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Jeremiah Clarke

Nicknames: "Jeremy Clarke"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: East Farleigh, Kent, England
Death: Died in Newport, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Common Burial Grounds, Newport, Newport CountY, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Clarke and Mary Weston
Husband of Frances Vaughn
Father of Nancy Williams; Jeremiah Clarke, Sr.; Walter Clark, Governor of Rhode Island; Mary Stanton; Latham Clarke and 6 others
Brother of William Clarke; James Clarke; Rev. Essex Clarke; Weston Clarke; Richard Clarke and 2 others

Occupation: 1648 Governor and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Colony, Merchant in London, England before he came to America, Constable, Gov. 1646, and Treasurer of RI Colony, Sea Captain, 2nd President of the Colony of Rhode Island
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About Jeremiah Clarke

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Clarke_(Governor)

Captain Jeremiah Clarke, the third husband of Frances Latham, emigrated to America shortly after their marriage, accompanied by his wife and her children by William Dungan.

He settled in Rhode Island, where he was admitted an inhabitant in 1638.

On 28 April, 1639, he with eight others signed the following compact at Portsmouth, preparatory to the settlement of Newport: " It is agreed by us, whose hands are underwritten, to propagate a plantation in the midst of the island or elsewhere or to engage ourselves to bear equal charge answerable to our strength and estate in common, and that our determination shall be by major voices of Judges and Elders, the Judge to have double voice." He signed as " Elder," the "Judge" being William Coddington. This compact was the beginning of Newport, and it establishes Mr. Clarke's position as one of the founders of that city.

During the same year he was chosen treasurer in place of Robert Jeoffreys, " till his return from the Dutch," and in the following year he held the office of constable.

Under date of March, 1640, he is recorded as owning one hundred and sixteen acres of land in Newport, and during this year he and two others were appointed to lay out the "remainder" of the lands in that town.

He attended the general court of elections held that year.

On 17 March, 1642, he was chosen lieutenant of the Newport militia, and on 13 March, 1644, captain, then the highest military rank in the colony.

From 1644 till 1647 he was treasurer for Newport, and from 1647 till 1649, treasurer of the colony.

In 1648 he was chosen one of the governor's assistants, and during this year, pending the clearance of certain accusations against Governor William Coddington, Captain Clarke was elected governor, under the title of " President".

The records of Friends' Meeting at Newport, under date of January, 1652, thus comment on his death: "Jeremiah Clarke, one of the first English planters of Rhode Island, died at Newport in said island, and was buried in the tomb that stands by the street on the water side, Newport, upon the — day of the eleventh, 1651."

Here is information on this person at findagrave.com: Birth: Dec. 1, 1605 Death: Jan., 1652 Newport Newport County Rhode Island, USA Rhode Island Governor. He married the widow Frances Latham Dungan in London, England and came in 1638 to Aquidneck, Rhode Island with her and her children by the first husband. On April 28, 1639, he and eight others signed a compact at Portsmouth which led to the settlement of the town of Newport. In 1648 under the title of President Regent he was acting governor of Rhode Island pending Governor William Coddington's clearance of certain accusations. He had seven children by Frances of whom Walter was governor of Rhode Island; Mary married the future governor of Rhode Island John Cranston (parents of Governor Samuel Cranston); and James was ordained pastor of Second Baptist Church, Newport. (bio by: Michael Schwing) Burial: Clifton Burying Ground Newport Newport County Rhode Island, USA Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Sep 09, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 11712820

-------------------- Circa 1637- He sailed with his wife and step-childeren from England to New England and became a founder of Newport, RI.

1638/9, March 16- A meeting of the settlers produced an agreement "that the Plantation now begun at the southeast end of the Island, shall be called Newport".

1639, September 25- Chosen constable of Newport, RI.

1642, March 16- Elected Lietenant of the Militia.

1644, January 13- Elected Treasurer.

1644, March 13- Elected Captain, which was then the highest military rank.

1648, May 16- Elected Governor's assistant and pending accusations against Governo William Coddington, Clark was elected Governor with the title of "President Regent".

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Founders of Newport Rhode Island 1639. Newport, Rhode Island

Newport was founded in 1639 and its eight founders and first officers were Nicholas Easton, William Coddington, John Clarke, John Coggeshall, William Brenton, Jeremy Clark, Thomas Hazard, and Henry Bull, who left Portsmouth, Rhode Island after a political fallout with Anne Hutchinson and her followers. As part of the agreement, Coddington and his followers took control of the southern side of the island. They were soon joined by Nicholas Easton, who had recently been expelled from Massachusetts for holding heretical beliefs. The settlement soon grew to be the largest of the four original towns of Rhode Island. Many of the first colonists in Newport quickly became Baptists, and in 1640 the second Baptist congregation in Rhode Island was formed under the leadership of John Clarke.

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Capt. and President Jerimiah Clarke 2nd Pres. Rhode Island

   Rhode Island Presidents & Governors
   "The State originally consisted of four towns: Providence settled in 1636. Portsmouth in 1638. Newport in 1639, and Warwick in 1642. The Executive heads of Portsmouth and Newport were entitled Judges until 164 then those two towns united, and the chief officer thereafter was called Governor. Providence and Warwick had no executive head until 1647."
   "In 1651 a separation occurred between the Towns of Providence and Warwick* on the one side which continued the Government established under the charter [and thus had Presidents*] and Newport and Portsmouth** on the other under a new Government under the Coddington Commission [which first had Coddington as Governor** and then Presidents**]." Starting with the Royal Charter of 1663 the executives were all called Governor. In the list below a [P] means President. [From: Rhode Island Governors for Three Hundred Years, State of Rhode Island Graves Registration Committee, 1954.] Detailed statistics are listed below the charts. Links in the charts go to pictures of the graves.
    

Rhode Island Presidents and Governors Before 1842 1647 John Coggeshall [P] 1648 Jeremiah Clarke [P] 1649 John Smith [P] 1650 Nicholas Easton [P] 1651 Samuel Gorton [P]* 1652 John Smith [P]* 1653 Gregory Dexter [P]* 1651 William Coddington ** 1653 John Sanford [P]** 1654 Nicholas Eaton [P]** 1654 Roger Williams [P]** 1657 Benedict Arnold [P]** 1660 William Brenton [P]** 1662 Benedict Arnold [P]** 1663 Benedict Arnold 1666 William Brenton 1669 Benedict Arnold 1672 Nicholas Easton 1674 William Coddington 1676 Walter Clarke 1677 Benedict Arnold 1679 John Cranston 1680 Peleg Sanford 1683 William Coddington 1685 Henry Bull 1686 Walter Clarke 1686 The Charter superseded by Sir Edmund Andros, but restored 1689 Henry Bull 1690 John Easton 1695 Caleb Carr 1696 Walter Clarke 1698 Samuel Cranston 1727 Joseph Jenckes 1732 William Wanton 1734 John Wanton 1741 Richard Ward 1743 William Greene 1745 Gideon Wanton 1745 William Green 1747 Gideon Wanton 1748 William Greene 1755 Stephen Hopkins 1757 William Greene 1758 Stephen Hopkins 1762 Samuel Ward 1763 Stephen Hopkins 1765 Samuel Ward 1767 Stephen Hopkins 1768 Josias Lyndon 1769 Joseph Wanton 1775 Nicholas Cooke 1778 William Greene 1786 John Collins 1789 Arthur Fenner 1805 Henry Smith, Acting Gov. 1806 Isaac Wilbour, Lieut. Gov. 1807 James Fenner 1811 William Jones 1817 Nehemiah R. Knight 1821 William C. Gibbs 1824 James Fenner 1831 Lemuel H. Arnold 1833 John Brown Francis 1838 William Sprague 1839 Saml. W. King, Act. Gov. 1840 Samuel Ward King

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Find a Grave Bio Rhode Island Governor. He married the widow Frances Latham Dungan in London, England and came in 1638 to Aquidneck, Rhode Island with her and her children by the first husband. On April 28, 1639, he and eight others signed a compact at Portsmouth which led to the settlement of the town of Newport. In 1648 under the title of President Regent he was acting governor of Rhode Island pending Governor William Coddington's clearance of certain accusations. He had seven children by Frances of whom Walter was governor of Rhode Island; Mary married the future governor of Rhode Island John Cranston (parents of Governor Samuel Cranston); and James was ordained pastor of Second Baptist Church, Newport. (bio by: Michael Schwing)

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Inventory of Jeremiah Clark 1733 Personal estate L4499.9

Silver plate was becoming diffused among people of moderate means. The majority of inventories had a few spoons. In 1733, Jeremiah Clark, in a personal estate of £285. 10., had a small farming outfit, a loom and a spinning wheel, £8. 10. was in pewter. In plate, there were 10 silver spoons, a silver cup, one piece silver, two pieces gold (possibly coin), all valued at £20. The most expensive silver seal at a cost of £14. was worn by George Belfore. He was a trader, having £1350. in shop goods, in a personal estate of £4499. 9.

-------------------- Rhode Island Governor. He married the widow Frances Latham Dungan in London, England and came in 1638 to Aquidneck, Rhode Island with her and her children by the first husband. On April 28, 1639, he and eight others signed a compact at Portsmouth which led to the settlement of the town of Newport. In 1648 under the title of President Regent he was acting governor of Rhode Island pending Governor William Coddington's clearance of certain accusations. He had seven children by Frances of whom Walter was governor of Rhode Island; Mary married the future governor of Rhode Island John Cranston (parents of Governor Samuel Cranston); and James was ordained pastor of Second Baptist Church, Newport. -------------------- From findagrave.com:

Birth: Dec 1 1605

Death: Jan 1652, Newport, Newport Co, RI, USA

RI Gov, m widow Frances Latham Dungan in London, Eng & came in 1638 to Aquidneck, RI w/her & her children by 1st husband. Apr 28 1639, he & 8 others signed compact at Portsmouth which led to settlement of town of Newport. 1648 under title of Pres Regent he was acting gov of RI pending Gov William Coddington's clearance of certain accusations. He had 7 children by Frances of whom Walter was gov of RI; Mary m future gov of RI John Cranston (parents of Gov Samuel Cranston); & James was ordained pastor of 2nd Baptist Church, Newport.

Burial: Clifton Burying Grd, Newport, Newport Co, RI, USA

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Capt. Jeremiah Clarke's Timeline

1605
December 1, 1605
East Farleigh, Kent, England
December 1, 1605
England
December 1, 1605
St. Albans,Wood Street,London,England
December 1, 1605
St. Albans,Wood Street,London,England
December 1, 1605
St. Albans, Wood Street, London, England
December 1, 1605
St. Albans, Wood Street, London, England
December 1, 1605
St. Albans, Wood Street, London, England
1636
1636
Age 30
Newport, Newport Colony, (Present Rhode Island)
1636
Age 30
Newport, Newport, RI, USA
1640
1640
Age 34
United Kingdom