Clarke of Suffolk, England, and Plymouth, Massachusetts
Thomas Clarke [a] b 31 Mar 1605, Rotherhithe, Suffolk, England, d 24 Mar 1696/97, Plymouth, MA. He married [1] Susanna Ring by Jul 1631, Plymouth, MA, and [2] Alice (Hallett) Nicholas 1664/65. Susanna Ring was the daughter of William Ring and Mary Durrant. She was b 1614, Leiden, Holland, d 28 Jun 1697, Plymouth, MA.
Children of Thomas Clark and Susanna Ring were:
  • William Clarke b abt 1634, Plymouth, MA; md [1] Sarah Wolcott 1 Mar 1659, Plymouth, MA, [2] Hannah Griswold 7 Mar 1677/78, Saybrook, MA, (3) Abiah Wilder 3 Aug 1692, Plymouth, MA.
  • James Clarke b abt 1636, Plymouth, MA; md Abigail Lothrop 7 Oct 1657, Plymouth, MA.
  • John Clarke b abt 1640, Plymouth, MA; md Sarah Unknown by 1668, prob Boston, Suffolk, MA.
  • Susanna Clarke b 28 Sep 1641.
  • Nathaniel Clarke b abt 1642, Plymouth, MA; md Dorothy (Lettice) Gray 1685/86.
  • Andrew Clarke b abt 1644, Plymouth, MA; md Mehitable Scotto by 1672.
Susanna Clarke b 28 Sep 1641, Plymouth, MA, d 25 Feb 1686/87. She md Hon. Barnabas Lothrop 1 Dec 1658, Barnstable, MA, son of Rev. John Lothrop and Ann.

a. He arrived in Plymouth 1623, sailing on the ship Anne, and was admitted freeman there bef 1 Jan 1633. He was Plymouth constable for Eel River 1 Mar 1641/42, Supervisor of Highways (Eel River) 5 Jun 1644 and Deputy for Plymouth 8 Jun 1655, as well as serving on numerous other committees. He volunteered for service in the Pequot War in 1637. On 4 Dec 1637, a previous grant of sixty acres to him was confirmed and ordered to be laid out, and in Jan 1639/40, as he had relinquished his grant of land at "the Whoop Place", the court granted him 85 acres. By about 1660 he removed to Boston, and by 1673 he had returned to Plymouth, although he kept occasional residence in Barstable. He evidently aspired to be a lawyer, prosecuting several cases in addition to bringing suits against a number of men who owed him money. He was twice married, first to Susanna Ring, mother of all of his children, and secondly, Alice Hallet Nichols, widow of Mordecai Nichols. Thomas Clarke survived both of his wives. He has been suggested as son of John Clark, pilot of the Mayflower, and The Great Migration Begins, states "the hypothesis is very attractive, and was accepted by [Donald Lines] Jacobus, but remains underproven."
ANC: The Great Migration Begins, by Charles Robert Anderson, an ongoing research project under the auspices of NEHGS, profile of immigrant Thomas Clarke.
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