Chapter 2: TN Clinard Family Trees, 1797 to mid-1800s

As I’ve had two new Clinard cousins inquiring already about their Robertson County family history, I thought I would go ahead and post all of the hand-written family tree notes my great-uncle found in the attic. These include three generations dating from around 1797 to the mid-1800s. I will also explain how we made the family connections to link the father and sons.

We have cross-referenced these to census records, church records, marriage and death records to try to complete the information. I have that data in the Family Treemaker program and cousin Gloria Proctor has a great Clinard tree on she has been working on. We have not put our tree on Ancestry yet as there is so much un-sourced material and we wanted to try to keep from getting ours mixed up.

Our first Clinard to come to Tennessee was Lawrence Clinard along his wife, Rosina Miller, around 1804 or 1805 from the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. I will introduce him and our North Carolina past in my next post. Joseph, Louis, Andy and possibly Henry were Lawrence’s sons. The names on these hand-written notes are the family nicknames.

The way that we were able to realize that Lawrence was the father to Jodie, Andy and Lewis (and probably Henry) came when we found Lawrence’s “will” at the Robertson County Archives. It is a bit confusing though as he is leaving his possessions to his “said” son Lewis, who was the youngest of the sons. We guess the others were possibly old enough and had already become established.

The recording in Deed Book L, page 75, on March 4, 1815 is a . Lawrence continues to buy and sell property after this and there is never a settlement of estate for Lawrence on record, so we don’t know if the terms of the will were carried out at his death.

The entry reads:

“Lewis Clinard from Lawrence Clinard April 26 1815

Know all men by these presents that I Lawrence Clianrd of the County of Robertson and State of Tennessee, for the good will and affection I bear towards my son Lewis Clinard, and the consideration of one dollar to me in hand paid the receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged I do by these presents, for the affection & consideration aforesaid sell, make even and deliver to my said (this is inserted above the word son) son Lewis Clinard all the lands that I possess in this state or else where, also the negroes, all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and also all my household, kitchen furniture, farming utensils and all other property that I am possessed of whatever nature it may be; And I the said Lawrence Clinard do by these presents warrant and will forever defend the said property above mentioned to the said Lewis Clinard his heirs and assigns forever, against all persons lawfully claiming the same, witness my hand and seal this 13th of February 1815.

Lawrence Clinard

Test: (*means witness)

Thomas Johnson

James McCarley

Robertson County Court February Term 1815. This Indenture from Lawrence Clinard to Lewis Clinard was presented in court acknoledged by the said Lawrence Clinard to be his act and deed adn by the Court ordered to be registered.


Ja Tunstall CKC”


In the 1820 census, Robertson County, Tennessee: Lawrence Clinard (51) has one boy under 10, one male 10-15, one male 16-18, one male 19-25, one girl under 10, one female 10-15 along with his wife. He also has two slaves listed as a part of his household.

We then knew that Lawrence was the father of Lewis, and the hand-written family tree shows us that Jodie, Andy and Louis are brothers. SO, Lawrence has three confirmed sons: Joseph, born in 1797, Andrew W. born in 1805 and Lewis was born in 1814-15. (We’re not sure about Henry, born in 1800 – on 1860 census and says “from Virginia”. There is also a Phillip, whom Joseph is later administrator of his estate. Perhaps this is the oldest boy in 1820 census?

FOUR? CLINARD SONS with hand-written family trees:

Joseph “Jodie” Clinard was born about 1797 in Stokes Co., N.C. (according to census records & NC research) and he would have been seven or eight years old when the family moved to Tennessee. He married Sarah (Sally), last name unknown or “LNU”. She was born about 1796 in Virginia (also gleaned from census records in the later 1800s). Jodie died between 1880 and 1890 and according to family history, is buried somewhere in the field where his cabin once stood above a spring, which is today a lake. In the 1880 census he is 83 and living with his daugher and son-in-law, Elizabeth and John Ennis. Sally died between 1860 and 1870 censuses and on the 1860 census it notes she is 64 years old. We do not know where she is buried as she died before Jodie. Perhaps in Mt. Sharon Cemetery?

This is the page for Joseph "Jodie" Clinard who is my direct ancestor.

Jodie and Sally’s children born between 1818 and 1833 were in order of birth: Joseph Washington “Wash”, Sanford “Sandy”, Brown C., Matilda “Tilda”, Elizabeth “Betts”, and Wiley/William “Willie”. My direct ancestor was Brown C., who died in a northern Civil War prison after being captured at Fort Donelson during the Civil War. I’ll have a lot more information on him and the other local boys in a later chapter.

Daffodils blooming this week on the rise where Jodie Clinard's cabin with a dogtrot once stood.

I found these bits and pieces where Jodie Clinard's cabin stood when metal detecting last week.

Jodie's cabin would have sat on the far rise across the lake. The lake was built about 10 years ago and was once a spring-fed creek running through the bottom.

The next “tree” will be for Andy, Jodie’s brother and his family. Andrew “Andy” Clinard was born Jan 28, 1805 and on some census records, it is noted he was born in NC. We don’t know if possibly he was born right before Lawrence and Rosina left to come to Tennessee or if he was born in Robertson County but it was still considered North Carolina then. He married Rebecca – possibly Welborn?, can’t find our source on that, she was born Oct. 1, 1804. Their children were born between 1831 and 1840 and included James Simeon, Hulda, Hester Ruth, Wesley, Leander and Samuel. We’re missing one of Andy’s pages

Andy Clinard's family tree

Louis was born in 1814 and married Huldah Justice on 11/2/1839. Their children were Josiah born in 1841 and Marshall, born in 1842. These brothers both fought and died in the Civil War – more on them later. They also had Martha Z “Nancy’?, Archibald Wilson “Cooney”, Thomas M. and Andy. Marshall is not listed.

Louis Clinard's family tree

Henry Clinard is our unspecified “brother”, possible son of Lawrence. He was born about 1792 in NC and is just a five years older than Joseph (born in 1797). He married Ann McNeill (born around 1810 in NC) and their children were born between 1825 and 1845. They were: Sandy, Effa/Effie, Rose C. “Rosie”, Eliza Ann “Liza”, Thomas “Tom or TM”, Mary E. “M.E.”, William H. “Bill”, and Harriet “F.H.”

Henry Clinard family tree

Henry Clinard family tree page 2

So, to give our Robertson County, Tennessee, Clinard descendants a feel for the family, one of Lawrence and Rosina’s four sons would have been your great—–grandaddy. We know that there were two girls in the household, but have no idea their names or who they married.

That’s all for now! Get ready to meet our North Carolina Clinard cousins in my next installment, and we’ll be heading back into the 1700s with Lawrence and Rosina in Stokes County, North Carolina – the Winston-Salem area.

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One thought on “Chapter 2: TN Clinard Family Trees, 1797 to mid-1800s

  1. Gloria Proctor

    Jamie, remember after I studied the Henry handwritten page before, you see that Simeon was his son, his family is listed on the top of Henry’s page. And, as of this result, I changed my line from Andrew/Simeon/Charles to Henry/Simeon/Charles.

    Also, my tree has really become my working tree, and when I have proof, I transfer to my family tree maker, and that is where 99% of my Clinard data is, because I promised not to post it after you shared all your data with me, and because you were going to write the book.

    Thanks for posting Henry’s page, I couldn’t find my copy.

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