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One of the first settlers of Windsor and a man of much prominence, Daniel was secretary of the Colony; and was an attorney at law, and is sometimes designated as Capt. Clark.

"Connecticut Genealogies. He came from Chester, England in 1640 and was one of the family of Clark of that place, descended in direct line from King Edward I of England and Queen Eleanor, daughter of Ferdinand III, King of Castile. Well born and well educated, Daniel Clark took a useful and prominent part in the affairs of the colony. He was colonial secretary, 1658-64, and again in 1685-86. He was appointed to sit in "ye great ?", wainscoted for the sitting of magistrates. He married (first) Mary Newberry, who died August 29, 1688. He married (second) Martha Wolcott, widow of ?, sister of William Pitkin, Esquire, of Hartford. His children married into the first families of the ancient town of Windsor, and were among the aristocracy there. His granddaughter, Sarah Drake, was the wife of Governor Roger Wolcott, of Connecticut, and his greatgrandson, Hon. Roger Wolcott, was representative to the general assembly, member of the council, and judge of the superior court. Daniel Clark's greatgranddaughter, Lydia?, married Governor Matthew Griswold, of Lyme, and their son Roger was also governor of Connecticut. Clark's greatgrandson, Oliver Wolcott, graduated at Yale in 1747, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and in 1787 was elected governor of the state. The widow of Daniel Clark died October 13, 1719. 
Birth given as 1622/1623 of Weaxil, near Kenilworth, Warwickshire and 1622, Chester, England. 
Death given as 10 Aug and 12 Aug 1710."

p. 153, Stiles. Mr. Daniel Clarke (Hon. Sec'y of the Colony, 1658-60 and 1664-65) m. 1644, bought a triangular lot. John Bartlett on S, Job Drake on W.

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Sources: See Roswell Clark - New England Marriages Prior to 1700
In 1639 when he was 17 Daniel came to America with his Uncle Rev. Ephriam Huit who became pastor of Old Windsor's Congregational Society as the colleague of Rev. John Wareham. Daniel Clark had many offices in the colony. In 1654 he was tax assessor: Representative from 1657-1661: Secretary of the Colony 1658-1662; Commissioner,1662: Captain of the Colonial Troops 1664; He was made Attorney at Hartford March 1687; was one of the nineteen signers and grantees of the Charter of Connecticut; He was one of the Magistrates who sat in the trial for witchcraft of Nathanial Greensmith and wife in 1662. The Greensmiths were found guilty and subsequently hung! He was in the first cavalry of Connecticut. He was a Lieutenant and in 1664 became Captain. Daniel was a veteran of King Phillip's War 1675-76

Clark-Clarke Families of Early Connecticut - A 1623 baptism at Tarvin Co, Chester, of Daniel son of the Rev Sabbath Clark, and Grandson of Joseph Clark, Jr. and of the Rev Valentine Overton.
Compendiums, Savage First Settlers of N.E.
History of Ancient Windsor by Henry Stiles 1892 (Reprint available at DPL)

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Burial: ABT 19 AUG 1710 Porb. behind Windsor Church (cem).
Immigration: 1639 from Chestershire, England, age 16
CONF: NOV 1658 When joined Windsor Church
Occupation: AFT 1639 First in Connecticut, 1687; Occupation: Lawyer
Residence: AFT 1640 Windsor, Connecticut
ELEC: BET 1638 AND 1700 Hartford, Connecticut
Will: 31 AUG 1709 Windsor Connecticut
Military Service: BET 1657 AND 1664 Captain of a troop of horse soldiers.

Note: The Honorable Daniel Clark was one of the most respected persons in all of New England, called upon by three Colonial Governors, Winthrop, Wollcot and Andros. Entrusted to correspond with Kings and Lords of England. Their ten children were all born at Windsor, CT.

