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The Henry Clements

 

And

 

Spencer Mozingo

 

Family

 

History

 

 

3rd Edition-28 Feb. 2008

 

 

  Chapter VII                                                                                       

 

 

Crossing the Ohio River

 

 

 

[Indiana, Illinois & Ohio]

 

 

 

Section A: Indiana - First Wave

 

 

Jefferson County

 

 

In 1817[1], William T. Clemons, b. 5 March 1784[2][3] [2nd generation], wife Mary Matthews, with children: William Mathew and Mary Jane, migrated from Bourbon County, Kentucky to Jefferson County[4], Indiana.  It appears, for unknown reasons, they or just William was back in Kentucky for 1821-1822[5].  To date, we know almost nothing of they stay in Jefferson County other than they had three more children: John Mathew, Henry Mathew[6] and Susan. By 1825[7], they move again to Decatur County, Indiana [continued under Decatur County].

 

 

Before February 1825[8], brother, James Clemmons and his wife Nelly Mozingo also migrated to this county.  It is said they relocated with William T. to Decatur County during 1825. [Continued under Decatur County]

 

 

I have not had a chance to check for existence of any Tax Records for this county to further verify the dates and who else, of our family, might have been present in this county.   

 

 

 

Decatur County

 

 

During 1825, pioneer[9] William T. Clemons and family relocated to Decatur County.  I am not aware of the date or amount of land involved in his first land purchase for his relocation to this county.  They remained on the same farm for the rest of their lives.

 

 

On 7 January 1836 [recording date], William had a land transaction[10] of unknown acreage.  On 20 March 1837, he had four federal land grant[11] transactions totaling 240 acres.  On 1 August 1839, he acquired 80 more acres also through federal land grant program.

 

 

On 20 October 1870[12], Mary [81], his wife, passed away.  Soon after, on 3 February 1871[13], William [87] also died in this county.  His obituary writer indicated:  “He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and under General Harrison served in the campaigns against the English, French and Canadians, in 1813-1814…” [unproven].

 

 

See also the extracts of obituaries at end of this Section.

 

 

William and Mary had ten children, including one set of twins.  Two of the children died young.  Many of their children migrated later to Marshall County, Iowa. See Chapter VIII.  It is his son, William Mathew, who had the “Clemons Stand” boarding house in Iowa [not the father, William, in Indiana as described in this obituary].  Archibald and Jonathan “Perlonso” married Smith sisters, William Mathew and Sarah Ann “Sally” married into the Elder families, Henry Mathew and Nancy married into the White families, John Mathew married a Pemberton, and Mary Jane or Ann married a Magee.

 

 

Their ten children were:

 

 

[1] William Mathew Clemons was born on 21 Jun 1815 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, died on 4 Jun 1900 in Clemons, Marshall County, Iowa at age 84, and was buried in Clemons, Marshall County.  William married Nancy Jane Elder, daughter of James Elder and Polly Bentley, on 16 Jan 1840 in Decatur County, IN.  Nancy was born on 7 Jul 1820 in Washington County, Kentucky, died on 20 Nov 1900 in Clemons, Marshall County at age 80, and was buried in Clemons, Marshall County.  They had 13 children: Mary Susan, Infant, Sarah Ann, Nancy Jane, Emma Ellen, Mariah Elizabeth, William James, Infant, John Archibald, Martha F, Infant, Henry Perlonso, and Abraham Lincoln.  Also see Chapter VIII.

 

 

[2] Mary Jane or Ann Clemons was born on 12 Nov 1815 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, died on 16 Sep 1849 in Greensburg, Decatur County,              Indiana at age 33, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  Mary married James W. Magee on 5 Sep 1835 in Decatur County, IN.  James was born in 1810 and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  They had seven children: William H., Catharine, Elijah, James M., Mary Nettie, Rebecca Ann, and John F.

