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Capt. Daniel Clark (Clarke), Sr.

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Tarvin, Cheshire West and Chester, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 10, 1710 (87)
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Sabbath Clark and Elizabeth Clark
Husband of Mary Clark and Martha Wolcott
Father of Josiah Clark; Mary Clark; Elizabeth Drake; Daniel Clark, Jr.; John Clark and 6 others
Brother of Rev. Josias Clark; Nathaniel Clark; Elizabeth Clark; Samuel Clark, Sr. and Elizabeth Bane

Occupation: Magistrate, Governor of Connecticut, The Honorable ...
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About Captain Daniel Clark

Birth: 1623 Tarvin Cheshire, England Death: Aug. 12, 1710 Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Son of Sabbath Clark (1587-1663 and Elizabeth (Overton) Clark (d.1646). Immigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1639 from Tarvin, Cheshire, England. He was co-founder of the Colony of Connecticut; one of the first settlers of Windsor, Connecticut; a lawyer; a Representative to the Colony (1657-61); Secreatary of the Colony (1658-64 and 1685-86); a Captain of the First Cavalry of Connecticut in 1664; and a judge at the Greensmith "witch trial" in 1662.

There are conflicting claims as to where Daniel's family came from before Tarvin, what Daniel's grandfather's and great grandfather's names were and what his Tarvin Chapel (now St. Andrew's Church) baptismal record says. In fact, Daniel's June 8, 1623, Tarvin baptismal record (which I have), refers only to his father, "Mr. Sabbath Clarke, Vicar of Tarvin". In addition, there is substantial and compelling information that Daniel's family came from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, (not from Market Harborough, Harborough Magna or Weaxil - none of which have any supporting information) and the Staffordshire Record Office has advised me that the names "Johnes" Clarke and "Johnis" Clarke of Burton-on-Trent (who appear to have been Daniel's grandfather and great grandfather) should be translated as "John" Clarke - not as "Joseph" Clarke as an early historian incorrectly concluded.

Daniel's first wife was Mary (Newberry) Clark (d. 8-29-1688). His second wife was Martha (Pitkin) (Wolcott) Clark - the widow of Simon Wolcott.

He and Mary had the following children: -Josiah (m.Mary Burr) -Elizabeth (b.10-28-1651)(d.12-22-1729)(m.Moses Cooke in 1669 and he died in 1676) (m.Job Drake on 9-13-1677, he was b.3-28-1652 and d. 12-19-1711). Elizabeth and Job had a daughter Sarah (#31933749) who married Governor Roger Wolcott (#10173164) and Sarah and Roger had a son Oliver Wolcott (#2816) - who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. -Daniel Jr.(b.4-5-1654)(m.Hannah Pratt) -John (b.4-10-1656) (m.Mary Crowe) -Mary (b.9-22-1658) (m.John Gaylord and then Jedediah Watson) -Samuel (b.7-16-1661)(m.Mehitable Thrall) -Sarah (b.6-7-1663)(m. Nash and then Isaac Pinney) -Hannah (b.8-24-1665) -Nathaniel (b.9-8-1666) Daniel and his second wife Martha had no children.

Family links:

 Sabbath Clark (1587 - 1663)
 Elizabeth (Overton) Clark (____ - 1646)

 Martha Pitkin Wolcott (1639 - 1719)

 Elizabeth (Clark) Drake (1651 - 1729)*
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Burial: Palisado Cemetery Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Created by: Hugh Thomas Record added: Jun 30, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 54305380


please see this discussion for the ancestry of Captain Daniel Clark:

From entry 8 in the 2002 Wolcott green book, "Daniel immigrated to America in 1639 and settled at Windsor, Connecticut. He was a lawyer, and a Captain in the militia. He was elected to the House of Magistrates in 1651, and for several years was the Secretary of the Connecticut Colony. He was one of the patentees named in the Connecticut Charter."

Link from "Upstate New York Geneology":

Notes and geneology:


One of the first settlers of Windsor and a man of much prominence. Was secretary of the Colony; and was an attorney at law, and is sometimes designated as Capt. Clark.

Connecticut Genealogies. He came from Chester, England in 1640 and was one of the family of Clark of that place, descended in direct line from King Edward I of England and Queen Eleanor, daughter of Ferdinand III, King of Castile. Well born and well educated, Daniel Clark took a useful and prominent part in the affairs of the colony. He was colonial secretary, 1658-64, and again in 1685-86. He was appointed to sit in "ye great ?", wainscoted for the sitting of magistrates. He married (first) Mary Newberry, who died August 29, 1688. He married (second) Martha Wolcott, widow of ?, sister of William Pitkin, Esquire, of Hartford. His children married into the first families of the ancient town of Windsor, and were among the aristocracy there. His granddaughter, Sarah Drake, was the wife of Governor Roger Wolcott, of Connecticut, and his greatgrandson, Hon. Roger Wolcott, was representative to the general assembly, member of the council, and judge of the superior court. Daniel Clark's greatgranddaughter, Lydia?, married Governor Matthew Griswold, of Lyme, and their son Roger was also governor of Connecticut. Clark's greatgrandson, Oliver Wolcott, graduated at Yale in 1747, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and in 1787 was elected governor of the state. The widow of Daniel Clark died October 13, 1719. Birth given as 1622/1623 of Weaxil, near Kenilworth, Warwickshire and 1622, Chester, England. Death given as 10 Aug and 12 Aug 1710. p. 153, Stiles. Mr. Daniel Clarke (Hon. Sec'y of the Colony, 1658-60 and 1664-65) m. 1644, bought a triangular lot. John Bartlett on S, Job Drake on W.