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English Origins of New England Families, Series 1, Vol. 3 FTM CD181, p. 605;

"Daniel Clark was one of the first setttlers of Windsor, CT, where he was an attorney at law and a magistrate. He was a man of influence and occupied an honorable position in the affiars of the Colony, of which he was several years a Secretary---was representatiive1657-61, an assistant 1662-64 and Captain of the cavalry troop in 1664. Mr. Clark married in June, 1644, Mary, daughter of Thomas Newberry of Dorchester by whom he had a family of ten children. On Page 569 of 'The Story of Ancient Windsor' it is stated that the marriage was solemnized 15 Jun 1644 while on page 720 I find the date fixed to be 13 June. His first wife having died 29 Aug. 1688, he married for his second wife, Martha, widow of Simon Wolcott and sister of Wm Pitkin. Esq. of Hartford by whom he had no children. He was 'appointed' by the town of Windsor to sit in the 'great pew' in the Meeting-house which was wainscotted for the sitting of the Magistrates, and died August 12,1671 at age 87."

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! (1) "Genealogical Notes, or Contributions to the Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts," by Nathaniel Goodwin (Hartford, CT, 1856) p.23. Cites: 
(1a) Windsor, CT Records.
(2) "A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records," Vol. II, Hartford District 1700-1729, ed. by Charles W. Manwaring (Hartford, CT, 1904) p.177. Cites: 
(2a) Vol. VIII, p.52. 
(2b) Court Record, p.18.
(3) "A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records," comp. by Charles William Manwaring, Vol. 1, Hartford District 1635-1700 (Hartford, 1904) p.425-426. Cites: 
(3a) Vol. V, p.81.
(4) "Genealogies of Connecticut Families From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register" (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1983; rpt. Broderbund Software, 1997, CD 179). "Clark-Clarke Families of Early Connecticut," by Prentiss Glazier. Vol. 1, p.418. Cites: 
(4a) Emma Lee Walton, "The Clark Generalogy" (1913). 
(4b) Cyril B. Clark, "Samuel Clark of Lebanon, Conn."
(5) "Genealogies of Connecticut Families From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register" (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1983; rpt. Broderbund Software, 1997, CD 179). "Search Warrant for the Apprehension of Major Generals Goffe and Whalley," by Harry H. Edes. Vol. 2, p.73. Cites: 
(5a) "History of Ancient Windsor," p.569,720.

! Birth: 
(1a) "In the 88th year of his age, or thereabouts" at death on 12 Aug 1710 (b. c.1622). 
(4) 1622/3. (4b) Thought to be s/o Richard CLARK; gd/o Anthony CLARK of Harborough. 
(4) s/o Rev. Sabbath CLARK; gs/o Joseph CLARK Jr. & of Rev. Valentine OVERTON. Younger brother of Samuel and Rev. Josias CLARK. 
(5) Age 87 at death on 12 Aug 1710 (b. 1623).
Baptism: 
(4) 1623, Tarvin, co. Chester.
Marriage to Mary NEWBERRY: 
(1) 18 Jun 1644. 
(4) (5) Jun 1644. 
(5a) 13 or 15 Jun 1644.
Marriage to Martha PITKIN: 
(1,5) Widow of Simon WOLCOTT.
Death: 
(1a,5) 12 Aug 1710. 
(2a) Will dtd 31 Aug 1709. Inventory dtd 8 Sep 1710. 
(4) 1710.

