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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mary Beavers Clack and her children

Mary Beavers Clack

BIRTH 12 JAN 1745  Loudoun, Virginia

DEATH 14 AUG 1840  Sevierville, Sevier, Tenn


There are always fewer documents about the early women ancestors.  It's just the way it was in a patriarchal society. Men made the documents which regarded legal doings, religious records, and even wars.

But it was always the women who gave birth to the next generations.  I've spoken of this before, so will just remind you now.
Marker at Forks of Little Pigeon cemetery, where Mary Beavers Clack was buried

Easy to miss park setting for Forks of Little Pigeon cemetery by the highway

Mrs. Clack's father came from a family which wasn't English or Scottish, and could have been French at one time, but was also probably from German areas as well.  They may have settled first in New Jersey, but some of them came to Virginia, the colony, and married some of the settlers there.  

They were calling themselves the Beavers family.  They may have been Biebers while in Germany, and deBeauviellers while in France.  But this seems a pretty shaky tree.

Her mother, Martha Cargill, was from a family from England however.

A few years ago I posted about Mary and her husband Spencer Clack HERE.

I mentioned yesterday that my Ancestry Tree has 14 children of Spencer and Mary Clack.  Someone (probably in the DAR) has said that there were definitely 7, and possibly 9 or 10.

So I've culled my list of aunts and uncles (great times 5) and kept them listed, but put parentheses around them with a "maybe son" or "maybe daughter" by their names.

How muddy the tree is (to mix metaphors a bit!) with added people that may not have even existed, or if there is any documentation, they've been shifted from their real family into another one.

Their oldest daughter, Martha "Patty" Clack Rogers, 1768–1867, married Josiah Rogers, 1766–1834.  Josiah Rogers was the brother of my 5th great grandfather, Rev. Elijah Rogers.

So she was my great aunt two directions...since Rev. Elijah married her sister, Catharine. (More in a minute, let's stay chronological with these children)

The next in order (who is confirmed as a Clack son) is Raleigh Robert "Rolly" Clack, 1772–1842. He married twice, having 12 children with his first wife, and 4 with his second (according to Ancestry)

Next is Sarah Clack Henderson, 1773-1859, who was mentioned in a land purchase, and this is the only reason we know she existed (but not who her parents were) "1789, one Sarah Clack (b. c1773) married William Henderson in the "Forks of Little Pigeon," as shown by bounty land papers in the National Archives; they migrated to St. Louis County, Missouri, about 1840." 

Rhoda E. Clack Randles, 1776- 1850, was the next daughter born to the Clacks. She married James Randles.


Next is my 4th great grandmother, Catharine (Beulah) Fairfax (Aunt Katy) Clack Rogers
1778–1850.  I have no idea who added all these extra names for her...probably descendent nephews and nieces! She married Rev. Elijah Rogers in 1794 in Sevierville, TN.

Micajah Clack is listed usually as having been born in 1780 and dying in 1781.  One tree says he was born in 1778. There's nothing to prove either way. "However, there is a well established tradition that there was a son, Micajah Clack, who was 'killed by lighting.'" 

Next comes Frances Clack Mynatt Gist, 1783–1855 who died in Knox County, TN. She married twice, and had children with her second husband.]


Next is Mary Sterling "Polly" Clack Miller, 1785-1860, who married William B. Miller (1781-?)

And youngest was Melvina/Levina Clack Beavers, 1788–1864 who married Major (his first name) Clack Beavers who was born on 24 JULY 1781 in Sevier County, Tennessee, and they both died in Talladega County, Ala.  I couldn't find the exact connection but her husband must have been in the same Beavers clan, probably a second cousin to his wife, Melvina Clack (who's mother was Mary Beavers Clack.)












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