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  1. SAMUEL CLAP: Birth: 11 OCT 1634 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 16 OCT 1708 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

  2. William Clap: Birth: 5 JUL 1636. Death: 22 SEP 1638

  3. Elizabeth Clap: Birth: 22 JUN 1638 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 25 DEC 1711 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

  4. Experience Clap: Birth: 23 AUG 1640. Death: 1 NOV 1640

  5. Waitstill Clap: Birth: 22 OCT 1641 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 9 AUG 1643 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

  6. Preserved Clap: Birth: 23 NOV 1643 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 20 SEP 1720 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts

  7. Hopestill Clap: Birth: 6 DEC 1647 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 2 SEP 1719 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

  8. Wait Clap: Birth: 24 MAR 1650 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 3 MAY 1717 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

  9. Thanks Clap: Birth: 25 AUG 1651 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.

  10. Desire Clap: Birth: 17 OCT 1652 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: DEC 1717

  11. Thomas Clap: Birth: APR 1655 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: APR 1670

  12. Unite Clap: Birth: 13 OCT 1656 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 20 MAR 1664 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

  13. Supply Clap: Birth: 30 OCT 1660 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Death: 5 MAR 1686 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

1. Title:   Clapp, Ebenezer, The Clapp Memorial (Boston: David Clapp & Son, 1876)
2. Title:   Ferris, Mary W., Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines Vol. I, Rufus R. Dawes Line (Milwaukee: Privately Printed, 1943)
3. Title:   Anderson, Robert C., The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. I, A-F (Boston: NEHGS, 1995)
4. Title:   Spear, Burton, Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John 1630 (The Mary & John Clearing House, 1987)
5. Title:   Miscellaneous: Genealogy/History Book
6. Title:   Visited Burial Site
7. Title:   Dunkle, Robert J., and Ann S. Lainhart, Inscriptions and Records of The Old Cemeteries of Boston (NEHGS, Boston: 2000)
8. Title:   Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., 1985)

