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Thomas Clarke, VI

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Westhorpe, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
Death: December 2, 1674 (69)
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 Jane Clarke and Susanna Clarke
Father of John Clark; James Clarke and Andrew 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.

THOMAS CLARKE1, SERGEANT, probably born in England in 1607, was a resident of Ipswich, Mass., in 1634 and in 1639 was the recorded purchaser of the house lot of Mr. William Clark, and "sett a dwelling there". The General Court on January 11, 1640, gave him permission "to sett down Tan fatts at the end of his planting lot, upon two rods reserved by the River." Thomas and his sons operated the tanyard there at the corner of Water and Sumner streets for some fifty years, three sons living on his land. The tanning vats were located on the river bank where he and Robert Peirce had leave to build a wharf in 1662. A deed by Thomas Clark Sr. conveyed March 23, 1686, to Samuel Peirce about a quarter of an acre southwest "by the tann yards from the River, close to the water-hole, by the beame-ing house, and soe on the back side of said house to ye upper corner of ye tann shed, north-west land of my son Thomas Clark."

Thomas Sr. was sworn a freeman in Ipswich in 1646 and was active in town affairs, serving on the trial jury in 1651, 1659 and 1667, the grand jury in 1662. He and his son Thomas signed the 1666 protest against the treatment of the King's Commissioners in Boston, and signing with them was Thomas Clark the cooper, brother of Edward Clark of Haverhill. In 1651, the court endorsed his appointment as sergeant, and he is recorded as training men on the field in Ipswich in March 1664. He had some education as he could write, and on numerous occasions appeared at court as a witness, and in 1655 was named by the court as an appraiser.

In 1682, Sergeant Thomas arranged his will, bequeathing everything to his son Freeman in return for life-support for himself and his wife Mary; a codicil made John the beneficiary. Thomas died January 9, 1690, and his widow 27 weeks later. The homestead was sold to Freeman Clark, mariner, April 10, 1694.

The ancient tannery fell into disuse. The lower part of the lot where the beam house and tanyard had been fell to John Clark and he sold it January 15, 1694, with a house, barn and a halfacre of land. The upper part of the lot was left to Thomas Clark Jr., and he sold the house and one acre June 15, 1703. In April, 1720, Nathaniel sold 24 rods out of his late father's orchard on Sumner Street.

Mr. Prentiss Glazier who has made an intensive study of the New England Clark (e) families, theorizes that a brother of Sergeant Thomas Clarke Sr. may have been the father of Edward of Haverhill, Thomas the cooper of Ipswich, Matthew the constable of Marblehead, and also an Emanuel of Marblehead born circa 1620.

Source: "A Genealogical History of the Clark and Worth Familes" by Carol Clark Johnson

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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
Westhorp, Suffolk, England
March 31, 1605
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England
March 31, 1605
Westhorpe, Suffolk, England