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Unknown CLARK
William CLARK Sr.
(Bef 1770-Bef 1830)


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1. (Mary) Jane FERGUSON


William CLARK Sr. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

  • Born: Bef 1770, , , PA, USA
  • Marriage (1): (Mary) Jane FERGUSON on 26 Jan 1788 in , Montgomery, VA 1 2 3
  • Marriage (2): Ann ASBERRY after 1816
  • Died: Bef 9 Jan 1830, , Cabell, VA (Now Wayne, WV) 10

bullet  General Notes:

According to Tom Rider, William of Cabell Co., Virginia (now Wayne Co., West Virginia) was married to Jane Feguson b. 1767, d. of Samuel Ferguson. Their proven child is Samuel Ferguson, and it's also likely that Matthew F. Clark was their son too. (CL-512) So far, the research I've done, does show that he married Jane Ferguson, but there were two Clarks marrying Jane Fergusons in the same time period and our Jane could be either, from what I know at this time. A Jane Ferguson who was the d. of John Ferguson married a William Clarke on Jul 2, 1787 in Montgomery Co., VA. An unnamed Clark married a Jane Ferguson who was the daughter of Samuel Ferguson in that same county on Jan. 26, 1788. [FN:Worrell, Anne Lowry; "A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle counties, Virginia", c1932:FN] Though all LDS family group sheets that have been submitted state that the Jane who married our William Clark is the d. of Samuel, I am not yet convinced.

An IGI file for the Jane Ferguson who married in 1787 states that her relative was John Norman Clark. If the original record is located and John Norman Clark gives surety for the marriage in that record, then it is highly likely that John Norman Clark is the father or brother of the above William. Both names John and Norman are carried down into the grandchildren's generation in this family --- and Norman being an unusual name would have it's origin explained in this way.

William Clark is listed with a birthdate of about 1770 in Ancestry World Tree and with a christening date of Jan. 30, 1788, both occurring in Montgomery Co., VA. I still am skeptical of this information also.

William Clark's supposed son, William D. Clark was born in Kentucky in 1789 according to census records. There is a William Clark who owns 900 acres of land in Fayette Co., KY by 1787 that might be this William if all assumptions are correct. Of course, it seems a fairly far distance between there and Montgomery Co., VA where he supposedly married his wife in 1787/1788.

The first record I have found of this William Clark in Cabell Co., VA was when he was on a jury in the Superior Court on May 18, 1812. He was often listed as a juror -- on May 11, 1813; May 17, 1814; Oct. 17, 1814; and May 17, 1815. He was a part of the court proceedings a couple of times: on May 16, 1814, in the case of Daniel Morgan vs. William Clark, covenant; on Oct. 17, 1814, he appears to have given special bail in a case of George Ward vs. John Rodgers, and on May 17, 1815 in a court case of John McMahan vs. William Clark. There is a possibility that William was a veteran of Braddock's War as Cabell Co, VA was land given to veterans of that war. It didn't become a county until 1809 and then in 1863 that part of VA succeeded from the state to join the Union side in the Civil War and it became Cabell Co. and Wayne Counties in WV. (CL-483)

William purchased land in the same area on Twelve Pole Creek as his likely father-in-law in Cabell County, VA on Jun 12, 1813. It consisted of 250 acres on the main right hand fork of Twelve Pole Creek supposed to be about sixteen miles from the mouth of said fork. On 25 October 1814, he purchased 110 more acres on the beech fork of Twelve Pole River in Cabell Co., VA.

William is listed as William Sr. Clark in the 1820 Cabell Co., Va census. He has 1 son between 10 and 16, 1 between 16 and 18, and 2 sons between 26 and 45. He and his wife were over 45 years of age. There were four persons engaged in agriculture in his household. Also living in Cabell Co., VA in the 1820 census was a Matthew F. Clark (age 26-45) and his family as well as a Samuel Clark (age 26 to 45) and his family, his eldest sons. Both of them have 4 or 5 children suggesting that they were close if not in their 30's in age.

