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Richard Clarke, 1 (b. Abt. 1640, d. April 1697)Richard Clarke, 1 was born Abt. 1640, and died April 1697 in New York, New York.He married Elizabeth (?) Clarke on Bef. 1661.
Notes for Richard Clarke, 1:
Richard CLARKE #13 b. circa1640, Occ. Shipbuilder., m. before 1661, Elizabeth *CLARKE #4108, d. Elizabethtown, NJ.Richard died Apr 1697, New York City, buried: Elizabethtown, NJ.
Charles Carroll Gardner, in Genealogical Collections 1665-1800, Vol. 29, CLARK, writes:
"Richard Clarke the founder of the Elizabethtown Clark family and great-grandfather of Hon. Abraham Clark, signer of the Declaration of Independence, is first found at Southampton, L.I., in 1661.It has been stated that Richard Clarke was a grandson of the thirty-sixth signer of the Mayflower Compact, who bore the same name.This statement is absolutely incorrect. Bradford's "History of the Plymouth Plantation", a contemporary work, tells us plainlyenough that Richard Clarke of the Mayflower died soon after the arrival at Plymouth, without issue.This fact is stated in two different places in Bradford's work, and can be relied upon as absolutely correct.There has been no clue to the ancestry of Richard Clarke of Long Island and New Jersey discovered as yet.The name was an exceedingly common one, and there were hundreds of Richard Clarkes living in various parts of England at the time of the settlement of our Richard on Long Island."
"Richard Clarke was married about 1660 to Elizabeth _____ but whether the marriage took place inSouthampton or elsewhere does not appear.In 1664 he owned uplands there bounded by Wm. Oliver, Chas. Ludlow, and Geo. Ross.By 1675, he had removed to Southold, L.I. and about 1678 he took his family to Elizabethtown, Essex Co., (now Union), N.J. where a party composed largely of Southampton people (including Clark's former neighbors Wm. Oliver and Geo. Ross) had settled in 1665.Under date of Feb. 13, 1679-80, b. Richard Clarke was patented 300 acres of land in E.T. in right of himself, wife, and children Richard, John and Elizabeth, they being 14 year olds. On Mar 11, 1685-6, a warrant was issued to John and Richard Clarke, Jr. for 120 acres each "which probably was their fathers and mothers and their own two shares, for which the father had the former patent."In 1694, the name of Richard Clarke appears as a contributor to the support of Rev. John Harriman, pastor of the E.T. Church.
"Richard Clarke was a shipwright.The Will of Wm. Miller of E.T. dated 1711, bequeaths to son Andrew an interest in "my sloop called Tryall, built by Richard Clarke.". . .[This collection of C.C.Gardner is found in N.J. Historical Society, and a Xerox copy is on file in Westfield N.J. Memorial Library].
Elmer S. Clark was of opinion that Richard Clarke (whom we have included in this program as #2362) was the father of Richard Clarke, but we have found no compelling evidence to substantiate this.In view of the large number of Richard Clark(e)s found in England, and the fact, as Savage has pointed out, that there were some 40 different Clark families who emigrated from England to the colonies, E.S.Clark's conclusions as to the Richard Clark/Ann Winston parentage has to be just speculation.Pierson, who was a compiler and not a genealogist, elected to accept it, but without proofs. The problem is that the Clark/Winston speculation then had found it's way into two separate volumes, which does not give it substance.
We have also seen speculation as to Richard Clarke's origins, prior to his being "in Southampton, L.I. in 1661", in such places as New England and the Barbadoes.Again, we have found no documentation for any of these, and we have not included any ancestors or origins for Richard Clarke other than as set forth in C.C. Gardner.
Sources:Charles Carroll Gardner, Genealogical Collections, Vol. 29, CLARK 1665-1800.Photocopies in N.J. Historical Society and Westfield Memorial Library.See also C.C. Gardner cards and volumes in Special Collection Room of Rutgers, The State University of N.J., Library, New Brunswick, NJ. Richard Clarke was the founder of this line of Elizabethtown Clarks, and there are numerous volumes which refer to him.Some of these are undocumented and seem more designed to advance some position, such as trying to tie in a family with the Mayflower, or as a descendant of Abraham Clark, the Signer of the Declaration of Independence.In this compilation, we have given little credence to the work of H. Ruth Cooke, entitled "Richard Clarke of the Mayflower 1620 and his descendants in New Jersey", or the short typewritten document entitled "The Fighting Clarks of Westfield, New Jersey" by Beatrice MacGeorge, both on file in the Westfield Memorial Library.The reader is also cautioned about "Histories" of various counties, which came out in the late 1800s, and which featured biographies of "leading citizens" and often recited their genealogy.These were not really histories or researched, but relied almost solely on what was told them, and then used boiler-plate laudatory lauguage about the men featured, who, of course, were expected to buy the books for their library shelves.We have found the History of Union County, edited by Honeyman, to contain numerous errors, though Honeyman himself had a reputation as a genealogist and historian, but apparently mainly lent his name to that work.-
Abstract of Will:NJA 23:97.1697 Apr 1.Clerke, Richard, of Elizabeth Town; will of.N.J. Archives, XXL, p. 260.
Abstract of Inventory:NJA 23:951697 April 9.Clarke, Richard, of Elizabeth Town.Inventory of the estate of, £159.5.1 1/2, all personal, incl. a negro woman and child, valued at £32; made by Jonathan Ogden and And. Hamton.
There has been speculation in print that her maiden name was Moore, but this has not been documented and was not accepted by Charles Carroll Gardner or recent genealogists.
On this, there is an interesting discussion in Clark & Allied Families, by Field, (1971) [copy in N.J. State Library, Trenton, N.J.].
"Richard Clark may have been distantly related to Thomas Moore, or his wife, and in all probability was indentured to him as an apprentice.Thomas Moore was a shipwright and a prominent and wealthy individual, and was believed to have been a cousin or some relative of Sir Thomas Moore.It is quite possible that Richard Clark was the son of Richard Clark of Bradwell, Suffolk County, England, the same county from which Thomas Moore came.Young Richard Clark lived with the Moore family for many years while learning the ship-building trade.. . .
"He is next heard of in Southampton, L.I., where he and the Moores had settled by 1661.At the Town Meeting held 19 November of that year, he was granted the 'first lot at the Oyster Pounds with 60 poles.'He is not listed as an early inhabitant of Southampton, probably because he was living with the Moores, who were listed.Sometime in 1660, 1661 or possibly before, he married an Elizabeth, whose last name is unknown, either in Salem or after arrival in Southampton.There has been some discussion as to whether his wife was Elizabeth Moore, the daughter of Thomas Moore.This does not seem feasible as she was born 31 January 1646/7 which would have made her very young to be married in 1660, and she is supposed to have married Simon Grover, so Elizabeth's surname remains a mystery. . . ."
[Note:the above discussion of Richard Clarke living with the Moores is, itself, not fully documented, but is based by Field on publication by Elmer Sayres Clark, which has some erroneous conclusions.The discussion of possible parentage of Richard based upon another Richard Clark living in Suffolk County, England, being the same county as the Moore family, is also pure speculation and, while a subject which might be pursued, is certainly not sufficient to establish any connection
More About Richard Clarke, 1:
Fact 1: Buried Elizabethtown, NJ.
More About Richard Clarke, 1 and Elizabeth (?) Clarke:
Marriage: Bef. 1661
Children of Richard Clarke, 1 and Elizabeth (?) Clarke are:
- +Richard Clark, 2, b. Abt. 1661, Southhampton, Long Island, New York, d. 1742.
- +Samuel Clark, b. Abt. 1673, d. date unknown.