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Frances Latham

Female Bef 1610 - 1677  (> 67 years)


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  • Name Frances Latham 
    Born Bef 15 Feb 1610  Kempston, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Baptised 15 Feb 1610  Kempston, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Died Sep 1677  Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Common Burying Ground, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I18657  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2017 

    Father Lewis Latham,   b. Abt 1584, Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1653  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth 
    Family ID F11578  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Dungan,   d. Bef 20 Sep 1636, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Dungan
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F11576  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jeremy Clarke, Governor of Rhode Island,   b. Bef 1 Dec 1605, East Farleigh, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1652, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Married Abt 1637  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Walter Clarke, Governor of Rhode Island,   b. 1640,   d. 23 May 1714  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F11932  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • She emigrated about 1638 with her second husband Jeremy Clarke and her four children by William Dungan.

      From Wikipedia:

      Frances Latham (1610-1677), was a colonial American woman who settled in Rhode Island, and is known as "the Mother of Governors." Having been widowed twice, she had three husbands, and became the ancestor of at least ten governors and three deputy/lieutenant governors, and is related by marriage to an additional six governors and one deputy governor.

      Born in Bedfordshire, England, she was the daughter of Lewis Latham, a falconer for King Charles I. She was first married to William Dungan, with whom she had four children. Dungan died at an early age, and she soon married Jeremy Clarke who brought her and her Dungan children to New England where they settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Clarke was a prominent merchant who became the President of the colony for a year. With Clarke, Frances had seven children, the oldest of whom, Walter, later became a governor of the colony.

      Jeremy Clarke died when all of his children were still minors, after which Frances married her third husband, the Reverend William Vaughan of Newport. Frances and her last husband both died at about the same time in 1677 in Newport, and Frances was buried in the Common Burying Ground there. She leaves a legacy of thousands of descendants, many of whom reached great prominence during their lives.

      [...]

      Governors who are direct descendants:

      Walter Clarke, her son, Rhode Island governor 1676-1677, 1686, and 1696-1698
      Samuel Cranston, Rhode Island governor 1698-1729
      William Greene, Jr., Rhode Island governor 1778-1785
      Nehemiah R. Knight, Rhode Island governor 1817-1821
      Henry Lippitt, Rhode Island governor 1875-1877
      Charles W. Lippitt, Rhode Island governor 1895-1896
      John R. Rogers, Washington governor, 1896-1902
      John Chafee, Rhode Island governor, 1963-1969
      Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island governor, 2011-

      Also John R. Rogers, Washington state governor, 1897-1901.

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Wikipedia.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.