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Robert Clarke, Sr.

Robert Clarke, Sr.

Male 1611 - 1654  (43 years)

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  • Name Robert Clarke 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1611  Cambrideshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1636  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1654  Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 21 Jul 1664  Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • MSA No. S538
      PREROGATIVE COURT
      (Wills)
      Robert Clarke
      Volume 1 pp. 207-208

      In the name of God Amen
      The last Will and Testament of Robert Clarke being of perfect sence and memory though infirme of body is as followeth -

      first I do Constitute and appoint my Eldest son John Clarke my sole Executor and
      heir after my decease to possess and Enjoy all my whole Estate whatsoever, and I do now in the presence of the witnesses of this my last will make null and voyd all former wills whatsoever and that
      this last and only in full force & virtue.

      Secondly I do give unto my son John Clarke all my goods - whatsoever either household goods or otherwise, moveable or inmoveables and all the Cattle male and female and all the horses and mares excepting what I do now hereafter except and also all the servants I do give unto him.-

      Thirdly I do appoint my son John Clarke to give unto my son Robert Clarke when he is eighteen years of age being now twelve years old last March, one able man servant - one filly foale and three cowes and one steer four years old and a good flock bed and bolster and rugg and if in case
      that Robert Clarke dye before he comes to Enjoy this Estate that then the one halfe of this be given to Thomas Clarke my sonn.

      Fourthly I do appoint my sonn John Clarke to give unto my son Thomas Clarke when he is eighteen years of age being now tenn years old last Christmas one able servant one filly foale and three cowes and one steer four years old and a good flock bed and bolster and rugg and if in case that Thomas dye before he comes to enjoy this Estate that then the one halfe of this be given to my sonn Robt. Clarke.
      Fifthly I do appoint my son John Clarke to give unto my daughter Mary Clarke when she is eighteen years of age two yearling heifers and a filly foale four years hence and when I am dead to sell my stone house and to give half the value of house to the church and the other half to my daughter Mary Clarke.

      Sixthly I do require my son John Clarke to take care to the bringing up of my two sons Robert and Thomas as to writing and casting of account. and that he brood them to worke and
      give them a just account of the bennefit of their own labours and that it be laid out the best for their profitts this I charge you on my blessing that you do faithfully performe.

      Lastly I do order you to pay my just debts in the first place and then to performe. those legacies. Furthermore I do give unto my sonn John Clarke all my lands tenements and herediments whatsoever and also all my right title & interest entered upon record within this province unto any title or right of land unto him the said John Clarke and his heirs forever. Unto this my last will and testament I have hereunto set my hand and seale, this 14th of July 1664

      Signed in the presence of (Locus Siguli)

      Thomas Mathews Robert Clarke

      George Goodricke


      This will was on the 21st day of July 1664 in common form proved by Thomas Mathews one of the witnesses to the said will and that it was in his presence signed sealed and delivered as the act and deed of the dec'd Robert Clarke for his last will and testament revoaking all former wills whatsoever, before me Charles Calvert. 21 July 1664.
      Commission to Henry Adams and William Marshall for either of whom to take the oath of George Goodrick. a witnesses in the afore said will (his inability not suffering him to travel so farr as the office) and the same to returned into the secretaries office with convenient speed.

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      Robert Clark, Gent., immigrated in 1636.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber ABH, p. 132.

      Robert Clark, immigrated 1637.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber ABH, p. 81.

      On Nov. 28, 1637, in the Unity of Isle of Wight: ... Robert Clark servant to Mr. Copley.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 1, p. 17.

      Robert Clerk demanded 5 [sic] acres for transporting self in 1637 ....
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 1, p. 71.

      Patent to Philip West as assignee of Robert Percy (gentleman) who transported self in 1635 & assignee of Robert Clerk (gentleman) who transported self in 1637.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 1, p. 74.

      Robert Clark, immigrated 1638.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber ABH, p. 9.

      Robert Clarke demanded 100 acres for transporting self in 1638 & 250 acres for transporting 3 servants in 1640: William Shepherd, Roger Plesto, Mary Shepherd. Assignment to Capt. William Haweley.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 2, p. 425.

      Mr. Robert Clark, married Winifred, widow of Thomas Green, Esq. prior to 1654.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber ABH, p. 403.

