The Journey of Deacon George Clark
Puritans did not like the laws of the King's
Church of England and as businessmen they resented the high taxes. Virtually
Reminiscences of Dr. Dale Duncan Clark from
There is some indication that Carpenter
George Clark was actively interested in the Cromwell Revolution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Cromwell
before he left England. This is evident by the fact that when these Stuart
Kings were restored to power a man hunt was begun for those who had taken a
primary part in the execution of King Charles I. The judges, who pronounced the
death sentence on King Charles I, now known as the regicides, escaped and came
to America, landing in Boston Harbor in the 1660s. They looked up the puritan
activists who had left England ahead of them and here they found comfort and
protection. People who secreted them were, of course, guilty of treason and the
regicides became a danger to their friends who had given them seclusion. When
it becomes dangerous for them to remain in the Boston area they fled to New
Haven with the king's men in hot pursuit.
Regicides Whaley and Goffe fled to Milford where they had personal friends. According to a book written by the president of Yale University, the regicides were secreted for part of their time in Milford by Carpenter George Clark. This gives credence to the fact that George Clark was a political activist on the side of the puritans when he was back in Hertfordshire England. This area was a hotbed of revolution against the king and many of the members of Peter Prudden's congregation had come from that area.
In my readings, I can surmise a
pattern that Peter Prudden would go to London and meet with John Davenport. Being Puritans, they came up
with the plan to go to
This group chartered the "Hector" from
Hutchinson, Richard Hutchin-son, and Arthur
Hollingsworth, who were perhaps the owners of the Hector. William Femes, was master of the ship. Before the Hector sailed, the company which
chartered her had so increased that it became necessary to hire another vessel
to accompany her on the voyage; but the name of the vessel has not been
preserved to us. Aboard
this ship were merchants of wealth and standing from back home in
Two months was perhaps the
average time consumed in sailing from
In August of 1637, Eaton and several others traveled south to view the area around the Long Island Sound. Many from the Bay Colony chose to leave for Quinnipiac (now New Haven, CT), where they bought land from the Indians. In the spring of 1638 the town of New Haven was accordingly founded. Please check out this web site: http://www.rootsweb.com/~genepool/nhmap.htm Some of the members were Peter Pruden of the Hertfordshire Group, Deacon George Clark and wife Sarah, Eaton, Davenport: Richard Hull, William Tuttle and William Wilkes of Boston, Anne Higginson and her family, Jarvis Boykin, John Chapman, John Charles, Timothy Ford, Thomas James, Benjamin Ling, John Mosse and Richard Perry of Charlestown; John Benham, Benjamin Fenn, Thomas Jeffrey, Thomas Kimberly, William Preston, Thomas Sandford, Thomas Trowbridge and Zachariah Whitman of Dorchester; John Astwood of Stanstead Abbey, Hertfordshire and Roxbury; Thomas Baker, John Burwell, Jasper Gunn, John Hall, John Peacock, William Potter, Edward Riggs, Thomas Uffot and Joanna and Jacob Sheaffe of Roxbury; Mark Pierce of Newtown; and Nathaniel Turner of Lynn.
The next year a swarm from this new
town settled in
Milford was settled in 1639 by a group of English Puritans, followers of the Rev. Peter Prudden. They are often referred to, in the history of the New Haven Colony, as the "Hertfordshire Group."
ASTWOOD, J.- BAILEY, T.- BAKER, Thomas- BALDWIN, John- BALDWIN, Joseph- BALDWIN, Nathaniel- BALDWIN, R.- BALDWIN, Tim- BEARD, Martha- BENTON, A.- BIRDSEYE, J.- BOLT, Frances-BOTSFORD, H.- BRISCOR, N- BROUKES, W.-BROWN, J.- BRYAN, Alexander- BUCKINGHAM, Thomas- BURWELL, J.- CAMP, N.- CAMPFIELD (CANFIELD), T.- CLARK, Jr, George Farmer- CLARK, Sr., George Deacon- COLEY, S.- DENISON, R.- EAST, William- FENN, Benjamin- FLETCHER, John- FORD, T.- FOWLER, J.-FOWLER, William- FREEMAN, John- GUNN, J.- HARVEY, Edward- HATLEY, Ph.- HINE, Thomas- HUBBARD, G.- LAND, John- LAWRENCE, T.- LAWRENCE, Thomas- LYON, Henry- PEACOCKE, John- PLATT, R.- PLUM, R.- PRIME, J.- PRUDDEN, James- PRUDDEN, Peter (Rev.)- REED, T.- RIGGS, E.- ROBERTS, W.- ROGERS, J.- SANDFORD, Thomas- SHERMAN, John- SLOUGH, W.-SMITH, J.- SMITH, J.- STONHILL, Henry- STREAM, John- TAPP, Edmund- TAPPING, Thomas-TIBBATS, T.- TOMPKINS, M.- TYRREL, A.- WELCH, T.- WHEELER, T.- WHITMAN, Zachariah-
Rev. Peter Prudden built their dreams after a long journey into the unknown and achieved their goals. I am sure that Deacon George Clark helped build this church since he was one of the town carpenters. In his will he had a lot of carpentry tools for that time and was also known as Carpenter Clark before he was a Deacon. Please check it out at: http://www.firstchurchofmilford.org/website/publish/home/homeList.php.
Deacon George Clark was my ninth great grandfather. He risked it all to the unknown and started
from scratch in the woods of Milford CT. USA with his wife Sarah and new born
son along with a lot of great friends. When he died in