John Clapp

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ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
John Clapp, son of Increase Clapp and Elizabeth Bursley, was born at Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, October 1676.1 He died at Rochester, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, between 1752 and 1754.1

John married Dorcas Earle, daughter of Ralph Earle and Dorcas Sprague, about 1700.1,2

He lived his entire life in Rochester and made his will 31 Mar 1752, proved 1 Apr 1754:
estate to his son Ebenezer,
a small legacy to son Benjamin, he having had his share by deed. Ebenezer to pay legacies to
"his sister Charity, my daughter,"
"my daughter Elizabeth"
"my daughter Mary."

The various heirs receipted to Ebenezer Clapp:
"I, Charity Thorpe of Ware River, a place so-called in the county of Hampshire who am one of the heirs of the late John Clap of Rochester, Plymouth County decd"
Elizabeth and Kenelm Winslow for her share;
Mary and John Briggs, for her share.1


Dorcas Earle b. abt. 1680, d. bef. 1752
  • Charity Clapp1 b. 18 Sep 1701
  • Ebenezer Clapp1 b. 13 Apr 1704
  • John Clapp1 b. 23 Oct 1706, d. 13 Oct 1722
  • Benjamin Clapp1 b. 22 Jan 1708/9
  • Earl Clapp1 b. 29 Feb 1711/12, d. 10 Nov 1715
  • Elizabeth Clapp+1 b. 15 Feb 1714, d. bef. 3 Aug 1790
  • Mary Clapp1 b. 23 Mar 1716
This person was last edited on20 Sep 2017


  1. [S85] Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Harriett Grace Scott, 1919), 224-233, further cited as Holman, Scott Genealogy.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 317, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).