JOHN W. CLEMENS, who is now living retired on his farm in Portage township, is a native of Ohio, born March 18, 1844, in Loudon township, Seneca county, a son of Daniel Clemens.
Daniel Clemens came to Ohio when a young man, from western Pennsylvania. He entered land in the woods of Seneca county, where he married Hannah Kizer, and there lived for some years, coming with his family to Wood county when our subject was a mere child. He had bought eighty acres of new land in Section 26, Portage township, near Six Points, and as there was no house on this place, the family lived with a neighbor until a board shanty was erected: At this time the old corduroy road was the only one leading to Six Points, and the entire country was sparsely settled and unimproved. Mr. Clemens commenced at once to clear his land, also following his trade of shoemaker, which he worked at evenings on a bench in the corner of their shanty. In those days each customer would bring his own leather, and the work was usually paid for in farm labor or provisions. Mr. and Mrs. Clemens were the parents of fourteen children, four sons and ten daughters, all of whom lived to maturity but Charles, who died in infancy, and only three of the others are now deceased-Jacob, Charles and Delilah. The parents both lived to advanced ages, dying when seventy and seventy-two years old, respectively, and both are buried in Mt. Zion Church cemetery.
Our subject received such advantages for education as the schools of his boyhood days afforded, and was reared by his father to agriculture. He also worked away from home, husking corn and doing other farm work, and for a time was engaged in hauling lumber to Fostoria, during the days when fine poplar brought only $8 per thousand. On October 12, 1864, he enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio, in Company B, 55th O. V. I., Capt. H. Osborn, joining his regiment at Atlanta without any drilling whatever. Being taken sick here, he was returned to Cumberland Hospital, where he was confined ten or twelve days, afterward serving in Thomas' Division, and then starting for Savannah by way of New York. On the way he was captured by the enemy, who had torn up the railroad; but was shortly afterward paroled and went on to New York, where he was seized with inflammatory rheumatism, and lay in a hospital one month. He rejoined his regiment at Goldsboro, N. C., followed the campaign to the close of the war, participated in the Grand Review at Washington, D. C., and on July 11, 1865, was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., being honorably discharged at Cleveland, Ohio.
On his return from the army our subject engaged in teaming and farming for some time. On March 12, 1868, he was united in marriage, in Portage township, with Miss Elizabeth Palmerton, who was born February 13, 1852, in Marion, Ohio, daughter of Lyman and Nancy (Leslie) Palmerton, who came from New York to Marion county, Ohio, and thence to Wood county. Lyman Palmerton died in 1854, leaving a widow and twelve children, and, though he left them eighty acres of land, it was little more than a swamp and a forest, and at that time would not have yielded enough for them to live on. But the brave mother worked earnestly and faithfully to keep her large family, and supported them in comfort until they were able to take care of themselves, doing all kinds of hard labor, cutting corn, shearing sheep, working on the farm, sewing and spinning. She was a noble Christian woman, and her children revere the memory of a devoted, loving mother, who spared neither energy nor pains to rear her family in industry and comfort. She was buried in Sugar Grove cemetery, where Mr. Palmerton's remains also rest. At the time of his death there were no horses to take him to his grave, and oxen were used.
At the time of his marriage our subject was the owner of a horse and buggy, and he traded the buggy for another horse, afterward trading the team for the land on which he now lives. At first he did his farm work with a yoke of oxen, but by hard work and good management he prospered, and was able to provide himself with implements and horses, and to improve his farm in many ways. The forty acres of land in Section 25 which he still owns and on which he lives, are
1860 Portage, Wood Co., Ohio Census
Daniel Clemens 58 farmer 1200/300 PA
Hannah Clemens 47 housekeeper OH
Daniel Clemens 18 farmer OH
Annie M. Clemens 14 at school OH
Susan Clemens 10 OH
Emma Clemens 6 OH
Estella M. Clemens 5 OH
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