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William and George Rogers Clark
The family of William Clark has always been on the forefront of western expansion, settling in King and Queen County, Virginia, in the seventeenth century. The earliest records show that Clark's great-grandfather (whose name seems to be unknown) settled on the James River in 1630, among some of the first immigrants to the "New World." The Clark family followed this precedent of moving West in succeeding generations. William's father, John Clark, III, married Ann Rogers, his second cousin, in 1749, and the couple moved to a 410-acre estate in Albemarle County, Virginia, on the Rivanna River. This estate was first patented by Clark's grandfather, Jonathan Clark, in 1734, and consisted of a grant of 3, 277 acres. Four of the Clark family children were born here: Jonathan, George Rogers, Ann, and John. The Clarks were a respected family in Virginia, associating with such families as the Jeffersons, Washingtons, Randolphs, and Byrds. Jefferson, himself living at Monticello in Albemarle County, grew to know George Rogers Clark very well (Steffen, 1977, 13-14).
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