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CLAP, Roger, settler, born in Salcomb, Devonshire, England, 6 April, 1609; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 2 February, 1691. He came to America in 1630, in company with Maverick, Warham, and others, and settled in Dorchester. Great hardships were experienced, and there was a lack of the necessaries of life. He held several military and civil offices, and was the representative of the town from 1652 till 1666. In August, 1665, he was appointed captain of Castle William, and continued in command until he resigned in 1686, after which he made Boston his residence. His manuscript memoirs, a memorial of the New England worthies, prepared for the benefit of his children, among whom were sons named Preserved, Hopestill, and Desire, and a daughter Wait, to whom he gives excellent advice, were originally published by Rev. Thomas Prince in 1731, and have been republished by the Dorchester historical society.
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