Dea. Thomas Clapp

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Thomas Clapp, Sr.

Birthplace: Sidbury, Dorchester, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Scituate, Masssachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Clapp, Sr. and Elizabeth Clapp
Husband of Jane Clapp; 1st wife of Thomas Clapp; Jane? Clapp and Abigail Holbrook
Father of Samuel Clapp; Thomas Clapp; Increase Clapp; Elizabeth King; Prudence Stetson and 3 others
Brother of Richard Clapp, of Sudbury; Jane Searle Pope Pyle; Nicholas Clapp, Jr.; Barbara Weld-Stoddard (Clapp); John Clapp and 3 others

Occupation: Deacon of the Church of Scituate
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About Dea. Thomas Clapp

Deacon Thomas Clapp was born in 1597 in Dorchester, Dorset, England. He died 20 April, 1684 in Scituate, MA.

Parents: Nicholas Clap (1575-1631) and Elizabeth Unknown (d. 1631).


  1. in England to an unknown woman.
  2. about 1637 in Scituate, Massachusetts to a woman whose name was perhaps Jane.
  3. about 1657 in Massachusetts to Abigail Wright (1622-1712) as her second husband; she was the daughter of Richard Wright (b. 1598) and Margaret, his first wife, and the widow of Robert Sharp. She married William Holbrook third.

Children of Thomas Clapp and his 1st wife:

  1. Thomas Clap (15 Mar 1639-29 Jan 1691/2). Married Mary Fisher,
  2. Increase Clap (May 1640-13 Sep 1716) married Elizabeth Bursley.
  3. Samuel Clap (ca 1638/1642-18 Mar 1733) married Hannah Gill.

Children of Thomas Clapp and his 2nd wife:

  1. Elizabeth Clap (ca 1647-18 Mar 1698) married Thomas King.
  2. Prudence Clapp (ca 1649 - 1687) married Joseph Stetson.
  3. Eleazer Clap (ca 1652 -15 Mar 1676) Died in King Philip's War.

Children of Thomas Clapp and his 3rd wife:

  1. John Clap (18 Oct 1658-ca 1671) died as a child
  2. Abigail Clap (19 Jan 1659/60-) married Stephen Tilden


From Deane’s History of Scituate:6

"Mr Thomas Clap was born in Dorchester, England, 1597. He came to New England with the early settlers of Dorchester , where his brothers John, Richard and Ambrose tarried. Thomas proceeded to Weymouth, where his first son Thomas was born 1639. He had grands of land in Hingham, 1637, but never resided there. His farm in Weymouth was near the present residence of Hon. Christopher Webb. He came to Scituate 1740. We find no record of his children born here, but we learn from incidental records, that he had Eleazer, Samuel, Elizabeth, Prudence, John born 1658, and Abigail born 1659. His farm in Scituate was on the south -west of Stockbridge's mill pond, and now owned by Calvin Jenkins, sen. He was a Deacon of the first Church 1647. He was an active, useful, and venerable man."21



  • 6. Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from Its First Settlement to 1831.
  • 87. George Walter Chamberlain, History of Weymouth, Boston, 1923.

Immigration: 07/24/1633

Event: Admitted 1638 As a Freeman at Dorchester, Massachusetts Event: Admitted 4 JUN 1645 As a Freeman at Scituate, Massachusetts Event: Moved 1639 To Weymouth, Massachusetts Event: Removed By 1644 to Scituate, Massachusetts Will: Dated 1/1/1675 and proved 8/19/1682

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Dea. Thomas Clapp's Timeline

Dorchester, Dorset, England
March 15, 1639
Age 42
Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
May 14, 1640
Age 43
Dorchester,Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 45
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 50
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 52
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 55
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
October 18, 1658
Age 61
Massachusetts Bay Colony