Person:Francis Latham (1)

m. 1608
  1. Frances Latham1608/09 - 1677
  2. John Lathamabt 1610 -
  3. Maria Lathambef 1612 - 1612
  4. Henry Latham1612 -
  5. Katharine Latham1615 -
  6. Elizabeth Latham1616 -
  7. Ann Lathamabt 1618 -
  8. Sarah Latham1618 -
  9. Ellen Lathamabt 1619 -
m. 27 Aug 1629
  1. Barbara Dungan1630 - 1677
  2. William Dungan1631 -
  3. Frances Dungan1632 - 1697
  4. Elizabeth Dungan1633 -
  5. Thomas Dungan1634/35 - bef 1687
  6. John Dungan1636 -
m. Abt 1637
  1. Walter ClarkeAbt 1637 - 1714
  2. Mary ClarkeAbt 1641 - 1711
  3. Jeremiah Clarke1643 - 1728/9
  4. Latham Clarke1645 - Bef 1719
  5. Weston Clarke1648 -
  6. James Clarke1649 - 1736
  7. Sarah Clarke1651 - 1706
Facts and Events
Name Frances Latham
Alt Name Francis Latham
Gender Female
Christening[1] 15 Feb 1608/09 Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
Marriage 27 Aug 1629 St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, Englandto William Dungan
Marriage Abt 1637 probably England
to Hon. Jeremiah Clarke
Death[2][3] Sep 1677 Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Reference Number? Q5478794?

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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.

Referred to by Gary Boyd Roberts as "Rhode Island ur-Mother" for the large numbers of her descendants in the state. See Chapter 48 of Notable Kin, Vol. 2, which treats the descendants of Capt. Jeremiah Clarke.

Tombstone: 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.

She was married first to Lord Weston.

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  1. Emmison, F. G. (Frederick George). Bedfordshire parish registers, Kempston 1570-1812. (Shire Hall: Bedford County Record Office, 1949).
  2. Rhode Island Cemeteries Database Index, Transcriptions by volunteers of Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project; index compiled by John Sterling. "Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index," 2003, online at
  3. Justice, Alfred Rudulph. Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan genealogy. (unknown: unknown, 1922).
  4.   Frances Latham, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.