 

 

[3] John Mathew Clemons was born on 28 Jun 1819 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, died on 15 Jun 1900 in Marshall County, Iowa at age 80, and was buried in Albion Cemetery, Albion, Hardin County, Iowa.  John married Rebecca Ann Pemberton, daughter of Thomas Childers Pemberton and Mary Elder, on 8 Dec 1842 in Decatur County, IN.  Rebecca was born on 13 Jun 1825 in Indiana, died on 4 Dec 1899 in Marshall County age 74, and was buried in Albion Cemetery, Albion, Hardin County, Iowa.  They had three children:  William T., Mary Jane, and Sarah E.  Also see Chapter VIII.

 

 

[4] Henry Mathew Clemons was born on 26 Jun 1821 in Jefferson County, Indiana, died on 31 Oct 1905 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana at age 84, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana.  Henry married Rachel Amanda White, daughter of James White and Mary A. Grubbs, on 24 Jan 1844 in Shelby County, IN.  Rachel was born on 28 Feb 1826 in Dearborn County, Indiana, died on 12 Oct 1901 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana at age 75, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  They had seven children:  Mary Frances, Sarah Jane, James William, John F., Henry Clay, George Washington, and Edward Wallace.

 

 

[5] Susan Clemons was born on 18 Jul 1823 in Jefferson County, Indiana, died on 15 Sep 1833 in Decatur County, Indiana at age 10, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana. 

 

 

[6] Archibald Clemons was born on 30 Oct 1825 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 29 Mar 1899 in Marshall County, Iowa at age 73, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa.  Archibald married Levina Smith, daughter of Jacob R Smith Sr. and Catherine Ruse or Resor, on 8 Nov 1849 in Decatur County, IN.  Levina was born on 20 Jan 1832 in Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, died on 1 Mar 1906 in Marshall County, Iowa at age 74, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery.  They had 12 children: Sarah, Mary C,, John F., Archibald, Melissia, Eunice, Douglas, Nancy E., Louisa, James, William, and Henry Franklin "Frank".

 

 

[7] Nancy Clemons was born on 30 Oct 1825 in Decatur County, Indiana and died on 24 Aug 1902 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana at age 76.  Nancy married Russell White, son of Eliphalet Eggleston White and Mary Ann Fortune, on 27 Feb 1845 in Decatur County, IN. Russell was born in 1824 in Indiana. They had ten children: Hezekiah,              Martha, Mary, Lucy, Sarah, Rebecca, Nevada, Rachel, William N., and Lotta.

 

 

[8] George Washington Clemons was born on 20 Feb 1828 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 26 Aug 1845 in Decatur County, Indiana at age 17, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana.

 

 

[9] Jonathan "Perlonso" Clemons was born on 19 Feb 1830 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 18 Jul 1887 in Minerva Township, Marshall County, Iowa at age 57, and was buried in Clemons Cemetery, Clemons, Marshall County, Iowa.  Jonathan married Ellen Smith, daughter of Jacob R. Smith Sr. and Catherine Ruse or Resor, on 6 Mar 1851 in Decatur County, IN.  Ellen was born on 13 May 1836 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 29 Jun 1909 in Minerva Township, Marshall County, Iowa at age 73, and was buried in Clemons Cemetery.  They had seven children:  Mary Ellen, Isabelle "Bell," Sarah Frances, Nancy Jane, William Henry "Billy Doc," Nora Alice, and Lydia Elzina Myrtle.  Also see Chapter VIII.

 

 

[10] Sarah Ann (Sally) Clemons was born on 18 Oct 1832 in Washington Township, Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana and died on 7 Sep 1909 in Marshall County, Iowa at age 76.  Sarah married George A. Elder Sr., son of William Marshall Elder and Sarah "Sally" Sellers, on 1 Dec 1853 in Decatur County, IN.  George was born on 22 Jan 1832 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 18 Nov 1884 in Marshall County, Iowa at age 52, and was buried in Vienna Cemetery, Marshall County, Iowa.  They had 11 children:  Mary, William Henry, Sarah, Rebecca "Bessie," Nancy "Jane," John, Rachel A, Martha A "Monica," Florence, George A, and Ella.  Also see Chapter VIII.

 

 

Pioneer James Clemmons [2nd generation] and family relocated to Decatur County also during 1825.  We don’t know much about them.

 

 

James [42] died[14] on 9 December 1832[15] and Widow Ellen [Nelly] Mozingo Clemmons was left[16] to raise five children.

 

 

After the 1850 Census Record entry, Ellen [Nelly] Mozingo Clemons was not found on any Census or Cemetery record of the area.  Perhaps she passed on.

 

 

Their five children were:

 

 

[1] Elizabeth Clemons was born about 1824 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  Elizabeth married William M Storm, son of Peter Storm and Sarah Hines, on 25 Jul 1848 in Decatur County, Indiana.  William was born about 1823 in Jefferson County, Indiana and died before 1870. They had six children: Hezekiah M., Thomas Palestine, Sarah Ellen, Marshall A., Martha Jane, and William.

 

 

[2] Spencer Clemons was born on 3 Feb 1825 in Jefferson County, Indiana, died on 8 Sep 1907 in Decatur County, Indiana at age 82, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana.  Spencer married Martha R Hart, daughter of James Hart and Rachel Graham, on 3 Dec 1846 in Decatur County, Indiana.  Martha was born on 8 Feb 1817 in Kentucky, died on 17 Jun 1895 in Decatur County at age 78, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  They had seven children:  Sarah, Rachel                       E, William Armington, Maggie, Henry, Nancy J., and Mary Melcina E.

 

 

[3] Thomas Clemons Sr. was born in 1828 in Decatur County, Indiana and was buried in Marshall County, Iowa.  Thomas married Caroline Smith, daughter of Jacob R Smith Sr. and Catherine Ruse or Resor, on 22 Dec 1854 in Decatur County, Indiana. Caroline was born in 1829 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana and was buried in Marshall County. They had nine children: James Monroe, Jacob B. "Jake," Priscilla, Siena, Thomas, Lavina, Spencer L., Olive, and Hayden C.  Also see Chapter VIII.

 

 

[4] Mary Clemons was born about 1829 in Decatur County, Indiana.  Mary married William P. Antrobus on 19 Jun 1849 in Decatur County, IN. William was born about 1829 in Indiana.  They had eight children:  William L., Mary E, James C., John M., Elizabeth J., Spencer C., Henry M., and Kenjamin G?.

 

 

[5] James W. Clemons Jr. was born in 1831 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 17 Nov 1895 in Corinth, Grant County, Kentucky at age 64, and was buried in Decatur County, Indiana.  James married Jane Armstrong, daughter of Robert Armstrong and Catherine Selfridge, on 10 Feb 1854 in Decatur County.  Jane was born about 1827 in Indiana, died on 27 Mar 1888 in Decatur County about age 61, and was buried on 29 Mar 1888 in South Park Cemetery, Greensburg, Decatur County. They had two children:  James Robert and Mary C.

 

 

Later, Spencer Clemons and Wm. Storm, served with the Indiana Union Army in the Civil War.  Thomas Clemons migrated to Marshall and Hardin Counties, Iowa with his cousins.  Elizabeth, Spencer, Thomas and James [James d. 1895, Grant County, KY] remained in Decatur County.  William Storm died or divorced before 1870.

 

 

Joseph Mozingo [2nd generation] and wife Mary Clemmons moved to this county in 1833[17] with son Henry.  On 18 March 1836, Joseph died in Decatur County.  Joseph was considered by his family to be a War of 1812[18] veteran [unproven as many are].

 

 

Mary was also known as Polly, Patsy and even called Nancy in an obituary reference. 

 

 

On 6 June 1872, Mary Mozingo Clemons[19] died in Decatur County.  She appeared to be 92 years old not the claimed 104 years.

