Monday, December 13, 2010

Jeremy and Walter Clarke, and Freeborn Williams

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This is the grave site of Jeremy (is step uncle a correct title?) and Walter Clarke, 8th great granduncle who were father and son governors of Rhode Island. The graveyard is located in Newport and has two names, Gold Hill Cemetery and Clifton's Burying Ground; Clifton was the original owner of the property. Also, buried here with no marker is Freeborn Williams, Roger williams' daughter.  Freeborn was Walter's 2nd wife and Walter was Freeborn's 2nd husband.  Both had been widowed. They shared no children. Jeremy was the second....or third (depending on which version you believe) husband of Frances, "The Falconer's Daughter" Latham, 9th great grandmother. Frances is buried in the "Old Section" of the Common Burial Ground of which you can read more about in her own posting which is further on.
As near as I can determine the stone reads:

Here lyeth intered
the body of Walter
Clarke Esq. A Former
Govern of this colony
and was worthy in his
day of doble hon. for
his religious & civil con-
cerns. He departed this life
the 22 day of May in the 72
year of his age Anno Domini

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