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John Clifford, Sr.

Birthplace: of, Bobbing, Kent, England
Death: October 17, 1694 (75-84)
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Place of Burial: Hampton, (Rockingham), New Hampshire, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Clifford, of Boston & Hampton and Elizabeth Clifford
Husband of Sarah Clifford; Elizabeth [Richardson] Clifford and Bridget Clifford
Father of Mary Clifford; John Clifford, Jr.; Israel Clifford, Sr.; Hannah Maloon; Elizabeth Clifford, (died young) and 5 others
Brother of George Clifford

Occupation: Capt. John Clifford (seafaring)
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About John Clifford of Hampton

He was one of the first settlers in Salisbury, MA in 1639. History of Salisbury, Massachusetts

John, born 1614, was baptized May 10, 1646 "a man grown". There is a record of a J. Clifford in 1639 in Salisbury, MASS. He was a planter (farmer) and butcher (and glover?) whose family homestead was South of the Taylor River on the west side of Old Mill Road in Hampton Falls, Rockingham Co., N.H. There are no buildings left standing. He was a selectman in 1660 and died in 1694. His great-great- great grandson, Hon. John H. Clifford, was attorney-general and governor of Massachusetts as well as president of Harvard College and the Boston & Providence Railroad Co. The Clifford household was itself extremely complex, for John had been married twice previously, and his current wife, Bridget, at least once; moreover, there were children from all of their earlier unions. As of 1672 the Clifford menage comprised the following persons:

  • John Clifford 57
  • Bridget [Green] (Huggins) Clifford 56
  • Hannah Clifford (d. of John and first wife) 23
  • Bridget Huggins (d. of Bridget and first husband) 21
  • Israel Clifford (s. of John and first wife ) 19
  • Joseph Richardson (s. of John's second wife and her previous husband) 17
  • Benjamin Richardson (s. of John's second wife and her previous husband) 15
  • Elizabeth Clifford (d. of John and second wife) 13
  • Anna Huggins (d. of Bridget and first husband) 13
  • Nathaniel Huggins (s. of Bridget and first husband) 12
  • Esther Clifford (d. of John and second wife) 10
  • Ann Smith (d. of Nicholas Smith; adoptive d. of William Godfrey) 9
  • Isaac Clifford (s. of John and second wife) 8

Meanwhile, John Clifford, Jr. (son of John and his first wife), was living in the next house, with his bride of two years, Sarah [Godfrey] Clifford.

The family was composed of thirteen persons, including eleven children with four different surnames. To be sure, fosterage was not uncommon in early New England; more than a few families were rearranged by the death of one spouse, and the remarriage of the other. But the complexity of the Clifford household was extreme. CLIFFORDS

History of the town of Hampton, New Hampshire, from its settlement in 1638 to the autumn of 1892 by Dow, Joseph, 1807-1889; Dow, Lucy Ellen, ed Publication date 1893

John Clifford of Hampton, NH (1600's) 2016 Update!

He was baptized as an adult in 1646 at the First Church of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, where he and his father, George, were members. He was a signer of Weare's Petition to the king in 1683. History of Congregationalism

The Nathaniel Weares By F. B. Sanborn of Concord, Mass.

Genealogical and Family History of the STATE OF MAINE Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D., LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY New York 1909 CLIFFORD

JOHN CLIFFORD was born in 1614 in the parish of Arnold [Not proven], Nottingham, England.  John died 17 Oct 1694 in Hampton, NH.


  1. 1. Sarah.
  2. 2. 28 Sep 1658 in Hampton, NH to Mrs. Elizabeth (Wiseman) Richardson. She died 1 Dec 1667. 
  3. 3. Mrs. Bridget (Green), widow of John Huggins,  6 Apr 1671, Hampton, NH; his neighbor in Hampton.

Children of John and Sarah Clifford all born in Hampton, NH

  1. John Clifford b. 10 May 1646 m. Sarah Godfrey
  2. Israel Clifford b. 15 April 1647 m. Ann Smith
  3. Hannah Clifford b. 15 Apr 1649, m. 20 Nov 1677 Luke Maloon
  4. Elizabeth Clifford b. 4 Apr 1650, d. as child Hampton, NH
  5. Mehetabel Clifford, b. 1651 d. 1658 Hampton, NH

Children of John and Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson all born in Hampton, NH

  1. Elizabeth Clifford b. 31 Aug 1659 m. Col. Jacob Basford
  2. Esther Clifford b. 24 Feb 1662
  3. Isaac Clifford b. 14 Feb 1664, d. 2 May 1694 m. Elizabeth Prescott (Pulsifer)
  4. Mary Clifford b. 8 Feb 1666, d. 30 Oct 1669 Hampton, NH


Name Day Family Genealogy - John Clifford

  • Born Abt 1614 England Gender Male
  • Died 17 Oct 1694 Hampton, Rockingham County, NH Person ID I464023 Day Family Tree

Elizabeth Fryer,

  • b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,
  • d. 1 Dec 1667, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH
  • Married 28 Sep 1658 Hampton, Rockingham County, NH


  1. Elizabeth Clifford, b. 31 Aug 1659, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH
  2. Esther Clifford, b. 24 Feb 1662, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH d. Bef 1729 (Age 66 years)
  3. Isaac Clifford, b. 14 Feb 1663/1664, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH d. 2 May 1694, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH (Age 30 years)
  4. Mary Clifford, b. 8 Feb 1665/1666, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH d. 30 Oct 1669, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH (Age 3 years)

History of Rockingham County, NH -- Hampton By Charles A. Hazlett -- 1915 Chapter XXXIV

HAMPTON.. The Early Settlers... John Clifford and wife came to Hampton prior to 1650. He was a selectman in 1660, and a signer to Weare's petition to the king in 1683. He had three wives, and died in 1694.

The Essex Antiquarian: An Illustrated ... Magazine Devoted to ..., Volumes 1-2 By Sidney Perley Essex Antiquarian, 1897 - pg. 23-24

Thomas Moulton of Hampton husbandman for £4 conveys to John Clifford of Hampton husbandman land in bounded by Cristopher Palmer and Mr Wheelwrite 9:8mo:1651 Wit Abraham Drake and Robert Lord Ack before the court at Hampton 10:8mo: 1651

John Clifford Sr (abt. 1614 - 1694) in Wikitree

John Clifford Sr (abt. 1614 - 1694)

Born about 1614 in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England Son of George Clifford and Elizabeth Clifford [sibling%28s%29 unknown]

Husband of Sarah (unknown) Clifford — married [date unknown] Husband of Elizabeth (Wiseman, widow Richardson) Clifford — married 28 Sep 1658 [location unknown] Husband of Bridget (widow Huggins) Clifford — married 6 Feb 1672 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA

Father of John Clifford Jr, Israel Clifford Sr, Hannah (Clifford) Maloon, Elizabeth Clifford, Mehetabel Clifford, Elizabeth (Clifford) Basford, Esther (Clifford) Stanley, Isaac Clifford and Mary Clifford

Died 17 Oct 1694 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA

Profile managers: Carol Harrison and Shelley Burleyson Clifford-354 created 27 Mar 2011 | Last modified 14 May 2016 This page has been accessed 587 times.

Categories: Puritan Great Migration. The Puritan Great Migration. John Clifford Sr migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).

