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Birthplace: Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Newport, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Occupation: Housewife, "The Mother of Governors"
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About Frances Vaughn (Latham)

Alternate birthplace London, England

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A book about her lineage is available:

"An historic strain of blood in America. Frances Latham--mother of governors ([1908])" by Louise Tracey

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"A descendant (James Barker), who was born only seventy years after his death, makes the following incidental reference to him: "Frances the wife of William Vaughan, died September 1677, in the 67th years of her age. She was daughter of Lewis Latham. She was sometime wife of Lord Weston, then wife to William Dungan, by whom she had one son and three daughters. Her son Thomas Dungan married, and settled in Pennsylvania and was the first Baptist minister in them parts. Her daughter Barbara married to James Barker of Rhode Island. After Mr. Dungan died she married Mr. Jeremiah Clarke and came over to New England with her four children above mentioned. She had by her husband Clarke five sons. After he died she married Mr. Vaughan."

Through Lewis Latham's daughter Frances, his blood, though not his name, has been perpetrated to an extraordinary degree both in Rhode Island and in other parts of the United States. She doubtless brought with her the portrait of her father on coming to America with her third husband. The tombstones erected to her memory may still be seen in Newport Cemetery. The inscription is as follows: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs France Vaughan, Allus Clarke, ye mother of ye only Children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 Week in Sept. 1677 in ye 67th year of her age." "

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Latham

Frances Latham now generally called "The Mother of Governors," because no less than fourteen of her direct descendants, and many sons-in-law in succeeding generations, became Governors or Lieut. Governors. Baptized 15 February 1609/10, she was the eldest of nine children of Lewis Latham whose portrait is in the collection of the late George W. Elkins, a descendant of Lewis Latham.

He who was of Elston, co. Bedford, England, was born about, 1584 and buried 15 May 1655, aged about 71 years. He was a member of the King's household, and Falconer to Prince Henry in 1612, and later was Sergeant Falconer to King Charles I.

ARMS-Or, on a chief indented azure, three bezants

CREST-An eagle standing on an empty cradle with wings displayed, reguardant or.

(NEHGR, Roll of Arms, Vol. LXXXII, p. 156; A.R. Justice, ANCESTRY OF JEREMY CLARKE..., p. 72)

We can imagine Frances as a young girl on the moors in companionship with her father as he attended the Royal Princes, Henry and Charlie, in their hunting with falcons, ever a favorite royal sport, the birds being highly trained to search out and pounce upon rabbit, grouse and other small game and bring them to their master.

Frances Latham was married in 1627 at age 17 to William Dungan, Gentleman, who was born about 1606, a London Merchant and Perfumer. His wares were in great demand and quite necessary to offset the obnoxious odors arising from the gutters in a thickly settled district subject to heavy fog and having surface drainage.

They made their home at St. Martins-in-the-Fields where later he died and was buried 20 September 1636, leaving her a widow at age 26 with four little children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. By his Will dated 13 September 1636 he gave all his property to his wife Frances, after bequeathing £70 to each of his four children whom he mentions by name.

About a year after William Dungan's death she was married to her second husband Jeremy Clarke, who was baptized 1 December, 1605. Jeremy and Frances came to Rhode Island about the year 1637 bringing the four young children by her first marriage. They settled at Newport where Mr. Clark became the first Constable, and in 1648 Governor and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Colony. His family were members of the Society of Friends at Newport, the first Quaker settlement in America. Here at age 46 Jeremy Clark died, and here according to records of Friends Meeting lie was buried 11 mo. 3rd, 1651.

Frances was married about 1655 to her third husband Rev. William Vaughan, Doctor of Civil Law, poet and distinguished scholar, one of the original members of the First Baptist Church of Newport, and one of the founders of the Second Baptist Church of which he was the first minister. He died in August 1677, by him she had no children, and outliving him only a few weeks, she died in September 1677, in her 67th year, and is buried at Newport in the Govemor's lot.

Frances Latham was the mother of seven sons and four daughters. They all married, and all but William had children. Four, probably born in London, were by her first husband:

  • 1. Barbara Dungan born about 1628, married Dep. Gov. James Barker.
  • 2. Frances Dungan born about 1630, died 1697, married Hon. Randall Holden.
  • 3. William Dungan born about 1632, married Jane.
  • 4. Rev. Thomas Dungan born about 1634, married Elizabeth Weaver.

Seven were by her second husband:

  • 1. Gov. Walter Clarke born 1638, married (1) Content Greenman, (2) Hannah Scott, (3) Freeborn Williams, (4) Sarah Pryor.
  • 2. Mary Clarke born 164 1, married (1) Gov. John Cranston, (2) John Stanton.
  • 3. Dep. Gov. Jeremiah Clarke born 1643, married Anne Audley.
  • 4. Dep. Gov. Latham Clarke born 1645, married (1) Hannah Wilbur, (2) Anne Collins.
  • 5. Hon. Weston Clarke born 1648, Atty. Gen. and Treas. of R. I., married (1) Mary Easton, (2) Rebecca Thurston.
  • 6. Rev. James Clarke born 1649, pastor 2nd Baptist Church at Newport, married Hopestill Power.
  • 7. Sarah Clarke born 1651, a few months before her father's death, married (1) John Pinner, (2) Gov. Caleb Carr.

