Wait Clapp, my eighth great-grandmother, was the daughter of Preserved Clapp and Sarah Newberry. Born November 18, 1670 in Northampton, Massachusetts, Wait married John Taylor in 1690. Together they had ten children, five while they were living in Northampton and five after moving to Norwalk, Connecticut. She died in Norwalk on January 29, 1721 and is buried at Kings Highway Cemetery in Westport, Connecticut. I am descended through their son, Reuben Taylor.
Preserved Clapp, my ninth great-grandfather, was the son of Roger Clapp and Joanna Ford. He was born November 23, 1643 in Dorchester, Massachusetts and married Sarah Newberry, daughter of Benjamin Newberry and Mary Allyn, on June 4, 1668 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Together they had eight children. Sarah died October 3, 1716 and Preserved died four years later on September 22, 1720. They are buried at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton.
Roger Clapp, my tenth great-grandfather was born April 6, 1609 in Salcombe Regis, Devonshire, England and was a passenger on the Mary and John in 1630. He was one of the first settlers of Dorchester, Massachusetts arriving there June 17, 1630. He married Joanna Ford, daughter of Thomas Ford (also passengers on the Mary and John), November 16, 1633. They had fourteen children. His many accomplishments are detailed in the book The Clapp Memorial Record of the Clapp Family of America.
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