 

 

Quote[20] - "Henry Mozingo [son of Joseph Mozingo] left home in Kentucky walking to Decatur county, Indiana in 1832. He entered a claim on land four miles south of Greensburg where he built a log cabin. He returned to Kentucky and in spring of 1833 he brought his mother and family to Indiana. He was a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln and an ardent Republican. Elizabeth Pemberton had come to Decatur County as a small child with her parents. They lived out their lives on the same property Henry had claimed. They had twelve children born to them of which only five were still living at the time of the books printing. Mrs. Mary Riley and Mrs. Eliza Clemons of Greensburg; Mrs. Belle Marlow of Missouri; Mrs. Nancy Tremain of Columbia, Missouri and Mrs. Edna Beagle of near Westport, Decatur County, Indiana. 150 years later their grandchildren were still living on the property. The log cabin was still standing although under cover of a large storage barn."  - End quote.

 

 

They probably had a total of seven children[21].  Their children were

 

 

[1] Sarah Mozingo was born about 1805 in Orange County, Virginia.  She married George Huffman on 13 Apr 1826 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  George born abt 1796 in Harrison County and died on 22 Aug 1839 in Vermilion County, Illinois and was the son of Jacob Huffman and Katherine Elizabeth Price.  Sarah and George had one daughter:  Eliza [married John Thurman in Illinois].

 

 

[2] Martha Mozingo was born on 1 Aug 1808 prob in Scott County, Kentucky and died on 15 Sep 1890 near Corinth, Grant County, Kentucky                 at age 82. Another name for Martha was Patsy.                 Martha married William Martin, son of Benjamin Martin Sr. and Martha Robertson?, on 7 Aug 1828 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  William was born abt 1808 in KY and died in 1885 near Corinth, Grant County.  They had eight children: William H., Mary Ann, Martha J., John N., Sarah Jane, James W., Susan, and Joseph T.

 

               

 

[3] John Mozingo Sr. was born about 1809 prob in Scott County, Kentucky, died on 29 Mar 1860 in Indiana about age 51, and was buried in Glass Cemetery, Ripley  County, Indiana.  John married Sarah "Sally" Martin on 28 Apr 1840 in Decatur                County, IN. Sarah was born about 1815 in Pennsylvania. They had eight children: Margaret Jane "Mary," Rebecca Ann, Mary E., Martha, Catherine, Emily, Luretta  or Lucitta, and John Jr.                  

 

 

John next married Mary Ann "Polly" Mozingo, daughter of James Mozingo and Amelia Clemons, on 8 Feb 1832[22] in Harrison County, KY.  Mary was born in 1810 in Bourbon County, Kentucky and died before 1840. They had two children: Abmilda and Armilda or Armelia.  See Section C, Ripley County, this chapter.

 

 

[4] Henry Mozingo was born on 18 Dec 1809 prob in Scott County, Kentucky, died on 11 Mar 1888 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana at age 78, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  Henry married Elizabeth Robinson Pemberton, daughter of Thomas Childers Pemberton and Mary Elder, on 12 May 1836 in Decatur County, IN.  Elizabeth was born on 27 Oct 1817 in Lincoln County, Kentucky, died on 9 Feb 1894 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana at age 76, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  They had 15 children: Patsy Jane, Thomas Marion, Mary Elizabeth, John Franklin, James Henry, Harriet Melvina, Frances Ann, Sarah Ellen, Rebecca Ann, Eliza Manda, Amanda Ellen, Nancy Marie, Missouri Ettna, Jeannettia Tipton, and Clara.

 

 

[5] Tandy Mozingo was born in 1810 prob in Scott County, Kentucky and died on 18 May 1841 in Decatur County, IN at age 31. Another name for Tandy was sometimes Landy. Tandy married Margaret Wolf, daughter of Lewis Wolf and Barbara Bear, on 23 Mar 1826 in Harrison County, Kentucky. Margaret was born about 1810 in Blue Township, Louisiana Territory [later Jackson County, Missouri] and died about 21 Apr 1849 in Decatur County, IN about age 39.  Another name for Margaret was Peggy. They had five children:  Martha Ann, William Henry, Mary Ann, Sarah Jane, and Lewis Washington.

 

 

[6] Joseph Mozingo Jr. was born in 1813 prob in Scott County, Kentucky and died before 1870 in Indiana.  Joseph married Lucy Jane Barter on 6 Sep 1844 in Decatur County, Indiana. Lucy was born about 1825 in Indiana. They had six children:  Mary J., John F., Sarah F., Joseph H., James M., and Elizabeth E.  Widow Lucy re-married to a Michael Hockersmith, b. abt 1811, IN before 1870.

 

 

[7] Mary Ann Mozingo was born on 8 Sep 1818 in Harrison County, Kentucky, died 28 Feb 1878 or 1879 in Boone County, Missouri at age 59, and was buried in Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery, Boone County.  Mary married Hiram Tremain, son of Elijah Tremain and Mary Holmes, on 30 Mar 1837 in Decatur County, Indiana.  Hiram was born on 9 May 1808 in New York and died before 1888 in Cedar Township, Boone County. They had ten children:  Henry, Martha "Mattie," Malinda, Harvey, Mahala, Elijah, Alexander G., Oliver, Ezra, and Margaret “Almira”.

 

 

James Mozingo [2nd generation] moved to this county during September 1836[23] and died bef 22 June 1849[24], leaving Widow Amelia [Milly] Clemons Mozingo. 

 

 

Their nine children were:

 

 

[1] Thornton Thomas Mozingo was born abt 1807 prob. in Bourbon County, Kentucky and died on 24 Jul 1873 in Scotland County, Missouri at age 66.  Thornton married Minerva Collier, daughter of William Collier and Unknown, on 20 Aug 1833 in Harrison County, KY. Minerva was born in 1809 in Kentucky and died on 26 Jun 1884 at age 75.  They had seven children: Anna Eliza, Amelia, James Harvey, Martha E., Mary E., William H. and Nancy Jane.  For their further migrations see Section C, Ripley County, Indiana, this chapter and Chapter VIII, Missouri.

 

 

[2] Mary Ann Mozingo was born in 1810 in Bourbon County, Kentucky and died before 1840.  Another name for Mary was Polly.  Mary married[25] John Mozingo Sr. [her 1st cousin?], probably the son of Joseph Mozingo Sr. and Mary Clemons, on 8 Feb 1832 in Harrison County, KY.  John was born about 1809 in Scott County, Kentucky, died on 29 Mar 1860 in Indiana about age 51, and was buried in Glass Cemetery, Ripley County, Indiana.  They had two children: Abmilda and Armilda or Armelia.  Perhaps one died and other didn’t seem to marry [pointing to the correctness of a first cousin marriage].  See Section C, Ripley County, this chapter.

 

 

        [3] Elizabeth Ann Mozingo was born about 1813 in Bourbon County, Kentucky and died after 1880 in Decatur County, Indiana.  Another name for Elizabeth was Betsy.  Elizabeth married Joseph H. Roland on 3 Jul 1832[26] in Decatur County, IN. Joseph died before 1847. They had four children:  Joseph, Alexander C., Hetty Ann, and George W.

 

 

Elizabeth next married Thomas Gaskill about 1847. Thomas was born about 1812 in New Jersey.  They had two children: John W. and Sarah Jane.  See Section C, Ripley County, this chapter.

 

 

[4] Orapa Mozingo was born on 2 Mar 1814 in Prob. Bourbon County, Kentucky, died on 4 May 1877 in Decatur County, Indiana at age 63, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur County.  Orapa married Thomas Childers Pemberton, son of John Pemberton Jr. and Margaret Childers, on 24 Mar 1846 in Decatur County, Indiana. Thomas was born on 18 Jun 1789 in Virginia, died on 14 Feb 1857 in Decatur County at age 67, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  They had six children: William Harrison, Henry Clay, Zachariah Taylor, Missouri Alice, George Marshall, and Thornton C.

