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He was born about 1503 in Finningham, Suffolk, England. He was a yeoman in Finningham, meaning that he owned his own property, rather than being a tenant farmer.
The Clarke family was evidently from the landed gentry. According to the dispositions he made in his will, he held lands in Westhorpe, Finningham, and Gislingham. John Clarke was taxed £2 in lands at Finningham in the subsidy of 1523/4. He was taxed 12d and 10s. in goods at Finningham in the first and second payments of the subsidy of 1545/6, respectively.
He married Margaret.
He was buried 3 March 1559 in Finningham, Suffolk, England.
He left a will, dated 26 February 1558/9, proved 7 May 1559, calling himself yeoman of Finningham and mentioning his sons, Thomas and John (both under 24), his daughters, Agnes, Margaret, Ellen, and Joan (all under 24), and his wife, Margaret. He gave his lands in Westhorpe, Finningham, and Gislingham to his son, John Clarke, who was to take possession only at the age of 24, and if he died before that time, the lands were to go to his other son, Thomas Clarke.
Margaret Clarke, widow, was taxed 10s. 8d. in lands valued at £4 at Finningham in the subsidy of 1562/3, 16d. in lands valued at 22s. at Finningham in 1565/6, and 2s. 8d. in lands valued at 20s. at Finningham in 1575/6. She died after 1576 in Finningham, Suffolk, England.
CHILDREN of John CLARKE and Margaret:
- Agnes CLARKE. Born after 1534 in Finningham, Suffolk, England.
- Margaret CLARKE. Born after 1534 in Finningham, Suffolk, England.
- Ellen CLARKE. Born after 1534 in Finningham, Suffolk, England.
- Joan CLARKE. Born after 1534 in Finningham, Suffolk, England.
- John CLARKE Jr. He was christened on 11 February 1541/1542 in Finningham, Suffolk, England. He married Catherine COOK. He was buried 8 April 1598 in Finningham, Suffolk, England. Residence: Finningham and Westhorpe, Suffolk, England.
- Thomas CLARKE. He was christened on 4 January 1543/1544 in Finningham, Suffolk, England. He was taxed 13s. 4d. in lands valued at £5 at Finningham in the subsidy of 1575/6. He married Dorothy about 1672. He may have taken possession of his father's holdings in Gislingham and part of the Finningham estate as, in 1581, Thomas Clerke and his wife Dorothea were among others who transferred lands in Finningham and Gislingham to Thomas Talbott for £80.
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- [S2]. Jeffrey D. Bonevich Research. http://www.bonevich.com/clarke/clarkegen4.php. © Any use of the contents of these pages without my express consent is prohibited. QUOTES as sources: 1) G. A. Moriarty, "Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich," NEHGR, Vol. 75 (1921), pp. 273-301. 2) G. A. Morrison, "The 'Clarke' Families of Rhode Island." Evening Post Printing House, New York, 1902, pp. 13-14.
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