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Richard Clarke (Clark), lll, of Elizabethtown

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Southampton, Suffolk, Long Island, New York
Death: May 17, 1743 (82)
Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Clarke, ll; Richard Clark, Jr; Elizabeth Youngs Clarke and Elizabeth Clark
Husband of Hannah Clark and Hannah Clark
Father of Henry Clark, Sr.; John Yeoman Clark; Abigail Hendrick; Jonathan Clark; Hannah Clarke and 10 others
Brother of Elizabeth Marsh; John Clark; Joshua Clarke, Sr.; Samuel Clark, ll; Ephraim Clark, I and 19 others
Half brother of John Clark and Elizabeth Marsh

Occupation: Shipwright Carpenter
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Richard Clarke, lll, of Elizabethtown

Richard Clark of Elizabethtown, was born at Southampton, Suffolk, New York circa 1661. [1] He died in September 1742/3 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

Parents: Richard Clarke and Elizabeth Horton.


  1. Hanna Morris (Hannah Norris)[2]

Children of Richard Clark and Hannah Norris include [fn1]:

  1. Henry Clark d. 1771
  2. Jonathan Clark
  3. Hannah Clark
  4. Abigail Clark
  5. John Clark+ b. c 1681, d. 1745


Richard Clark, son of Richard and Elizabeth Clark, was born at Southhampton, L.I. about 1661. He came to E.T. with his father about 1678 and married a few years later, but the name and parentage of his wife is not known, although it may have been Hannah Norris. . .

The name Richard 2 Clark appears in 1694 as a contributor to the support of Rev. John Harriman, pastor of the E.T. church. He was one of the Second Generation of Elizabethtown Associates, in 1699. In 1701 he signed a petition of the inhabitants of East Jersey asking to be taken under the government of the King if the proprietors failed to appoint a suitable Governor. In Feb. 1703-4, Richard, Ephraim and Samuel Clarke were jurors in the Court of General Quarter Sessions for Essex County.

Mr. Clark was a ship carpenter, and probably lived in the western part of the town, out towards the present town of Westfield. In Mar. 1741-2, he made a deposition concerning the Elizabethtown land titles, which is printed in the famous Elizabethtown Bill in Chancery. "Richard Clark, aged about fourscore years, being Sworn upon the Holy Evangelists saith, That he hath not one Foot of Land within the Claim of Elizabethtown, nor is he to his Knowledge, obliged to warrant or defend any Lands or Interests in any real Estate there. Says that he has formerly had lands there, but he has conveyed them by Deed of Gift, Releases or Quit Claims, to his sons and others, some years ago, and some within a year; and further says that he was born, as he hath heard, at South-Hampton, on Long Island; and that he was brought to Elizabeth Town by his Father named Richard Clarke, when he was between sixteen and seventeen years of Age."

Some of the deeds by which Richard Clark conveyed his lands to others are recorded at Trenton.


Richard Clark "being very sick and weak" made his will Aug. 17, 1742 and died within a month. It was not probated until May 17, 1743, possibly on account of the poor health of his son Richard, who was nominated to be one of the executors. The instrument mentions land already given by the testator to his sons, and leaves to daughters, Abigail and Elizabeth, each "one of my large puter platers." The executors named were sons Richard, Henry and Jonathon, and the will was witnessed by Edward Willmott, Edward Giffing & Nathaniel Hubbell. By a note of May 15, 1743, his son Richard "being sick and weak" desired to be released from the executorship, and asked that his two brothers take sole charge of the estate. The inventory of Richard Clark, late of E.T. Deceased, was taken Sep. 14, 1742, By Wm. Clark and Geo. Ross.[fn1]




  1. from: Descendants of Edward Ball of New Jersey Interest Group
  • Ref#175:

5/20/1743 Richard Clark, Sen'r, of Elizabeth, Essex Co., yeoman; will of. Children, Richard, Elisha, James, Ruben, Samuel, Thomas, Rachel (wife of William Lawrence), Jemima (wife of Daniel Kellsey), and Abigail Clark, at 18 years. 5 sons under age. Land in Rahway which my father Richard Clark, bought of Samuel Olliver, land joining lands of Joshua Marsh, Abraham Clark, Andrew Hampton and John Craig. ...Grandson John Mills, son of daughter Hannah, dec'd. Executors - wife, Hannah, and son, James. Witnesses - Abraham Clarke, John Craig, John Terrill. Proved 11/5/1743. 11/2/1743 - Inventory of personal estate 113.08.08 pounds, including bonds of Joseph Kelsey, Nathaniel Clarke and John Lee; made by Abraham Clarke and George Ross. Lib. D, p. 97.


  1. [S487] DD Rev Edwin F Hatfield, History of Elizabeth, New Jersey; including the Early History of Union County.
  2. [S29] Unknown author, Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1087, Date of Import: May 21, 1998.Clark family.

Genealogy of the Clarke Family

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Richard Clarke, lll, of Elizabethtown's Timeline

Southampton, Suffolk, Long Island, New York
Age 25
Elizabethtown, Essex County, New Jersey, America
Age 28
Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey
Age 30
Elizabeth Town, Essex Now Union, New Jersey, USA
Age 34
of Drysdale Par., King and Queen, Virginia
Age 39
October 7, 1722
Age 61
May 17, 1743
Age 82
Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, United States