Arabella Fiennes Clinton1

#12253, b. before 1605, d. July 1630
  • Father: 4th Earl of Lincoln Theophillis Clinton2 b. b 1618, d. 22 May 1667
  • Mother: Bridget Fiennes2

Individual's Timeline

Birthbefore 1605Arabella Fiennes Clinton
Marriage10 April 1623Arabella Fiennes Clinton1
DeathJuly 1630Arabella Fiennes Clinton1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Married Name: Her married name was Johnson.1
Her life was recorded thus ~~ The family of Clinton is of Norman origin, and settled in England at the Conquest. They took their name from the lordship of Climpton, in Oxfordshire. Roger Climpton or Clinton was Bishop of Coventry from 1228 to 1249. John De Clinton was summoned to Parliament at the first of Edward I, by the title of Baron Clinton of Marstock. His second son, William, was Lord High Admiral of England in 1333, and created Earl of Huntingdon in 1337. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Lords of Clinton distinguished themselves in the wars of Edward III and Henry V and VI. Edward, the ninth Lord Clinton, Lord High Admiral of England, was created Earl of Lincoln in 1572. His successor, Henry, second Earl of Lincoln, was one of the commissioners on the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots.

White's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853

Wikipedia says of her and her husband (who gets star billing) He was the grandson of Archdeacon Robert Johnson, the founder of Oakham and Uppingham Schools, and a native of Clipsham, Rutland. In 1623 the Archdeacon settled the manor of Clipsham on his grandson on his marriage with Lady Arabella Fiennes.

He was the largest shareholder of the Massachusetts Bay Company and was one of the twelve men to sign the Cambridge Agreement on 29 August 1629. In 1630 he sailed in the Winthrop Fleet to America, arriving at Salem on 12 June, and was one of the four who founded the first church at Charlestown on 30 July. The want of good water at Charlestown obliged them, on 7 September, to move to Shawmut, now Boston, which was settled under Johnson's supervision. He died at Boston on 30 September 1630, the richest man in the colony. He is believed[weasel words] to be buried in King's Chapel Burying Ground which is on part of his estate.

His wife was Arbella, a daughter of Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln; the "admiral" ship of Winthrop's fleet was renamed the Arbella in her honour. She died at Salem in August 1630, leaving no children.3

Locus Operandi

Family of Arabella Fiennes Clinton and Isaac Johnson


  1. "Johnson Family Tree,."
  2. Unknown author, peerage data one the web.
  3. Unknown agency, British Biographical Archive, Fiche: I 1223,185-188

    Entry in the BBA

    Name: Clinton, Lady Arabella
    aft. Johnson
    Dates: -1630

    References: Johnson, Lady Arabella
    Occupations: colonist
    Groups: Civilians
    Archive: British Biographical Archive
    Fiche: I 1223,185-188

    Title of Source: Allen [= Short title]
    The American biographical and historical dictionary ...
    from ... first settlement / Allen, William. - 2nd ed. -
    Boston, MA. - 1832

    Title of Source: Hale S.J.B [= Short title]
    A cyclopaedia of female biography .. / Hale, S. J. B.. -
    London. - 1857.