(1,5) One of the first settlers of Windsor, CT. 
(4) Resided at Windsor, CT.
(1,5) An attorney at law.
(5) A magistrate. 
(1) Was generally in public office.
(5) He was appointed by the town of Windsor to sit in the great pew in the Meeting house, which was "Wainscotted for the sitting of the Magistrates."
(5) 1657-1661: Was Representative.
(5) 1662-1664: Was an Assistant.
(5) 1664: Captain of the Cavalry Troop.
(5) Served as Secretary of the Colony of CT.
(3a) 1690, 29 Apr: Nathaniel CLARKE of Windsor, CT wrote his will. Gives his estate, both of housing and lands, that by deed of gift is passed over to me by my honoured father Capt. Daniel CLARKE, and all other estate that I shall leave behind me, to brother Daniel CLARKE, he paying to each of my sisters, Elizabeth, Mary, & Sarah, daughters of my father.
(5) Had 10 children by Mary NEWBERRY, none by Martha PITKIN.
(2a) 1709, 31 Aug: Daniel CLARKE of Windsor, CT wrote his will. Whereas I obliged to my now wife 40 pounds to be paid her out of my estate is case she shall survive me, as will appear by an instrument to which I have signed and sealed, my will is that said sum be truly paid according to the tenor thereof in my engagement, in such estate as may conduce her comfort, with 5 pounds in provision as an addition to the sum aforementioned. My wearing apparel to be divided among my sons that shall be living to receive them. If the confirmation be obtained from Owaneco for the 100 acres promised, which is laid out and bounded, and for which I have obtained the grant of the General Court, I do order that it be entirely sold, whereof 1/4 part of the product of it shall redound to my now wife if she be living to receive. The other three parts shall be equally divided amongst my three daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Sarah, or to their children if any of them do die before it be affected. I give my son John the ox chain that he borrowed of me, and to my son Samuel my musket. I give to Johnny my best powder horn, and to my son Daniel I give my cutlass and my buff belt and buff coat. And I do hereby ratify and confirm those alienations that my sons have made of lands that I gave them. And to my wife, if she survive me, I order towards the sum aforementioned of 40 pounds particularly the bed, bedsted and furniture that we used to lie on, and my best trunk with bars on the cover, and the lesser of the great kettles, with what she desires of pewter and other utensils in the house, to be valued according to the agreement. And to my son Jonas I give 10 shillings besides his proportion of my wearing apparell. Names son John CLARKE and son-in-law Roger WOLCOTT executors. Desires my honored kinsman Col. Matthew ALLYN (if God please to grant him a safe return) to be supervisor if need require. Signed Daniel CLARKE. Wits. John MOORE, Sen., Thomas MOORE.
(2a) 1710, 10 Jul: Daniel Clarke wrote a codicil to his will. "On serious consideration I think meet to alter somewhat in my will, on the other side, in 2 particulars: First, respecting my daughter Elizabeth Drake, wife to Lt. Job Drake," that she shall have a double portion out of my dividable estate, and the other two parts to be divided between my other daughters Mary and Sarah. Signed Daniel Clarke. Wits. John Moore Sen., Thomas Moore.
(2a,b) 1710, 8 Sep: Inventory of the estate of Capt. Daniel Clarke of Windsor taken by Matthew Allyn and John Moore Senr. Valued at 95.00.08. Will proved.

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* Title: Capt.
* Birth: 1622 in Tarvin, Chester or Weaxil, Warwichshire, England 1 2
* Death: 12 AUG 1710 in Windsor, Hartford, CT 3 4
* Occupation: attorney-at-law 5
* Event: Appointed BET 1658 AND 1663 Secretary of the colony at Windsor 6 7 8
* Event: Appointed 5 MAY 1651 Town Magistrate 9 10
* Residence: ABT 1639 one of first settlers, Windsor, Hartford, CT 11 12 13
* Burial: 1710 East Windsor Hill, Windsor, Hartford, CT 14
* Event: Freeman 7 OCT 1669 Windsor, Hartford, CT 15 16
* Event: Will Proved 8 SEP 1710 Windsor, Hartford, CT 17
* Will: 31 AUG 1709 Windsor, Hartford, CT 18
* Event: Estate Inventory 8 SEP 1710 Windsor, Hartford, CT 19
* Military Service: 16 MAR 1657/58 First Connecticut Cavalry Lt. & Capt. 20 21
* Baptism: 1623 Tarvin Church, Chester, England
* Emigration: ABT 1639 To MA and Windsor, CT 22
* Event: Church Membership 18 JUN 1643 Windsor Church 23 24
* Event: Family Story Daniel returned to visit England 25
* Event: Court 1 DEC 1659 Hartford, Hartford, CT 26
* Note:
Source: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records by Charles William Manwaring. Vol. 2, Hartford District 1700-1729. Pages 177-178. Also consulted: Some Descendants of Daniel Clark, of Windsor, Connecticut, 1639-1913 Compiled by Emma Lee Walton, Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, Forty-Second Street Building, New York 1913 Pages 18-25
The full will was carried in the Walton book and missing parts inserted in Manwaring's version shown below by being denoted in brackets [ ]

