Frances Latham (b. February 15, 1608/09, d. September 02, 1677)
Frances Latham (daughter of Lewis Latham)127, 128 was born February 15, 1608/09 in Kempston, Bedfordshire England/Kempston, England, and died September 02, 1677 in Newport RI. She married (1) William Dungan on August 27, 1629 in London Middlesex St. Martin in th Fields, son of Thomas Dongan. She married (2) Jeremiah Clarke on 1636.
Notes for Frances Latham: Married four times 1st Lord Weston 2nd William Dungan 3rd Capt. Jerimah Clark 4th Rev. William Vaughan 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. Baptized 15 February 1609/10, she was the eldest of nine children of Lewis Latham. We can imagine Frances as a young girl on the moors in companionship with her father as he attended the Royal Princes, Henry and Charlie, in their hunting with falcons, ever a favorite royal sport, the birds being highly trained to search out and pounce upon rabbit, grouse and other small game and bring them to their master. Frances Latham was married in 1627 at age 17 to William Dungan, Gentleman, who was born about 1606, a London Merchant and Perfumer. His wares were in great demand and quite necessary to offset the obnoxious odors arising from the gutters in a thickly settled district subject to heavy fog and having surface drainage. They made their home at St. Martins-in-the-Fields where later he died and was buried 20 September 1636, leaving her a widow at age 26 with four little children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. By his Will dated 13 September 1636 he gave all his property to his wife Frances, after bequeathing £70 to each of his four children whom he mentions by name. About a year after William Dungan's death she 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. Here at age 46 Jeremy Clark died, and here according to records of Friends Meeting lie was buried 11 mo. 3rd, 1651. Frances was married about 1655 to her third husband Rev. William Vaughan, Doctor of Civil Law, poet and distinguished scholar, one of the original members of the First Baptist Church of Newport, and one of the founders of the Second Baptist Church of which he was the first minister. He died in August 1677, by him she had no children, and outliving him only a few weeks, she died in September 1677, in her 67th year, and is buried at Newport in the Govemor's lot. Frances Latham was the mother of seven sons and four daughters. They all married, and all but William had children. Four, probably born in London, were by her first husband:
Barbara Dungan born about 1628, married Dep. Gov. James Barker. Frances Dungan born about 1630, died 1697, married Hon. Randall Holden. William Dungan born about 1632, married Jane. Rev. Thomas Dungan born about 1634, married Elizabeth Weaver. Seven were by her second husband: Gov. Walter Clarke born 1638, married (1) Content Greenman, (2) Hannah Scott, (3) Freeborn Williams, (4) Sarah Pryor. Mary Clarke born 164 1, married (1) Gov. John Cranston, (2) John Stanton. Dep. Gov. Jeremiah Clarke born 1643, married Anne Audley. Dep. Gov. Latham Clarke born 1645, married (1) Hannah Wilbur, (2) Anne Collins. Hon. Weston Clarke born 1648, Atty. Gen. and Treas. of R. I., married (1) Mary Easton, (2) Rebecca Thurston. Rev. James Clarke born 1649, pastor 2nd Baptist Church at Newport, married Hopestill Power. Sarah Clarke born 1651, a few months before her father's death, married (1) John Pinner, (2) Gov. Caleb Carr.
More About Frances Latham: Baptism: February 15, 1608/09, East Farleigh, Kent, England. Burial: Unknown, Newport Cemetery. Emigration: 1637, New England.
More About Frances Latham and William Dungan: Marriage: August 27, 1629, London Middlesex St. Martin in th Fields.
Marriage Notes for Frances Latham and William Dungan: Married by Rev. Thomas Mountford D.D. Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields From the parish Registers of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, 1619-1636 published 1936, volume 2, pages 143, 72, 89, 99, 112, 313 we see:
Marriages: 27 Aug. 1629: Guillielmus Dungan & Francisca Ladham, with license
More About Frances Latham and Jeremiah Clarke: Marriage: 1636
Children of Frances Latham and William Dungan are:
+Thomas Dungan, b. February 13, 1631/32, St. Martin Westminister London England, d. February 01, 1687/88, Cold Springs Bucks County PA..
John Dungan, b. Abt. 1627, London, Middlesex England, d. date not given.
Barbara Dungan, b. Abt. 1628, London, Middlesex England, d. September 1677, Newport, Newport Co., RI.
Willaim Dungan, b. Abt. 1629, London, Middlesex England, d. Abt. 1698.
Mary Dungan, b. Abt. 1630, Newport RI, d. date not given.
Frances Dungan, b. November 12, 1632, London England, d. Abt. 1679, Warwick Kent RI.