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The Ancestors of Vickie Beard Thompson


Captain Christopher CLARK

PROBATE RECORDS: Louise County, Virginia
In the name of God Amen. I Christopher Clark, being sound in sound mind and memory, thanks to God Almighty, for it, but calling to mind the uncertainties of ye life, make this my last will and testament as follows; 1st I give to my loving son Edward Clarke, one gun and all my wearing clothes and all things else that he was possessed of that was mine. 2nd I give my loving daughter Agnes Johnson, one negro wench named ----- and her increase, and whatever else she has or ever had in possession that was mine. 3rd I give my loving daughter Rachel Moorman, four hundred acres of land in Hanover Co., near to Capt. Thomas Dancey, and one negro woman named Yoll, with her increase and all things else that she has had in her possession whatever of mine. 4th I give my loving daughter Sarah Lynch, one negro boy, and all things else that she is or ever was possessed of that was mine. 5th I give my loving son Micajah, five hundred acres of land in Hanover Co., the same whereon I now live with all rights and heriditaments, thereto belonging, and one negro boy named ----, working tools, and whatever else is or was possessed of that was mine. 6th I give my loving son Bowling Clarke, four hundred acres of land in Hanover Co., lying on the north west side, joining on the land of Mr. Thomas Carr, and on ye County ------ two young negroes, named Nance and Robin, one horse named Spret, one gun and one feather bed and furniture, two cows and calves, my trooping arms, my "Great Bible" and all my law books. 7th I give my loving daughter Elizabeth Anthony, four hundred acres of land in Goochland Co., on Footer Creek near ----- Southfork of James River, two young negroes, Moll and Jenny, cows and calves, one feather bed and furniture. All the rest of my estate be it what nature or quality, so ever, I leave to my loving wife during her natural life, who I appoint my executrix and further my will and desire is that my loving granddaughter Penelope Lynch, at the death of her grandmother Penelope Clarke, my wife, that them she and the said Penelope Lynch, be paid out of my estate if there be so much remaining, forty pounds good and lawful money of Virginia, and then if any left, to be equally divided among my said children, but not to be appraised. In witness to the above promises, I have here unto set my hand and fixed my seal this 14th dau of August, 1741. Christopher Clark
Test; Thomas Martin, Ann Martin (made her mark daughter of Charles Moorman Sr.), James Waring (made his mark) At a court held for Louisa County, the 28th day of May 1754, this will was proved this day in open court by the oath of Thomas Martin and affirmation of Ann Martin and admitted to record and is recorded. Test; James Littlepage, Clerk of the Court.

Christopher CLARK

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Elizabeth CLARK

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David CLARK Jr.

David Jr. was 7th child.

Jonathan CLARK

HISTORY: Colonel Jonathan Clark came to Christian County as early as 1803, and was long a Justice of the Peace and Sheriff. The following extract is taken from the 'People's Press' of 1851: "Jonathan Clark was born on the 20th day of May in Bedford (later Campbell) County, Virginia. In the year 1773 he removed to Stokes County, North Carolina. In the Spring of 1776 he volunteered as a minute man in Capt. James Shepherd's company of North Carolina militia, was elected Lieutenant, and attached to Col. Martin Armstrong's regiment. During this year he was mostly engaged in keeping in subjection Cols. Bryan and Roberts, whose loyalty induced them to raise two regiments of Tories, with whom he had several engagements on the Yadkin and Catawba Rivers, and although not in the battle of King's Mountain with Col's. Cleaveland, Campbell, and Shelby, was on duty near at hand and joined them after the battle. Lieut. Clark rendered signal service in an engagement with Col. Wright, a Tory, at the Shallow ford of the Yadkin. He was then attached to Gen. Perkin's division, and was in two skirmishes with the troops under the command of Lord Cornwallis. Before the battle of Guilford, in the year 1781, he was attached to Col. Smith's regiment of cavalry, and had several engagements with Col. Bryan, Cunningham and other Tory commanders, who mostly occupied the hills and would not give general battle, but would sally out in small parties and commit depredations upon the Whigs, requiring the united Whig force to keep them in subjection. In the year 1784 he removed to Pendleton District, S.C., and in 1803 to Christian County, KY. Here he filled the office of Justice of the Peace and became Sheriff. He was a man of sterling virtues, of more than ordinary intelligence, and for the unwavering integrity of this character and goodness of heart was held in the highest estimation by his friends and neighbors. He died at his residence on March 12, 1851, aged ninety-one years nine months and twenty days.

