d.31 Jan 1717 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
m. bef Jul 1631
Facts and Events
Excerpts from Source:Davis, William T. History of the Town of Plymouth, p. 58-59: Nathaniel Clark, son of Thomas, was an attorney, married Dorothy, the widow of Edward Gray, who divorced him (PCR 6:190-2), and he left no children. He was secretary of Plymouth Colony when Sir Edmund Andros was appointed Governor under James II. Although the office of secretary was vacated, Nathaniel "fastened himself to the royal Governor, and became one of this most subservient instruments and tools". Andros declared that any title to property required his confirmation, and through this mechanism, apparently, Nathaniel Clarke was awarded title to Clark's Island about 1688. [The island was named after John Clarke, mate of the Mayflower, who may have been Nathaniel's grandfather.] The town of Plymouth, which had been granted this island about 1639, collected subscriptions to challenge this usurpation. In 1689 the Prince of Orange landed in England to assume the throne, and Andros and Clarke were arrested and sent to England. "Whereas, we have not only just grounds to suspect, but are well assured that Nathaniel Clark hath been a real enemy to the peace and prosperity of the people, and hath, by lying and false information to the late Governor, caused much trouble and damage to this place, endeavored to deprive us of our lands, ... we do therefore seize upon his person, resolving to secure him for the hands of justice to deal with him according to his desert." In England, he was discharged, returned to Plymouth, where he lived and practiced law until his death in 1717.