Bell Anthology - Adam Clemens

The Raymond M. Bell Anthology

Adam Clemens (of German Origin)
born c1754 d Jun 24-1824 Donegal Twp, Washington Co, Pa (newspaper)
m c1784 Catharine --- b c1764 living 1830 (census)

Adam's obiturary says he was a Revolutionary soldier. An Adam Clemens served in the Lancanster Co, Pa militia 1781.

He first appears in Hopewell Twp (now Independence) near Donegal in the 1790 census with 2 sons and one daughter. In 1791 he was taxed in Hopewell. He took out a land patent in 1800 in Hopewell. By mistake it was made out to Abraham Clemens (no relation) who deeded the land to Adam. In the 1800 county census Adam was in Donegal. He bought a farm on Dutch Fork creek in 1803, on which he was living in 1795. It had belonged to Henry Fullenwider, Jr. Adam's children are named in the Account papers A44 1827.

(Adam may have had a brother, Nicholas 1749-1828, who lived in Amwell and Strabane Twps 1784-1814. Adam's father may have been the Nicholas Clemens, who landed at Philadelphia Sep 15-1748. Pa German Pioneers.)

     Children of Adam and Catharine:
     1.  John b c1785 d early in 1858  Donegal Twp, first taxed 1808
     	mc1808 Margaret --- b 1791 (Children named in Orphans Court H1 367)
     	a.  Margaret  m William C Jewell - Henry Co, Ill
     	b.  Daniel H  b c1811 m Hannah --- gone 1836
     	c.  Elizabeth  m Mar 6-1851 William Harvey Jenney
     	d.  David b c1815 d c1860
     	e.  Adam C  b 1817  m Susan --- in Donegal 1857
     	f.  Mary dead 1858  m Francis Caldwell
     	g.  George L  b  c1821 m1 Sarah --- m2 Nancy M  in Donegal 1860
     	h.  Moses b c1823   in Donegal 1858
     	i.  Sarah m James Sims
     	j.  Susanna b 1827  m Aug 20-1849 James DeFrance
     	k.  Rachel m William Crow b 1825
     2.  Nicholas  b Feb 19-1787  d Mar 2-1870  Donegal m Nov 22-1814
     	Mary Miller  b Jan 8-1795  d Feb 20-1862 (Children in Miller History)
     	a.  David L (effler) b Oct 16-1815 d Nov 28-1898 Columbus, Ohio m Mar 15-1853 Urania Knowls b Apr 9-1827 d May 22-1904
                 to Etna, Licking Co, Ohio c1850
     	b.  Mary Ann  b Nov 18-1876  d Nov 21-1840, single
     	c.  Rebecca  b May 30-1818  d Apr 2-1850 Etna, Ohio, single
     	d.  John J(acob)  b Jun 5-1820  d May 24-1884 m Mar 24-1843  Catharine Sheller - in Donegal 1860
     	e.  Elizabeth D  b  Oct 16-1822 m Nov 18-1847 William Weyt
     	f.  Catharine W  b Nov 19-1824  d Feb 23-1904 m Jan 15-1852 William Miller
     	g.  Susanna W  b Oct 4-1826  d Jan 12-1851, single
     	h.  Anna Liza  b Feb 20-1829  d Feb 5-1914 m Nov 10-1853 William Patch b 1820 d Dec 28-1898
     	i.  Isaac b 1831
     	j.  Abraham Winter d 1837
     	K.  Isabelle McMillan b 1837
     3.  David  b c1795 taxed Donegal freeman 1817, gone c 1855, sold land 1858
     	m c1820 Mary --- b 1798 (Children listed in 1850 census)
     	a.  George W  b Dec 29-1821  d Apr 22-1897 buried Zion m Margaret J b Sep 18-1830 d Mar 3-1904
     	b.  Anthony  b c1824 d Mar 20-1912 buried Zion m 1848 Abigail --- b 1825 d Nov 6-1903
     	c.  Lewis  b 1831 Donegal 1860
     	d.  Nicholas  b 1833 Donegal 1858
     	e.  Jonathan  b 1834 Donegal 1857
     	f.  David  b 1835 Donegal 1860
     	g.  Lydia  b 1836
     	h.  Lucinda  b 1838
     4.  George b 1798 d Nov 22-1888 buried Zion m Elizabeth --- b 1812  freeman Donegal 1822 (Children names in will) 
     	(D Feb 18-1875
     	a.  Sophia b c1829 m John Miller b 1827
     	b.  Rachel  b 1831 m --- Stewart
     	c.  Julia A  b 1833 dead 1888
     	d.  Adam  b 1835 Donegal 1860
     	e.  Matilda  b 1839  d Jan 8-1903
     	f.  Amanda  b 1844 d Jul 2-1928
     5.  Abraham b c1800 m Ann --- taxed Donegal 1824; left 1840; 4 sons, 5 daughters 1840 census; sold land 1840
     6.  Adam  b c1802 left 1839, single then; sold land 1858; freeman 1824
     7.  Elizabeth  b 1806 m 1824 George Kearns b 1798, Donegal 1860
     	Children:  (listed in census) Rosanna b 1825, Catharine b 1827, Levi b c1829, George b 1831, Shepard b 1833, 
     	Charles b 1837, Hugh b 1839, Alexander b 1843, John b c1845, Elizabeth Mary b 1847, James b 1852

Another Clemens family (of Emglish origin), unrelated, lived in adjoining Buffalo Twp. James b 1734 d 1795, great-great-great-uncle of Mark Twain, had sons: Jeremiah 1763-1826 Ky, William 1767-1849, Abraham 1769-1841, John 1775-1814, James 1779-1861 Ala, Ezekiel 1783-.

Submitted by:

Raymond Martin Bell
Washington, Penna
15 Jan 1981

This article was transcribed by Cherie Atkinson Clark of Kirkwood, MO in May 1998.

Raymond M. Bell Anthology     Genealogy in Washington Co., PA

Published with permission of Raymond M. Bell.