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Thomas Clarke, VI

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Westhorpe, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Newport, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Clarke, of Westhorpe and Rose Clarke
Husband of Susanna Clarke and Jane Clarke
Father of James Clarke
Brother of Margaret Clarke; Carew Clarke, of Newport; Mary Peckham; Margaret Wyeth; Rev. Dr. John Clarke, of Newport and 2 others

Occupation: Merchant, Mill Owner, Leader in Public Affairs
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About Thomas Clarke, of Newport

THOMAS4 CLARKE (Thomas3, John2, John1)

  • chr 31 Mar 1605 Westhorpe, Suffolk, Eng.
  • He d 2 Dec 1674 Newport, Newport, RI.
  • Res: Portsmouth & Newport, Newport, RI.
  • Thomas Clarke prob came to Boston w/brother Dr John Clarke in 1637.
  • He was amg orig signers of agreement, prob made in Boston, to establish new colony (Portsmouth, RI) 7 Mar 1638, but name was later crossed off.
  • He was amg 1st grp of men admitted as inhabitants of island of Aquidneck (at Pocasset), 20 May 1638.
    • However, he removed w/brothers to Newport next yr, &
    • was admitted inhabitant & freeman of that town 17 Dec 1639.
  • Name appears on list of freemen present at Genl Crt of Elections held at Newport 12 Mar 1640, & at Portsmouth 16 Mar 1641.
    • Thos Clark of Nuport had lands in Newport recorded, pursuant to order from Genl Crt 29 Jan 1639/40, sometime bet Mar 1641 16 Mar 1642.
    • His lands consisted of 48.5 acres in several parcels, including 31 acres north of John Peckham's land & 10 acres, both east of Stony River, 3 acre house lot, several meadows (1 next to bro, Joseph), & 1/2 acre swamp adjoining "feeld of Mr John Clarks next [to] the Towne."
  • Said to be amg original mbrs of 1st Baptist Church at Newport, in 1644, & mbr in full communion in 1648.
  • Hwy was laid out near his land & that of John & Joseph Clarke & recorded 15 Feb 1654.
  • He appears as freeman of Newport in list of freemen of Colony made in 1655.
  • Mar 10 1656/7, Thos Clarke granted 111th share of purchase of Conanicut & Dutch Islands (apparently land he granted to nephew, Wm Clarke, in will).
  • 3 Dec 1663, he & wife, Jane, sold land & house at Portsmouth to John Anthony.
  • Thos Clarke served as agent for bro, John, while latter in Eng, as noted in testimony of Wm Vaughan, dated 4 Oct 1671, of exchg of lands bet Richard Tew & John Clarke in 1650/1.
  • Thos Clarke Sr of Newport left will, dated 28 Jul 1674, proved 18 Dec 1674,
    • in which he names brother, Jos Clarke, latter's wife, Margaret, & children of Jos, as heirs.
    • He left his lands "upon this Island" to bro Jos Clarke, his lands on Conanicut Island (ie Jamestown) to cousin (ie nephew) Wm Clarke, son of Jos, household belongings to bro Jos Clarke's wife, Margaret, & stock upon his farm "which Wm Clarke injoys when his time is out" to children of Jos Clarke (except Wm).
    • He also states "there is due unto me from my bro John Clarke for my service & tendance when he was gon for Eng 12 yrs lookeinge to & provideinge for my bro John Clarkes stock & wintringe of them upon my Owne Lands in which time was reared 20 horse kinde & about 9 score sheepe, & 100 acres of Land purchased at Quonnonoqutt, a quarter share of Land at Miscomocutt & 10 acres or more at Aplegates Neck upon this Island, for which I demand & cannot Judge but that I deserve 20 pounds a yeare..."
    • Whatever remained of his estate he ordered equally divided amg children of Jos Clarke.
    • He made Obadiah Holmes & John Salman executors, & Walter Cunigrave, James Rogers, & George Hammond witnessed will.
    • Addendum to will, dated 19 Dec 1674, gives names of children of Jos Clarke.


  • J O Austin, "Genealogical Dict of RI" NY, 1887 [1982], p 47-48
  • J R Bartlett, "Records of Colony of RI & Providence Plantations, in New Eng" Providence, 1856-1862 (Reprint NY, 1968), Vol 1, p 91, 95, 111, 301
  • H M Chapin, "Documentary Hist of RI" Providence, 1919, vol 2, p 19-20, 79-80, 92-93, 94-95, 117, 119-120
  • G A Moriarty, "Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich" NEHGR, Vol 75 (1921), p 273-301
  • G A Morrison, "'Clarke' Families of RI" Evening Post Printing House, NY, 1902, p 14-15
  • "Records of Island of RI, 1638-1644" RI Archives, Providence (FHL Film #0954960), p 1, 41, 55
  • "RI Land Evidences, 1648-1696" RI Hist Soc, Providence, p 54-56, 56-57, 180-181, 270
  • "RI Land Records, No 1 (1648-1696)" RI Archives, Providence (orig mss, & FHL Film #0947370), p 73
  • "Town of Jamestown, Land Evidence Vol 1 (1680-1739)" Typed transcript, FHL Film #0946901, p 6-10
    • He m Jane------.
      • She d bef 1674 in Newport, Newport, RI.
      • They had no known children.
    • not the Thomas Clarke on the ship "Anne".
    • not known to be married to Elizabeth Goodwin, Alice Hallett Nichols, Susannah Ring or Mary.
    • no known children.
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Thomas Clarke, of Newport's Timeline

January 9, 1574
Finningham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
St. Dunstan's Church, Stepney
March 8, 1600
Stepney, Middlesex, England
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
March 31, 1605
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
March 31, 1605
Westhorp, Suffolk, England