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William Clark

Also Known As: "Great Pilgrim Migration- Progenitor 5- Clarke line- came to Salem with wife and family around 1640"
Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Thriploe, Cambridge, England
Death: 1647 (38-46)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Margrett Clarke; Elizabeth Clarke and Catherine Gedney
Father of john Clarke; Elizabeth Furber; Susanna Parkman and Deborah Clarke

Occupation: innkeeper
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About William 'the Innkeeper' Clark of Salem

William Clark was an innkeeper, proprietor in 1645 of “The Ship’s Tavern” in Salem, MA. He is frequently mentioned in the Town Records as a property owner, a man of means and an officer in the town’s military company. (The Gedney and Clark Families of Salem, 1880, 5-11, Sidney Perley: History of Salem, 192_,2:183).In the summer of 1647, Clark died rather suddenly, perhaps a victim of the peculiar epidemic that afflicted the colony in June of that year. The estate was inventoried at 586.02.02, excluding a 200-acre farm near Cedar pond (designated as “the Clarke Farm”), two dwelling houses, part ownership of two barkes and a shallop, 1500 lbs. of tobacco, cart of three hogsheads of sugar, 40 lbs.of ginger, as well as other foodstuff and extensive furnishings belonging to the tavern. (Perley,2:83-4: Essex Co. Qtly. Ct. Rec. 1:119). His widow, Katherine, was licensed to keep the tavern as long as she provided a “fit man yt is godlie to manage the business.


In his account of "The Prince Family" [TAG, supra, 14:83-36], G. Andrews Moriarty lists William Clarke's four daugters by the second marriage and mentions the existence of three older children living at the time of their father's death "but of whom there is no further trace in the records." The purpose of the present article is two fold: I) to justify by probability the following identifIcation of the three older children of Mr. William Clarke; and 2) to present some new interpretations of the data regarding the children by his second wife.


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My 9th Gr-Grandparents, William and Elizabeth Clarke sailed over to Salem, MA with their two children (John,11 and Elizabeth,9) around 1637. Elizabeth died shortly after arrival and William remarried the widow of John Gedney, Catherine. They had 4 more daughters. William was a successful innkeeper in Salem and died suddenly in the summer of 1647, leaving a substantial estate (see above).His son John may have died earlier because his wife was given special rights as a woman to manage his holdings. Elizabeth, his eldest daughter married Lt. William Furber. They are my 8th Gr-Grandparents

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William 'the Innkeeper' Clark of Salem's Timeline

Thriploe, Cambridge, England
Age 21
England, United Kingdom
Age 24
London, Middlesex, England
Age 38
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Age 42
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 42