Essex County, Virginia, was one of the formation counties of Spotsylvania County. There are some CLENCH records from 1721 from Order Book Abstracts of Essex County, Virginia 1716-1723, Ruth and Sam Sparacio.
At a Court held for Essex County on Tuesday the 18th day of July 1721
Jacob CLENCH, a Servant boy belonging to ROBERT BEVERLEY is adjudged to be five years old.
Mary CLENCH, a Servant girl belonging to ROBERT BEVERLEY, is adjudged to be seven years old.
From Historic Roads of Virginia — Spotsylvania County Road Orders, 1722-1734, Nathaniel Mason Powlett, 1985
No Clench or Clinch; No Logan listed
St. Mark’s Parish Vestry Book, 1730-1785, Rosalie Edith Davis
Clinch, Jacob and Widdow [sic] Clinch; No LOGANs listed
Friday, October 11, 1745
Order that Alexdr. Parker, Gent. be paid four hundred and thirty six pds. of tobacco for tending the Weddow [sic] Clinch.
Order that Jacob Clinch be paid four hundred pds. of tobacco for Nursing and Burrying [sic] the Weddow Clinch.
Order that Francis Slaughter Gent. be paid two hundred pds. of tobacco for tending the Weddow Clinch.
There are numerous Clinch and Clench listings in the Library of Virginia Index to Wills and Administrations; however, most of them are far too recent to be of help to us. (Most are from Surry County, VA.)
Ditto for Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County. (These listings don’t begin until 1745.)