Re: Richard Clarke
Cheryl, I descend from Thomas Clarke who came on The Anne
in 1623. He was Baptized on 8 March 1600 in St. Dunston's Church, Stepney Parish, Middlesex, England. He was a son
of Capt. John Clarke, Pilot of The Mayflower in 1620.
Capt. Clarke was killed in the Indian Massacre at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1623, and The Mayflower was damaged. It was taken back to England and restored and
continued carrying passengers and goods between England
and the American Colonies. Capt. Clarke was married to, Mary Morton, who was born in St. Ellins, London. Their son,
Thomas Clarke, came to America when he heard of his father's death.Thomas married (1)Susannah Ring, daughter of William Ring and wife, Mary Durrant, by July 1631 in
Mass. William Ring was a great follower of Mr. John Robinson in Leyden, Holland. He was born in Petistrey Parish, Suffolk, and died between 1620-1629 in Leyden.
His widow, Mary Durrant, was born in Ufford, Suffolk, and
died 15/19 July 1631 in Plymouth Colony. As a widow she
brought her three children to Plymouth on The Mayflower
in 1629. The ship left Gravesend in March 1629 and arrived
in Salem, Mass. on May 15, 1629. Thomas Clarke's wife,
Susannah Ring, died by 20 Jan 1665. He married (2) 20 January 1664/5 in Harwich, Alice Hallet, widow of ...Nichols. He married (3) Elizabeth, widow of John Crow. He died 24 March 1698 in Plymouth, Mass.
I understand The Mayflower Society finally accepted Thomas
Clarke's descendants about 1975. They held back because he
did not come on The Mayflower in 1620, but his father did.
I have the records of the family of Capt. John Clarke but
those files are packed away and I have not seen them in
You might research, Ratcliff, Stepney Parish, Middlesex,
and see if your Richard Clarke is named among Capt. Clarke's heirs. St. Dunston's Church has the baptismal
Best Wishes in your research.