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William Clift

Male 1668 - 1722  (~ 54 years)


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  • Name William Clift 
    Born ca 1666/1668  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 October 1722  Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Richard’s History of Marshfield:
      The American branch of the Clift famly had its origin at Marshfield.
      In the colonial records the first appearance of the name is under date of Nov. 25th, 1691, the marriage of William Clift of Marshfield to Lydia Wills of Scituate.
      From that union it is believed all the Clifts in the United States have come into being. They are found not in great numbers, and a few specimens of the stock today are found in its native heath in the old town that first knew the name.
      Tradition has it that the above-mentioned William made his advent in Yankee land under romantic circumstances. It is related that when seven years of age, he was brought from England by a Scituate ship master, who was hired to do so by the boy’s relatives. Why the little follow’s kindred wished to be rid of him does not appear, but there is an inference that he was an inconvenient heir to coveted estates. The ship captain made a death bed confession that he received a sum of money, to be expended for the boy’s benefit, which trust he betrayed by appropriating the money to his own use. The boy seems to have done very well, however, and the Rev. Samuel Wills of Scituate gave him his daughter Lydia to wife, as appears by the marriage record referred to above.
      The waif from over seas and the parson’s daughter of sixteen years, made them a home at marshfield, begat sons and daughters in large numbers, as was the fashion of that day, struggled with their lot as best they might, we may well believe, and went the way of all the earth. The wife, Lydia Wills Clift, mother of all the American CFloifts, died July 1, 1761, age 85, and her remains lie buried in the old church yard at Marshfield Hills, a few yards back of the present Unitarian church. When William Clift the first died, and where he was buried, is unknown, but William and Wills have been transmitted as family names through many generations of the tribe. [1]
    Person ID I7645  Schirado
    Last Modified 3 August 2012 

    Family/Spouse Lydia Wills,   b. 26 November 1676, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 July 1761, Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 25 November 1691  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Lydia Clift,   b. 13 July 1697, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1722/1725  (Age 27 years)
    +2. William Clift,   b. 30 April 1700, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 January 1749/50, Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     3. Mary Clift,   b. about 1707, Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Samuel Clift,   b. 22 October 1709, Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 August 1794, Griswold, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +5. Mary Clift,   b. 6 July 1714, Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F5475  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S82] Lysander Salmon Richards, (Memorial Press, Plymouth, 1901).

    2. [S63] Scituate Births, marriages, and deaths, transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.


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