Alt Birth: 1622-1623 Of Weaxil, Near Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England

Alt Death: 12 Aug 1710 Windsor, Hartford, CT.

From: - Hon. and Capt. Daniel CLARK, one of the first settlers of the Town of Windsor, Connecticut, and its most prominent citizen in an early day. He was a man of wealth, and much influence and power, not only in the Windsor community, but also in the Colony of Connecticut at large. He came to Windsor in 1639, in company with his uncle, Rev. Ephraim HUIT, probably from Dorchester, Massachusetts, where they first settled in 1635. One authority gives his birthplace as Chester or West Chester, England, and from all sources it is believed he was b. in 1622. Rev. HUIT “had been a minister of Wraxall, near Kenilworth, England.” The close association was continued between uncle and nephew and when the former died, the latter became executor of his will, in 1644. Among a list of Windsor's first settlers, recorded in the town records of 1640, “five years after their removal from Dorchester,” appears the names of Daniel CLARK and Messrs. NEWBERRY, and an account taken 7th October, 1669, of “all such persons as dwell within the limits of Windsor, and have been approved of to be freemen, and allowed to take the oath of freedom,” exhibits names of “Mr. Daniel CLARK, and Mr. Benjamin NEWBURY” (his brother-in-law). However, as to the exact origin of the Hon. Daniel CLARK, George CLARK of Milford, Connecticut, in his will of records there refers to “my brother, Daniel CLARK,” generally considered to be the Windsor man; also, to land in Great Munden, England, left by “my brother, Edward CLARK” by will. From the same evidence and other indications, Hon. John CLARK, also of Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England, who came to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1632, as noted by WINTHROP in his “Journal,” and removed to Hartford with the HOOKER party, is also believed to have been his brother, as he became one of the early settlers of Guilford, Connecticut, and quite clearly was the brother of George CLARK of Milford. Hon. Daniel CLARK, Hon. John CLARK and Henry CLARK were all named in the Connecticut Charter of 1662. There are other evidences that all four of these CLARKS belonged to the same family. One genealogist, without offering any proof, asserts the father to have been a Joseph CLARK who came from Cambridge, England, in 1635. The following civil positions held by Hon. Daniel CLARK with chronology, will serve to show his prominence as a Colonial figure in Connecticut history: 1639, settled in Windsor, Connecticut, with his uncle; 1650, appointed Magistrate; 1651, “Mr. CLARKE was appointed to sitt in the greate pew”–the wains-cotted church pew customarily appropriated for the noteworthy citizens; 1654, chosen Assistant; 1656, appointed one of a committee to give safe advice to the Indians; 1656, “To write letters to the elders of the Bay regarding the difficulties of the church at Hartford;” 1657, Lieutenant of [p.99] first troop of horse in the Colonies under Capt. John MASON; 1657-61, Representative in the Connecticut Assembly; 1658-63, Secretary of Colony; 1658, Lieutenant of first body of cavalry of Connecticut, of which Richard LORD of Hartford was Captain; 1662-64, Member of the Court of Assistants, and in the latter year was chosen a Commissioner; 1664, Captain of a troop of cavalry; short service in King Philip's War; 1673, Committee appointed “to speak with Captain CLARKE and to see what way to order for the setting up of a school;” 1679, Town voted that Captain CLARKE “keep school in

Windsor for a year;” 1685, Patent for the town of Windsor was taken out. Captain CLARK was one of the seven patentees. In addition to his many civil and military offices, he was an attorney-at-law and pleaded in the courts; d. 12th August, 1710, m. (1st) 15th June, 1644, Mary NEWBERRY, b. 1626, d. 29th August 1688, dau. of Thomas and Jane NEWBERRY of Dorchester, Massachusetts; m. (2d) Martha (PITKIN) WOLCOTT, widow of Simon WOLCOTT, d. 13th October, 1719, aged 80.

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The story of his life.

In 1639, when he was seventeen years old, Daniel Clark of Weaxil, (rear Kenilworth), England, came to America with his uncle, Rev. Ephraim Huit, who became pastor of Old Windsor's Congregational Society, as a collegue of Rev. John Wareham. On June 15, 1644, Daniel Clark married Mary Newberry, daughter of Thomas Newberry and Jane Newberry, who came to America in the "Mary and John," 1630. Thomas Newberry had two brothers among Cromwell's Dragoons, and was descended from William Newberry, "Chronicler of his District." To William Newberry was accorded the honor, granted to but one man in a town, of adopting as his surrame the name of the town where he resided. Thomas Newberry died in 1635 and his widow married the Rev. John Wareham, thus becoming to the second time an ancestress of many of the Clarks.

