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William Buford CLARK
Husband:  William Buford CLARK
Birth:  May 1797, Pendleton Dist., SC
Death:  1 Dec 1894, Christian Co., KY
Disposition:  buried Clark Cemetery, Christian Co., KY
Father:  Jonathan CLARK
Mother:  Jane ROGERS

One secondary source gives these parents for the William CLARK who married Phebe PRATT:
Father:  William CLARK (1772-1824)
Mother:  Sarah ANDERSON (1771->1799)
If so, he's a different William CLARK than the one who married Dorcas HOLMAN & Nancy THOMPSON.

Marriage-1:  7 Feb 1817, Christian Co., KY
Wife-1:  Phoebe / Phebe PRATT
Birth:  1794-1804
Marriage-2:  5 Jan 1822, Christian Co., KY
Wife-2:  Dorcas HOLMAN
Birth:  ca. 1805/6
Marriage-3:  28 May 1828, Christian Co., KY
Wife-3:  Nancy THOMPSON
Birth:  17 Dec 1799/1800/1802/1804/1805, KY
Death:  aft. 1880 (alive in the 1880 Census)
Tombstone apparently misread:  4 Nov 1878
Disposition:  buried Clark Cemetery, Christian Co., KY 
Father:  William THOMPSON, of Christian Co., KY 
Mother:  Elizabeth __?__

We cannot be certain of Nancy's birthyear as it is different in every record for her (meaning she was fibbing about her age and, probably, all of these birthyears are too late).  Nor, under the circumstances, can we be certain of her deathdate. 

Child with Phoebe PRATT born in Christian Co., KY
1.  (Son A) CLARK, b. 1817-20; not found in 1830
Child with Phoebe PRATT or Dorcas HOLMAN born in Christian Co., KY:
2.  (Daughter A) CLARK, b. 1820-25
Children with Nancy THOMPSON born Christian Co., KY:
3.  Mary J. CLARK, b. 1829/30 
4.  Elizabeth A. [Evangeline?] CLARK, b. 1833; d. 1923; m. 8 Jan 1871, Christian Co., KY, Everhart R. GRAY
5.  James M. CLARK, b. 30 Jul 1840 
6.  Joseph P. CLARK, b. 24 Apr 1843; d. in Civil War, 2 Mar 1862, Rumsey, McLean Co., KY
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1.  Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather.  [nd]  Marriage Records of Christian County, Kentucky, 1795-1825.  Typescript (LDS Film No. 0908037, Item #6).  On p. 13:
Clark, Wm. B. to Dorcas Holman, d. of Jacob 5 Jan. 1822 Bolin Clark
Bolin CLARK is William's uncle.

2.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages: Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Clark, William Pratt, Phebe Feb  7, 1817 Christian Co.
Clark, William B. Holman, Dorcas Jan  6, 1822 Christian Co.
Clark, W. B. Thompson, Nancy May 28, 1828 Christian Co.

3.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 33 mis-indexed as being in Hopkinsville; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 KY Christian Co. Roll M33_20 p. 34 Ln. 7 William Clarke 100010-00100-0-100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1810-1820 = Son A
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = William
1 female 16-25 1794-1804 = Phoebe
Listed one line below David CLARKE, Sr., who is one line below David CLARKE, Jr., who is one line below Lemuel CLARKE, who is one line below James __?__, whose surname is unreadable, below two more names that are entirely unreadable.  He is the only William CLARK/CLARKE indexed in the county.

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7-8 of 94; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 KY Christian Co. Roll 35 p. 10 Ln. 14 William Clark 000 001 - 110 010 100000-201000
These data indicate:
No., Race, Gender Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 white male 30-39 1790-1800 = William (b. 1797)
1 white female 4 or under 1825-1830 = Mary Jane (b. 1829/30)
1 white female 5-9 1820-1825 = Daughter A
1 white female 20-29 1800-1810 = Nancy
1 male slave 9 or under 1820-1830 = ?
2 female slaves 9 or under 1820-1830 = ?
1 female slave 24-35 1794-1806 = ?
Listed three lines from William's father, Jonathan CLARK.

5.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #79 of 94; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 KY Christian Co. Roll 107 p. 230B-231A Ln. 21 William B Clark 000 000 100 - 010 101 no slaves 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 40-49 1790-1800 = William (b. 1797)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Elizabeth (b. 1833)
0 females 10-14 1825-30 = Mary Jane (b. 1829/30)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Daughter A
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Nancy 
1 person employed in agriculture
Where is Mary Jane?  Or, if the youngest female is Mary Jane, where is Elizabeth?  Or is this census-taker error?  He's the only William CLARK in the county.  Listed next to William's father, Jonathan CLARK.

6.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #107 of 136):  Dist. 2, Christian Co., KY, Roll M432_196, p. 413, 774/822, enumerated 11 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William B Clark 53 M   Farmer 3000 SC  
Nancy        " 50 F       KY  
Mary J       " 20 F       KY  
Elizabeth A  " 16 F       KY  
James M      " 10 M       KY  
Joseph P     "  7 M       KY  
Jonathan     " 91 M   None   VA blind
Elizabeth Thompson 70 F       VA  
Jonathan CLARK is William's father; Elizabeth THOMPSON is Nancy's mother.

6.  1880 Census.  I do not have this record, but Frank Beard informs me via email (9 Apr 2001) that:
I just found this in the 1880 Christian Co. Ky. Census..  1880 Christian Co., Ky. Census Book Page 221 Dwelling #64 Home #72 James M. age 39 Had wife and 4 children. His Father and mother were living with him. Dad was 83 Mom was 75.. This would make the death date of his mother after 1880 not in 1878...
This record means Nancy's tombstone must have been misread (see next source); also that Nancy is fibbing about her age.

7.  Cemetery Records of Southern Christian Co., KY.  (LDS Fiche #6075675), p. 82, Clark Cemetery, "located from intersection of highway 800W and 189N at Fruit Hill go on highway 800W 4.6 miles, cemetery on right in woods":
W.B. Clark    May 1797 1 Dec 1894  
Nancy Clark 17 Dec 1802 4 Nov 1878  
Elizabeth Gray        1833       1923  
Joseph P. Clark 13 Apr 1843 2 Mar 1862 ...died in Rumsey, Kentucky, (in service of the U.S.)
Unless the 1850 Census is wrong, Nancy was fibbing about her age or her tombstone was misread.  And it appears her tombstone was certainly misread with regard to her deathdate because she was alive in 1880 (see previous source). 

8.  William Henry Perrin, ed. 1884.  County of Christian, Kentucky: Historical and Biographical.  F.A. Battey Publ. Co., Chicago.  On pp. 615-616, under the heading "Stewart Precinct" is a biographical sketch of James M. CLARK, son of William Buford and Nancy (THOMPSON) CLARK.  In the sketch, it says Nancy was born in 1802, but she appears to be fibbing about her age (either that, or the 1850 census-taker made a mistake). 

9.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

10.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 6, Pedigree No. 2211.

11.  WorldConnect (online at RootsWeb.com).

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