Clarks in that region that I have not yet seen connected to the children of our William Clark include: Ezekiah, age 20-29 in the 1830 census, William Clark, age 20-29 (not our William D.) in the 1830 census, Thomas A. Clark, age 20-30 in the 1840 census, Henry, age 30-40 in the 1840 census and John - age 40-50 in the 1840 census. John probably is the John B. who married Polly McDonald on Jun 26, 1821 in Cabell Co. Also in that county, there is a Maria Clark who married an Isaac Miller on May 26, 1823 and a Zerlack who married a Polly Booth on Feb 26, 1823. This number of unaccounted for Clarks suggests that there are at least two Clark families in Cabell Co., VA at the time. Several Clark's are getting married in the 1830's that would account for this 2nd family. (CL-336, 337)

In 1826, William is listed as having land adjoining land that John Pinson was purchasing from William Spurlock and his wife Frances. (CL-484)

Two different properties for William Clark and one for Samuel F. Clark, are located on the Back Fork of Cabell Co., WV in 1827 supporting a relationship amongst them due to the fact that they live near each other. (CL-477)

William is possibly the William Clark that made a purchase at the estate of John Wilson on Jul 27, 1829. William Sr. is missing from the 1830 census, as he had died by that time. His estate was appraised on Jan 9, 1830. (CL-335, 466 p.99, 478) His estate was administered by James Clark (possible son or brother). The bill of the sale of the estate on Jan 23, 1830 included the sale of one slave named Aggy, and multiple items whose value was listed, but whose buyers were not. (CL-DOC)

As for the children that are mostly theory for this William, I can't find one of them purchasing land in Cabel Co., Va and don't know where they moved to in most cases.

Finding William's parents is difficult. Possible family members include a James Clark who left a will on Dec. 13, 1802 in Campbell Co., VA in which he lists his brothers William and Bowling Clark and 7 children. (CL-551)

There is a Revolutionary War Pension Application that could possibly apply to this William, but only if his first wife, Jane, died previous to 1794. According to Thomas Rider, he married a 2nd time to an Ann Asberry. There is a widow named Nancy Ann Andrews (who went by the name of Ann Andrews) who applied for a pension from her husband, William Clarke's service in the VA line which began in 1777. Her maiden name was Williams. They married in September of 1794. He died on Mar. 29, 1827 according to her application. I found it interesting that in 1796, the daughter born to William was Nancy. I have no proof that all of his children were born to his first wife, so I've included a summary of the pension application that has a small chance of naming a possible second wife correctly instead. (CL-729) 3 11


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Probate, 9 Jan 1830, , Cabell, VA. 12


William married (Mary) Jane FERGUSON, daughter of Ensign Samuel FERGUSON and Mary JAMESON, on 26 Jan 1788 in , Montgomery, VA.1 2 3 ((Mary) Jane FERGUSON was born about 1768 in , Augusta, VA and died in 1809-1817 in , Cabell, VA (Now Wayne, WV).)


William next married Ann ASBERRY after 1816. (Ann ASBERRY died after 1830.)



1 Crandall, Charles Henry Crandall, "Ancestors of Charles Henry Crandall on 3/26/2000."

2 Clark, Jeannie, Ancestors of Jeannie Clark at

3 Worrell, Anne, Lowry, A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia (Roanoke, VA, c1932).

4 Mason County Kentucky Deed Book, A-L 1789-1810 Abstracts (Denver, Colorado: Western Heraldry Organization, 1973).

5 William Clark to William D. Clark and James Clark Cabell Co., Virginia/W.Virginia Deed Abstract, Aug. 22, 1824 Abstract of Deed Book III, V. 1 & 2, 1819-1824, Cabell Co., Virginia/West Virginia, c1988 p. 63.

6 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule Cabell Co, WV.

7 Rider, Thomas, Email dated 2000 from

8 French, Paula, Ancestors of Paula French at (4/21/2000).


10 Carrie Eldridge, Will Book I, 1820-1848, Cabell Co., VA/WV.

11 Virginia Land Office, Patents and Grants (Library of Virginia,, c2003).

12 Probate papers for William Clark (Jan. 9, 1830).

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