In 1850 he was living with his son and his family William Buford Clark, Jonathan was 91 years old and the census records say he was blind.

PROBATE RECORDS: Christian County, Kentucky Will Book N, page 656, His WILL, was written 12 Jan 1851, and was probated 5 May 1851. Heirs mentioned were sons: John R., Bolin, Simon B., William B., Lemuel and Joab, daughter Sally Goode, children of son Bolin - Simon B. & Lemuel. Executors: L.T. Brasher, & sons John R., William B., & Joab Clark, witnesses: Rice Dulin & David B. Boales


She was 78 years and 27 days old when she died.

Lettis CLARK

She was not mentioned in her fathers Will, so she had probably died.

Joseph CLARK

Joseph came with his family from South Carolina around 1803 to Christian County, Kentucky. Joseph was Sheriff of Christian County, Kentucky, from 1826 to 1827.

His WILL, was written 21 Jan 1839 and was probated 8 March 1842, Will Book L, page 275, Mentions a granddaughter named Euceba Clark Brown she was the daughter of Euceba Clark who married Dr. John M. Brown. She died either in childbirth with this daughter or shortly after.

The following narrative concerns the descendants of Joseph Clark and Mary Golden Clark of Christian County, Kentucky in the early 1800's. The narrative was by Thomas B. Clark, Joseph's grandson through his son James C. Clark, and was dictated to Thomas' niece, Mary Belle Vollintine, who was the daughter of Thomas sister Mary Martha Clark. The copy in my possession was mimeographed, so this narrative doesn't come from the original. A few of the dates and the spelling of some names may be slightly in error. Nevertheless, Thomas B. Clark was a contemporary of all the people discussed, and I've found the information to be substantially correct. (Jeff Clark)
James C. Clark was born in Pendleton District, SC, 13 June 1791 - was eldest son of Joseph Clark who was youngest of five brothers. Was of English descent. These five brothers each served in the War of Revolution under General Greene (?), one of whom, Johnathan, was captain of a company. In 1801 Joseph & Johnathan Clark emigrated to Kentucky settling in Christian County of that state -- both taking with him a number of slaves. Joseph liberated his slaves soon afterward. The other brothers of these men remaining in SC & VA. Joseph Clark, of whom the writer is a direct descendent, had a family of four sons namely James C., Lemuel, Johnathan, & Joab and four daughters, Eulibia who married John Brown (they had one daughter named Eulibia), Harriet married Larkin Terrance Brazier who had several sons and two daughters, Carrie Ann and Mary Ann. Mary Ann married James Solomon. Carrie Ann died unmarried. The sons Goldsmith, Joab, Larkin, Pingore, Ninian. Lucetta, daughter of Joseph Clark who married Reed Renshaw, their children were Finis, James, Price; the girls who were all married were five in number. Rachel Clark, another daughter of Joseph Clark married David Clark a cousin. Rachel and David moved after marriage in 1842 or 1843 to Mason County in Illinois where all trace of them seems to be lost to us.

Lemuel Clark, the second son of Joseph Clark had seven sons -- namely Milton, Miles, Frank, Mark, Addison, Lemuel, & James, and four daughters named Marthena, Tabitha, Eveline, and Cynthia. The two last marrying in Texas, the two former dying young. The sons were all married and raised large families excepting James who never married. These Clark families were eventually scattered throughout the states of Missouri, Illinois, and Texas. The two oldest sons of Joseph Clark, that is James C. and Lemuel, married sisters, respectively Hannah and Anna Henderson.

Johnathan the third son of Joseph Clark emigrated to Christian County, IL, after his marriage in Christian County, KY to Betsy Jurnigan and raised a family of five sons and four daughters, namely Lewis, James, William, Alfred and Henry. To the writer no record is known of this branch of the family except the fact that both the eldest son and eldest daughter died many years ago, the son being killed by Negroes in Kansas near the end of the war.

Joab the fourth & youngest son of Joseph Clark married Polly Ann Brashear by whom he had four sons and two daughters, namely Gustavus, Goldsmith, Volna Columbus, Hosea Ballew and Sebastian Streator. The two daughters were Harriet and Aurelia. The latter never married. Harriet married James Johnson. Polly died in the year (blank) and Joab married her sister Harriet Brashear, to whom was born one son and four daughters. The son Albert G. Hams was cross-eyed, considered very smart and became a lawyer of considerable note at Hopkinsville, KY. He married a Miss Lawson and had one or two children. Joab and Harriet's daughters were Elizabeth, Victoria, Ellen, & Josie. Harriet, Joab's wife, died, and he married another sister named Nancy. Their children were named Joab and Mary. Joab married Mary Myers, a daughter of George and Salena Myers (cousins of Aunt Lou Clark). Joab Clark was a Universalist preacher from early manhood, preached for more than fifty years in Christian County, KY, building up a church of large membership. The church was organized before his pastorate, James C. Clark and his wife Hannah becoming the first members. This church called (Consolation) was organized at the home of James C. Clark. The entire family of Joab Clark so far as known to the writer has ever since his birth lived in the vicinity of Hopkinsville, KY. Joab Clark represented his county in the legislature for two terms.

James C. Clark & Hannah Henderson were married 7 Dec 1813, in Christian County, KY, twelve miles north of Hopkinsville, where they lived until March, 1844, when they moved to Christian County, IL. About the year 1833 or 1834 he was elected to the legislature of his state, serving one term. He also served as Justice of the Peace for a long term of years, emigrating to Illinois in 1844. Also all his family of eleven [??] children (six sons and seven daughters) except one daughter Minerva who had previous to this time married John W. Thompson and remained in Kentucky. Cynthia the oldest child was born 12 Dec 1814, married to Alfred Curry 29 Aug 1832. Presley H. born 21 Mar 1816, married to Jane B. Johnson 22 Dec 1840. Joseph Harvy Clark was born 6 Apr 1819, married 16 Nov 1840 to Lydia V. Hardy. Young Bolin Clark . . . [SENTENCE PARTIALLY CUT OFF] . . . . . . .24 Oct 1823, died 10 May 1843, married to John W. Thompson 21 Feb 1844. [BELIEVE THE LATTER PART OF THIS SENTENCE CONCERNS MINERVA CLARK - DATE OF DEATH OR MARRIAGE OBVIOUSLY INCORRECT] Mary Martha Clark born 12 Sep 1825, married to G. W. Vollintine 2 Sep 1845, died 30 Aug 1905. Leander Low Clark born 8 Aug 1827, died 30 Jul 1868, married to Rachel Tantum 19 Aug 1852. James L. Clark born 21 Feb 1830, married to Margaret Jernigan 11 Sep 1851. Cyrena A. Clark born 6 Mar 1832, died 9 Jun 1909, married to Henry C. Johnson 4 Dec 1855. Thomas B. Clark born 22 Jun 1834, married to Louisa J. Rice (née Myers) 28 Feb 1866. Irena Lucetta born 24 Sep 1836, married to Robert P. Langley 3 May 1855.

The second wife of James C. Clark (Tyressa Monroe Johnson) married to him 6 Jun 1848, born 7 Dec 1810 in Christian County, KY, died 22 Jul 1863. Their son William Johnson Clark born 24 May 1849, died 6 Jun 1849.

James C. Clark was a man of strong personality, of unusual reasoning power, good conversationalist, jovial disposition, warm in his friendships, liberal in his views, and firm in his beliefs. His perceptive power was great and although his school education was limited his education was self-acquired, was a man of wide reading and kept abreast of the times. Hannah Henderson his wife was of Scotch-Irish descent, a woman much admired and respected, a refined womanly woman with a heart full of kindness & a friend to all whom she knew.

This is the will and probate record of my 3gr-grandfather, Joseph Clark. My 2gr-grandfather is Lemuel Clark, whos mentioned in the will. The three witnesses are Josephs grandchildren, through his son James Cansler Clark, who is also mentioned in the will. As much as possible, I've kept the original spelling & punctuation. (Jeff Clark)

The original is in Christian County will book L, pages 275-276, and was obtained from: Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives P.O. Box 537
300 Coffee Tree Road Frankfort, KY 40602-0537

I Joseph Clark of the county of Christian and State of Kentucky do hereby make my last will and testament in manner & form following that is to say 1st I desire after my decease that my just debts and funeral expences be first paid 2nd. having given in my lifetime Land & other property to my Sons James C, Lemuel, Johnathan and Joab Clark it is my will and desire that the Residue of my property both real and personal be sold in the discretion of my executors and that in addition to what I have Given my Daughters the proceeds thereof be equally divided between my Daughters Rachel Clark, Lucetta Renshaw, Harriet Brasher and my Grand daughter Eusiba Clark Brown making her an equal legatee with my three daughters and Lastly I do hereby Constitute my Sons Lemuel Clark & James C Clark executors of this my Last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 21st day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & thirty nine Signed Sealed published and declared as and for the Last will and testament of the above named Joseph Clark in presence of us

Jos. Clark (seal)

P H Clark
Jos. H Clark
Minerva Clark


Whereas my son James C Clark this day, to wit, the 21st January 1839 Executed to me four notes of hand for the sum of thirty four dollars & fifty cents each the first due 21st January 1840 the 2nd 21st January 1841 the 3rd 21st January 1842 and the 4th note due 21st January 1843 it is further my will and desire that after my decease whatever may remain unpaid of the aforesaid note be forgiven my son James C Clark and that he shall be entitled to said note without paying anything more than what may have been paid at my decease provided I reside with him when that event takes place but if I shall reside Elsewhere so much of the aforesaid notes is excepted as may be sufficient to remunerate those with whom I may reside at the time of my decease Signed Sealed published & declared as a Codicil to the last will and testament of the above Joseph Clark in presence of us

Jos. Clark (seal)

P H Clark
Jos. H Clark
Minerva Clark

Commonwealth of Kentucky
County of Christian to wit
I Abraham Stiles the Clerk of the County court of Christian County aforesaid do hereby certify that this Last will of Jos. Clark deceased was on this day produced in Open Court & having been proven by the Oaths of Presly H Clark and Jos H Clark two of the subscribing witnesses and Ordered to be recorded---Whereupon the said will together with the foregoing certificate hath been duly admitted to record in my Office û Given under my hand the 8th day of March 1842

Abraham Stiles

Micajah CLARK

HISTORY: The following is from the VA ARGUS newspaper, dated Friday July 29, 1808 published at Richmond by Samuel Pleasants [copied from partially illegible microfilm]: DEPARTED this life on the 21st inst at his residence in the county of Albemarle Micajah CLARK, Senior aged 91 years, after a lingering ilness of 7 (? could be 2) months which he endured to the last, with unceasing patience, and a Christian ?Ukefore_ories, altho he was from the commencement of this illess, confidently impressed with the belief he should never recover. This venerable man, hath had the happiness of enjoying a long and well spent life, in good health, almost uninterrupted, never having experienced more than one attack previous to the one which carried him off. He was, in every respect, perfectly uniform and temperate; his benign and humane contenance, plainly indicated the purity and benevolence of his heart, and opened an avenue to ?its/his innermost recesses by which any one might enter. How melancholy are the sensations we feel, when meditating on the loss of this, our friend, and the friend of mankind -- Philanthropy, humanity, morality and benevolence will severely deplore his loss, and shed a tear in remembrance of his departed shade. It's needless to recount the many amiable qualities which were united in this man; they are well known to all who knew him; but to those who knew him not, suffice it to say, he was a kind and benevolent neighbor, a humane and tender master, and that the poor never passed unheeded by him. The writer of these lines, hath from his infancy, known this man, whose loss we deplore, and in making the foregoing communication he has done it conscientiously. July 26, 1808. A FRIEND.

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Christopher CLARK

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Mourning CLARK

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Micajah CLARK

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Micajah died unmarried.

John Craven CLARK

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Edward CLARK

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