Frances Latham1

(15 February 1609 - September 1677)

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Relationship11th great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Tracy
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Tracy Family Pedigree

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildFrances Latham was born on 15 February 1609, in Kemston, Bedfordshire, England.2
BrideWilliam Dungan married Frances Latham on 27 August 1629 in St. Martins in the Fields, London, Middlesex, England. Marriage by the Rev. Thomas Mountford D.D. Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields; 27 Aug. 1629: Guillielmus Dungan & Francisca Ladham, with license.2
BrideFrances Latham married Jeremiah Clark circa 1637 in England.2
BrideFrances Latham married William Vaughn circa 1655 in Newport, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, New England.2
DeceasedShe died in September 1677 in Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, New England, at the age of 68.1
InterredShe was buried in Newport, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, New England; The tombstone of Frances reads: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Francis Vaughan Alius Clarke ye Mother Of ye Only Children of Capn. Jeremiah Clarke She dyed ye 1 week in September 1677 in ye 67th Year of her Age."2

Children with William Dungan:

Immigrant Ancestor

In 1637, Frances Clark and Jeremiah Clark arrived in Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, New England, with her children Barbara, Frances, Elizabeth and Thomas. About a year after William Dungan's death Frances was married to her second husband Jeremy Clarke, who was baptized 1 December, 1605. Jeremy and Frances came to Rhode Island about the year 1637 bringing the four young children by her first marriage. They settled at Newport where Mr. Clark became the first Constable, and in 1648 Governor and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Colony. His family were members of the Society of Friends at Newport, the first Quaker settlement in America.2

Some Life Events of Interest

Frances Latham now generally called "The Mother of Governors," because no less than fourteen of her direct descendants, and many sons-in-law in succeeding generations, became Governors or Lieut. Governors.

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 Lippit, Rhode Island Governor 1875 - 1877
Charles C. Van Zandt, Rhode Island Governor 1877 - 1880
Charles W. Lippit, Rhode Island Governor 1895 - 1896
John R. Rogers, Washington Governor 1896 - 1902
John Chaffee, Rhode Island Governor 1963 - 1969
Lincoln Chaffee, Rhode Island Governor 2011 -

Governors Who Are Related By Marriage.

Jeremy Clarke, Her Husband, Rhode Island President 1648 - 1649
John Cranston Rhode Island Governor 1678 -1680
Caleb Carr Rhode Island Governor 1695
William Wanton Rhode Island Governor 1732 - 1733
William Greene Rhode Island Governor for 11 Years From 1743 -1758.2

Sources - Citations

  1. [S988] WikiTree, online at:; Data entered by volunteers and needs verification of sources,; accessed 17 Apr 2017; citing: Dungan, Thomas P., "New Evidence in the Search for the Parentage of William Dungan of St. Martin-in-the-Fields", The Genealogist (then Salt Lake City), Vol. 10 #2, p.167; Descendants of East Tennessee Pioneers, written by Olga Jones (Wear) Edwards and Ina Wear Roberts. (2nd edition) pages 278, 281-282; The Dungan Ancestry of the Descendants of William Dungan & Frances Latham, as compiled by Alfred Rudolph Justice in his work, "Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy", by Michael Johnstone on 30 Oct 2002; "Ancestry of Jeremy Clark of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy compiled by: Alfred Rudolph Justice and Printed in 1922; New England Historical and Genealogical Register;, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 148 vols., 1847-1994; Chesebro' e-mail address, World Connect;.
  2. [S988] WikiTree, online at:,; accessed 17 Apr 2017; citing: Louise Tracy. An historic strain of blood in America. Reprinted from the Journal of American history ed. New Haven, CT: 1908. Open LIbrary; Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy, compiled by Alfred Rudulph Justice, Franklin Printing Co., Phila, PA, pp 73-82; Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes, Watts, Latham and Elkins Families by Josiah Granville Leach. LLB., pp 217-220. A posting to the Usenet group soc.genealogy.medieval on Jan, 21,2005 by John Ravilious; Genealogical Records of Jared Canfield; "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 Jul 2014), Frances Lathum, 15 Feb 1610; citing KEMPSTON,BEDFORD,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 84546; "Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson 2013 Vol. II. p. 214.
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