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   George Clifford, descended in direct line from the ancient and noble family of Clifford, in England, came, probably with his wife (Elizabeth?) and son, John (2) from Arnold village and parish, Nottingham co, England to Boston, in 1644; was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery co., moved to Hampton (Dow - p638) 
   John Clifford, son of George (1), born in England, in 1614; married, first, Sarah___________; second, Sept 28, 1658, Mrs Elizabeth Richardson, who died Dec, 1667; third, Feb 6, 1672, Mrs. Bridget Huggins, widow of John Huggins (1). He died Oct 17, 1694, "aged eighty years" (Town Record ) (Dow - p638-39) 

Birth 1614 England[1]

Death 17 OCT 1694 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA

Dow says that he was son of George CLIFFORD of Boston, but this is apparently unlikely. One user of this website reports: "Massachusetts and Maine Familes in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis," (Genealogical Publishing co., 1996), Vol. 1, pg. 283. This is a compendium of the author's life work. The CLIFFORD material was originally published in his "Ancestry of Nicholas Davis," (1956) In a footnote to the first paragraph, Davis has this to say concerning John CLIFFORD's ancestry. "There is no documentary evidence whatsoever that John Clifford of Hampton was identical with John, son of George Clifford, who was baptized in Boston on May 10, 1646, that statement having been made by Mr. Dow in his "History of Hampton" and copied by Mr. Hoyt in his "Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury." When the Hampton man died in 1694 he was aged 80 and was therefore born in or about 1614 and in England where he could hardly have escaped infant baptism which was the law of the land. Nor would a man in his thirties have been baptized in New England as son of his father. In the Congregational system, independent of the established English church, children sometimes remained unbaptized, but, if they were baptized as adults, it was always 'on profession of faith', the status of their parents, as church members or not, having nothing to do with the case."He devotes the second paragraph to John's second marriage. "On September 28, 1658, Clifford married, secondly, Elizabeth Richerson. She was, without any doubt, that Elizabeth Wiseman who married in Newbury on August 23, 1654, William Richardson, by whom she had two sons, Joseph Richardson, born in Newbury, May 18, 1655, and Benjamin Richardson, born there March 13, 1656. William Richardson died in Newbury on March 14, 1656 (1656/7), seemingly the day after his second son was born, and his widow Elizabeth swore to his small inventory of ?52 on March 30, 1657. The inventory had been taken by Gyles Cromlone and Edward Richardson, and in it Richardson's death is said to have taken place on March 25, the first day of 1657. [Probate records of Essex County, 1:247] Gyles Cromlone had married Alice Wiseman, obviously Elizabeth's sister, in Newbury on September 10, 1648. The only other Wiseman whose name appears in Essex County records at this period is William Wiseman, a rather disreputable sailor, who between 1647 and 1670 was before the courts for 'being disguised with drink', 'multiplying oaths' and abusing his owner and company, in addition to being sued for debt. In 1669 he owed Dr. William Woodcock the large sum of ?7:5:11. These three Wisemans may have been the children, by a former marriage, of the wife of some early Newbury immigrant." 


   ↑ Dow: Vol. 2, Page 581-1104
   Source Citations: 
   Dow, Joseph. History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire (Salem, MA, 1893) Vol. 2 (581-1104): genealogical and biographical; Page 638-640 
   Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. 
   Stearns, Ezra S. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire (Lewis Publishing Company, 1908) Vol. 2, Page 878 
   Nicely, Charlotte A.E.. The Clifford Family and A Few Allied Families (Published Privately, Dover, New Hampshire, 1973, 33 pages) - Person No. 2, Pages 1 - 2 
   Kristin C. Hall Genealogy (2002) - Profile of John Clifford (c 1609 - 1678) - See son, Isaac. 


This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import.[2]


   ↑ Dow: Vol. 2, Page 581-1104
   ↑ Clifford-1479 was created by Carol Harrison through the import of ! Harrison Family Tree.ged on Feb 15, 2014. 

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John Clifford of Hampton's Timeline

of, Bobbing, Kent, England
May 10, 1646
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America
May 10, 1646
Age 32
First Church of Boston, Boston, Province of Massachusettes, British Colonial America (USA)
April 15, 1647
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America
April 15, 1649
Hampton, (Rockingham), New Hampshire, USA
April 4, 1650
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America