a. Note:   oston, 1995, Pp. 364-370. ROGER CLAP ORIGIN: Exeter, Devonshire MIGRATION: 1630 on the Mary & John FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester REMOVES: Boston (Castle Island) OCCUPATION: Soldier. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 14 May 1634 implied by freemanship. Roger himself stated that he was "admitted into the church fellowship at our first beginning in Dorchester in the year 1630" [Clap 24]. (After the departure of Warham and Maverick, Roger Clap and his wife did not join the second church at Dorchester.) FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 [MBCR 1:368]. EDUCATION: Both Roger and Joan signed their 1680 deed [SLR 12:227]. Roger presumably penned his Memoirs, showing considerable education. OFFICES: Deputy for Dorchester to Massachusetts Bay General Court, 26 May 1647, 27 May 1652, 18 May 1653, 3 May 1654, 23 May 1655, 14 May 1656, 6 May 1657, 11 May 1659, 30 May 1660, 19 December 1660, 22 May 1661, 7 August 1661, 7 May 1662, 27 May 1663, 18 May 1664, 3 August 1664, 3 May 1665, 31 May 1671 [MBCR 2:186, 3:259, 297, 340, 373, 422, 4:1:77, 120, 181, 221, 255, 286, 364, 416, 449, 4:2:1, 30, 41, 71, 100, 117, 142, 485]. Commissioner to end small causes, 31 December 1661, 11 March 1663/4 [MBCR 4:2:39; DTR 119]. Committee to consider Dedham petitions, 2 June 1653 [MBCR 3:306, 4:1:148]. Committee to regulate workmen's wages, 13 November 1655 [MBCR 4:1:247]. Committee to lay out the highway through Roxbury (in place of Mr. Glover, deceased), 19 May 1658 [MBCR 4:1:327]. Committee to lay the bounds to Natick, 19 October 1658 [MBCR 4:1:362]. Committee to examine the complaint of Concord, 12 November 1659 [MBCR 4:1:404, 409]. Committee to lay the south line of the colony, 31 May 1660 [MBCR 4:1:424]. Committee to grant liberty to settle a new plantation (Mendon), 16 October 1660 [MBCR 4:1:445]. Committee to consider changes in the militia, 27 May 1663 [MBCR 4:2:74]. Paid £4 for laying out the southern bounds of the colony, 19 October 1664 [MBCR 4:2:139]. Committee to investigate the tanning of leather, 3 May 1665 [MBCR 4;2:147]. Committee to oversee the rebuilding of the Castle after its destruction by fire, 7 May 1673 [MBCR 4:2:551]. Dorchester selectman, 10 September 1637, 1 February 1641[/2], 24 December 1645, 2 December 1650, 28 November 1653, 4 December 1654, 7 October 1657, 6 December 1658, 5 December 1659, 2 December 1661, 1 December 1662, 7 December 1663, 5 December 1664, 12 December 1664, 11 December 1665 ("Captain Clap, if he can be obtained") [DTR 24, 44, 292, 304, 317, 318, 88, 93, 98, 108, 111, 117, 124, 125, 129]. Committee to locate a farm in lieu of Thompson's Island, 1 December 1662 [DTR 112]. Committee to determine the line between Dorchester and Roxbury, 8 March 1668/9 [DTR 157]. Committee on highways, 23 April 1638, 1 October 1656 [DTR 33, 80]. Rater, 30 October 1638, 14 March 1645[/6] [DTR 35, 57]. Recorder of cattle, 13 February 1638[/9] [DTR 37]. Fenceviewer, 20 May 1639 [DTR 39]. Appointed Lieutenant of the Dorchester company, 6 May 1646 [MBCR 2:146]. Admitted to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1646 [HAHAC 1:157-58]. ESTATE: Granted sixteen acres in the Great Lots in Dorchester, 4 January 1635/6 [DTR 14]. On 1 February 1635[/6] Roger Clap was granted two acres in the second marsh [DTR 15]. Roger Clap was granted half an acre adjoining to the meadow at Powow point in lieu of calves pasture for Mr. Witchfield's house, 2 January 1637[/8] [DTR 29]. Roger Clap received four acres in the division of the Neck and four acres in the division of other land, 18 March 1637[/8] [DTR 31]. On 9 September 1680 "Roger Clapp of Castle Island ... and Joane his wife" having sold to Capt. Samuel Wadsworth of Milton, housewright, deceased, in his lifetime," a twenty-one acre lot in the first three divisions, also all their land in Milton in the six divisions being more than forty-three acres, now confirm the same to Abigail Wadsworth, his relict [SLR 12:227]. In his will, dated 19 November 1690 and proved 5 March 1690/1, Roger Clap "in the time of my health" bequeathed to "my dear and loving wife" my house and land in Boston with all the priviledges and appurtenances, also six acres of upland and five acres of meadow in Dorchester Neck, also three acres of meadow in Dorchester, during her natural life, also household goods and £40 in money or goods as she pleases; residue to be divided equally among my children, only "Samuel my eldest" to have a double portion in all except in that which my dear wife is to have for her life; also anything that any other of my children have had in my lifetime is to be reckoned as part of their portions (receipts for which "you shall find in my little Forril book"); to "my son Samuel" all my land both upland and meadow at Powow Point in Dorchester Neck and two small lots in the little neck and my lot called the Eight Acre lot, and half my farm at Ponkapoage; "Preserved" having had land of me already at Northampton, as by my little book do appear, he shall have a fifth part of my farm at Pacasuck in Westfield; to "my son Hopestill" that part of the home that is beyond the fence and all the meadow at the end of the home lot and at the tide mill and at the end of Cornelius' lot as far as the salt creek, and two small lots in Little neck the land at the mouth of the great creek and the first and second division in the cow walk and half my farm at Ponkapoage and half the woodlot that was "Hases" by the fresh marsh; if the lands my sons have were not appraised by me and "set down in my Forrile book, it must be appraised so those that have had more than their portion may pay to those that want to