was also known as Thomas Clark. Thomas Clarke was born between 1599 and 1605 at Of, Southwark, Surrey, England. He was the son of John Clarke
and Mary Morton
. Thomas Clarke married Susanna Ring
, daughter of William Ring
and Mary Durant
, before July 1631. Thomas Clarke married Alice Hallet
in 1664 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Thomas Clarke died on 24 March 1697/98 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. THOMAS CLARK-was a common name in early New England. Between 1623-80 there were no less than a dozen by that name in the towns of Plymouth, Boston, Lynn, Reading, Ipswich, Scituate, Chelmsford and Charlestown in Massachusetts, and in Newport, R.I., and New Haven, Conn. The Thomas Clark who heads the family in this Genealogical record arrived in Plymouth in July 1625 on the Ann, a ship of 140 tons. He was one of a company of forty-two adults and several children. His gravestone, one of the oldest extant on Burial Hill in Plymouth,shows that he was born about 1600. Research on this family by Mr. John Insley Coddington (Amer. Gen.,42:201,202) has shown that this Thomas Clark was undoubtedly the one who was baptized at St. Dunstan's Church,StepneyParish, Co. Middlesex, 8 March 1599/1600, son of John and Mary (Morton) Clark of Ratcliff who were married at St. Dunstan's Feb-1598/99. Thomas Clark married first, before July 1631, Susannah Ring, born in Fngland, or perhaps in Leyden, Holland, probably between 1605 and 1612, daughter of William and Mary (Durrant) Ring. The Ring family was in Leyden by 1614. In that year Mary Ring was a witness to the marriage of Samuel Terrier and Mildred Charles; another witness was Samuel Fuller, a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620. William Ring died in Leyden before 1629, and his widow arrived in Plymouth, probably in that year, with several children. She may have come on the Mayflower (the second Pilgrim ship of that name) that arrived in Salem 15 May 1629 (Amer. Gen. 42:195,196). The Widow Mary Ring died in Plymouth on 15 (or 19) July 1631. In her will, published in full in The Mayflower Descendant (MD) 1:29-34, she mentioned her daughte Susan Clark to whom she bequeathed several items. As Thomas Clark and Susannah were married by July 1631, and as their eldest surviving son William was born in 1634, there may have been a still older child, born about 1632, who died in childhood. Susannah died sometime between 1645-46, after her last child was born, and 20 Jan. 1664/5, the date when her husband entered into a pre-nuptual agreement with Mrs. Alice (Hallett) Nichols, daughter of Richard Hallett and widow of Mordecai Nichols of Boston. Thomas Clark's name was on a list in 1640 of so-called 'Old Comers,' which included all those who came to Plymouth on the first three ships: the Mayflower in 1620, the Fortune in 1621, and the Ann in 1623. He was taxed in 1632 for'Ll a, took the freeman's oath in 1633, and in 1643 his name was on the list of those able to bear arms. In 1651 and 1655 he was elected deputy from Plymouth (F. Baylies, Hist. of New.Plymouth, TT:14,17). In Plymouth and Boston records he was described successively as carpenter, yeoman, merchant, and gentleman. In later years he was generally addressed as 'Mr Thomas Clark' to indicate the respect in which he was held. The following abstracts from Plymouth Colony Records throw some light on his activities through 1655 while he was in Plymouth: 1634 - Took on Vlilliam Shuttle as an apprentice for 11 years 1637 - Headed list of volunteers to act against the Indians 1638 - Was presented to the Court for stopping the highway to Eel River 1639 - Fined 30shillings for selling a pair of boots and spurs for 158 shillings that he bought for 10shillings 1642-47 - Was constable and surveyor of highways 1644 - Had suits with Matthew Fuller and William Powell; won both 1650 - Was a member of the Committee of Plymouth Colony 1652 Was presented for staying and drinking at James Cole's; acquitted 1654 - Was on a committee to raise means to fit out an expedition ordered by the I.ord Protector 1655 - Was presented to the Court for taking 16 pounds for the use of 20 pounds for one year; acquitted. Thomas removed from Plymouth to Boston sometime after 1655 and before his second marriage in 1664. In a deposition made by him in Boston, 15 Dec 1664, he stated that he was late of Plymouth and then about 59 years old, thus understating his age by about four years. In a deed executed 6 Oct 1668, Henry Kimball of Boston, blacksmith, conveyed to Thomas Clark, sometime of New Plymouth, merchant, for 140 pounds, all his piece of ground lying near the lesser drawbridge near Shelter Creek in Boston. In a deed of gift, dated 18 June 1673, Thomas Clark gave to his son Andrew a house and ground in Boston 'that I received from the estate of John Nichols by virtue of a Judgement granted me March 5th 1672...' As late as 14 May 1677 he was called 'Thomas Clark of Boston, late of Plymouth, merchant.' Thomas Clark returned to Plymouth about 1678. He provided for his children and grandchildren before his death by a deed of gift bearing date 6 June 1693, in which he conveyed to 'Andrew Clarke and to Mehitabel his wife during their natural lives the dwelling house and land on the westerly side of Satucket River [Harwich] where they live ... upon their decease to become the property of Andrew Clarke, Scotto Clarke, and Nathaniel Clarke, equally ... ' Thomas Clark, eldest son of Andrew, was excluded by reason of having been the recipient of the lion's share of his grandfather's estate (J. Paine, Hist of Harwich. 1937, p 111). On 30 Jan 1694/5, Thomas deeded all his lands, goods, and-money to his son William and William's wife Abiah for taking care of him (Plymouth Co Deeds 2:32). Thomas Clark died in Plymouth in March 1697/98. His gravestone on Burial Hill reads: 'Here lies ye body of Mr. Thomas Clark, aged 98 years. Departed this life March 24, 1697.' Source: Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Clark of Plymouth, 1623 by Arthur & Katharine Warner Radasch, 1972 _______________________________________________________________ ___________ __________ Immigrated in 'The Ann' in June 1623. His is the oldest grave stone at Burial Hill in Plymouth. He was reported age 59 in 1664, and age 98 at the time of his death. Lived in Plymouth, then Boston, then Harwich. Death-Burial: A plaque is at his gravesite. It reads: 'Here lies buried ye body of Mr Thomas Clarke age 98. Departed this life March 24, 1697. Thomas was the mate of the Mayflower according to Plymouth & Plymouth Colonies. History gives his arrival in the Ann from England in 1623. He married Susan Ring of Plymouth in 1634, their children were Andrew, James, William, Susanna, Nathaniel, and John. ... He married his 2nd wife Mrs. Alice Hallet Nichols of Boston in 1664. He lived in [Boston, then] Harwich, of which town he was one of the original proprietors. He died in Plymouth...' Viewed by Lonnie Chrisman on Aug 8, 1993. 'Cape Cod Series' 1:150 gives his second wife as Alice Nichols. Note: His English ancestry is not proven, but there are various theories out there. Note that Gov. Thomas Prence mentioned 'my brother Thomas Clarke' in his will. [MD 3:206] Perhaps that is a clue. For example, maybe Gov. Prence's fourth wife Mary was Thomas Clarke's sister? Source: Chrsman Pedigree. _______________________________________________________________ ___________ __________ A huge boulder has been recently placed on this grave, and a metallic plate secured to it reads: 'Here lies buried ye body of Mr. Thomas Clarke, aged 98. Departed this life March 24, 1697.' Thomas Clarke came to Plymouth from England in the ship Anne 1623. He married Susan Ring of Plymouth, 1634. Their children were Andrew, James, William, Susanna, Nathaniel, and John. From whom descended a numerous posterity. He married his second wife, Mrs. Alice Hallett Nichols of Boston, in 1664. He lived for some years in Boston, and also in Harwich, of which town he was one of the original proprietors. He died in Plymouth, having lived in the reigns of six British sovereigns and the Commonwealth. This Stone is erected to hismembory by his descendants A.D. 1891. Source: Handbook of Old Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Its History, Its Famous Dead and Its Qvaint Epitaphs by Frank H. Perkins _______________________________________________________________ ___________ ________ CLARKE, THOMAS-Arriving in 1623 on the Anne, Thomas Clarke later married (1) Susanna Ring (daughter of Mary Ring, q.v.), who was the mother of all his children, and (2) Alice (Hallett) Nichols. He is believed (by John Insley Coddington, F.A.S.G., among others) to have been the Thomas Clarke who was baptized at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, Middlesex, on 8 March 1599/1600, son of John and Mary (Morton) Clarke (see Jacobus, 'Thomas Clark[e] of Plymouth and Boston in the Line of Nathaniel 3 of Lyme, Connecticut,' TAG 47:3, and Coddington, 'The Clark Family of Beverly and Rochester, Mass.,' TAG 43:19). There has been speculation that his father might have been the John Clarke who was a pilot on the 1620 Mayflower, however such a relationship has not been recognized by the Mayflower Society. Others believe that he was the son of the Mayflower pilot, but that he was born at Rotherhithe, Surrey. His children were William, Andrew, John, James, Susanna, and Nathaniel, as given by Alfred H. and Katharine W. Radasch, The Thomas Clark Family (1972), a partly documented family history covering the early generations. See also John G. Hunt, 'Origins of Three Early Plymouth Families: Cole, Collier, and Clarke,' TAG 42:119 and Prentiss Glaizer, 'Clark-Clarke Families of Early Connecticut,' NEHGR 128:22. The Radasch book gives a brief background for Thomas Clarke, showing that he was described variously as a carpenter, yeoman, merchant, and gentleman. He was chosen a constable, highway surveyor, and Plymouth deputy. He removed from Plymouth to Boston after 1655 and before his second marriage, and returned to Plymouth ca. 1678. He died at Plymouth in March 1697/98. Source: Plymouth Colony Its History & People 1620 - 1691 by Eugene Aubrey Stratton.