Thomas Clapp the Immigrant was born circa 1608 in Sidbury, Devonshire, England to Nicholas Richard Clapp (1568-1631) and Elizabeth Yonge (1579-1631) and died 20 April 1684 Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Jane Martin (1617-1656) 1638 in Massachusetts. He married Abigail Wright (1623-1702) 1657 in Massachusetts.

Migrants of 1634-35

Robert Charles Anderson and Melinde Lutz Sanborn in The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (Boston, MA: NEHGS 2001) 2:76-81 link write:

"A second group of Clap siblings... came to New England: NICHOLAS CLAP {1637, Dorchester}, THOMAS CLAP {1638, Weymouth}; John Clap, who was in New England by the 1640s; Prudence Clap, wife of our Edward; Barbara Clap, wife of JOSEPH WELD {1635, Roxbury}; and Radigon Clap, who rnarried John Capen, son of BERNARD CAPEN {1633, Dorchester} Joseph Neal Anc 88-89; Scott Gen 227-30; Stevens-Miller Anc 1:278). Another sister, Jane Clap, was almost certainly wife of JOHN ALDERMAN {1634, Dorchester} {GM 2: 1:20-23}."

Note these were all the children of Nicholas Clapp per Melinde Lutz Sanborn in Kempton Ancestry: Nicholas Clapp named his children in his will: James, Thomas, Barbara, Radegon, John and Ambrose [Inquisition indented taken 2nd May 9 Charles [I][1633] of Nicholas Clapp died 12th March 7 Charles [1631/2] also Richard and Nicholas son and next heir were "24 years or more" on 2 May 1633. i.e 1609 or later. Thomas Clapp in Plymouth Colony Deed 4:176 deposed aged 69 in 1678 i.e. born 1608. Thomas died 20 Apr 1684. Thomas m/1 Jane ___ b say 1617 d bef Jan 1556 m/2 Abigail (Wright) Sharp b abt 1623 d btw 28 Nov 1702 (will) and 13 Feb 1707/8 (proved). Jane was mother to his six children. John Clapp in 1655 named in his will his brother Thomas Clapp and his children Elizabeth, Prudence, Samuel and "the rest of his children." [Suffolk Probate 1:111]. Thomas rec'd legacy from his father Nicholas 1631 and sailed 1637,Hingham lists 13 Mar 1638; Sidbury, Devon, England 5 Jun 1644; Transcription of Will and Inventory p 134-137


  • 1634: His name appears on the Town Records at Dorchester. [7]
  • 1638: December 25: Thomas is listed among the men that formed the Dorchester Young Men's Religious Society. [10]
  • 1639: March 13: He was made a Freeman of Massachusetts Bay Colony. [11][5][7]
  • 1638/9: January 13: Thomas Clapp, recorded as Freeman and member of the Hingham church. [12]
  • 1639: June 4: Thomas Clapp, planter of Hingham, sued William Sprague of Hingham over a cow. [13]
  • 1645: Timothy Hatherly sold 24 acres to Thomas Clapp of Scituate. [14]
  • 1649: He served as representative of the General Court. [5] [7]
  • 1647: He was a deacon in the first church in Scituate. [6] [5] [7]
  • 1667: Overseer to the Poor. [7]
  • 1684: Death at Scituate, Massachusetts.


He married first, by 1639, Jane __ (?Martin) at Scituate or Weymouth, Massachusetts. [15] In the will of Joanna Martin, widow of Robert Martin, dated April 6, 1668, she made a bequest to 'my cousin Clapp his children which he had borne by my kinswoman Jane Clapp ( being six of them) ...' [16] [17]

He married about 1657, widow Abigail (Wright) Sharpe, possibly at Dedham. [18] [19]

Thomas died on April 20, 1684 at Scituate.[4] [7]

After his death, widow Abigail married thirdly, William Holbrooke. [15] [18]


Offspring of Thomas Clapp the Immigrant and Jane Martin (1617-1656)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Clapp (1639-1691)
Increase Clapp (1640-1716) 14 May 1640 Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 13 September 1716 Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Bursley (1649-1707)
Samuel Clapp (1642-1733)
Eleazer Clapp (1646-1676)
Elizabeth Clapp (1648-1698) 1648 Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 18 March 1698 Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States Thomas King (1645-1711)
Prudence Clapp (1649-1687)

Offspring of Thomas Clapp the Immigrant and Abigail Wright (1623-1702)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Clapp (1658-1671)
Abigail Clapp (1659-1736)



Research Notes

Anderson Study

According to Robert Charles Anderson all of these accounts were superseded by the study of the Clapp family by Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn in The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part IV: The Ancestry of Linda Anna Powers, 1839-1879 (Boston, MA: NEHGS 2000) 114-195. Anderson should know as he is editor and peer reviews the NEHGS publications and Melinde Lutz Sanborn was co-author of the Great Migration series. This is the most comprehensive study of the Clapp family ever published and includes extensive records from England. What does this study conclude? Thomas Clapp was son of Nicholas Clapp. Per PGM policy unless other more recent peer reviewed sources are presented we go by Anderson’s judgement. No other sources exist. Therefore the father of this profile should be changed to Nicholas Clapp.

=== Will of Thomas Clapp ===In the will of John Clapp of Dorchester, 11: 5: 1655 [July 11, 1655] bequests were left to (among others):

brother Ambros Clapp brother-in-law Edward Clapp brother Richard Clapp, still in England, cousins Elizabeth, Richard and Deborah, his children my brother Nicholas' children, being cousins Nathaniel, Ebenezer, Sarah and Hannah cousins Elizabeth, Prudence and Samuel Clapp, children of my brother Thomas Clapp 8s each, a 5s to Thomas' remaining children cousin Roger Clapp cousin John Capen[9]

See Also

  • Thomas Clapp
  • Clapp in Massachusetts
  • Clapp in Devonshire

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