      Aug. 30, 1649 - Jane wife of Nicholas Cawsin late widow of John Cockshott demanded 2000 acres for Mary & Jane Cockshott her children by said John, due said John for transporting self & 7 persons in 1642, per Robert Clarke (surveyor.) Warrant for Patowmeck River between Cedar Point & head of Port Tobacco Creek.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 2, pp. 506-7

      1 Apr 1651 -
      1651-Deposition of Mary the wife of John Greenway taken in open court the 20th day of March 1651 saith that upon or about the 17th day of February last Mr. Robert Clarke being in the house where the desponent (the home of John and Mary Greenway) liveth in at Inner Room of the said house and having left a Pistol upon the table in the outward Room where this desponent was about her occasions where in removing the Said pistol off the table the same went off in this deponents hands unawares. and this desponent thereupon going out of the room upon her return thither again found the said Mr. Clarke in the room where the said pistol so went off, who this deponent answered She did not know that she shot the same off, and the said Mr. Clarke thereupon asked her whether she cocked the pistol whereupon she relied no or to that effect and said Mr. Clarke not long after Charged the said pistol again putting a paper doubled into the panne, and being so charged laid the same again upon the table whereupon Phillip Anther was afterwards killed with the said pistol by James Langworth unawares as she verily believeth. His lords Attorney General this day declared by the way of indictment Against Mr. Robert Clarke and James Langworth thereby showing unto this court that Philip Anther late of St. Mary's County deceased being upon or about the 17th day of February last in the house of Newtown in the County afores where John Greenway and the said Langworth then dwelt, was there by the said Robert Clarke or James Langworth or one of them or by their or one of their means default or carelessness shot into the head or otherwise discharging of a pistol of the said Mr. Clarke's that he suddenly thereupon died, the same pistol having been the same day in the same house but a small time before unwittingly discharged by the wife of the said John Greenway in taking the same in her hand to her great affright and amazement.... Depositions were given by all persons present in the house that day including the deposition of Robert Clarke which was taken on the 18th day of February 1651 (Mr. Robert Clarke and Mr. Langworth) James Langworth gave his age as 22 years onld on the 18th day of February 1651. Upon the verdict of this court after some debate of the matter thought fitt and doth hereby acquit the said Robert Clarke in every respect touching the Philip Anther's death and doth fine James Langworth 500 pounds of tobacco and Cask to the lord proprietary, and doth order him to pay all court charges, dated 1 April 1651.

      21 July 1664 - Mr. Henry Addams to swear Thomas Mathews & George Goodricke to appraise the estate of Robert Clarke.
      Inventory of Robert Clarke, Esq.
      Date: 10 August 1664.
      List of debts: Isack Abrahams, Peter Sharpe, Francis Armstrong, Thomas Alonson, Tho. Baker & Richard Dod.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 1E, pp. 74-5.

      Aug. 20, 1677 - Sheriff (Charles Co.) to summon the following to render accounts: ... Philip Lynes administrator of Robert Clarke.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 4C, p. 25.
      ===
      1659. Freehold, 600 Acres, Charles Co, surveyed for Robert Clarke, 26 Aug
      1659.
      1659 John Clarke had warrant for 500 Acres, Lib 4, folio 217.

      1661. From Lib A fol 189-196 we are told that Robert Clarke sold Burtom's Hill to John Clarke [son age 19?] who then sold it to Richard Trew who is now [4 Mar 1661] re-selling the land.

      1662. Robert Clark and John Clark, sons of Robert Clarke, the Surveyor, purchased a parcel of land from Walter Bean on 5 Sep 1662, with rent to be paid to Bean, Lib LH2, folio 284. Walter Marshall purchased land from Clarke's and sold in 1719. John is 20, Robert 9.

      1663. Robert Clarke, Esq of Charles County, [the Surveyor] appoints Thomas Notley of St Maries County, Merchant, Attorney to plead accons I have in Prov Court 8 Sep 1663, Lib BB folio 96.

      1664. From the 1664 Will of Robert Clarke, the Surveyor, Lib 1, folio 207/8, we know that his son, John Clarke was of age [born c1642]; his son, Robert was born in Mar 1653; and his son Thomas was born Dec 25, 1654; and daughter Mary, still a minor.

