Frances was born in Bedfordshire

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Frances was born in Bedfordshire, England back in 1609/10 (no record of exactly when) to Lewis and Elizabeth. I don’t know her upbringing, schools she attended or much of anything else except for the rest of the story. Anyway, she married William with whom she had four children. William died at an early age and she soon married Jeremy. They left for American settling in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. With Jeremy, she had seven children. Are you keeping count?

Jeremy became President of the colony for a year however, he also died when all of his children were still minors. So, what was Frances to do but marry another guy by the name of William (different William of course). She died in 1677 and was buried in the Common Burying Ground in Newport. Her headstone reads: “Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alius Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt’n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 week in Sept. 1677, in ye 67th year of her age.”

Of course, I’m writing about Frances Latham. What she is most noted for was the title given to her as “the Mother of Governors.” Her ancestors are of at least known for producing ten governors and three deputy/lieutenant governors, and is related by marriage to an additions six governors and one deputy governor.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Are you sure she isn't known as "Frances the Fertile"? Enjoy your day!

Mar 20, 2017 04:38 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  She must have had a difficult life back in those days yet she managed to raise children who became prominent members of society.

Mar 20, 2017 04:40 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A lot of children and hopefully they were better politicians then!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 20, 2017 04:52 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

With that many children I guess the odds are with her on having her lineage become governors.

Mar 20, 2017 05:18 AM #4
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

And I thought I came from a big family. She has us beat by 3 and a bunch of Governors. Very surprising, for that day and age, that so many survived.

Mar 20, 2017 07:19 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Well James Dray - That is an impressive lineage she holds!

Mar 20, 2017 07:40 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What an incredible woman this was. I'm surprised that she lived  as long as she did.

Mar 20, 2017 08:03 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- with that many children, in that particular time, I too am surprised she lived as long as she did. 

Mar 20, 2017 11:53 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great lineage.  It always amazes that women were capable of having so many children and dealing with everything else they were in charge of.  A

Mar 20, 2017 04:34 PM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, it is difficult to follow up this story with a comment worthy of very possibly a well-lived, responsible life. I have 9 children and just being diligently watchful for me is admittedly a full time task. Frances Latham's mission here on earth was not the easiest. 

Mar 20, 2017 08:59 PM #10
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