Thomas Clapp

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Thomas Clapp, son of Nicholas Clapp and Elizabeth (---), was born at Sidbury, England, about 1608.1,2 He died at Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, 20 April 1684.2

Thomas married (1) Jane (---), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Massachusetts, say 1637;3,2,4 he married (2) Abigail Wright, daughter of Richard Wright and Margaret (---), before January 1656/57.3,2,4

Deposed in 1678 aged "about 69 yeares." This would be more apt to be accurate than his age as given in his will in 1684, when he would be older and not only more likely to err but also likely to magnify his age. Besides Nicholas calls Richard his eldest son and Richard did not marry until 1633. If Thomas was, as his will says, in his eighty-seventh year in 1684, he would have bneen born in 1597 and Richard must have been born as early as 1595, and it is evident that the range of births of all Nicholas' children must have been later from the other evidence regarding them.

He may have been first at Dorchester, but settled at Wemouth where he was made a Freeman 13 Mar 1638/9. He removed to Scituate in a few years, being made a Freeman of Plymouth Colony, 5 Jun 1644. He was a deacon in the church, served the town as an officer and was deputy to the General Court. His will was proved 4 Jun 1684:
" I, Thomas Clap of Sittuate in ye Jurisdiction of New plimouth in New England ye nineteenth day of Aprill one thousand six hundred eightie & foure & in ye 87 yeer of my age being sicke & weake in my body . . . appoint this my last Will . . . .

Item I give & bequeath unto Abigall Clapp my deare & well beloved wife . . . and . . . two boxes that were formerly my wives . . . .

Item I give unto my well beloued son Thomas Clapp Dedham . . . a double portion . . . .

Item I give . . . unto my well beloued son Samuel Clapp. . . .

Item I give . . . unto my well beloued son Increase Clapp. . . .

Item I give . . . unto my loueing daughter Elizabeth King. . . .

Item I give . . . unto my beloued daughter Prudence Clapp. . . . also my will is that my daughter Prudence shall have residence in my house till ye decease of my wife.

Item I give . . . unto my beloued daughter Abigail Clapp. . . .

Item I give . . . unto my louing daughter Mary Tilden. . . .

Item I give unto my grandchild Elizabeth one sheep & a lamb. . . .

I appoint my Two sons Thomas Clapp and Samuel . . . my executors. my . . . friends
John Briggs, Nathaniel Tilden & John Buck Senr to prise my housing & Lands

Thomas Clapp


Inventory totaled £237-11-11.2

Family 1

Jane (---) b. say 1617, d. bef. Jan 1656/57
Children
  • Thomas Clapp2 b. 15 Mar 1639, d. 7 Aug 1688
  • Samuel Clapp2 b. say 1641, d. bt 1722 - 1733
  • Eleazer Clapp2 b. say 1643, d. 15 Mar 1676
  • Increase Clapp+2 b. say 1647, d. 13 Sep 1716
  • Elizabeth Clapp+2 b. say 1649, d. 18 Mar 1698
  • Prudence Clapp2 b. say 1651, d. aft. 1684

Family 2

Abigail Wright b. 1622, d. bef. 31 Oct 1707
Children
  • John Clapp2 b. 18 Oct 1658, d. abt. 1671
  • Abigail Clapp2 b. 29 Jan 1659/60, d. 2 Feb 1735/36

Citations

  1. [S341] Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1978-1908: Part IV: The Ancestry of Linda Anna Powers, 1839-1879 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000), 114-131, further cited as Smith and Sanborn, Kempton Ancestry 4.
  2. [S85] Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Harriett Grace Scott, 1919), 224-234, further cited as Holman, Scott Genealogy.
  3. [S341] Smith and Sanborn, Kempton Ancestry 4, 132-140.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 318, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).