. John Clark, son of John and Margaret was born before February 11, 1541/2, of Westhorpe, Suffolk, England. He died before April 7, 1598, prob. Finningham, Suffolk, England. He married Katherine Cook [Catherine] on October 12, 1567 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England, daughter of John Cooke/Carewe and Alice Carter.
03. Thomas Clarke, son of John and Katherine was born on November 1, 1570 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England. He marriedd Rose Kerrich [Keridge] on May 13, 1600 in Saxsted, Suffolk, England, daughter of William Kerridge and Margery. Thomas died on July 29, 1627 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England.
04. Thomas Clarke,
son of Thomas and Rose was born
probably in England in 1607, was a resident of Ipswich, Mass., in 1634 and
in 1639 was the recorded purchaser of the house lot of Mr. William Clark,
and "sett a dwelling there". The General Court on January 11, 1640, gave him
permission "to sett down Tan fatts at the end of his planting lot, upon two
rods reserved by the River." Thomas and his sons operated the tanyard there
at the corner of Water and Sumner streets for some fifty years, three sons
living on his land. The tanning vats were located on the river bank where he
and Robert Peirce had leave to build a wharf in 1662. A deed by Thomas Clark
Sr. conveyed March 23, 1686, to Samuel Peirce about a quarter of an acre
southwest "by the tann yards from the River, close to the water-hole, by the
beame-ing house, and soe on the back side of said house to ye upper corner
of ye tann shed, north-west land of my son Thomas Clark."
Source: "A Genealogical History of the Clark and Worth Families" by Carol Clark Johnson
His wife's name may have been Jane. Children below are listed from Carol's book:
05. John Clark, son of Thomas was born abt. 1640/41 in Ipswich, Essex, MA. He died February 10, 1708 in Norwich, CT. He married Mary Burnham, daughter of Thomas Burnham and Marie Lawrence on October 09, 1672 in Norwich. John purchased land at Preston, Conn. on April 16, 1694. His will listed himself as carpenter and named wife Mary and all 6 children below.
Source: "And Then There Was You" by Marjorie Eilene Wells-Cook (1979) p. 44-45
06. Thomas Clark, son of John and Mary was born on January 15, 1674 in Ipswich. He married Elizabeth Leonard, daughter of Samuel Leonard and Abigail Wood and of Mayflower ancestry on July 10, 1703. Thomas died in Norwich, CT.
Source: "Mayflower Families for Five Generations: James Chilton, Richard More", General Society of Mayflower Descendants (1997)
07. Thomas Clark, son of Thomas and Elizabeth was born on May 16, 1708 in Preston, CT. He married Sarah Woodward, on December 18, 1735 in Norwich, New London, CT.
Source: "Mayflower Families
for Five Generations: James Chilton, Richard More", General Society of
Mayflower Descendants (1997)
08. Sarah Clark, daughter of Thomas and Sarah was born on May 5, 1739 in Preston, CT. She married Samuel Adams, son of Richard Adams and Susanna Preston on March 28, 1759 in Preston, CT. Their marriage record is listed in "Early Connecticut Marriages" by Frederic W. Bailey (2008) p. 40. They had 9 children. Sarah died on March 17, 1808 in Otis, MA.
|Migration pattern of my Clark family|
|England -- Massachusetts -- Connecticut|
"English Origins of American Colonists"
My Descent From The Clark Line
|16||John Clark (1509-1559)||Margaret (1513-1632)|
|15||John Clark (1541-1598)||Catherine Cook (1541-1598)|
|14||Thomas Clarke (1570-1627)||Rose Keridge (1572-1627)|
|13||Thomas Clarke (1605-1674)||Jane|
|12||John Clark (1639-1709)||Mary Burnham (1652-1723)|
|11||Thomas Clark (1674-)||Elizabeth Leonard (1683-1746)|
|10||Thomas Clark (1708-)||Sarah Woodward (1717-1750)|
|9||Samuel Adams (1737-1809)||Sarah Clark (1739-1818)|
|8||Miles Jones (1764-1812)||Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)|
|7||Miles Jones (1794-1885)||Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)|
|6||Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918)||Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)|
|5||Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944)||Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)|
|4||Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944)||Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)|
|3||William Edward Marshall (1901-1981)||Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)|
|2||William Edward Marshall|
|1||Tod Howard Marshall|
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