Children of Francis Clark Sr of Louisa, Colony of Virgnia 1684-1770?

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Far too many children are attached to Francis Clark of Louisa, Colony of Virginia. There are 3 different profiles for a known son John (all with slightly differing data), seven daughters when it is said his will states three, a son Benjamin is attached (predeceases the father so would not be named in will), etc.

John Boddie states his will names sons Joseph, Thomas, Isaac, Francis, Christopher, and John and thee daughters (Boddie does not name daughters). I've not found a transcription of the will anywhere and it seems online access at Library of Virginia is now restricted due to some digital copyright issues. Or am I misreading the online info? You can get a library card that allows online access but that can now only be done in person (kind of an issue for those a thousand miles away).

In any event, would anyone have access to the wills index at Library of Virginia or know of another source for the will?

This is part of a larger clean-up of the early Clarks and descendants in Virginia.
WikiTree profile: Francis Clark
in Genealogy Help by T Stanton G2G6 Mach 6 (69.1k points)
edited by T Stanton

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I have always been interested in Francis Clark, since he lived just a few miles away from my Ancestors Militia Capt Christoper Clark and his probable father Edward Clark.  Plus they knew the same people.    Thomas Lankford for example, whose sister " Cordelia Lankford" Francis married around 1704 or 1705.      I have always wondered if that branch of Clark's was really related to mine, or if they just acted like they were....
There's a considerable amount of misinformation around on the Lankfords. Some DNA testing organized by one Lankford researcher showed that there are two entirely unrelated men named John Lankford in the same area at the same time. I've only just started to attempt to untangle that...I'm sure better minds have tried in the past.
It is odd how many people showed up in old Virginia with the same names.    Sometimes I wonder if a bunch of them were on the run from troubles back home and they just took on popular common names to hide-out.   I have a couple other ancestors whom I know for sure changed their last names due to political troubles back in Europe.
I don’t know that they were “hiding out” but I think people may have embellished their ancestry when they go here, e.g. they weren’t just somebody’s tenant living on the manor of “X,” they were suddenly a member if the family of “X”.  No Ancestry trees or Wikitree to confirm or deny their story....
Alex, this old website page has quite a collection of information on the different Lankford families.

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