Richard Clarke was born 9999 in England and died 1621 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes.

Research Notes[]

Almost nothing is known about Mayflower passenger Richard Clarke. He is enumerated by William Bradford on the Mayflower passenger list and #36 of the 41 signers of the Mayflower Compact in a way that suggests he was an adult. He died the first winter at Plymouth, leaving no descendants.

The Clarke surname is far too common to do any serious research in England, so there is little hope of ever discovering or learning anything further about this passenger.

Vital Records[]

Bradford's 1651 Journal[]

Moses died sometime in the winter of 1620-1621. William Bradford recorded his death and that of other male passengers traveling alone:

"Moyses Fletcher, Thomas Williams, Digerie Preist, John Goodman, Edmond Margeson, Richard Britterige, Richard Clarke. All these dyed sone after their arivall, in the generall sicknes that befell. But Digerie Preist had his wife and children sent hither afterwards, she being Mr. (John) Allerton's sister. But the rest left no posteritie here."

Pilgrim Monument[]


National Monument to the Forefathers, commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims, (including this person) who came to Plymouth Colony in 1620 on the Mayflower. Dedicated on August 1, 1889, it is thought to be the world's largest solid granite monument. Located on an 11 acre hilltop site on Allerton Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts.