Charles Clinton, the ancestor of the Clintons in New York, born in the county of Longford, Ireland, in 1690, died in what is now Orange co., N. Y., Nov. 19, 1773. His grandfather was an adherent of Charles I., and after the defeat of the royalists fled for refuge to the north of Ireland; and his mother was daughter of a captain in the parliamentary army. Having determined with a number of his friends to emigrate to America, he chartered a ship, and sailed for Philadelphia, May 20, 1729. After a passage marked by the attempt of the captain to starve the passengers in order to possess their property, and in which after the death of several, among whom were a son and daughter of Mr. Clinton, it was proposed, but not attempted, to wrest the command from the captain, he was landed with his companions, Oct. 4, at Cape Cod. The place for a permanent settlement was selected in the spring of 1731 in Ulster co., N. Y., about 6 m. W. of the Hudson river, and 60 m. N. of New York city. Mr. Clinton was chiefly occupied as a farmer and land surveyor, but was also judge of the county court, and in 1756 was appointed lieutenant colonel, and served with two of his sons in the expedition against Fort Frontenac.