John Clements, 1631-1710 Not a son of Jeremiah Clements, or any other Clements line known in VA.
John Clements participated in Bacon's Rebellion in 1676, and was listed as among those pardoned in 1678.
John Clements, born 1631 in England; died by May 1710. He married unknown 1st, and Mary (Thompson?) 2nd. John gave deposition in Surry Co VA in 1701 that he was 70 years old. He was probably the John who was a headright for Jeremiah Clements in 1635, and was probably a member of Jeremiah's extended family. as there were no sons of Jeremiah who survived him. DNA from 3 descendants of John match each other but not any other Clements family from early VA or MD.
Children of John Clements and unknown 1st wife are:
i. Hannah Clements, born c 1665; died c 1696 in Surry Co, VA; married Thomas High c 1682. She married 2nd George Foster c 1688.
ii. Elizabeth wife of Allen Warren
iii. Unnamed daughter (deceased in 1704?) wife of Robert Warren
iv. John Clements Jr, born 1676 in Surry County, VA. Died c 1742 in Isle of Wight Co VA. His son Benjamin, b 1735, chose his guardian, John Little, in 1749 at age 14. John Jr first appeared in the Surry Co Tithes list with John Clements Sr in 1692 at age 16, placing his birth in 1676.
Children of John Clements Sr and 2nd wife, Mary (Thompson?) are;
i. Samuel b. c 1702, d.s.p. 1727
ii. Mary Boykin b. c 1704
iii. Anne Adams b. c. 1705
iv. William b. c 1707, d. 1741 Surry Co VA wife Alice, children Wm, Samuel, Henry, Elizabeth, and Lucy. Legatee was Samuel Thompson whose name had appeared in every record of this family for 40 years.
Son William was probably the William who died in Montgomery Co NC in 1782, whose adm. was Samuel Thompson Clemmons, b 1751.
John Clements 1631-1710 Surry Co. Va. Book 6, p. 9
wit; Samuel Thompson, Wm. Browne
1st wife unknown
Elizabeth m. Allen Warren
Hannah m. Thos. High
John Clements b. 1676, d. 1741?
2nd wife Mary (Thompson?) Clements Boston Davidson, d. 1737
Surry Co. Va. Book 8, p. 725
wit.; Joseph Mason, Rbt. Jones
adv. Samuel Thompson
legatees, sons William and John, and grandchildren, William
Clements and Elizabeth Boykin (widow of William Davidson
who d. 1727, wit. Samuel Clements)
Samuel Clements dsp 1727 Surry Co. Va. Book 7, p. 854, legatees,
William Clements, "Mother", and Mary Adams, (niece),
who m. William Clements
Ann m. Peter Adams
William Clements d. 1741
William Clements, d. 1741 Surry co. Va. Book 9, p. 326
Legatees; wife, children, and Samuel Thompson
(all under 18 years of age in 1741)
In Isle of Wight Co. Va. in 1744 there is an estate sale for John Clements. In 1749 Benjamin Clements, orphan of John Clements dec'd., choses John Little as his guardian. He had to be 14 to pick his own guardian, so John Clements had to have been b. before 1715. Therefore, this John had to be the son of John Clements Sr. and Mary, or John Sr. and 1st wife. There was no John in the family of Francis Clements. A 1734 Surry Co. record shows this John was of the family of John Clements 1631-1710.
3rd or 4th Generation;
Samuel Thompson Clemmons 9/15/1751 - 1837 Georgia
wife Martha Coggin
Jephtha 1774 Anson co. NC - after 1830
Samuel Thompson Jr. 1792
The preceeding was taken from the book "Samuel Thompson Clemmons"
written by Thelma Caroway Landrum, and published privately by the family in Columbus Georgia, in 1981.
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Notes on John Clements line of Surry Co. Va.
1. Jeremiah Clements claimed a John Clements as headrights in 1635. This most likely was a cousin or nephew, being sent to America possibly orphaned, or to escape pestilence. The disposition of the lands of Jeremiah by his widow after his 1657 death indicates she was the sole heir.
2. John Clements, b. 1631, who came as headrights for Jeremiah Clements is not heard of again. In 1657, soon after Jeremiah died, a John Clemance was claimed as headrights by a Tho. Bland of Charles City Co. Are these Johns the same person? Did little John get sent back to England after 1635, to return in 1657?This John settled in Surry Co. and deposed in 1701 that he was 70 years of age. He wrote his will in 1704, probated in 1710, naming his son John Jr., and his wife Mary and her children, Ann Clements, Mary Clements, and Samuell Clements. Witnesses to this will were Samuel Thompson, named a friend of Francis Clements in 1699, and William Browne, son in law to be of Francis Clements. John's daughter Ann married Peter Adams, and Samuel died single person in 1727. (Surry Co. Book 6, page 9)
John Sr. began leaving records in Surry Co. in 1668. According to the Surry Co. tithes lists, John Jr. was born by 1676. Both Johns were in the Surry Co. Tithes lists until 1704.
3. Francis Clements would seem to be an unnamed son of John except for the fact that he was born in 1660, and was imported as an indentured servant in 1683, age 23, according to a book of Apprentices to America.An account of the descendants of Francis is given elsewhere.
4. Samuell Clements, son of John Sr., named in his 1704 will, died in 1727 in Surry Co., seemingly unmarried and without heirs of his body. His short and hastily written will names legatees William Clements (relationship not stated), Mary Adams, and "Mother". His mother named William Clements as her son in her 1737 will. Mary Adams was the daughter of Samuel's sister Ann who married Peter Adams. (Surry Co. Book 7, page 854)
5. Mary Davidson was the widow of John Clements Sr., a Mr. Boston, and William Davidson. William Davidson died in 1727, witnessed by Samuel Clements who died soon afterwards. Mary wrote her will in 1737, naming sons John Clements and William Clements, minor grandson William Clements and granddaughter Elizabeth Boykin. William Clements was executor. Samuel Thompson was advisor and witnesses were Robert Jones and Joseph Mason. (Surry Co. Book 8, page 725) Mary's maiden name may have been Thompson, as Samuel Thompson is a legatee in the 1741 will of her son William.
6. William Clements of Surry Co. wrote his will in 1741. His wife was Alice, and his children were Samuel, William, Henry, Lucy, and Elizabeth, all under 18. Another legatee was Samuel Thompson. (Surry Co. Book 9, page 326)
7a. John Clements Jr. of Surry lived in Isle of Wight Co. and died before 1742, when his inventory was recorded, and in 1749 his minor orphan son, Benjamin, chose his guardian, indicating he was 14 at that time, recorded in Southampton co. which was newly formed out of Isle of Wight co.