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.