John Clarke (b. ca. 1630)

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John Clarke (b. ca. 1630)
Person John Clarke (b. ca. 1630)
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Clarke
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Quartermaster
Associated with ship(s) Ffreeman of London (Master: John Whittey)
Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text John Clarke
Has signoff text Simple marke
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Language skills English language
Has interpreter
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Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1626
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First deposition age 29
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.512r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Sep 21 1655
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Has HCA evidence completed No
Has source comment completed No
Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

John Clarke (b. ca. 1626; d. ?). Mariner.

A quartermaster of the ship the ffreeman (Master: John Whitly). There were three quartermasters on the ffreeman, all three of whom deposed in this cause.The other two quartermasters were Robert Holding and Edward Rossiter. Of the three quartermasters only Robert Holding , aged thirty-one, of the parish of Stepney, was literate.[1] Edward Rossiter, a forty-eight year old mariner and quartemaster of Limehouse, signed his deposition, as did John Clarke, with a simple marke.[2]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-nine year old John Clarke deposed on September 21st 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty.[3] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Delavall and Company in the cause of "Yaxday (sic) against Delavall and others".[4]

After recounting the events of the ship the Mary falling foul of the ffreeman as the ffreeman went down towards Gravesend, John Clarke stated that he had been "paid all his wages save 30 s which he saith is stopped out of the same and the like out of the wages of others of the ffreemans company for certayne tobaccoes which appeareth by the boatswaines booke to be laded aboard the ffreeman in Virginia and were nor found aboard her at her unladeing at London".[5]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.511r
  2. HCA 13/70 f.512v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.512r
  4. HCA 13/70 f.510r
  5. HCA 13/70 f.512r