Tradition states that Daniel Clark went home after he had been here some years, overcome by a longing to see his people and his old haunts. He knocked at his parents' door and pretending to be a stranger from America was made welcome, their pleasure in his coming being doubled when they found him to be from Connecticut and acquainted with their son. It was Martha, his sister, who at length discovered the fraud and cried out that their Daniel had some home at last.

Daniel Clark held many offices in the colony. In 1654 he was tax assessor, appearing on the second tax list himself as having a "Family horse and two oxen." He was Representative from 1657 to 1661, secretary of the Colony, 1658 to 1662, member of the Court of Assistants, 1662-4, Commissioner, 1662, and Captain of the Colonial Troops, 1664. He was made Attorney in the Andrus Court at Hartford March, l687, was a member of the Particular Court, a Deputy, Clerk of the County Court, Member of the Committee to appoint and commission officers of the militia, one of the nineteen signers and grantees of the Charter of Connecticut, a member of the Committee to Advise the Indians, a member of the church, 1634, Recorder, 1658, and a member of numrous other committees on which be was appointed. He was one of the magistrates in Windsor and on the appointmant of Daniel Clark, the Town Meeting made the following record: May 5, 1651, At a meeting of the Towne Mr. Clark was appointed to Sitt in the greate pew." He sat in trial for witchcraft of Nathaniel Greensmith and wife in 1662.

In 1663 William Edwards, whose descendants later married those of Daniel Clark, had him removed from the Secretaryship for "infringement of Royal Prerogative" and he was offered the office of Assistant Secretary which he proudly declined. He was later reinstated for a season. In 1679 he was made teacher and kept school for eighteen months, receiving forty pounds for this and other work. The house lot which fell to him was a triangular piece on the west side of Farrington River, the "Riverlet" near the Newberry lot and that of Rev. John Wareham. In 1662 Daniel Clark and John Mason had four hundred acres granted to them, and in 1665 the former received another grant which was sold to Daniel Gilbert in 1672.

Daniel Clark Jr., afforded his father considerable trouble and anxiety at times. He was hasty of speech and was fined twenty pounds for making contemptuous remarks about Major Treat, who had him sent to jail. Having confessed his fault and "Manifested some signs of repentance" the Court, earnestly entreated by Major Treat (urged on by Daniel Clark, Senior), ordered the youth released from prison and later remitted the fine in order that he might, as his father expressed it, "pursue his art and trade" and settle among then undiscouraged by fines.

In 1704 Daniel Jr., Locksmith, was fined ten shillings and sent to jail for voting out of his district but was later pardoned.

Daniel Clark's second wife was Martha (Pitkin) Walcott, widow of Simon Walcott, whose six children he took under his roof wIth their mother in 1689. Governor Roger Walcott in his private journal wrote, "In the year 1689 my mother marryed with Dlaniel Clark, Esq., and I went with her to live on the West side of the river." Again he said, "In the year 1691 thro' the constant monitions of my father- in-law and my mother I had many convictions of my sin and danger but after a while they wore off."(!) Finally we have the last brief entry with its simple tribut to the worth of the man, "In the year 1710--the 10th of August dyed my kind father-in-law Daniel Clark, Esq.,in the 86th year of his age, with which I was much affected."

Daniel Clark has been called "the great-grandfather of governors." He educated his stepson, Roger Walcott (who became governor), who married Sarah Drake, Daniel Clark's grandaughter, and had Oliver Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut, whose son, Oliver, was Governor 1817-27. Roger Wolcott, a descendant, was Governor of Massachusetts and Clark Bissell, another descendant was Governor of Connecticut, 1847-49. Ursula Wolcott, a dauther of Roger Wolcott and Sarah Drake, married Mathew Griswold, Governor of Connecticut, and of their descendant it is said no less than twelve became governors.

Daniel Clark's father-in-law was a man of property and influence He received from the General Court of Dorchester, a grant of land, 100 acres, in Neposett March, 1634, and many grants from the Dorchester Proprietary. He laid out a large farm in Squantum and built a house there. He lived on "The Rock", 1634, where he was freeman and selectman. In 1635 he was appointed to oversee works at the castle; was early engaged in the Connecticut enterprise and sold his property and prepared to remove to Windsor, his death preventing. His widow and children removed to Windsor before 1639. His will, dated Dec. 12, 1635, gave his wife two hundred pounds and the inventory included land in England valued at three hundred pounds.

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Captain Daniel Clark's Timeline

September 5, 1622
Tarvin, Cheshire West and Chester, England, United Kingdom
June 8, 1623
Chester, England
April 24, 1645
Age 22
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
April 4, 1646
Age 23
Age 23
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 28, 1651
Age 29
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut