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Robert CLENCH

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  • Name Robert CLENCH 
    Born Bef 22 Jun 1572  Coddenham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 22 Jun 1572  Coddenham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 25 Jan 1632 
    Died Bef 12 Jul 1633  Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 12 Jul 1633 
    Notes 
    • (1) Thompson, Neil D., The English Ancestry of Thomasine (Clench) Frost, First Wife of Edmund Frost of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1999, v. 153, pp. 279, 287-289:

      6. ROBERT CLENCH (John, John) was baptized at Coddenham 22 June 1572, and died at Witcham, Cambridgeshire, before 12 July 1633 when his will, dated 25 Jan. 1631/2 was proved. [PCC 80 Huddlestone]. He married, first, at Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, 24 Dec. 1598, Joan Webbe, who was born say 1579, and was living July 1610 when her youngest child was baptized, daughter of Thomas and Susanna (Smyth) Webbe. He married, second, Susan _____, who survived him.

      Robert Clench was for a time a landowner at Bottisham and after 1610 moved to Witcham in the Isle of Ely, where the early parish registers are lacking and the Bishop's Transcripts are very incomplete; no burial record has been found for him or for either of his wives. The executors named in his will, his friend Stephen Jellett, his brother John Clench and his nephew Almott Clench, all declined to serve as such and instead accepted appointment as administrators cum testament annexo. He devised his house and land in Witcham to his [unnamed] wife and daughter Priscilla Clench, made special provision for his eldest daughter Susanna Felton, and left the residue of his estate to his [unnamed] six younger children. Susanna and her six younger children, in this case named, were bequeathed 4 pounds each in the will of their grandmother, Susanna (Smyth) (Webbe) Fowkes, widow of Thomas Webbe and John Fowkes, on the condition that their father, Robert Clench, who had married Joan, a daughter of the testatrix, make no claim against the estate.

      An unsuccessful attempt has been made to locate probate and other records relating to the four sons of Robert Clench. Even in their absence, and the daughter Thomasine being unmarried when her father's will was made, the identification of Thomasine, wife of Edmund Frost, with Thomasine, second surviving daughter of Thomas Clench, seems clear. Since the eldest daughter married at age 25, Thomasine's marriage at age 26 is not objectionable; their brother Robert Clench, whose family retained a connection with Bottisham, did not marry until he was over forty years of age.

      Children of Robert and Joan (Webbe) Clench, baptized at Bottisham, Cambridgeshire:

      i. SUSANNA CLENCH, bp. 23 March 1599/1600; m. at Downham, Cambridgeshire, 6 April 1625, NICHOLAS FELTON.

      ii. PRISCILLA CLENCH, bp. 22 March 1600/1; d. young.

      iii. ROBERT CLENCH, bp. 28 Feb. 1601/2; d. probably during the period from 1647 to 1650 when there were no records kept at Bottisham; no probate found; m. at Milton, Cambridgeshire, 7 Feb. 1643/4, MARY PETIT, bur. at Bottisham 26 July 1702.

      iv. EDWARD CLENCH, bp. 22 Sept. 1603; living Jan. 1631/2; no further record.

      v. AMBROSE CLENCH, b. 1605; living Jan. 1631/2; not further traced.

      vi. FRANCIS CLENCH, bp. 5 July 1607; living Jan. 1631/2; not further traced.

      vii. THOMASINE CLENCH, bp. 6 Oct. 1608; m. at Earls Colne, Essex, 16 April 1634, by Rev. Thomas Shepard, EDMUND FROST. Children.

      viii. KATHERINE CLENCH, bp. 4 June 1610; living Jan. 1631/2; not further traced.

      Child of Robert and Susan (______) Clench:

      ix. PRISCILLA CLENCH, bp. at Witcham, Cambridgeshire, 5 Oct. 1617; living Jan. 1631/2; not further traced.
    Person ID I5966  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2017 

    Father John CLENCH,   b. Abt 1533, Wethersfield, Essex, England? Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 29 Sep 1607, Holbrook, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Katherine ALMOTT,   b. Abt 1534, Creeting All Saints, Suffolk, England? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1595  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1555 
    Family ID F2683  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Susan (CLENCH),   d. Aft 12 Jul 1633 
    Married Bef 5 Oct 1617 
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2017 15:31:29 
    Family ID F2690  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joan WEBBE,   b. Abt 1579, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 4 Jun 1610, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1598  Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomasine CLENCH,   b. Bef 6 Oct 1608, Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1653, Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2017 15:31:29 
    Family ID F3151  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart