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Abraham Clemens (b. July 14, 1657, d. March 05, 1715/16)Abraham Clemens (son of Robert Clements and Elizabeth Fawne) was born July 14, 1657 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MASS, and died March 05, 1715/16 in New Bristol, Bucks County, PA.He married Hannah Gove on May 10, 1683 in Newbury, Essex Co., NJ, daughter of Edward Gove and Hannah Partridge.
Notes for Abraham Clemens:
Abraham6 Clements, born in Haverhill in 1657; he took the oath of allegiance in 1677. In 1683 he married in Newbury Hannah, daughter of Edward and Hannah (Partridge) Gove. As a small child he was a captive in Spain.
A carpenter and millwright Abraham was apprenticed to Thomas Wells of Newbury in 1675.
Abraham6 Clements moved to Hampton, New Hampshire about 1684. He lived near the boundary of Hampton and Salisbury (Mass). In a 1703 deed he said Salisbury was reputed to be in New Hampshire. Residence listings in deeds are Hampton 1686 1691 1698; Salisbury 1687 1693. The oldest son was born at Newbury, the others at Hampton or Salisbury.
Abraham Clements' father-in-law, Edward Gove, was imprisoned in the Tower of London for opposing the King's Governor in New Hampshire. P W Clement (p 71) prints a letter written Jan 31-1687 by Abraham and Hannah Clements. Gove was pardoned and returned to Hampton where he died in Jul 1691. His wife was Hannah; his children, John, William, Hannah, Mary, Abigail, Peniel, Abigail, Ebenezer, Edward, Jeremiah, Ann, Sarah.
Abraham6 Clements had financial troubles:
(1) 1696 mortgage to John Pengry
(2) 1699 sued by Nathaniel Ayer
(3) 1702 borrowed 127-10 from Edward Shippen (Philadelphia)
(4) 1703 mortgaged Salisbury property to Samuel Carpenter (Phila)
(5) 1709 Salisbury property sold by Carpenter's agent
His 1691 deed to Stephen Dow was not recorded until 1717 after the death of Abraham. The 1703 mortgage was recorded in 1722.
1687 Sep 16bought Salisbury land from Philip Grele (DB 9, 122)
1691 May 4sold Haverhill land to Stephen Dow (31, 214)
1692 Mar 24 & Dec 28 received land from father (Ipswich 5, 564-6)
1693 Feb 17 sold Haverhill land to widow of brother, John (10, 85)
The new colony of Pennsylvania attracted a number of New Englanders. One of them was Abraham6 Clements, who about 1701, at age 44, moved to Bristol (then New Bristol) in Bucks County with his wife and children. This is established by the mortgage given by Abraham and Hannah to Samuel Carpenter on Apr 5-1703. Abraham Clements "formerly of the town of Salisbury and now residing in New Bristol in Pennsylvania" mortgaged in the town of Salisbury (Mass) 50 acres in two lots, another 17 1/2 acres and a dwelling house to help satisfy a debt of 127-10. This is recorded in Salem, Mass Deed Book 39, 204. The details of the transaction are unknown, but not long after Abraham moved to Bristol he borrowed 127-10 (Apr 9-1702) from Edward Ship-pen, mayor of Philadelphia. Shippen (1639-1712) had gone from Boston to, Philadelphia in 1694. Perhaps Abraham had known him in Massachusetts. Abraham was to repay half of it 63-15 by Apr 9-1703. Four days before that date Samuel Carpenter, a wealthy Philadelphia merchant, paid Shippen what was due, paid Abraham6 Clemens L 36-5 and took a mortgage on Abraham's Salisbury (Mass) properties. Abraham named Joseph Peasley to act as his attorney.
These properties were not to be sold until 3 years after Abraham's death, but for some reason Samuel Carpenter on Apr 11-1709 named John Maule of Philadelphia his attorney. Maule for 150 sold to Joshua Purrington of Haverhill the lots and dwelling house which Abraham and Hannah had mortgaged. They were in "the town of Salisbury in the County of Essex, Massachusetts Bay, though some part of them (may be) within the limits of Hampton in New Hampshire". (Essex Co DB 25, 264)
Nothing more is known of Abraham until after his death which likely occurred during the winter of 1715-16. In early days estates from various Pennsylvania counties were settled at Philadelphia. On Mar 5-1716 the Registrar General of Pennsylvania issued letters of administration to Nathaniel Clemens, "joiner, of Bucks County", the oldest sons To Nathaniel Clemens......greeting, whereas Abraham Clemens lately died intestate, having while he lived and at the time of his death diverse goods, rights and credits within the province....."
Philadelphia Co, file 40, Adm Bk B, 128.
Abraham was captured by the Spaniards on a trip to England.
5573 Abraham Clemens; Clement; Clements; Clemmons; Clemons31 Dec 1716 Salisbury carpenter intestate(Probate Index - Essex County, MA)
"Annotated Every Name Index to A Sketch of the History of Newbury Newburysport and W. Newbury, from 1635-1845" by Joshua Coffin.1845:
Clemens, Abraham, page 298
Clemens, Edmund, page 298, ch. of Abraham
Clelmens, Hannah-Gove, page 298
Clement, Joseph, page 227
Clements, Job, page 52
More About Abraham Clemens and Hannah Gove:
Marriage: May 10, 1683, Newbury, Essex Co., NJ.
Marriage Notes for Abraham Clemens and Hannah Gove:
Edward, of Seabrook, NH., and Anna Brown, d. Stephen, late of Newbury, and Sarah, Nov. 1, 1775. CR6
Hannah, and Abraham Clemens, May 10, 1683
MARRIAGES - Volume 2
Children of Abraham Clemens and Hannah Gove are:
- +Ezekiel/Ezekall Clemens, b. February 01, 1695/96, Salisbury, Essex County, MASS, d. February 01, 1778, Rockbridge Co., VA.
- Edmund Clemens, b. March 03, 1683/84, Newbury, Essex County, MA, d. Bef. 1686.
- Elizabeth Clemens, b. July 12, 1687, Newbury, Essex County, MA.
- Nathaniel Clemens, b. August 27, 1689, Salisbury, Essex County, NH, d. Aft. 1716, New Bristol, Bucks Co., PA.
- Jeremiah Clemens, b. April 22, 1692, Salisbury, Essex County, Mass., d. Bef. April 15, 1693, Salisbury, Essex Co., MA.
- +Jeremiah/Jerymya Clemens, b. April 15, 1696, Salisbury, Essex County, Mass., d. 1732, MA.
- Lydia Clemens, b. August 11, 1698, Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH.
- Hannah Clemens, b. November 17, 1700, Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH.
- Dorothy Clemens, b. Abt. 1685, Newbury, Essex County, Mass, d. March 23, 1703/04, Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH.
- Sarah Clemens, b. Abt. 1694, Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH.