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14. Martha PLEDGE2 was born about 1739 in Virginia.5

Goochland Co VA Marriage Bonds abstracted in WILLIAM & MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY, Vol. VII, No. 2; Oct 1898; Series 1; p.98-106. 12 Mar 1761. William Clarkson to Martha Pledge; security, William Rutherford.

Martha married a year after her sister Elizabeth, she could have been younger than indicated here.

There is a record of one child of this marriage recorded by Rev. Douglas - a daughter Mary born 15 Jun 1761. [This is only three months following her marriage and old style dating had been replaced by this time - possibly one date or the other has been recorded in error. Mary's baptism was 8 Nov 1761.] However, Mary may have died before Martha's father William wrote his will in 1779 as he indicated Martha had no children at that time.

Martha PLEDGE and William CLARKSON were married on 14 March 1761 in Goochland County, Virginia.2,15 William CLARKSON was born in 1740.

William Clarkson was 21 years of age when he married. Security and witnesses were William Rutherford, Jeremiah Rich, David Clarkson, Nathaniel Thompson and Thos. Jackson. His father was named as Anselm Clarkson, Sr.

Goochland DB 15
In obedience to order of Goochland Court we have examined the acct of Wm Clarkson Guardian to Milley & Frankey Pledge orphans of Frances Pledge dec'd and find balance due to him of 12 #'s. [12 #'s appeared to be his yearly charge for boarding.]
5 Dec 1788 J. W. Pleasants, Archd Plesants, Geo Payne
Jul 1788 Estate of Francis Pledge Dec'd in acct with Wm Clarkson.
To boarding of Mildred & Frankey M. Pledge from July 1787 until this present date. 12 #'s.
15 Dec 1788 Ordered Recorded