James was born in 1697 at Ware Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. He was a son of James Clack and Jane UNKNOWN. The senior James Clack was the rector of Ware Parish for some forty-five years, beginning in 1679.
James spent more than half his life in Gloucester Co, where his father was Pastor of Ware Parish. He was still living there in 1740 when he is recorded as being guardian to Charlotte Ballard, daughter of his sister Jane.
On at least one occasion James signed his name as James Clack, Mariner. Probably associated with his brother William in the sailing enterprise. James was probably known by the title Captain. He was probably also a surveyor and shore patrol.
When James' son Sterling went to Brunswick County to serve as deputy to the clerk of the county court, James followed with his wife and children. The family lived there from about 1742 on an estate near Lawrenceville until his death.
Death and Legacy
James died 29 June 1757 at Lawrenceville, St. Andrew's Parish, Brunswick County, Virginia. His will was written 3 June 1757 and probated 23 Aug 1757 at Brunswick County.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with James: