John Huss was a rector of the Czech university. He exposed the cunning brutality of the church. John Huss (a.k.a. Jan Hus) is regarded to be one of the earliest known religious thinkers and reformers in the world. Condemning Hus' uprising, the Church first excommunicated him and then burned him to death, in an unfair trial.
Joseph Clarke - 9th Great Grandfather - (1618-1694) One of 4 brothers who came to Portsmouth in 1638, and the only one to leave children. While his older brother John was spending thirteen years in London getting a charter for Rhode Island, Joseph became the spiritual leader of the community, and one of the founders of the Seventh-Day Baptist Church in Newport. Later he was the first pastor of the church in Hopkinton, later Westerly. He was Governor's Assistant and also Deputy.