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Clement Briggs is known to have been apprenticed to Samuel Lathame, tanner, in London. In a deposition made in 1638,1 he said that 22 years earlier he lived with Lathame on Bermondsey Street (which was and still is in London's leather district) and discussed with Thomas Harlow the number of pelts their "masters pulled" in a week.2
     Clement sailed on the ship Fortune, the second ship to arrive at Plymouth Colony, which landed near what is now Provincetown on 11 November 1621. He received an acre of land at Plymouth Plantation when the first lots were cast in 1623. He was in the company of John Howland for the division of livestock grants (1627). Perhaps it was in Plymouth that he was fined 10 shillings for entertaining "Indians" without permission of the court. About 1631 he moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts, perhaps, as it has been suggested, for better tanning bark. His removal is mentioned in a letter between the governors of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies.3 He kept ownership of his home in Plymouth, which he later willed to his son Thomas. Clement was granted the heifer "Raghorne" when it arrived on the ship Jacob. His marriage is known only from a court record that states that Rev. Thomas Stoughton was fined 5 lbs. on 1 February 1630/1631 for marrying Clement and Joan Allen. Joan was brought to court for being alone in the presence of Arthur Warren in March 1638. Clement gave a £10 bond to assure her appearance.4 The following June Joan was ordered to stay away from Warren. This is the last document mentioning Joan before her death. She probably died within the next year, allowing for a suitable period before Clement married Elizabeth, who conceived their son David late in 1639.
     Clement was granted more land at Plymouth: 4 acres adjoining his own land on the Jones River in 16375 and another acre in 1639.6 His first grant or purchase at Weymouth was 10 acres in the "easter neck" about 1643 and 2 acres on the neck at the ferry. He was once charged with extortion, but the case was dismissed.
     Clement died before his children were adults. He made a will that isn't dated. An inventory of his estate was made on 23 February 1648 (probably an Old Style date, which would make the year 1649 according to the present calendar). The will was probated on 24 October 1650. On their behalf Phineas Pratt and Elder Bates petitioned for land to be given to the children as their right as "other purchasers or old comers." His second wife may have been among a squadron that salvaged usable parts of whales at Southhampton, Long Island. Joan Briggs of Taunton who married Peter Tallman in 1665 is often given Clement and Joan as her parents, but there is no documentation of this. If she was, her birth should be in the Weymouth town records, given that Thomas, Jonathan and Elizabeth Briggs's sons Clement and Remember are recorded there. Unless Elizabeth had twins, it's very unlikely she had time enough before Clement died to have another child an addition to her last sons David and John who went unrecorded. She is said to have had a child as late as 1685. If she was in her mid 40s and this was her last child, she was born about 1640 and married around 25 years old. Was she a widow? It was most common for widows to marry widowers.

children of Clement Briggs and Joan Allen:

i. Thomas, b. 14 June 1633
ii. Jonathan, b. 14 June 1635

children of Clement and Elizabeth Briggs:

David, b. 23 August 1640
Clement, b. 1 January 1642/43

vital records sources: His death date is estimated from his the date of his estate inventory. Regarding his first marriage, Plymouth Colony Records (PCR) state that Rev. Thomas Stoughton was fined on 1 March 1630/31 for marrying Clement and Joan.

1. PCR, 29 August 1638.
2. made probably at the request of Robert Hicks (Thomas Harlow's master) of London for a court case (29 March 1638, PCR 12:34-35).
3. Ibid, 6 February 1631/32.
4. Ibid, 6 March 1637/1638.
5. Ibid, 8 October 1637.
6. Ibid, 29 August 1639.

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