      1677. Robert Clarke, deceased, Phillip Lynes, Admr St Maries Co, Lib TP 4C f25.
      1677. Robert Clarke, deceased, Phillip Lynes, Admr Charles Co, made oath that never any goods or chattels of the dec'd has as yet come into his hands save 500 lbs of Tobacco, a gun discovered and something due from Robert Thompson for trespath and prays that he my have liberty to act for the said
      summe and granted. Lib TP 9, fol 334 or Lib TP L 9. I believe this is the Surveyors estate.
      ===

      MSA No. S538
      Prerogative Court (Wills)
      Robert Clarke
      Volume 1 Pages 217-218

      October 29, 1656 Sold and delivered by me Robert Clarke , unto Robert Macklin one Black Cow aged six years or thereabouts, commonly known by the name Ffoole, which sale and delivery I do & will announce and meantime against all lawful Claims. Witness my hand the day and year above written. Witness Signature John Clarke, Robert Clarke

      Court and Testamentary Business, 1657
      Mr. Robert Clarke aged forty six yeares or thereabouts Sworne and examined this 4th of November 1657 Sayeth that he this Deponent bought of Mr. William Eltonehead one servant for two thousand pounds of Tobacco which said Tobacco Mr. Eltonhead turn'd over to Mr. Thomas Marsh, and the Deponent farther Sayeth that he stood Debtor in Mr. Marshes book near two year for the same and farther this Deponent Sayeth, that when Mr. Marsh made up his accompt with this Deponent, that he said Mr. Marsh did not charge the said debt of two thousand to this Deponent. and farther this Deponent Sayeth not Robert Clarke

      Robert Clarke served Upper House 1658, 1659/60, 1661,1662, 1663 Died before 2nd Session of 1664.

      Robert Clarke-1658-1664 stands on Public/ Private issues:

      1658- William Hewes instituted action against Robert Clarke for repairs on "Green's Rest." . at that time the Madam Greene-Clarke was deceased. Hewes Claimed that the Captain William Stone engaged him
      for the work and that overseers of the estate of Thomas Greene should be responsible for the expenditures.
      (source: The Flowering of the Maryland Palatinate by Harry Wright Newman - Page 218 )

      1658- Richard Collett complaineth against Mr. Robert Clarke in an Action of Debt of 656 principle debt by bill, besides court charges. Summons to Robert Clarke to answer the Complaint.

      Robert Clarke
      1658-1664 Justice, Provincial Court
      Saturday 26 February 1658 Provincial Court
      Josias FFendall Esq. Govenor, Mr. Robert Clarke , Mr. Brook , Philip Calvert Esq. Secretary.
      Mr. Job Chandler, Mr. Edward Lloyd, Capt. William Stone, Dr. Luke Barber

      10 September 1663, Thursday Robert Clarke Plaintiff and Robert Robins Defendent appear in Provincial Court. concerning a matter of who owns some horses.

      Robert Clarke , Esq., enters his brand mark for himself and his family (source: Page 167( Page 200 in entry) of Charles County Court and Land Records, Volume 1

