Nielsen Hayden genealogy

Frances Latham

Female Bef 1610 - 1677  (> 67 years)


Generations:      Standard    |    Vertical    |    Compact    |    Box    |    Text    |    Ahnentafel    |    Fan Chart    |    Media    |    PDF

Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Frances Latham was born before 15 Feb 1610 in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England (daughter of Lewis Latham and Elizabeth); died in Sep 1677 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; was buried in Common Burying Ground, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 15 Feb 1610, Kempston, Bedfordshire, England

    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.

    Family/Spouse: William Dungan. William died before 20 Sep 1636 in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, England; was buried on 20 Sep 1636 in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Frances Dungan

    Frances married Jeremy Clarke, Governor of Rhode Island about 1637 in England. Jeremy (son of William Clerke and Mary Weston) was born before 1 Dec 1605; died in Jan 1652 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; was buried in Jan 1652 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Walter Clarke, Governor of Rhode Island was born in 1640; died on 23 May 1714.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Lewis Latham was born about 1584 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England; died about 1653.

    Notes:

    Sergeant Falconer to Charles I.

    Lewis married Elizabeth. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Elizabeth
    Children:
    1. 1. Frances Latham was born before 15 Feb 1610 in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England; died in Sep 1677 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; was buried in Common Burying Ground, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island.