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Frances LATHAM DUNGANC CLARK m. Weston Discrepancy
Posted by: Sherry Dungan (ID *****4701) Date: May 30, 2005 at 22:55:34
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In reviewing primary sources, I have noticed a discrepancy that has crept into our family files. Frances LATHAM DUNGAN CLARK was never married to Lord Richard WESTON, 1st Earl of Portland. Richard WESTON was an ancestor of Jeremy CLARKE on his mother's side (uncle) and was married to a Frances, but not our Frances. He is correctly listed in JUSTICE and his entry is verifiable through numerous British peerage records (on-line and in print)as the Earl of Portland. In addition, there are at least two biographies and paintings of him (he was rather famous as Lord Treasurer for Charles I and James).

Most incorrect entries in DUNGAN and CLARK/E geneology state something like: Frances m1.abt 1627 to Lord Weston or Lord Richard Weston, Earl of Portland, and that he died within a year of marriage. This is incorrect. His correct info is:

Richard Weston b.1577, d.1635 became 1st Earl of Portland April 13, 1628, titled by Charles I and served as Lord Treasurer. He m1. Wiburga CATESBY and had issue; m2. Frances WALGRAVE who survived him after death and had issue. The title and majority of estate passed to his son Jeremy b.1605, d.1663 and down successive generations through the 4th Earl, when title becomes extinct.

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