John S. Wurts, Magna Charta, Brookfield Pub. Co., Philadelphia, 1945, Part III, p. 451-453.

Wilfred Jordan, Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1942, pp. 686; Coat of Arms facing p. 663.

http://pages.prodigy.net/reed_wurts/heraldry/latham.htm

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Her grave stone in the Newport Common Cemetery is one of the oldest and reads: "Here lyeth ye body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan alius Clark ye mother of ye only children of Captain Jeremiah Clarke, she died ye 1 week in September 1677, in ye 67th year of her age."

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Brought her family to America to join the Baptist settlement started in Rhode Island by Roger Williams

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Frances is known as the "The Mother of Governors"

Frances Latham was the oldest daughter of nine children born to Elizabeth and Lewis Latham. Frances Latham was married at age 17 to William Dungan, Gentleman, who was born about 1606, a London merchant and perfumer on August 27, 1629 in St. Martins, Westminster, England. His wares were in great demand and quite necessary to offset the obnoxious odors arising from the gutters in a thickly settled district subject to heavy fog and having surface drainage.

They made their home at St. Martins-in-the-Fields where later he died and was buried 20 September 1636, leaving her a widow at age 26 with four little children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. By his Will dated 13 September 1636 he gave all his property to his wife Frances, after bequeathing £70 to each of his four children whom he mentions by name: Barbara Dungan, William Dungan, Frances Dungan and Reverend Thomas Dungan.

A year after William's death she married Captain Jeremiah Clarke, and with him and her children emigrated to New England and settled in Newport, Rhode Island, where Captain Clarke, became the first Constable, and in 1648 Governor and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Colony. His family were members of the Society of Friends at Newport, the first Quaker settlement in America.

Frances was married about 1655 to her third husband Rev. William Vaughan, Doctor of Civil Law, poet and distinguished scholar, one of the original members of the First Baptist Church of Newport, and one of the founders of the Second Baptist Church of which he was the first minister. He died in August 1677, by him she had no children, and outliving him only a few weeks, she died in September 1677, in her 67th year, and is buried at Newport in the Governor's lot.

Frances Latham is now called "The Mother of Governors," because no less than fourteen of her direct descendants, and many sons-in-law in succeeding generations, became Governors or Lieut. Governors.

Her first four children were: Barbara Dungan married Dep. Gov. James Barker, William Dungan, Frances Dungan married Capt. Hon. Holden and Rev. Thomas Dungan.

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After her husband William Dungan died, she married Jeremiah Clarke, and came over to Rhode Island, where her husband served as governor. She had by her husband Clarke, five sons; after he died she married Rev. William Vaughan.

The tombstone to the memory of William Dungan's widow is still standing in the old cemetery at Newport. The inscription reads as follows: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alius Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 Week in Sept. 1677 in ye 67th year of her age."

"The intimacy and intermarriages between the Dungans and Nettervilles and Westons and Nettervilles, is a connecting link which would account for the marriage of Frances (Latham) Dungan and Jeremy Clarke, son of Mary Weston, and nephew of Sir Richard Weston, Earl of Portland and Lord Treasurer of England."

--Alfred Rudolph Justice, "Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy."

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SOURCE 2

about Frances Latham

Frances Latham was the daughter of Lewis Latham, of Elstow, in the county of Bedford, England, "Sergeant Falconer" to the King of England. She had been baptised in Kempston, Bedford, England, 15 Feb. 1609. She was married 4 times before her death at Newport, R.I., in Sept. 1677. Her first marriage was to Lord Richard Weston who died within the first year. There were no children from this marriage.

Before William's early death, he and Frances had 4 children, all baptized at St. Martin's between 1630 and 1634/5. Thomas, was the last child, and he was baptized 13 February 1634/5. William's burial is recorded as 20 September 1636. Shortly after this, probably 1637, Frances Latham Weston Dungan married Jeremy Clarke, and they brought her family with them to Rhode Island, where he was to serve as Governor of that colony.

From the parish Registers of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, 1619-1636 published 1936, volume 2, pages 143, 72, 89, 99, 112, 313 we see: Marriages: 27 Aug. 1629: Guillielmus Dungan & Francisca Ladham, with license. Baptisms: 28 Sep 1630: Barbarea Dunken filia Guillelmi et Franciscae 12 Nov 1632: Frances Dungan filia Willimi et Frannciscae 13 Dec 1663: Elizabetha Dungan filia Guillelmi et Francesscae 13 Feb 1634/5: Thomas Dunkin fillius Guillelmi et Franscescae Burials: 20 Sep 1636: W'mus Dungham, vir.

The earliest American account of this family was written by one of Frances Dungan's descendants, and reads as follows: Frances, the wife of Wm. Vaughan, died September, 1677, in the 67th year of her age. She was daughter of Lewis Latham. She was sometime wife of Lord Weston, then wife to Wm. Dungan, by whom she had one son and three daughters. Her son Thomas Dungan married and settled in Pennsylvania, and was the first Baptist minister in them parts. Her daughter Barbara, married to James Barker of Rhode Island. After Mr. Dungan died, she married Mr. Jeremiah Clarke and came over to New England with her four children, above mentioned. She had by her husband Clarke, five sons. After he died she married Mr. Vaughan. Mr. Vaughan, spoken of above, was a Baptist minister, and living in Rhode Island, the cradle of colonial Baptists, we assume Frances was not only a Baptist herself, but had a strong influence on her son Thomas. The tombstone of the matriarch who brought her strong line to the colonies and to us, is still standing in the old cemetery at Newport, Rhode Island. It reads: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alius Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 Week in Sept. 1677 in ye 67th year of her age."

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Father : Lewis Lathem, Sergeant Falconer to Charles l of England. Baptisim : 1609, 15 Feb. Bedfordshire, Eng. Marriage : 1st Lord Weston, 2nd William Dungan 3rd Capt. Jerimah Clark, 4th Rev. William Vaughan. Marriage 2 : 27 Aug 1629 by the Rev. Thomas Mountford, D.D., Vicar of St.Martin in the Fields, to Wm. Dungan. Nuptiae...1629...Aug. 27 Guiliemus Dungan & Francisca Ladham. L. [L. means by License] *6 emagration : 1637 with 3rd husband, Jerimah Clark, to New England.(1) (4) Death : Sept. 1677 age 67.*1 Death : Sept. 1678.*1 Death : Sept. 1677.*3 *4 Burial : Newport Cemetery.*2

4 Dungan Ancestry. paper read by Howard O. Folker, of Phila. befor the Bucks co. Historical Society 16 Jan 1906. Film #172953 item 1 p.9 LDS Library SLC UT Batch #: 7821603, Sheet #: 87, Source Call #: 1126363 5 Ancestry of Jeremy Clark of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy, Compiled by ALFRED RUDOLPH JUSTICE, LDS Library, SLC, UT., Microfilm # 0896756 item 2, Lathem Family Bios P.72 through p.82 Marriage p.115. Another LDS filming # 0547516 item 1. Also New York Public Library filming 35mm #1011919. 6 Forebears, Vol XV, number 2, Spring 1972 cites original latin entry. p.103

SOURCE 3

Frances Latham

Name: Frances Latham was born 15 Feb 1609 in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England. She was baptized Feb. 15, 1609 in Newport, Rhode Island. She died September 2, 1677. Her father was Lewis Latham who was born in Bedford, England in 1584. His mother was Elizabeth (?).

Lewis Latham, Gentleman, and Elizaebth (?) first wife had issue 9 children.

I. Frances Latham, baptized Feb. 15, 1609 (12) d. Sept. 167'7, at Newport, R. I. (18)

Sources: "Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy, by Alfred R. Justice; An Historic Strain of Blood in America, by Louise Tracy; Dungan Ancestry, by Howard O. Folker."

This is an interesting account of Frances Latham:

  "Frances Latham, Mother of Governors has among her descendants, wither direct or by marriage, twenty-two Governors and Lieutenant Governors.  Fourteen at least are lineal descendants and include seven governors and seven Lieutenant Governors.  Both the Dungan and Clarke descendants share in this "Historic Stain of Blood."
  "She was said to be beautiful and some of her descendants have been called beautiful.  Elizabeth Doyle, granddaughter of (her son) Thomas Dungan, was very beautiful.  Two of Walter Clarke's descendants were Mary Fleming Hare and Mary Stockton Rotch--both women of beauty."
  "Among her famous descendants in other than political fields were:  Dr. Thomas Rodman, Surgeon in the Continental Army:  Mary, the wife of Stephen Hopkins, the Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Julia Ward Howe and her sister, Louisa, wife of the sculptor;  Thomas Crawford, and many others.  In the list of capitalists are George Elkins and William Lukens Elkins."

From the Dungan Genealogy:

 "Among her famous descendants in other than political fields were:  Dr. Thomas Rodman, Surgeon in the Continental Army:  Mary, the wife of Stephen Hopkins, the Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Julia Ward Howe and her sister, Louisa, wife of the sculptor;  Thomas Crawford, and many others.  In the list of capitalists are George Elkins and William Lukens Elkins."

From the Dungan Genealogy:

Frances Latham now generally called "The Mother of Governors," because no less than fourteen of her direct descendants, and many sons-in-laws in succeeding generations, became Governors or Lieut. Governors. Baptized 15 February 1609/10, she was the eldest of nine children of Lewis Latham whose portrait is in the collection of the late George W. Elkins, a descendant of Lewis Latham.

Lewis Latham was of Elston, Co. Bedford, England, was born about, 1584 and buried 15 May 1655, aged about 71 years. He was a member of the King's household, and Falconer to Prince Henry in 1612, and later was Sergeant Falconer to King Charles I. .................................... ARMS-Or, on a chief indented azure, three bezants CREST-An eagle standing on an empty cradle with wings displayed, reguardant or. (NEHGR, Roll of Arms, Vol. LXXXII, p. 156; A.R. Justice, Ancestry Of Jeremy Clarke, p. 72)

Frances Latham was married four times:

Francis Latham's first marriage  was to Lord Richard Weston who died within the first year.  There were no children from this marriage. She then married William Dungan. 

Marriage #2...William Dungan b: 1606 in of, Celbridge, Kildare, Ireland Married: 27 Aug 1629 in "Missing Place"

Children:

  1. 1. Rev. Thomas Dungan b: 13 Feb.1634/1635 in Westminster, London, England married Elizabeth Weaver.
  2. 2. John Dungan b: ABT 1626 in "Missing Place" no. 44692 (not in records nor the church records) He may not have existed or may have died at birth, but some old records state that there were six children.
  3. 3. Barbara Dungan b: 1628 in of, Essex, England married Dep. Gov. James Barker. He was one of the Patentees named in the royal charter of the Company in 1663. Member of the Governor's Council, 1664, '65, '66, 1670, '1, '2, '7 & '8. Deputy Governor of Rhode Island in 1678, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newport.
  4. 4. William Dungan b: ABT 1630 Essex, England
  5. 5. Frances Dungan b: 12 NOV 1632 in England; died 1697 , married Hon. Randall Holden.
  6. 6. Elizabeth Dungan b: ABT 1633 England (not in records but in the church birth records) She did not come to America. She was not in her father's will.

Marriage #3: Jeremiah Clark

About a year after William Dungan's death Frances was married to her third husband Jeremy Clarke, who was baptized 1 December, 1605. Jeremy and Frances came to Rhode Island about the year 1637 bringing the four young children by her first marriage. They settled at Newport where Mr. Clark became the first Constable, and in 1648 Governor and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Colony. His family were members of the Society of Friends at Newport, the first Quaker settlement in America. Here at age 46 Jeremy Clark died, and here according to records of Friends Meeting, was buried 11 mo. 3rd, 1651.

Children of Capt. Jeremiah Clarke and Frances Latham

1. Walter Clarke, Gov. of RI, b. 1638 Newport Rhode Island; d. 23 May 1714, RI

2. Mary Clarke b. 1641 Newport RI 3. Jeremiah Clarke, Jr. b. 1643 (Dep. Gov. of Rhode Island) 4. Latham Clark, Dep. Gov. RI, b. 1645 Newport RI 5. Weston Clark, Atty, Gen. RI; b. 05 Apr 1648 Newport 6. James Clark, Rev. b. 1649 Newport RI 7. Sarah Clark b. 1651.

"Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy", compiled by Alfred Rudulph Justice; printed by Franklin Printing Company, Philadelphia; dated 1922.

Frances Latham wife of Jeremiah Clark was the daughter of Lewis Latham of England. Lewis was Sergeant Falconer to King Charles I of England. He died 15 May 1655.

Frances Latham married Rev.

Married third circa 1655, Rev. William Vaughan, d. Aug. 1677.

Frances was married about 1655 to her fourth husband, Rev. William Vaughan, Doctor of Civil Law, poet and distinguished scholar, one of the original members of the First Baptist Church of Newport, and one of the founders of the Second Baptist Church of which he was the first minister. He died in August 1677, by him she had no children, and outliving him only a few weeks, she died in September 1677, in her 67th year, and is buried at Newport in the Govenor's lot.

Frances Latham was a staunch Baptist. The tombstone to the memory of William Dungan's widow is still standing in the old cemetery at Newport. The inscription reads as follows: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alias Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 Week in Sept. 1677 in ye 67th year of her age."

Research: Geneva Greer White, "Geneva's Tree"

Frances Latham

Frances Latham (Dungan‑Clarke) Vaughan died in September, 1677, and was buried in the Common Burial Ground at Newport, where a gravestone in an excellent state of preservation marks her grave.


" Here Lyeth ye Body of.

Mrs. Francis Vaughan

Alius Clarke ye Mother

Of ye Only Children of

Capn. Jeremiah Clarke

She dyed ye 1 week in

September 1677 in ye 67th

Year of her Age."

 Source: 

One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, as compiled by John Osborne Austin, 1893

SOURCE 6

Frances Latham - Mother of Governors

A  MOTHER  OF  AMERICAN GOVERNORS

Frances Latham, Daughter of Lewis Latham, the Falconer to King

Charles I, who came to America and established a lineal descent

of Eminent American Political Leaders, the following Governors

claiming her as Ancestress by lineal descent or marriage:


Jeremiah Clarke, her husband, Governor of Rhode Island, 1648

Walter Clarke.J Governor of Rhode Island, 1676,— six years

  • John Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island, 1678- 1679- 1680

Samuel Cranston.t Governor of Rhode Island, 1698-1727

  • Caleb Carr, Governor of Rhode Island, 1695

William Greene, Governor of Rhode Island, 1743-1758

fHenry Lippitt.t Governor of Rhode Island, 1875- 1877

fCharles Warren Lippitt.J Governor of Rhode Island, 1895-1896

Nehemiah Rice Knight.t Governor of Rhode Island, 1817-1821

William Greene, 2nd,t Governor of Rhode Island, 1778-1785

William Wanton, Governor of Rhode Island, 1732-1733

fCharles Collins Van Zandt, Governor of Rhode Island, 1877-1880

tjohn Rankin Rogers.J Governor of Washington, 1896-1902


DEPUTY OR LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS

James Barker, Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1678

John Cranston, Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1672-1676-1678

John Gardiner,}: Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1754- 1 756- 1764

Walter Clarke,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1679-1714— fourteen years

William Greene, 1st, Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1740-1743

William Greene, 2nd,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island

Samuel Greene Arnold,:): Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1852-1853

William Greene,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1866-1868

Charles C. Van Zandt,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1873-1875


Nearly all ihc early governors of Rhode Island are connected with Frances Latham either by blood or

marriage with her descendants— The sign * is here used to designate governorship under the Royal Char ter;

t under the Constitution adopted in 1842; J Lineal Descendant

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Frances Latham Mother of Governors

A MOTHER OF AMERICAN GOVERNORS

Frances Latham, Daughter of Lewis Latham, the Falconer to King Charles I, who came to America and established a lineal de- scent of Eminent American Political Leaders, the following Gov- ernors claiming her as Ancestress by lineal descent or marriage:

Jeremiah Clarke, her husband, Governor of Rhode Island, 1648 ♦Walter Clarke.J Governor of Rhode Island, 1676, — six years

  • John Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island, 1678- 1679- 1680

♦Samuel Cranston.t Governor of Rhode Island, 1698-1727

  • Caleb Carr, Governor of Rhode Island, 1695

♦William Greene, Governor of Rhode Island, 1743-1758 fHenry Lippitt.t Governor of Rhode Island, 1875- 1877 fCharles Warren Lippitt.J Governor of Rhode Island, 1895-1896 ♦Nehemiah Rice Knight.t Governor of Rhode Island, 1817-1821 ♦William Greene, 2nd,t Governor of Rhode Island, 1778-1785 ♦William Wanton, Governor of Rhode Island, 1732-1733 fCharles Collins Van Zandt, Governor of Rhode Island, 1877-1880 tjohn Rankin Rogers.J Governor of Washington, 1896-1902

DEPUTY OR LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS

James Barker, Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1678

John Cranston, Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1672-1676-1678

John Gardiner,}: Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1754- 1 756- 1764

Walter Clarke,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1679-1714 — fourteen years

William Greene, 1st, Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1740-1743

William Greene, 2nd,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island

Samuel Greene Arnold,:): Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1852-1853

William Greene,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1866-1868

Charles C. Van Zandt,} Lieutenant-Governor of Rhode Island, 1873-1875

Nearly all ihc early governors of Rhode Island are connected with Frances Latham either by blood or marriage with her descendants — The sign * is here used to designate governorship under the Royal Char- ter; t under the Constitution adopted in 1842; J Lineal Descendant

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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Frances Latham

Frances LATHAM

   Data from the web site of Jo Thiessen -
   Frances Latham was the daughter of Lewis Latham, of Elstow, in the county of Bedford, England, "Sergeant Falconer" to the King of England. She had been baptised in Kempston, Bedford, England, 15 Feb. 1609. She was married 4 times before her death at Newport, R.I., in Sept. 1677. Her first marriage was to Lord Richard Weston who died within the first year. There were no children from this marriage.
   Before William's early death, he and Frances had 4 children, all baptized at St. Martin's between 1630 and 1634/5. Thomas, was the last child, and he was baptized 13 February 1634/5. William's burial is recorded as 20 September 1636. Shortly after this, probably 1637, Frances Latham Weston Dungan married Jeremy Clarke, and they brought her family with them to Rhode Island, where he was to serve as Governor of that colony.
   From the parish Registers of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, 1619-1636 published 1936, volume 2, pages 143, 72, 89, 99, 112, 313 we see:
   Marriages:
   27 Aug. 1629: Guillielmus Dungan & Francisca Ladham, with license.
   Baptisms:
   28 Sep 1630: Barbarea Dunken filia Guillelmi et Franciscae 12 Nov 1632: Frances Dungan filia Willimi et Frannciscae 13 Dec 1663: Elizabetha Dungan filia Guillelmi et Francesscae 13 Feb 1634/5: Thomas Dunkin fillius Guillelmi et Franscescae
   Burials:
   20 Sep 1636: W'mus Dungham, vir.
   The earliest American account of this family was written by one of Frances Dungan's descendants, and reads as follows:
   Frances, the wife of Wm. Vaughan, died September, 1677, in the 67th year of her age. She was daughter of Lewis Latham. She was sometime wife of Lord Weston, then wife to Wm. Dungan, by whom she had one son and three daughters. Her son Thomas Dungan married and settled in Pennsylvania, and was the first Baptist minister in them parts. Her daughter Barbara, married to James Barker of Rhode Island. After Mr. Dungan died, she married Mr. Jeremiah Clarke and came over to New England with her four children, above mentioned. She had by her husband Clarke, five sons. After he died she married Mr. Vaughan.
   Mr. Vaughan, spoken of above, was a Baptist minister, and living in Rhode Island, the cradle of colonial Baptists, we assume Frances was not only a Baptist herself, but had a strong influence on her son Thomas. The tombstone of the matriarch who brought her strong line to the colonies and to us, is still standing in the old cemetery at Newport, Rhode Island. It reads:
   "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alius Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 Week in Sept. 1677 in ye 67th year of her age."
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   Father : Lewis Lathem, Sergeant Falconer to Charles l of England. Baptisim : 1609, 15 Feb. Bedfordshire, Eng.
   Marriage : 1st Lord Weston, 2nd William Dungan 3rd Capt. Jerimah Clark, 4th Rev. William Vaughan. Marriage 2 : 27 Aug 1629 by the Rev. Thomas Mountford, D.D., Vicar of St.Martin in the Fields, to Wm. Dungan. Nuptiae...1629...Aug. 27 Guiliemus Dungan & Francisca Ladham. L. [L. means by License] *6 emagration : 1637 with 3rd husband, Jerimah Clark, to New England.(1) (4) Death : Sept. 1677 age 67.*1 Death : Sept. 1678.*1 Death : Sept. 1677.*3 *4 Burial : Newport Cemetery.*2
   4 Dungan Ancestry. paper read by Howard O. Folker, of Phila. befor the Bucks co. Historical Society 16 Jan 1906. Film #172953 item 1 p.9 LDS Library SLC UT Batch #: 7821603, Sheet #: 87, Source Call #: 1126363 5 Ancestry of Jeremy Clark of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy, Compiled by ALFRED RUDOLPH JUSTICE, LDS Library, SLC, UT., Microfilm # 0896756 item 2, Lathem Family Bios P.72 through p.82 Marriage p.115. Another LDS filming # 0547516 item 1. Also New York Public Library filming 35mm #1011919. 6 Forebears, Vol XV, number 2, Spring 1972 cites original latin entry. p.103

SOURCE 9

Mother of Governors

Latham

Frances Latham now generally called "The Mother of Governors," because no less than fourteen of her direct descendants, and many sons-in-law in succeeding generations, became Governors or Lieut. Governors. Baptized 15 February 1609/10, she was the eldest of nine children of Lewis Latham whose portrait is in the collection of the late George W. Elkins, a descendant of Lewis Latham.

He who was of Elston, co. Bedford, England, was born about, 1584 and buried 15 May 1655, aged about 71 years. He was a member of the King's household, and Falconer to Prince Henry in 1612, and later was Sergeant Falconer to King Charles I.

ARMS-Or, on a chief indented azure, three bezants CREST-An eagle standing on an empty cradle with wings displayed, reguardant or.

(NEHGR, Roll of Arms, Vol. LXXXII, p. 156; A.R. Justice, ANCESTRY OF JEREMY CLARKE..., p. 72)

We can imagine Frances as a young girl on the moors in companionship with her father as he attended the Royal Princes, Henry and Charlie, in their hunting with falcons, ever a favorite royal sport, the birds being highly trained to search out and pounce upon rabbit, grouse and other small game and bring them to their master.

Frances Latham was married in 1627 at age 17 to William Dungan, Gentleman, who was born about 1606, a London Merchant and Perfumer. His wares were in great demand and quite necessary to offset the obnoxious odors arising from the gutters in a thickly settled district subject to heavy fog and having surface drainage.

They made their home at St. Martins-in-the-Fields where later he died and was buried 20 September 1636, leaving her a widow at age 26 with four little children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. By his Will dated 13 September 1636 he gave all his property to his wife Frances, after bequeathing £70 to each of his four children whom he mentions by name.

About a year after William Dungan's death she was married to her second husband Jeremy Clarke, who was baptized 1 December, 1605. Jeremy and Frances came to Rhode Island about the year 1637 bringing the four young children by her first marriage. They settled at Newport where Mr. Clark became the first Constable, and in 1648 Governor and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Colony. His family were members of the Society of Friends at Newport, the first Quaker settlement in America. Here at age 46 Jeremy Clark died, and here according to records of Friends Meeting lie was buried 11 mo. 3rd, 1651.

Frances was married about 1655 to her third husband Rev. William Vaughan, Doctor of Civil Law, poet and distinguished scholar, one of the original members of the First Baptist Church of Newport, and one of the founders of the Second Baptist Church of which he was the first minister. He died in August 1677, by him she had no children, and outliving him only a few weeks, she died in September 1677, in her 67th year, and is buried at Newport in the Govemor's lot.

Frances Latham was the mother of seven sons and four daughters. They all married, and all but William had children. Four, probably born in London, were by her first husband:

  1. Barbara Dungan born about 1628, married Dep. Gov. James Barker.
  2. Frances Dungan born about 1630, died 1697, married Hon. Randall Holden.
  3. William Dungan born about 1632, married Jane.
  4. Rev. Thomas Dungan born about 1634, married Elizabeth Weaver. 

Seven were by her second husband:

  1. Gov. Walter Clarke born 1638, married (1) Content Greenman, (2) Hannah Scott, (3) Freeborn Williams, (4) Sarah Pryor.
  2. Mary Clarke born 164 1, married (1) Gov. John Cranston, (2) John Stanton.
  3. Dep. Gov. Jeremiah Clarke born 1643, married Anne Audley.
  4. Dep. Gov. Latham Clarke born 1645, married (1) Hannah Wilbur, (2) Anne Collins.
  5. Hon. Weston Clarke born 1648, Atty. Gen. and Treas. of R. I., married (1) Mary Easton, (2) Rebecca Thurston.
  6. Rev. James Clarke born 1649, pastor 2nd Baptist Church at Newport, married Hopestill Power.
  7. Sarah Clarke born 1651, a few months before her father's death, married (1) John Pinner, (2) Gov. Caleb Carr. 

John S. Wurts, Magna Charta, Brookfield Pub. Co., Philadelphia, 1945, Part III, p. 451-453.

Wilfred Jordan, Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1942, pp. 686; Coat of Arms facing p. 663. -------------------- From findagrave.com:

Birth: Feb 15 1609, Bedfordshire, Eng

Death: Sep 18 1677, Newport, Newport Co, RI, USA

Frances Latham (Dungan Clarke Vaughn) is known as "Mother of Governors". Her 3rd husband was Rev William Vaughn. She had 4 children by 1st husband; from descendants of these childrena are many distinquished statesmen. There are 7 children born of 2nd marriage, & these too have given many govs to country. Each 1 of Frances Latham Clarke's sons served his country, or church, w/public svc, & each dtr married men who did same. "She was undoubtedly very attractive woman, her 3 marriages would indicate. One can only imagine gathering of distinquished men & women in the 'Common Burial Ground' of Newport when Frances Vaughn, recently widowed for 3rd time was laid in her grave. There was her eldest Clarke son, then gov, her dtr Mary, w/husband, then Deputy-Gov John Cranston & later gov; & their son Samuel, who bef century closed would also be gov; her dtr Sarah, sometime wife of Gov Caleb Carr; Barbara w/husband, James Baker, to be chosen next year as deputy gov; Frances & her husband, Maj Randall Holden, ancestors of several of RI's govs & 1 of Washington: Weston Clarke, then atty-genl; James, Latham, & Jeremiah Clarke, w/their sons & dtrs, & Rev Thomas Dungan, who perhaps was 1 to say last sacred words over his mother's grave "Mother of Governors".

Burial: Common Burial Grd, Newport, Newport Co, RI, USA --------------------

  • **The gravestone says: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Francis Vaughan Alius Clarke ye Mother Of ye Only Children of Capn. Jeremiah Clarke She dyed ye 1 week in September 1677 in ye 67th Year of her Age." (Picture of gravestone)
    • *This is a biography written of her life. It looks a but syrupy, but I still would be interested in finding a copy and reading it. Published in 1932 by Roger Williams Press in Providence, RI. It may have been a Vanity Press printing. (Picture of Book and Illustration)
      • Jeremy Clarke's maternal uncle, Sir Richard Weston, was elevated to the peerage and made first Earl of Portland by King Charles I of England. Frances Latham Dungan's father, Lewis Latham, was Sergeant Falconer to King Charles. They possibly knew each other since childhood.

(See Picture of Link to Charles I)

  • **Birth: Feb. 15, 1609

Bedfordshire, EnglandDeath: Sep. 18, 1677 Newport Newport County Rhode Island, USA Frances Latham (Dungan Clarke Vaughn)is known as the "Mother of Governors". Her third husband was the Reverent William Vaughn. She had four children by her first husband; from the descendants of these childrena are many distinquished statesmen. There are seven children born of her second marriage, and these too have given many governors to the country. Each one of Frances Latham Clarke's sons served his country, or church, with public service, and each daughter married men who did the same. "She was undoubtedly a very attractive woman, her three marriages would indicate. One can only imagine the gathering of distinquished men and women in the "Common Burial Ground" of Newport when Frances Vaughn, recently widowed for the third time was laid in her grave. There was her eldest Clarke son, then governor, her daughter Mary, with her husband, then Deputy-Governor John Cranston and later governor; and their son Samuel, who before the century closed would also be governor; her daughter Sarah, sometime the wife of Governor Caleb Carr; Barbara with her husband, James Baker, to be chosen the next year as deputy governor; Frances and her husband, Major Randall Holden, ancestors of several of Rhode Island's governors and one of Washington: Weston Clarke, then attorney-general; James, Latham, and Jeremiah Clarke, with their sons and daughters, and Rev. Thomas Dungan, who perhaps was the one to say the last sacred words over his mother's grave "Mother of Governors" Burial: Common Burial Ground Newport Newport County Rhode Island, USA Record added: Jul 31 2007 By: Rhonda

  • **Frances LATHAM

Data from the web site of Jo Thiessen -

Frances Latham was the daughter of Lewis Latham, of Elstow, in the county of Bedford, England, "Sergeant Falconer" to the King of England. She had been baptised in Kempston, Bedford, England, 15 Feb. 1609. She was married 4 times before her death at Newport, R.I., in Sept. 1677. Her first marriage was to Lord Richard Weston who died within the first year. There were no children from this marriage.

Before William's early death, he and Frances had 4 children, all baptized at St. Martin's between 1630 and 1634/5. Thomas, was the last child, and he was baptized 13 February 1634/5. William's burial is recorded as 20 September 1636. Shortly after this, probably 1637, Frances Latham Weston Dungan married Jeremy Clarke, and they brought her family with them to Rhode Island, where he was to serve as Governor of that colony.

From the parish Registers of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, 1619-1636 published 1936, volume 2, pages 143, 72, 89, 99, 112, 313 we see: Marriages: 27 Aug. 1629: Guillielmus Dungan & Francisca Ladham, with license. Baptisms: 28 Sep 1630: Barbarea Dunken filia Guillelmi et Franciscae 12 Nov 1632: Frances Dungan filia Willimi et Frannciscae 13 Dec 1663: Elizabetha Dungan filia Guillelmi et Francesscae 13 Feb 1634/5: Thomas Dunkin fillius Guillelmi et Franscescae Burials: 20 Sep 1636: W'mus Dungham, vir.

The earliest American account of this family was written by one of Frances Dungan's descendants, and reads as follows: Frances, the wife of Wm. Vaughan, died September, 1677, in the 67th year of her age. She was daughter of Lewis Latham. She was sometime wife of Lord Weston, then wife to Wm. Dungan, by whom she had one son and three daughters. Her son Thomas Dungan married and settled in Pennsylvania, and was the first Baptist minister in them parts. Her daughter Barbara, married to James Barker of Rhode Island. After Mr. Dungan died, she married Mr. Jeremiah Clarke and came over to New England with her four children, above mentioned. She had by her husband Clarke, five sons. After he died she married Mr. Vaughan. Mr. Vaughan, spoken of above, was a Baptist minister, and living in Rhode Island, the cradle of colonial Baptists, we assume Frances was not only a Baptist herself, but had a strong influence on her son Thomas. The tombstone of the matriarch who brought her strong line to the colonies and to us, is still standing in the old cemetery at Newport, Rhode Island. It reads: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alius Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 Week in Sept. 1677 in ye 67th year of her age."

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Father : Lewis Lathem, Sergeant Falconer to Charles l of England. Baptisim : 1609, 15 Feb. Bedfordshire, Eng. Marriage : 1st Lord Weston, 2nd William Dungan 3rd Capt. Jerimah Clark, 4th Rev. William Vaughan. Marriage 2 : 27 Aug 1629 by the Rev. Thomas Mountford, D.D., Vicar of St.Martin in the Fields, to Wm. Dungan. Nuptiae...1629...Aug. 27 Guiliemus Dungan & Francisca Ladham. L. [L. means by License] *6 emagration : 1637 with 3rd husband, Jerimah Clark, to New England.(1) (4) Death : Sept. 1677 age 67.*1 Death : Sept. 1678.*1 Death : Sept. 1677.*3 *4 Burial : Newport Cemetery.*2

4 Dungan Ancestry. paper read by Howard O. Folker, of Phila. befor the Bucks co. Historical Society 16 Jan 1906. Film #172953 item 1 p.9 LDS Library SLC UT Batch #: 7821603, Sheet #: 87, Source Call #: 1126363 5 Ancestry of Jeremy Clark of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy, Compiled by ALFRED RUDOLPH JUSTICE, LDS Library, SLC, UT., Microfilm # 0896756 item 2, Lathem Family Bios P.72 through p.82 Marriage p.115. Another LDS filming # 0547516 item 1. Also New York Public Library filming 35mm #1011919. 6 Forebears, Vol XV, number 2, Spring 1972 cites original latin entry. p.103

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Frances Vaughn's Timeline

1609
February 15, 1609
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
February 15, 1609
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
February 15, 1609
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
February 15, 1609
Kempstone,Redford,England
February 15, 1609
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
February 15, 1609
Kempston, Bdfrd, England
1627
1627
Age 17
London, London, England
1629
August 27, 1629
Age 20
London, Middlesex, England
1629
Age 19
Probably England, (Present UK)
1630
1630
Age 20
London, Middlesex, England