Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY - Dorcas Morse CLARK–1645-1725

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Transcription of headstone – Here lyes ye body of Mrs. Dorcas Clark wife to Mr. Benjamin Clark deceased July 14 1725 in ye 80th year of her age

Dorcas CLARK nee Morse was the 7th great grandmother of my husband.  She was born 24 Aug 1645 in Massachusetts and married Benjamin Clark/Clarke 19 Nov 1665 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Here is a record of their marriage:

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name:Dorcas Morse       
Birth Place:MA       
Birth Year:1645       
Spouse Name:Benjamin Clark       
Marriage Year:1665       
Marriage State:No       
Number Pages:1

To them were born 10 children that I am aware of:

Hannah born 1666
Benjamin born 1668
Theophilus born 1670 married Rachel Partridge about 1692, died 7 Oct 1737
Tabitha born about 1672
Timothy born about 1674, died 1676
Timothy born about 1677
Edward born about 1679 died 1746
Ebenezer born about 1682 died 1683
Rebecca born about 1684 died 1687
Seth born about 1687

Benjamin Clark was a listed in the Delaware Craft Person Files 1600-1995 as a Joiner.  You can read about this set of records here http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2015/01/occupation-files-on-ancestry1600.html

CLARK_Benjamin_1644-1724_DelawareCraftPersonFile from 1700

Benjamin & Dorcas are buried at Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield, Massachusetts.

You can visit their memorials by clicking on these links:

Benjamin – #24281988
Dorcas – #24282066

Here is the descendancy from Dorcas & Benjamin Clark to my husband
Theophilus CLARK & Rachel PARTRIDGE
Ebenezer CLARK & Anna FISHER
Achsah CLARK & Jesse HALL
Cornelius Clark HALL & Elizabeth CONNICK
Rev. George HALL & Almira ROSETTE
Thomas Cornelius HALL & Cora E. BROWN
Charles Schuyler HALL & Daisy Fern BRIGHT
Gordon Charles HALL & Dorothy Beatrice FINK
My husband
Being able to look at headstones from the early 1700’s is very special to me, and I’m sure to you also.  I always wonder what life was like for those ancestors who lived so long ago.  I enjoy reading history books and articles online about that time.  Or, watching documentaries or movies that depict that time in our history.
What is the oldest headstone photo you have for someone in your family?  I’d love to hear about it.

If you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog, please contact me!


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.