Will of Capt. Daniel Clarke, Windsor dated August 31, 1709.

[Imps. I commend my soul unto the faithfulnes of the Lord Jesus Christ expectinge his perfecting of sancity in me and my felicitie in the eternall enjoyment of him at his appearance. And my body to Christian buriall. As for that little portion of Terrene estate that it hath pleased the Lord to intrust me with, I do Will and dispose of it as followeth,]: In the first place, all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid. And Whereas, I obliged to my now wife 40 to be paid her out of my estate in case she shall survive me, as will appear by an instrument to which I have signed and sealed, my will is that sd. sum be truly paid according to the tenor thereof in my engagement in such estate as may conduce to her comfort, with 5 in provision as an addition to the sum aforementioned of 40.

For the rest of my estate, my will is that my wearing apparel should be divided among my sons that shall be living to receive them.

My will is that if the confirmation be obtained from Owaneco of the 100 acres he promised, which is laid out and bounded, and for which I have obtained the grant of the General Court, I do order that it be entirely sold, whereof 1/4 part of the product of it shall redound to my now wife if she be living to receive. The other three parts shall be equally divided amongst my three daughters, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sarah, or to their children if any of them do die before it be affected. [Provided in first place that the expence that may be disbursed for the perfecting of the title of the land be satisfied.] [It. My Will is that the rest of my personal estate shal be devided between my three Daughters as followeth, My Daughter Elizabeth (the estate being devided into four parts) shal have her third part as her sisters have and of the fourth part she shall have the one half of it, and Mary and Sarah the other half divided between them.]

I give to my son John the ox chain that he borrowed of me and to my son Samuel my musket. I give to Johnny my best powder horn, and to my son Daniel I give my cutlass and my buff belt and buff coat. And I do hereby ratify and confirm those alienations that my sons have made of lands that I gave them. And to my wife, if she survive me, I order towards the sum aforementioned of 40 particularly the bed, bedsted and furniture that we used to lie on, and my best trunk with bars on the cover, and the lesser of the great kettles, with what she desires of pewter and other utensils in the house, to be valued according to the agreement. And to my son Jonas I give 10 shillings besides his proportion of my wearing apparell. And I do constitute my son John Clarke and my son-in-law Roger Wolcott executors. And I desire my honored kinsman Col. Matthew Allyn (if God please to grant him a safe return) to be supervisor if need require.
[And for the confirmation of what is above written I have hereunto subscribed my name and fixed my seale This 31 day of August In the yeare of our Lord 1709]

Signed: Daniel Clarke, LS.
Witnesses: John Moore, Sen.; Thomas Moore

Codicil, dated July 10, 1710: On serious consideration I think meet to alter somewhat in my will, on the other side, in a particulars: First, respecting my daughter Elizabeth Drake, wife of Lt. Job Drake, my will is that she shall have a double portion out of my dividable estate and the other two parts to be divided between my other two daughters, Mary and Sarah.

Signed: Daniel Clarke, LS.
Witnesses: John Moore, Sen.; Thomas Moore.
Court Record, Page 18: September 8, 1710. Will and inventory exhibited.