make their portions equal"; to "my son Desire" my third division of woodland and twenty acres of land on the north side of Nabonsett River and three acres of meadow on the south side of Nabonset which was William Meekies out of my farm at Pacasuck in Westfield; to the inhabitants of the town [Westfield] towards the maintenance of an able minister on condition that they pay two bushels of good wheat to my dear wife in Boston yearly during her natural life; residue of land to make my children's portions equal; to "my daughters Elizabeth and Waite" small gifts; to "my grandchildren then living", together with "my cousin Esther Bessesk and Constant Dewery" 10s. each; "my sons and daughters" shall pay their mother yearly for her more comfortable living 20s. each; also I give my wife what falls to her by "her Father Ford at Windsor or elsewhere"; "my dear wife and son Samuel" executors; "my dear and loving friends Elder James Blake and cousin Thomas Swift" overseers, 10s. each [SPR 8:35-36]. BIRTH: Salcombe Regis, Devonshire, 2 April 1609 (deposed "aged sixty-two or thereabouts" 31 October 1671 [SCC 8]), son of William and Johan (Channon) Clap [Stevens-Miller Anc 1:278-80]. "I was born in England, in Sallcom, in Devonshire, in the year of our Lord 1609" [Clap 17]. DEATH: Boston 2 February 1690/1 [BVR 193]. "This morn Capt. Roger Clap dies" [Sewall 274 (giving the exaggerated age at death of 86)]. MARRIAGE: Dorchester 6 November 1633 Joanna Ford, daughter of THOMAS FORD; she died [29?] June 1695 [King's Chapel 244]. CHILDREN (all born Dorchester): i SAMUEL, b. 11 October 1634 [NEHGR 5:98]; bp. __ October 1634 [DChR 149]; m. Dorchester 18 November 1659 Hannah Leeds "His virtuous wife, daughter of Richard Leeds lived with him near forty-nine years and deceased about 7 days before him..." [DChR 149]. ii WILLIAM, b. 2 July 1636 [NEHGR 5:98]; d. Dorchester 22 September 1638 [NEHGR 5:98]. iii ELIZABETH, b. 22 June 1638 [NEHGR 5:98]; m. say 1660 Joseph Holmes [Dawes-Gates 167, citing J. Holmes, Descendants of George Holmes (1908)]. iv EXPERIENCE (dau.), b. 23 August 1640 [NEHGR 5:98]; bp. 30 August 1640 [DChR 153]; d. Dorchester 1 November 1640 [NEHGR 5:98]. v WAITSTILL (son), b. 22 October 1641 [NEHGR 5:98]; bp. 24 October 1641 [DChR 154]; d. Dorchester 9 August 1643 [NEHGR 5:98]. vi PRESERVED, b. 23 November 1643 [NEHGR 5:98]; bp. 26 November 1643 [DChR 156]; m. Windsor 4 June 1668 Sarah Newberry [CTVR 11]. vii EXPERIENCE, bp. Dorchester 21 December 1645 [DChR 158]; no further record. viii HOPESTILL, b. Dorchester 6 December 1647 [DChR 7]; m. Dorchester 18 April 1672 Susanna Swift [DVR 22]. ix WAIT, bp. Dorchester 24 March 1650[/1] ("Lieutenant Clap declared the reason why he called his child (wait) was because he did suppose the fall of antichrist was not far off") [DChR 160]; m. Charlestown 3 April 1673 Jonathan Simpson [ChVR 1:89]. x THANKS, bp. Dorchester 25 August 1650 [DChR 160]; no further record. xi DESIRE, b. say 1653; m. (1) Dorchester 21 October 1679 Sarah Pond [DVR 24]; m. (2) Boston 27 December 1716 "Mrs. Deborah Smith" [Dawes-Gates 168]. xii THOMAS, bp. Dorchester 29 April 1655 [DChR 166]; d. 1670 aged fifteen [Dawes-Gates 168]. xiii UNITE, bp. Dorchester 19 October 1656 [DChR 168]; d. Dorchester 20 March 1664[/5] [DVR 26]. xiv SUPPLY, bp. Dorchester 4 November 1660 [DChR 171]; d. 7 March 1685/6, "Capt. Clap's son, a very desirable man and Gunner of the Castle, though Mr. Baxter hath the name, at the Castle Island hath one of his eyes shot out, and a piece of his skull taken away by the accidental firing of a gun as he was going afowling" [Sewall 98]; bur. Dorchester 9 March 1685/6, "Supply Clap, Gunner of the Castle, is buried at Dorchester by the Castle-Company about Noon; after the vollies there, several great guns were fired at the Castle; both heard by the town" [Sewall 99]. ASSOCIATIONS: Clap stated that "We were five brethren (of which I was the youngest) and two sisters" [Clap 17]. Several of these brothers and sisters, along with a number of cousins, came to New England in the years after Roger arrived [Scott Gen 224-30; Stevens-Miller Anc 1:276-80]. COMMENTS: Roger Clap's Memoirs, written in his old age, are invaluable both for their perspective and their detail. I never so much as heard of New England until I heard of many godly persons that were going there and that Mr. Warham was to go also.... I ... made my request to [my father] and God so inclined his heart, that he never said me nay. For now God sent the reverend Mr. Maverick, who lived forty miles off, a man I never saw before. He having heard of me, came to my father's house; and my father agreed that I should be with him and come under his care .... So God brought me out of Plymouth the 20th of March, in the year 1629/30, and landed me in health at Nantasket on the 30th of May, 1630, I being then about the age of twenty-one years [Clap 18-19]. He told of the voyage over, the journey up the coast when the ship captain failed to deliver them at the Charles River, the friendly "old planters" and the friendly Indians. ...I do not remember that ever I did wish in my heart that I had not come into this country, or wish myself back again to my father's house. Yea, I was so far from that, that I wished and advised some of my dear brethren to come hither also; which accordingly one of my brothers [Edward] and those two that married my two sisters [Nicholas Clap and George Weeks] sold their means and came hither [Clap 20]. Captain Clapp and widow Alice Nichols were appointed guardians of the minor son of Mordecai Nicholls, 3 February 1664[/5] [SCC 7]. The testimony of Rodger Clap aged sixty two years or thereabouts. Saith that Mr. Thomas