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    William Clark

    Male Abt 1609 - 1690  (~ 81 years)


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    • Name William Clark 
      Born Abt 1609  Dorchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Immigration 1634  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

      • ||Mary and John
      Migrated 1657  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Buried Jul 1690  Bridge St. Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      William Clark's grave
      William Clark's grave
      Died 18 Jul 1690  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Notes 
      • William Clarke is found in Dorchester Church Records, which show that William Clarke and wife, Sarah, were members of that church on 23 Aug 1636.
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        In 'History of Northampton Massachusetts From Its Settlement in 1654' by James Russell Trumbull - Printed in Northampton in 1898 -
        "He was one of the early settlers of Northampton, arriving 1659. Townsman 20 times; He was the first citizen of Northampton to be elected deputy to the General Court, and 14 times between 1663 and 1682 was elected to that office, although not consecutively. He was Associate Justice of county court for 26 years; In 1662, he was authorized by the General Court to solemnize marriages, being the first person in that town to hold that responsible position. Frequently appointed by the Court to deal with Indians. He was chosen Lieutenant of the first military company ever organized here, when that was the office of highest rank to which the company, on account of its small number of men was entitled, and was in active service during King Philip's War and was at the same time a member of the military committee of the county. He supplied the commissary department to some extent during King Philip's Indian War and the Legislature ordered the Treasurer to pay him in 1676 'thirty-eight pounds, eighteen shillings for "Porke and bisket" delivered to the countrys use'.
        He helped to build the first grist mill and the first saw mill in the town. He was greatly interested in promoting the new settlement of Squakheag (Northfield) and is named as having served as town clerk at the second settlement of that place, although there is no evidence that he ever lived there. Several times he was chosen commissioner, with others, to determine disputed boundaries between Northampton and neighboring towns. His home lot, one of the largest, covered the north half of the Smith College property. Tradition states that here he built a block house upon this lot which was used for refuge during the Indian troubles. His dwelling house was burned in 1681, having been set on fire by a negro, as he averred in search of food. *
        In 1671, he was licensed to sell "wine, cider or liquor for a year". He had large grants of land in the meadows and elsewhere and purchased many acres in different parts of the town. All his lands, embracing nearly two hundred acres, with the exception of 7 3/4 acres, he disposed of before his death to his sons, reserving to himself an annuity of 24 pounds. There are no records remaining by which to judge of his private life and character. Only through the public duties he was called upon to perform can any estimate of him as a man and a citizen be reached. He was a hard worker, a pioneer in the best sense of the term. Enduring hardship with cheerfulness, meeting difficulty half way, conquering oftener than conquered, he stands one of the most prominent among the promoters of the plantation. Founder of a numerous family that has had worthy representatives during the entire history of the town, and whose descendants are scattered throughout the land, his name is honored and respected wherever it is found."
        * From The History of Northampton by J.R Trumbull p. 376-377 "Burning of William Clarke's House"
        The house of Lieut. William Clarke, situated very nearly on the ground now occupied by the main Smith College building, was burned on the night of July 14, 1681. It was built of logs, and Clarke and his wife were living in it at the time. A negro, named Jack, set the house on fire. He confessed the deed and pretended that it was done accidentally, while he was searching for food, swinging a burning brand to light his way. Jack did not belong in town; he was a servant to Samuel Wolcott of Wethersfield; was a vicious character, a forerunner of the great army of tramps now everywhere wearying the patience of the public, and had already been before the courts for other misdemeanors. His object undoubtedly, was robbery, and it is not probable that he went about the house searching for food even, with a lighted pine torch in his hands. Very likely after stealing whatever he could lay his hands upon, he set the house on fire to conceal the robbery, or from spite against William Clarke, who was at this time 72 years of age.
      Person ID I5780  My Family Tree
      Last Modified 15 Feb 2010 

      Family Sarah,   b. Abt 1612, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Sep 1675, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
      Married 1636  Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Children 
      +1. Rebecca Clark,   b. Feb 1648/49, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Feb 1732/33, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
      Last Modified 27 Apr 2017 
      Family ID F2448  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1609 - Dorchester, England Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1634 - Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 1636 - Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMigrated - 1657 - Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - Jul 1690 - Bridge St. Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jul 1690 - Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • Sources 
      1. [S226] Records of the Descendants of Hugh Clark of Watert, John Clark A. B., (Printed for the author, Boston, MA, 1866).