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John Clark

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England
Death: February 5, 1674 (67-88)
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Of, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Clark and Elizabeth Clark
Father of Elizabeth Parker, of Saybrook; John Clark, Jr.; Rebecca Clark; Sarah Huntington and Joseph Clark

Occupation: Farmer-soldier-deputy-magistrate
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About John Clark, of Hartford, Saybrook & Milford

John Clark

  • born 1600 in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England
  • died 5 Feb 1674 in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut.


  1. 1 Elizabeth (1601-1662) in 1622 in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England.
  2. 2 Mary Ward in 1663

Note: Per Jacobus & Waterman, "He married first, possible Elizabeth (unknown); there is NO proof that Mary (Coley) COOLEY was this wife of John; married 2nd: Mary (Ward) Fletcher, widow & daughter of Richard WARD and 1st wife unknown (not Joyce).

Children by 1st wife

  • F i Elizabeth CLARK was born 1623 and died May 1682. Married 1) William Pratt 2) William Parker
  •   M ii John CLARK was born 1625 and died 21 Sep 1677. Married Rebecca Porter.
  •   M iii Joseph CLARK 1, 2 was born 1627 in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England. He died Aug 1663 in West Indies.
  •   F iv Rebecca CLARK 1 was born 1630 in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England.
  • F v Sarah CLARK was born 1632 and died 4 Jan 1721. Married Simon Huntington.


John Clark mentioned "Brother Coley" in his will, probably a fellowship/church brother. He did not marry a Mary Coley.


Probably came from England to Newtowne (now Cambridge, MA) in 1632; removed to Hartford with Hooker's group in 1636; was a soldier in the Pequot Wars in 1637; was one of the owners of that tract of land in [Hartford] known as the 'Soldiers Field'. An original proprietor, his home lot in 1639-40 was on the west side of the highway from Seth Grant's to Centinell Hill (now Trumbull St) near the present Allyn St. His name does not appear in the list of tax-payers in the millrates for the years 1655-6 or 7 which are preserved. His home is, however, found in the lists of 'the proprietors of undivided lands in Hartford, with such of then proportions in one division as followeth; according to which proportion they paid for the purchase of said lands in 1665-6-71 & 2. These divisions of the undivided lands were, however, made to now residents and even to the heirs of deceased proprietors.' Was juror at Hartford Sept 1641 and Oct 1642; deputy May 1649.

The Trumbull Papers: Dr. Trumbull thinks that this John Clark is the one who was at Cambridge, Hartford, Saybrook, Norwich and Milford. In the Trumbull Papers, there is a letter from John Clarke of Saybrook, dated June 1650 to John Winthrop Jr., about his son Joseph. Also, there is a letter from John Clarke of Saybrook, with other executors, about the estate of George Fenwick, dated 1660.


(TRUMBULL) The Memorial History of Hartford;view=1up;seq=274

(KYES) John Clarke, of Hartford and Saybrook, and Some of His Descendants

(RICORD) History of Union County, New Jersey, Volumes 1-2

(SHEPARD) Connecticut Soliders of the Pequot War

(McGHAN) Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England ..., Volume 1 (John 1600-1673),+saybrook,+milford&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XSmjVZqLDYmvoQTA9Y-4CQ&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=john%20clark%20of%20hartford%2C%20saybrook%2C%20milford&f=false

(PORTER) This shows that William Pratt m. Elizabeth Clark and first child born in Hartford in 1645. Then moved to Saybrook.

    • 1Walton, Emma Lee, The Clark Genealogy: Some Descendents of Daniel Clark, of Windsor, Conn., 1639-1913 (New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, 1913.), p. 40, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 C592.
    • 2Backus, Mary Elizabeth Neilson, The New England Ancestry of Dana Converse Backus (Salem, Massachusetts: 1949.), p. 69, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 B126.
    • 3Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before 1692 (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-62.), 1:396, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.274 S264.
    • 4Gay, Julius, A Record of the Descendants of John Clark of Farmington, Conn. (Hartford, Connecticut: The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1882.), pp. 8-12, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 C592-6.
    • 5Jacobus, Donald Lines, Hale, House and Related Families: Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978.), pp. 492-493, Family History Library, 929.273 H135j 1978.
    • 6Savage, J., Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 3:476.
    • 7Jacobus, Donald Lines, The Granberry Family and Allied Families (Hartford, Connecticut: E.F. Waterman, 1945.), pp. 194-195, Family History Library, 929.273 G762j.
    • 8The Huntington Family in America (Hartford, Connecticut: Huntington Family Association, 1915.), p. 419, Family History Library, 929.273 H921hf.
    • 9Frost, Josephine C. Mayou Stillman, Ancestors of Evelyn Wood Keeler, Wife of Willard Underhill Taylor (Garden City, New York: W.U. Taylor, 1939. FHL US/CAN Film #1,838,564 Item 5.), p. 142, Family History Library.
    • 10Abbott, Susan Emma Woodruff, Families of Early Milford, Connecticut (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979.), p. 181, Los Angeles Public Library, 974.62 M644Abb.
    • 11Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985.), p. 156, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 T694.

Officiated at witch trial of Goody (Goodwife) Bassett in 1651.

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John Clark, of Hartford, Saybrook & Milford's Timeline

Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England
Age 33
Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England
February 21, 1630
Age 40
Hertfordshire, England
Age 42
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
June 24, 1633
Age 43
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
June 1636
Age 46
Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England