Winsor August the 14th: 1710 We whose names are hereunto subscribed have Joyntly and allso, sevorally Chosen Mr. John More and Mathew Allyn to apprize the estate of Capt. Daniell Clark of Winsor, late, deseased, and pertikulerly his sd wife martha the forty pounds given her by her late husband: Capt. Danll Clarke by, by a wrighting under his bareing Date Febr. 12th anno dom 1688/9: witnes our hands--
the sevorall persuns subscribing martha Clarke
to the above written acknowledged John Clarke
those signeing heare unto in presence Jedadiah
and wittnes of us Sarah
Jno. Wolcott Senr Samll Clarke
William Woolcott Job Drake

Inventory taken September 8, 1710 by Matthew Allyn and John Moore, Senior. Valued at 95- 00-08 [An Inventory of the estate of Capt. Danll Clark Late of Windsor Decd August ye 12th: 1710 wherein firstly is set down perticularly what was set out to mrs martha Clark widw and Relict to sd Capt Clark with the Consent of the Legatees for the fullfilling of the fourty pounds engaged before marriage and the five pounds Given her by his will: being 45 in the whole]

"Clark-Clarke Families of Early Connectiuct" by Prentiss Glazier of Sarasota, Florida. Author cites several theories of Daniel's parentage and states that there exists a 1623 baptism record for Daniel at Tarvin, Chester, Eng. The record gives father's name, and names 2 grandfathers. It was also noted that this Daniel had older brothers Samuel and Josias. Further states that the Rev. Josias Clark of Boston, Mass, is identified by "Colonial Clergy . . ." as son of the Rev. Sabaoth Clark.

Colonial Genealogies #1 1607-1920, Colonial Families of the U. S. of America, Vol. IV, pg. 98 edited by George Norbury Mackenzie, LL.B. states that Daniel Clark was nephew of Rev. Ephraim Huitt and came with him to the colonies, probably Dorchester [see note below]. Also stated in this source: Rev. Huit "had been a minister of Wraxell, near Kenilworth [Warwickshire], England. Per the CCR, at a Particular Court the first Thursday in December 1644, (page 115) "Dauid Wilton and Daniell Clarke are admitted the will of Ephraim Huit . . ." Per E. Huitt will, Daniel Clark was named executor.

Per Manwaring a Henry Clark appears in will of Ephraim Huitt and also taking inventory of Joseph Clark of Windsor at 1641 (note: this will was witnessed by Ephraim Huitt and John Warham) which implies a connection as well. I also find a Joseph Clark at Dorchester being granted 6 acres at "Naponset betwixt the Indian feild and the mill". There is mention of a Bracy Clark?? There were vessels bringing west country people to New England for which no passenger lists exist - however a review of the Dorchester town records does not show Daniel Clark or E. Huitt to be mentioned.

Per "Some Descendants of Daniel Clark, of Windsor, Connecticut" compiled by Emma Lee Walton, "Daniel Clark has been called the great-grandfather of governors. He educated his stepson Roger Wolcott (who became Governor), who married Sarah Drake, Daniel's granddaughter, and had Oliver Wolcott, Governor of CT, whose son Oliver, was Governor 1817-1827. Roger Wolcott, a descendant was Governor of Massachusetts and Clark Bissell, another descendant, was Governor of CT 1847-49. Ursula Wolcott, a daughter of Roger Wolcott and Sarah Drake married Matthew Griswold, Governor of Connecticut, and of their descendants it is said no less than twelve became governors."

There is a question as to the birth location of Daniel - another source states that he was born in Weaxil, Warwickshire, Eng.

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Clark-Clarke Families of Early Connecticut- A 1623 baptism at Tarvin Co, Chester,of Daniel son of the Rev Sabbath Clark, and Grandson of Joseph Clark, Jr. and of the Rev Valentine Overton.
Compendiums, Savage First Settlers of N.E.
History of Ancient Windsor by Henry Stiles 1892 (Reprint available at DPL)
Sources: See Roswell Clark
New England Marriages Prior to 1700
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