      Page 182 ( Page 250 in entry) of Charles County Court and Land Records, Volume 1
      letter of attorney appointing George Thompson; 26 Jan 1663; /s/
      Robert Clark; wit. Ignatous Causine; defendand confesses judgment;
      court orders payment 250# of tobacco and costs Robert Clark, by his
      atty. George Thompson, plt.; Mrs. Verlinda Stone, by her atty.
      Richard Stone, Def.;
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 4 Mar 1662, Page 189 - 190
      461. John Clarke, Gent. sells his rights to a parcel of land formerly surveyed by his father, Robert Clarke, Esq. at the head of the Wicokomeco River; on a branch between land of Daniell Johnson and John Courts; containing 600 acres to Henry Moore; 25 Feb 1661; /s/ John Clarke; wit. George Thompson, Henry Adames
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber H, page 190
      9 Sept. 1679; indenture from George Thompson late of Charles County,
      now of St. Mary's County., Gent. to Benjamin Rozer, esq., for 18,000
      # tobacco; a parcel of land called poiresefield; on the east side of
      St. Thomas Creek; bounded by 100 Acres of land formerly laid out for
      Robert Clarke , Esq., and Mr. Goodwicks; laid out for 100 acres; /s/
      George Thompson; wit. Henry Bonner, John Godshall, Edmund Dennes
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A; 8 Jul 1662, Page 215
      512. Deed of Gift: from Thomas Clarke to his wife Jane Clarke, a black mare; 2 Jul 1662; /s/ Rob Clarke; wit. George Thompson, Richard Row (mark)
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 3 Feb 1663/4, Page 253
      Robert Clarke and John Clarke, gent. assign to Thomas Baker, gent. a 4 year old mare; 4 Feb 1663/4; /s/ Robert Clarke, John Clarke; wit. George Thompson, Ignatius Causeene
      Robert Clarke and John Clarke sell to George Thompson a gelding; 18 Feb 1663; /s/ Robert Clarke, John Clarke; wit. Ignatius Causeene, John Dodson
      ===
      Editors: Robert Clark, Gent. immigrated to Maryland in 1636 (Patents AB&H:132, Gibb) Before 1654, ?Mr. Robert Clark married Winifred, widow of Thomas Green, Esq. (Patents AB&H:403, Skordas) and by 1658, ?Mr. Robert Clark? had married Joan Cousine (Colsin, Causin), widow of Nicholas (Patents Qo:264, Gibb). His son, Robert, married Sarah Combe, daughter of Abraham (See Combs &c.'s Abraham Combe (of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia and St. Mary's and Charles Counties, Maryland) and Combs &c. of St. Mary's County, Maryland for more on this family)
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 3 Feb 1663/4, Page 256
      Robert Clarke, Esq. enters his brand mark for himself and family
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 5 Mar 1663/4, Page 290
      Robert Clarke, Esq., binds himself to pay Mr. Edmond Custis of London 200# of tobacco by 10 Dec; /s/ Robert Clarke; wit. Henry Crage, Edward Richardson
      ===
      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: CROUCHES GIFT; Owner: Clarke, Robert: Orig County = C {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Jun 30, 1663: Ref: Liber 6 f 223 : Map Location: M-21
      ===
      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 4; Pg 351
      MR. WILLIAM PRESLY, 1000 acs. in Petomeck freshes about 3 mi. above land called Mr. Robert Clerke's land, Ely. upon sd. river, Sly. upon land of Mr. Francis Grey & John Lancelott. 15 July I657, p. II6, (I72). Trans. of 20 pers: Roger Bell, James Arden, Ro. Rodes, Tim. Lawrence, Bernard Nash, Jno. Vamell, Edd. Cooper, Law. Seines, Dan. Armstronge, Hugh Davis, Tho. Madrin, Nich. Peake, Rand. Jackson, Tho. Beale, Peeter Hughes, Mary James, Martha Hiller, Judith Chroshaw, Wm. Batty, Corl. May.
      ===
      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 4; Pg 366
      ROBERT CLERKE, 2000 acs. upon a creek issuing out of Petomeck freshes above the narrowes at Puscatoway which divides this from a tract aperteining to John Wood, Rob. Smith & John Ayres. 15 July 1657, p. 173, (259). Trans. of 40 pers.?

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      After Winefred Seybourne died in 1658 he married Jane Cockshut Causine.
      (from Gail Compton, GComp85822@aol.com Her line continues from Mathew Compton, III)

      (this Robt Clarke???)
      27 Jun 1647 Maryland Provincial Court and Testamentary Business, 1647. Liber A. June 27th Memorandm tht I Willm SMOOTE doe acknowledge my selfe to owe vnto Cuth: ffenwick Gent 210 l Tob: assigned unto him by Robt CLARKE Surueyor being the charges of his suruey dew from mee W S
      Teste me Willm BRETTON Clk. (Archives of Maryland, Vol. IV, page 318

      3 Nov 1647. Maryland Provincial Court and Testamentary Business, 1647. Liber A. Nouemb: 3 Whereas Capt: John PRICE hath vndertaken in my behalfe to pay certaine vnto seuemall psons wthin this prouince: ffor his better security: I doe hereby sell, assigne and set ouer vnto the sd John PRICE, my Pinnace I bought of Leonard CALUERT Esqr wth all the rigging, sales, Anchoridge, or what-so-euer belongs vnto hem: I will and doe hereby avouch the sale against all men wittness my hand the day and yeare aboue written Signe
      Concordat cum origini Willia W S SMOOT
      Wittness Robt CLARKE
      John METCALFE Teste me Robt CLARK Clke
    Person ID I15277  Lythgoe-Donaldson
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2010 

    Family 1 Winefred Seybourne,   b. Abt 1611, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1656, Saint Mary, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Married Abt 1651  Saint Mary, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Rebecca Clarke,   b. Abt 1645, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1718, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     2. John Clarke,   b. Abt 1646, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1651  (Age ~ 6 years)
     3. Robert Clarke, Jr.,   b. Mar 1652, Saint Mary, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1725, Saint Mary, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     4. Thomas Clarke,   b. Dec 1654, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1664  (Age ~ 11 years)
    Family ID F6996  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jane Cockshut Causine,   b. Abt 1611,   d. Aft 1660  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married Aft 1658  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1611 - Cambrideshire, England Link to Google Earth
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