About John Clark, of Wenham & Exeter
John Clark was one of the Scottish POWs brought over on the ship Unity in 1650 after capture in the Battle of Dunbar to work as an indentured servant. Like many of his compatriots, he worked for a time as an indentured servant in the Saugus Iron Works.
GDMNH has a John Clark of Wenham and it states:
John aged 58 in 1678,; Removed to the Squamscot Patent near Hampton (Old Norfolk Co., later NH) bounds by 1670 (bought from John Gilman in 1696).
His children (that are known, 3 in Wenham)were:
- Jonathan..about 1661
- Elisha: 12 April 1665
- Martha 28 mar 1667
- Sarah, Feb.14,1668/9
- Solomon, 19 Feb.1672
- Ichabod, 25 Dec.1674
- Mary 18 June 1678
No date of death for John, nor is wife mentioned.
Genealogy and Family History of John Clarke of Wenham, MA and Exeter, NH, Marlene A. Hinkley, Bath ME, 1968:
"John Clarke carpenter in Salem, MA, from Scotland, (about 36 in 1659, QCR of Salem), about 50 in 1678, about 60 in 1680, first appeared in records of Wenham, MA by birth of son, in 1665, presumably had earlier child, especially Jonathan. Appears in Exeter, NH, August 29, 1661. Removed to Squamset Patent (Stratham) near Hampton, NH, bounds by 1670. Received a grant of land in Hampton with others Mar 30 1670. Bought from John Ollman in 1696. Benjamin Clark, b. Rochester, NH 1797, told his grandson C.W. Tibbetts: "my great grandfather was Solomon, whose father came from Scotland," George Sawin Stewart called John Clarke of Wenham and Exeter a Scotchman."
John Clark appears first as one of the Scots inventoried as part of the Ironworks assets.