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Thomas Clarke, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
Place of Burial: Westhorpe, Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Clarke, of Finningham & Westhorpe and Katherine Clarke
Husband of Rose Clarke
Father of Margaret Clarke; Carew Clarke, of Newport; Thomas Clarke, of Newport; Mary Peckham; Margaret Wyeth and 4 others
Brother of Rowland Clark, of Banham; John Clarke; Carew Clarke; Christopher Clarke; Joanne Peake (Clarke) and 2 others

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About Thomas Clarke, of Westhorpe

Thomas Clarke

  • Birth: 1 Nov 1570 -  Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
  • christened: 3 Nov 1570 in Westhorpe
  • Death: 29 July 1627 - Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
  • Buried: 30 July 1627 in Westhorpe
  • Parents: John Clarke (1542-1598) & Catherine Cooke (abt 1542-abt 1598)
  • Spouse: Rose Kerrich AKA Kerridge

5 of his children migrated to current day Rhode Island.

notes

  • spent his whole life at Westhorpe, England.
  • Westhorpe was a small town near Bury-St-Edmunds and Thomas Clarke was one of the largest landowners at Westhorpe.
  • He married Rose Kerrich (1572-1627) and they had 7 children.
  • He kept records in a family Bible that was continued by sons John and Joseph.
  • After the death of their parents, it appears that the children immigrated to the New World and settled in Rhode Island.
    • Son John Clarke (1609-1676) was a founder of and the first pastor of The First Baptist Church of Newport in 1644.
    • Daughter Marie Clarke (1607-1647) likely worshipped there with her husband, John Peckham (1595-1680s), who was also a founder of the church..
      • After the parents' deaths, it is likely that daughter Marie Clarke (1607-1647) became part of her brother John's family and went to the New World with him in about 1634.
    • They were first at Boston, MA and then settled in Newport, RI.

Sources:

  • Thomas Clarke's (1570-1627) family Bible that was continued by sons John Clarke (1609-1676) and Joseph Clarke (1618-1694) after they immigrated and settled in Rhode Island.
    • This record is in Babcock and Allied Families L. E. by DeForest, 1928.
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http://www.geneajourney.com/clarkej.html

Thomas Clarke

  • b 1 Nov 1570, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England,
  • d 29 Jul 1627, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England.
  • Father of Thomas Clarke was John Clarke
    • b bef 11 Feb 1541/42, of Westhorpe, Suffolk, England,
    • d bef 7 Apr 1598, prob Finningham, Suffolk, England who
    • md Katherine Cooke on 12 Oct 1567, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
      • daughter of John Cooke/Carewe and Alice Carter.
  • Thomas Clarke md Rose Kerrich 13 May 1600, Saxsted, Suffolk, England,
    • daughter of William Kerridge and Margery.
  • Children of Thomas Clarke and Rose Kerrich were:
    • Margaret Clarke
      • b 1 Feb 1600/01,
      • d young.
    • Carew Clarke
      • b 3 Feb 1602/03, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England,
      • d aft 13 Jun 1679, Newport, Newport, RI;
      • md Dorothy Drury 10 Nov 1629, Suffolk, England.
    • Thomas Clarke
      • b bef 31 Mar 1605, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England,
      • d 2 Dec 1674, Newport, Newport, RI;
      • md Jane.
    • Mary Clarke
      • b 17 Jul 1607, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England,
      • d 1647/48, Newport, Newport, RI;
      • md John Peckham 20 May 1638, Newport, Newport, RI.
    • Margaret Clarke
      • b bef 12 Oct 1608, Suffolk, England,
      • d 1694;
      • md Nicholas Wyeth abt 1630, Saxsted, Suffolk, England.
    • Dr. John Clarke
      • b bef 8 Oct 1609, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England,
      • d 20 Apr 1676, Newport, Newport, RI;
      • md [1] Elizabeth Harris, [2] Jane Fletcher 1 Feb 1671, [3] Sarah (widow Davis).
    • William Clarke
      • b bef 11 Feb 1611/12, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England.
    • Joseph Clarke
      • b 9 Dec 1618.
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Babcock and Allied Families, by De Forest, page 38.

  • The information has been copied from the family bible, in which Thomas Clarke made the entries concerning his parents and grandparents. The bible was brought to Rhode Island by his son John and the entries continued by another son, Joseph.
    • Some records of the Clarke family of Wasthrup/Westhrope, Co. Suffolk, EN, from the family bible (a copy of the Geneva version of 1608) brought to this country by Dr. John Clarke, and presented in Reg: Oct 1921 and Ref. 9, augmented.
  • The Rhode Island Historical Magazine, Vol. VII, 1886-1887, Newport, RI, The Newport Publishing Co.
  • The American Genealogist, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, Apr 1948, p. 72 citing Reg. 75:279.
  • Little Compton Families pub. by Little Compton Historical Society from Records compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, 1967.
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey Hartford Times Queries, a. 2 Mar 1957; 22 Feb 1947.
  • Genealogy of One Branch of the Peckham Family of Newport and Westerly RI, and Its Allied Families, 1957, by William P. & John E. Bentley.
  • 160 Allied Families by John Austin, 1892.
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almond Torrey.
  • The Clarke Genealogy by George Austin Morrison, 1902.
    • Sent to me by Mrs. Isabel T. Coburn, HC 62, Box 146, New Harbor ME 04554
    • Researching this line is Nancyann Norman at nancn@exis.net

Sources:*

  • The Clarke Families of Rhode Island by George Austin Morrison;
  • Colonial Families of the United States of America, Vol 4;
  • Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Vol. 1, page 197;
  • Babcock and Allied Families by Louis E. De Forest;
  • Ancestry of George P. Clarke of Newport, R.I., by G. Andrews Moriarty;
  • C. M. Babcock;
  • RI Families, Vol. 2; Virkus; 160 Allied Families;
  • NEHGR, v75, p279;
  • Witter Family History by Edwin D. Witter Jr.
  • De Forest:

Thomas Clarke, born on All Saints' Day, 1 Nov. 1570;

  • * baptized two days later.
    • When he died on 29 July 1627, he was called "of Wastrup."
    • He was buried 30 July 1627.
    • He married Rose Herrige, who died 19 Sept. 1627.
  • C.M. Babcock:
    • Thomas Clarke, born 1 Nov. 1570;
    • married 13 May 1600, Rose Kerrich (or Herrige), daughter of William and Margery Kerrich of Saxsted.
    • Five of their seven children came to America about 1637.
  • RI Families:
    • "Thomas Clarke, sone of John Clarke,
    • borne All Saynts day,
    • baptised the 3 November, ano dom. 1570." (Vol. 1, page 197. Bible records. This entry written by Thomas himself.)
    • "Thomas Clarke ye father of thes childringe, departed this life the 29 of July, 1627." (Page 198, written in a different hand, which also recorded the death of Thomas' wife Rose on 19 Sept. 1627.)
  • NEHGR:
    • Thomas Clarke, of Westhorpe, Suffolk,
    • born 1 Nov. 1570 and
    • baptized 3 Nov. 1570.
    • Died 29 July 1627 and
    • was buried at Westhorpe 30 July 1627.
    • He married at Saxsted, Suffolk, 13 May 1600, Rose Kerrich.
  • Virkus:
    • Thomas Clarke (1570-1627),
    • married Rose Keridge, who died 1627.
  • 160 Families:
    • Thomas Clarke, Bedfordshire, England,
    • born 1 Nov. 1570 (All Saints Day),
    • baptized 3 Nov. 1570, died 29 July 1627.
    • He was called of "Wastrup" when he died.
    • "He entered dates of baptisms and burials of his grandfather, father and mother, etc. (down to his own children) in his bible; and
    • the record was continued by his son Joseph, the bible having been brought to Rhode Island by one of Thomas' children when he came to America."
    • Under the date of 3 Feb. 1602, he records the birth of his eldest son: "Carew Clarke my son the 3d Feb. 1602, being Thursday, about fair day light; baptized the 17th Feb., Wallop's Thursday, 3d day of the new moon 1602." Perhaps his daughter Mary was identical with the Mary Clarke who was the first wife of John Peckham.
  • Witter Family:
    • Thomas Clarke, born 1 Nov. 1570,
    • baptized 3 Nov, Westhorpe, Suffolk, England.
    • Died 19 Sept. 1627, at Westhorpe and buried there.
    • Married Rose Kerrich/Keridge 13 May 1600 at Saxsted, Suffolk.
    • "Was of Bedfordshire, of Wastrup' when died.
    • Of his 7 children that matured, all emigrated: Carewe, Thomas, Mary, William, Joseph, Margaret, and Dr. John..."
    • [Death date is probably a transcription error, since 19 Sept. 1627 is the day of his wife's death.]
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Residence: Westhrope, England

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Thomas Clarke (John2, John1),

  • b 1 Nov 1570 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, &
  • chr 3 Nov 1570 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng.
  • He d 29 Jul 1627 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, &
  • bur 30 Jul 1627 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng.
  • Res: Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng.
  • Thos Clarke may have taken father's lands in Westhorpe as he seems to have resided at that place when children born,
    • while bros John, Carew & Christopher took father's lands in Finningham as seen in 2 subsidies levied at Finningham in 1596/7.

Sources:

  • G A Moriarty, "Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich" NEHGR, Vol 75 (1921), p 273-301
  • G A Morrison, "'Clarke' Families of RI" Evening Post Printing House, NY, 1902, p 13-14

He married ROSE KERRICH,

  • dtr of Wm Kerrich & Margery---, 13 May 1600 Saxsted, Suffolk, Eng.
  • She chr 13 Apr 1572 Saxsted, Suffolk, Eng.
  • She d 19 Sep 1627 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, &
  • bur 20 Sep 1627 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng.
  • : Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng.
  • They had following children:
    • i. Margaret Clarke, b 1 Feb 1600/1601 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng. Chr 19 Feb 1600/1601 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, d bef 1608 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng
    • ii. Carew Clarke, b 3 Feb 1602/1603 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng. Chr 17 Feb 1602/1603 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng. m Dorothy------
    • iii. Thomas Clarke, chr 31 Mar 1605 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng; m Jane------
    • iv. Mary Clarke, chr 26 Jul 1607 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng; m John Peckham
    • v. Margaret Clarke, chr 12 Oct 1608 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng; m Nicholas Wyeth
    • vi. John Clarke, chr 8 Oct 1609 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng; m1 Elizabeth Harris
    • vii. William Clarke, chr 16 Feb 1611/1612 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng. Prob remained in Eng, or may d young, does not appear to have emigrated to Am w/sibs
    • viii. Joseph Clarke, b 9 Dec 1618 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng m1------

From geneajourney.com:

  • Thomas Clarke
    • b 1 Nov 1570, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng,
    • d 29 Jul 1627, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng,
    • m Rose Kerrich 13 May 1600, Saxsted, Suffolk, Eng, dtr of Wm Kerridge & Margery.

Children of Thos Clarke & Rose Kerrich:

  • Margaret b 1 Feb 1600/01, d young
  • Carew b 3 Feb 1602/03, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, d aft 13 Jun 1679, Newport, Newport, RI; m Dorothy Drury 10 Nov 1629, Suffolk, Eng
  • Thos b bef 31 Mar 1605, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, d 2 Dec 1674, Newport, Newport, RI; m Jane
  • Mary b 17 Jul 1607, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, d 1647/48, Newport, Newport, RI; m John Peckham 20 May 1638, Newport, Newport, RI
  • Margaret b bef 12 Oct 1608, Suffolk, Eng, d 1694; m Nicholas Wyeth c1630, Saxsted, Suffolk, Eng
  • Dr John b bef 8 Oct 1609, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng, d 20 Apr 1676, Newport, Newport, RI; m1 Elizabeth Harris, m2 Jane Fletcher 1 Feb 1671, m3 Sarah (wid Davis)
  • William b bef 11 Feb 1611/12, Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng
  • Joseph b 9 Dec 1618
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  • Thomas CLARKE was born on 1 Nov 1570 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England.1 He was christened in Nov 1570 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England. He died on 29 Jul 1627 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England. He was buried on 30 Jul 1627 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England. ref "England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume IV" by William Richard Cutter.
  • Thomas Clarke, son of John (2) and Catherine (Cook) Clarke, was born in August, 1570, and married Rose Kerige. Record of the following of their children is found: Margaret, born 1600; Carew, 1602; William, 1611; and Joseph, mentioned below.
  • Both the parents died in 1627.
  • It is known that three of their sons, Thomas, John and Joseph, came to this country (U.S) in 1637, landing at Boston, and that others of the name, related to these, came at the same time.
    • The three above named settled at Newport the next year. There the first two died, in 1674 and 1676, respectively, leaving no male descendants.
  • ref: "Ancestors of George Walker Bush, 43rd President of the UnitedStates" Prepared by: Most Rev. Lowell A. Barker, Ph.D.,S.T.D.,Ll.D. "Ancestors of Justin Tanner KNULL"
  • Source: New England Families Genealogical and Memorial; Third Series, Vol IV, Pg 2243, Author; William Richard Cutter.
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http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Clarke-44

See also: https://books.google.com/books?id=L_SdyU5IItcC&pg=PA210&lpg=PA210&dq=Thomas+Clarke+1570&source=bl&ots=GV9OGjyJts&sig=B69D5qccHD4KEVS8oRczrtKw-zg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6WMBVfnwNoSkgwT0iYSQBg&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAzgU#v=onepage&q=Thomas%20Clarke%201570&f=false The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Volume 20, pages 210-11.

Notes

  • Clark(e) Biography from NEHGR, vol. 20, p. 210[10]
  • Family Bible (see attached exhibit) from NEHGR, vol. 20, pg. 211[11]
    • The Bible of Dr. John Clarke, (mentioned on page 72 et seq. of the current volume of this magazine), contains an interesting family record, written, in part, by Dr. Clarke's father, of which the following is a copy: -
  • John Clarke, my grandfather, was buried 3 March, 1559.
  • John Clarke, my father, was baptised 11 February, 1541.
  • Thomas Clarke, my unkle, was baptised 4 January, 1543.
  • Katherine Cooke, dafter of Joh Kooke, was baptised ye 12 of February, 33 year, Henry 8, ano dom 1541; my mother Katherine Cooke, was buried the 30th of March, 1598.
  • John Clarke, my father, was buried the 7 April, 1598.
  • John Clarke, my brother borne St. Marks day (25 April), baptised 1 May, 1569.
  • Thomas Clarke, sone of John Clarke, borne All Saynts day (1 November), baptised the 3 of November, ano dom. 1570.
  • Carewe Clarke, sone [of] John Clarke, baptised 17, August, 1572; in the 14 year of the Rayne of Queen Elizabeth.
  • 'Pasor Clarke', baptised the 6 of December, ano dom. 1574.
  • 'John Clarke', baptised 17 of March, ano dom, 1577.
  • Margret Clarke, baptised the 8 June, 1579.
  • Mary Clarke, baptised the 21 September, 1581.

(The children of Thomas)

  • Margret Clarke, dafter of Thomas Clarke, was born the first of February, baptised the 19 February, 1600, Friday night, 10c.
  • Carewe Clarke, my sone, was borne the third of February, 1602, being Thursday, about fyre daylight, baptised the 17 February, Wollops Thursday, 3 day of the newe moon, singe in pisces.
  • Thomas Clarke, sone of T. Clarke, baptised the 31st March, 1605.
  • Merie Clarke, baptised the 17 July, 1607.
  • John Clarke, borne the 8 October, 1609.
  • William Clarke, my sone, baptised the 11 of February, 1611.
  • Joseph Clarke, baptised the 16 December, 1618, borne, 9.
  • (In another handwriting)
  • Thomas Clarke ye father of thes childringe, departed this life the 39 of July, 1627.
  • Rose Keridge, his wife, dyed ye 19 of September, in the year of our Lord 1627.
  • (The following notes are written on margins and other convenient places through the bible.)
    • The 2nd of the 10th month 1674, Thomas Clarke, son of Thomas Clarke, of Wastrup, departed this life in Newport, on Rhode Island, in the house of his brother.
    • Datre Clarke, wife of my brother Carewe, living in Buffum, in the County of Suffolk, Eng. departed this life the 13th of the 5th month, 1658.
    • The 20th of the 2d month, 1676, my brother John Clarke, in the night, departed this life in his own house in Newport, on Rhode Island.
    • Joseph Clarke deceased the 1st of June, A.D. 1694.
    • John Clarke, the son of Joseph Clarke, died April 11, A.D. 1764.
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Find A Grave Memorial# 123652742; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=123652742 Thomas Clarke

  • Birth: Nov. 1, 1570 Westhorpe, Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England
  • Death:  Jul. 29, 1627 Westhorpe, Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England
  • Thomas Clarke and Rose Kerridge (Kerrich or Keridge) were married on May 11, 1600 in Westhorpe, Suffolk.
  • Thomas Clarke was born in October, 1570 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England, and baptised at St. Margaret's there on November 1.
  • He was the son of John Clarke and Katherine Cook.
  • He married Rose Kerrich at All Saints Church in Saxtead, Suffolk, on May 11, 1600.
  • They returned to Westhorpe and settled there.
  • When his father died, Thomas probably took his father's lands in Westhorpe because he resided there when his children were born.
  • His brothers John, Carew and Christopher must have taken their father's lands in Finningham, as subsidies were levied on them at Finningham in 1597.
  • Thomas and Rose had eight children at Westhorpe.
  • Thomas died July 29, 1627 and was buried in the churchyard of St. Margaret's Church at Westhorpe on the 30th.

Information from NEHGR 75:279; "The 'Clarke' Families of Rhode Island." G. A. Morrison

  • Bio provided by Ken Smith. Thanks Ken.  

Family links: 

  •  Parents:
    •  John Clarke (1541 - 1598)
    •  Katheryn Cook Clarke (1541 - 1598) 

 Spouse:

  • * Rose Kerridge Clarke (1572 - 1627)* 
  •  Children:
    •  Margaret Clarke Wyeth (1608 - 1646)* 

Burial: Saint Margaret, Westhorpe, Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England

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http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2649.htm#i79589

Thomas Clarke

  • M, #79589,
  • b. 1 November 1570,
  • d. 29 July 1627
  • Father John Clarke
    • b. 11 Feb 1542,
    • d. 4 Apr 1598
  • Mother Katherine Cooke
    • b. 12 Feb 1541,
    • d. 27 Mar 1598
  • Thomas Clarke was born on 1 November 1570 at Westhorpe, Suffolk, England.

He married Rose Kerridge, daughter of William Kerridge and Margery, on 13 May 1600 at of Westhorpe, Suffolk, England. Thomas Clarke died on 29 July 1627 at Westhorpe, Suffolk, England, at age 56.

  • Family
    • Rose Kerridge
    • b. 13 Apr 1572,
    • d. 19 Sep 1627
  • Children
    • Mary Clarke+ b. 17 Jul 1607, d. c 1648
    • Joseph Clarke+ b. 9 Dec 1618, d. 1 Jun 1694
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http://todmar.net/ancestry/clark_main.htm

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

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