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James Clack (1698 - 1757)

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Captain James Clack
Born in Ware Parish, Gloucester County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Brunswick CO, VAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lawrenceville, St. Andrew's Parish, Brunswick County, Virginiamap
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Research Notes

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Captain James Clack


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.[citation needed]

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.


James married in 1718 at Brunswick County, Virginia to Mary Sterling.[1]

Children of James and Mary:

  1. Sterling Clack
  2. Moses Clack
  3. Jane Sterling Clack
  4. John Clack
  5. Mary Elizabeth Clack
  6. James Clack
  7. Sarah Clack
  8. Elizabeth Clack
  9. William Clack
  10. Dorothy Clack

Brunswick County, Virginia

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.[citation needed]

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.[2]


Note: According to, Capt. James Clack Jr. was a Surveyor and shore patroller.
Born about 1699 Fredricksville, Gloucester Co - Edler


  1. Brunswick Co., Virginia Marriage Bonds (GS Call 975.5575V25b)
  2. Brunswick County, Virginia Wills, Book 4, p 336; Bk 3, p 227 (GS 7287 pts2,3)

See also:

  • Bond, Octavia Z., Family Chronicles and Kinship Book of Maclin, Clack, Cocke, Taylor, Cross, Gordon and Other Related American Lineages Self published: 1928, pp 602-4, 611-619.
  • Carr-Bates, Lola J "Thornton 1300 -1917" family tree by Susan Reed Thornton and Marguerite Byram Hicks
  • Lowry, Robert G., Footprints: The life Stories of Robert Graham Lowry and Susan Louise Thurman & those of their in-America Ancestors from Jamestown and Plymouth Self published: 1985, pp 202-217.
  • Unknown author, The Virginia Genealogist, Vol 31, No 2, p 10
  • Wulfeck, Dorothy F Marriages of Some VA Residents 1607-1800, ord V2.


 ! l. Kinfolks Vol 3 p 2752, 2758-9, 2764-9 2790, 2812
3. VA Biographies
4. Wm & Mary Quarterly

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