DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS CLAPP OF ENGLAND

Clapp02Descendants of Thomas CLAPP - 13 Mar 2007
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First Generation

1. Thomas CLAPP1 was born in 1597 in Dorchester, Dorset, , England. He died in 1684 in Scituate, , MA.  "Mr Thomas Clap was born in Dorchester, England, 1597. He came to New England with the early settlers of Dorchester , where his brothers John, Richard and Ambrose tarried. Thomas proceeded to Weymouth, where his first son Thomas was born 1639. He had grands of land in Hingham, 1637, but never resided there. His farm in Weymouth was near the present residence of Hon. Christopher Webb. He came to Scituate 1740. We find no record of his children born here, but we learn from incidental records, that he had Eleazer, Samuel, Elizabeth, Prudence, John born 1658, and Abigail born 1659. His farm in Scituate was on the south -west of Stockbridge's mill pond, and now owned by Calvin Jenkins, sen. He was a Deacon of the first Church 1647. He was an active, useful, and venerable man."21

"Thomas Clapp. Son of Richard Clapp, of England, and cousin of Roger and Edward, was born in Dorchester, England, in 1597. He came over to this country, probably, ... in the ship which arrived from Weymouth (Eng.) on the 24th of July, 1633. The probability is that Thomas and Nicholas, and their cousin Edward, came over together, and John some time afterward. The name of Thomas Clapp appears, in 1634, on the Town Records of Dorchester, where his brothers Nicholas and John settled, lived and died. After his arrival in this country, Thomas remaind a few years in Dorchester, being admitted as a freeman there in 1638, and then removed to Weymouth , Mass., probably with the intention of settling there. His farm was near what has since been the residence of Hon. Christopher Webb, of that place.

"Farmer, in his Genealogical Register, says that Thomas, senior, removed from Waymouth to Hingham, and thence to Scituate; while Deane says he had grants of land in Hingham, but never resided there. Whether he did remove there or not, there is little doubt that it was his intention to do so when the grant of lands was made to him. If he was an inhabitant of Scituate as early as 1640, as Deane says, it is very unlikely that he ever took up his residence in Hingham, as there is evidence of ihs being in Weymouth the year pervious. He was Deacon of the Church in Scituate in 1647, and was warmly engaged in a theological controversy respecting the form of baptism, which commenced about 1641, with the Rev . Charles Chauncey, then minister in Scituate, but afterwards President of Harvard College. Mr. Clapp was one of the committee of three , in 1675, who sent a letter to the Second Church, informing them that a reconciliation had taken place after a controversy of 33 years. Mr. Clapp was a Deputy to the Court in 1649, and overseer of the poor in 1667, that being the first year such officers were chosen. He was a useful and enterprising man. He died April 20, 1684, greatly respected. His farm in Scituate was on the south-west of Stockbridge's mill-pond, and afterwards owned by Calvin Jenkins. Who his wife was had not been ascertained, excepting that her christian name was Abigail.

"Richard Sylvester, who lived in Weymouth about 1640, held doctrines too liberal for the age in which he lived; they were supposed to be similar to those of his minister, Mr. Lenthial, whose doctrine was 'that all baptized persons should be admitted to the church without further trial.' This Mr. Lenthial afterward retracted before the General Court of Massachusetts; but Sylvester refusing, he was disfranchised, and therefore removed into Scituate, then in the Plymouth Colony and out of their jurisdiction. As Thomas Rawlins, Thomas Clapp, James Torrey and William Holbrook went to Scituate about the same time, Deane supposed it was on account of holding similar opinions."9


Abigail WRIGHT1 (daughter of Richard WRIGHT and Daughter COOKE) was born. 

She was daughter of Richard Wright (b. near 1598 in England) of Lynn, Braintree, Rehoboth and Boston. She deposed Nov.4,1701, aged about 78 that she came over with her father Richard Wright in the first fleet 1630. (Register Vol.31)
She married 1st (bef. 1640) Robert Sharp as his second wife [Sprague #4248]
She married 2nd Thomas Clapp, not Nicholas Clapp as stated in Pope's Pioneers (Sprague #4248R)
She married 3rd before Nov.1696, William Holbrook(2) of Weymouth & Scituate.
(Sprague #2536 & 5773).
  Thomas CLAPP and Abigail WRIGHT had the following children:

+2i.Samuel CLAPP, married Hannah GILL, on 14 Jun 1666.



Second Generation

2. Samuel CLAPP1 (Thomas-1) was born. "From Samuel descended the distinguished family of the name in this vicinity. He succeeded to his father's residence. He married Hannah, the daughter of Thomas Gill of Hingham 1666. His children were Samuel born 1667, Joseph 1668, Stephen 1670, Hannah 1673, Bethia 1675, John 1677, Abigail 1679, David 1684, Deborah 1686, Jane 1689."21

Samuel's father's residence suddeded to Samuel. He was a distinguishewd man of his time, and one of the most so of his native town, Scituate. He was a Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts 1692-96, 99, 1703-05, 07-09, and 14-15, after the Massachusetts and Plymouth Colonies were united. Previous to htis he had been a Deputy to the Government of the Plymouth Colony 1680-86, and 90-91. He was one of the committee chosen May 27, 1686, by the town 'to draw up their grievances, and impart their apprehensions to the town' concerning the new laws that day read to them. In 1682, he was one of the commissioners to settle the boundary between Scituate and Marshfield; also to divide the line between Conihasset grant and Scituate. In many other ways he served the Town and State with great zeal and fidelity, and died at an age somewhat advanced. He and John Cushing, of Scituate, addressed a 'very spriited declaration' to Gev. Andros, in 1687, upon the account of his granting a warrant to Humphrey Johnson to lay out lands for Johnson's use. He had a grist and saw-mill where the Stockbridge Mills have since stood.9

On 14 Jun 1666 Samuel married Hannah Gill (523) , daughter of Thomas Gill (164) (ca 1616-24 Feb 1704/5) & Hannah Otis (577) (ca 1618-25 Jan 1675/6), in Scituate, MA.41 Born on 10 Nov 1645 in Hingham, MA.26 Hannah died on 27 Feb 1722; she was 76.9


Samuel CLAPP and Hannah GILL were married on 14 Jun 1666.  Hannah GILL1 (daughter of Thomas GILL and Hannah OTIS) was born on 10 Nov 1645 in Hingham, Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass..  She died on 27 Feb 1722. 

!BIRTH:  Clapp Genealogy
MARR:  Same
DEATH: Same Samuel CLAPP and Hannah GILL had the following children:

+3i.John CLAPP, born on 30 Sep 1677; married Hannah GILL, in 1702.



Third Generation

3. John CLAPP1 (Samuel-2, Thomas-1) was born on 30 Sep 1677.  He was baptized on 6 Oct 1678 in Second Church of Scituate. John lived near the residence of the late [as of 1831] Augustus [Clap], east of the mill pond.

On 16 Dec 1702 when John was 25, he married Hannah Gill (1690) , daughter of Lieut. Thomas Gill 8 Mar 1648/9-3 Sep 1725 & Susanna Wilson (ca 1648-29 Dec 1725) Born on 23 Oct 1681 in Hingham, MA




John CLAPP and Hannah GILL were married in 1702. Hannah GILL1 (daughter of Lieutenant Thomas GILL and Susannah WILSON) was born on 23 Oct 1681. She died on 22 Aug 1761. John CLAPP and Hannah GILL had the following children:

+4i.Thomas CLAPP, born on 11 Nov 1705, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; married Mary LEONARD, on 19 Sep 1731, Norton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA; died on 31 May 1774.



Fourth Generation

4. Thomas CLAPP1 (John-3, Samuel-2, Thomas-1) was born on 11 Nov 1705 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.  He died on 31 May 1774. 

Thomas Clapp graduated from Harvard College in 1725. He was ordained a minister at Taunton in 1729. He left the ministry and was appointed Chief Justice of the Inferior Court of Plymouth County and one of the Counsellors of the County.

Rev. Thomas Clap. Born on 11 Nov 1705 in Scituate, MA  Thomas died on 31 May 1774; he was 68 education: Harvard 1725

Thomas "was the minister of the first Church of Taunton a few years; afterward a Judge of the Court of Plymouth County, and a Colonel of the militia."

On 9 Sep 1731 when Thomas was 25, he first married Mary Leonard, daughter of Judge George Leonard. Born on 14 Jan 1713/4. Mary died on 27 Jun 1741; she was 27  Mary died of measles.

Children of Thomas and Mary: John 1733, Thomas 1736, Mary 1738, and Calvin 1740



Thomas CLAPP and Mary LEONARD were married on 19 Sep 1731 in Norton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA.  Mary LEONARD1 (daughter of Judge George LEONARD and Ann TISDALE) was born in 1714.  She died on 27 Jun 1741.  Thomas CLAPP and Mary LEONARD had the following children:

+5i.John CLAPP Captain, born on 14 Jul 1733, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA; married Jerusha BAILEY, on 2 Nov 1752, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; died on 24 May 1767, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
+6ii.John CLAPP, born on 14 Jul 1733, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA; married Jerusha BAILEY, on 2 Nov 1752, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; died on 24 May 1767, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.



Fifth Generation

5. John CLAPP Captain1 (Thomas-4, John-3, Samuel-2, Thomas-1) was born on 14 Jul 1733 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA.  He died on 24 May 1767 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.  He was buried in Norwell, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

John Clapp was a Captain in the Militia and an officer in the French War.
He was at Quebec in 1759.  He was but 20 years of age and his wife 16 at
the time of their marriage.  He was the only member of his family who married.

John CLAPP Captain and Jerusha BAILEY were married on 2 Nov 1752 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.  Jerusha BAILEY1 (daughter of Benjamin BAILEY and Ruth (Litchfield) TILDEN) was christened on 9 May 1736.

!BIRTH:  See John Clapp
MARR:  Same
DEATH: SAME

  John CLAPP Captain and Jerusha BAILEY had the following children:

+7i.Ruth CLAPP, born in 1759, Mansfield, Mass; married John Zachariah TIFFANY, on 28 Mar 1782, Mansfield, Mass; married Captain John Zachariah TIFFANY RW, on 28 Mar 1782, Mansfield, Mass; died on 19 Feb 1839, NY.

6. John CLAPP (Thomas-4, John-3, Samuel-2, Thomas-1) was born on 14 Jul 1733 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA. He died on 24 May 1767 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA. He was buried in Norwell, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

John CLAPP and Jerusha BAILEY were married on 2 Nov 1752 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.  Jerusha BAILEY1 (daughter of Benjamin BAILEY and Ruth (Litchfield) TILDEN) was christened on 9 May 1736. 

!BIRTH:  See John Clapp
MARR:  Same
DEATH: SAME

  John CLAPP and Jerusha BAILEY had the following children:

+7i.Ruth CLAPP, born in 1759, Mansfield, Mass; married John Zachariah TIFFANY, on 28 Mar 1782, Mansfield, Mass; married Captain John Zachariah TIFFANY RW, on 28 Mar 1782, Mansfield, Mass; died on 19 Feb 1839, NY.



Sixth Generation

7. Ruth CLAPP1 (John-5, Thomas-4, John-3, Samuel-2, Thomas-1) was born in 1759 in Mansfield, Mass.  She died on 19 Feb 1839 in NY.

Ruth CLAPP and John Zachariah TIFFANY were married on 28 Mar 1782 in Mansfield, Mass.  John Zachariah TIFFANY (son of John TIFFANY and Deliverance PARMENTER) was born on 16 Oct 1747 in Attleboro, Mass. He served in the military between 1774 and 1779 in Revolutionary War. He died in Jan 1825 in Mt. Pleasant, Wayne, PA.. Ruth CLAPP and John Zachariah TIFFANY had the following children:

+8i.Leonard TIFFANY, born on 10 Apr 1786, Mt Pleasant, PA; married Laura WHITNEY, on 22 Feb 1819, Mt Pleasant, PA; died in Nov 1880, Susquehanna Co, Pa.

Ruth CLAPP and Captain John Zachariah TIFFANY RW were married on 28 Mar 1782 in Mansfield, Mass. Captain John Zachariah TIFFANY RW1 (son of John TIFFANY RW and Deliverance PARMENTER) was born on 16 Oct 1747 in Attleboro, Mass. He served in the military between 1774 and 1779 in Revolutionary War.  DAR Patriot_ID=700684 He died in Jan 1825 in Mt. Pleasant, Wayne, PA..

Shown as Sargent, MA in DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, 1994.
Tiffany, John (Conn). Sergeant of Burrall's Continental Regiment, January, 1776; Ensign 19 t h September, 1776; Ensign 1st Connecticut , 1st January, 1777; 2d  Lieutenant, 31st December , 1777; 1st Lieutenant, 6th February, 1778; Captain-Lieutenant, 21s t August, 1780; transferr ed to 4th Connecticut, 1st January, 1781;  resigned 23d October, 1781.

Alphabetical List of Officers of the Continental Army
 Fifteenth Virginia  page 543
 Tiffany, John (Conn). Sergeant of Burrall's Continental Regiment, January, 1776; Ensign 19 t h September, 1776; Ensign  1st Connecticut, 1st January, 1777; 2d Lieutenant, 31st December , 1777; 1st Lieutenant, 6t h February, 1778;  Captain-Lieutenant, 21st August, 1780; transfer red to 4th Connecticut, 1st January, 1781; resigned 23d October, 1781

http://members.dar.org/DAR/DARnet/pi/PI.cfm?Action=Full_Record&Patriot _ID=700684  Ruth CLAPP and Captain John Zachariah TIFFANY RW had the following children:

+8i.Leonard TIFFANY, born on 10 Apr 1786, Mt Pleasant, PA; married Laura WHITNEY, on 22 Feb 1819, Mt Pleasant, PA; died in Nov 1880, Susquehanna Co, Pa.