Clarke having taken down one end of the house which was Mordicay Nicolls & built a new room in the place did show me the new room & said that it had cost him a great deal of money but he did keep an account of it, & did intent that it should be in part of that two hundred pounds which his wife was to have out of his estate after his death. This deponent asked him how if his wife should die before him he answered then he would freely give it to John and would have nothing for it. 31 October 1671 [SCC 8]. Roger Clap deposed on 1 February 1664[/5], "aged fifty-five years or thereabout," with John Capen, aged fifty-one years, and Nicholas Clap, aged fifty-two or thereabouts that we every one of us being present at the house of Edward Clappe, on the third day of January 1664 did hear the writing now presented read unto the said Edward Clap, now deceased, & he approved of it to be his will & he caused it to be read again, in the hearing of his wife, to see if she had any exception to make & then appointed it to be writ fairly out again, which accordingly was forthwith done, & we coming to the intent to have it perfected, were informed that he was asleep & therefore were not willing to trouble him, it being late in the night, went away and forbore at that present, & afterward it was neglected to be presented, so nothing else was done..." [SPR 1:443]. Roger Clap with others of Dorchester received the Indian deed of Charles Josiah, grandson of Chickatabut, for an extensive tract of land bounding Dorchester and Milton, 4 June 1684 [SLR 13:149-50]. Roger Clap's life became increasingly oriented toward his military activities as he grew older, and eventually, after the death of Richard Davenport, he became captain of the Castle. In September 1654 when troops were set up "to go out if need should require" against the Niantics, the first troop had Roger Clap as lieutenant [Bodge 23]. Edward Johnson described the train band at Dorchester, headed by Captain Humphrey Atherton "with his stout and valiant Lieutenant Clapes, strong for the truth" [WWP 229]. ... at first they built a castle with mud walls, which stood divers years. First Capt. Simpkins was commander thereof; and after him Lieut. Monish for a little space. When the mud walls failed, it was built again with pine trees and earth; and Capt. Davenport was commander. When that decayed, which was within a little time, there was a small castle built with brick walls, and had three rooms in it, a dwelling room below, a lodging room over it, the gun room over that, wherein stood six very good saker guns, and over it, upon the top, three lesser guns. All the time of our weakness, God was pleased to give us peace.... In July 1665, God was pleased to send a grievous storm of thunder and lightning, which did some hurt at Boston, and struck dead here at the Castle Island that worthy, renowned Captain Richard Davenport. Upon which the General Court in August 10th following appointed another Captain in the room of him that was slain [this of course was Clap himself] [Clap 32; MBCR 4:2:276]. In answer to the petition of Roger Clap, Captain of the Castle, one half of his and his men's wages were assigned to be paid by the Treasurer, 7 October 1678 [MBCR 5:204, 222]. Capt. Roger Clap, Captain of the Castle, petitioned that repairs be made to the fortress, and the court responded 10 October 1683 [MBCR 5:418]. In an entry dated 29 September 1686, Sewall comments that "Capt. Clap went to Dorchester-Lecture, so to Boston, where he dwells, having actually left the Castle this day 29th September. Gunner Baxter also is here, having laid down his place, and both aged" [Sewall 123]. BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: No one describes his life better than Roger Clap himself, whose memoirs were published in volume one of the Collections of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society [Boston 1844]. As is so often the case, the most complete survey of the records relating to Roger Clap was carried out by Mary Walton Ferris [Dawes-Gates 1:155-75]. Inscriptions and Records of The Old Cemeteries of Boston, compiled by Robert J. Dunkle & Ann S. Lainhart, NEHGS. Page 737. "Clap, Roger, Capt. Here Lyeth Buried / Ye Body Of Capt / Roger Clap / Aged 82 Years / Deceased Ye 2 Of / February 1690/91." -------------------------------- Old Connecticut Path in Dorchester. February 13 at 9:02am · Roger Clapp's words, "And when we were hungry, fish was good help unto me", are inscribed on the alewife memorial near the site of the Dorchester congregation's first church. Winter came early in 1630-31. Few were prepared for the bitterly cold New England winter. Tents and simple cabins provided poor shelter against the elements. Struggling to warm themselves, the settlers built roaring fires with the result that many homes burned down. Charlestown records noted "The people were compelled to live on clams and mussels, ground nuts and acorns, and these got with much difficulty in the winter time." Relief came at the last possible moment on February 5, 1631 when, according to Cotton Mather's history, Gov. Winthrop "was distributing the last meal in the that instant they spied a ship arrived at the harbor's mouth, laden with provisions for them all." The arrival of the ship Lyon with long-awaited supplies averted starvation and disaster. The Great Migration might well have come to a bitter end. Find the alewife memorial in Dorchester at
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b. Note:   ing's Chapel, Granary, Central Wells, Charles Chauncey Oak Park, Ill. : Chauncey Park Press, 2004 (F73.61.W45 2004 at NEHGS)
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