 

 

[5] Sidney Mozingo was born on 14 Jan 1817 prob. in Harrison County, Kentucky, died on 10 Sep 1873 at age 56, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery, Greensburg, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana.  Sidney married William Danley on 8 Aug 1844 in Decatur County, IN.  William was born on 14 Dec 1823 in Ohio, died on 3 Oct 1873 at age 49, and was buried in Sandcreek Cemetery.  They had three children:  Mary E., Sarah A., and Nancy J.

 

 

[6] Cynthia Ann Mozingo was born about 1819 and died after 1880.  Another name for Cynthia was America.  Probably never married.

 

 

[7] Nancy Mozingo was born about 1821 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  Nancy married Walter B Shoemaker on 20 Apr 1846 in Decatur County, IN.  Walter died before 1870. 

 

 

[8] Sarah Mozingo was born on 1 Apr 1827 in Harrison County, Kentucky, died on 3 Jun 1886 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana at age 59, and was buried in Napoleon Cemetery, Ripley County, Indiana.  Sarah married Bower Rork I, son of John Rork Sr. and Anne Unknown, on 26 Mar 1844 in Decatur County, IN.  Bower was born on 18 Aug 1822 in Hamilton County, Ohio, died on 31 Oct 1868 in Ripley  County, Indiana at age 46, and was buried in Napoleon Cemetery.  They had 11 children:  William Harrison, Eliza Ann, John M., Thomas Jefferson, Phoebe Lucretia, Sarah Elizabeth, Bower II, James T., Charles Edward, Alexander Sherman, and Mary Catharine.  See Section C, Ripley County, this chapter.

 

 

[9] Permelia "Amelia" Mozingo was born about 1829 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  Permelia married Jackson Becraft, son of William Becraft and Nancy Casseldine, on 7 Sep 1854 in Decatur County, Indiana.  Jackson was born about 1834 in Marion Township, Decatur County, Indiana and died in Texas?. They had seven children: John T., Nancy Ann, Sarah Jane, Mary E., Marion A., William E., and C. B. [daughter].

 

 

The burial places for Joseph and James Mozingo and their wives were discussed in Chapter III, in the War of 1812 section.  James was called Thomas, in error.

 

 

By 1870, William Clemons [3rd generation] of Thomas Clemmons Sr.] and wife, Mahala Overly, and remaining family migrated from Pendleton County, Kentucky to Decatur County, Indiana. He had previously tried farming in Harrison County [1850], Kentucky and Marshall County [1855], Iowa.

 

 

Note: He had served briefly [1863] in the Civil War supporting the Union Army in Lexington, Kentucky and Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky [perhaps just in conjunction with the local Militia].

 

 

William is listed on the 1870 and 1880 Federal Census Records as living in Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana. In 1880, children grown and gone, Mahala and he are living next door to Henry Mathew Clemons (third son of William T. Clemons [2]).

 

 

On 19 June 1899, William passed away in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas. That was where his daughter, Selinda Frances Clemons New was living. Wife, Mahala, was listed on the 1900 Census there. She passed away on 29 April 1918 in Daisy, Stevens County, Washington State. She probably had also lived in Polk County, Missouri for some time before relocating to Washington State with her adult children.  See Chapter VIII.

 

 

William and Mahala had eleven known children. However, many died young, one, James T., died in a Civil War Union training camp, and only four were still living in 1900.

 

 

Their eleven known children were:

 

 

[1] Cornelia F. Clemons was born on 6 Jan 1844 and died on 28 Aug 1846 at age 2.

 

 

[2] Joseph W. Clemons was born on 1 Oct 1845 and died on 28 Aug 1847 at age 1.

 

 

[3] James T. Clemons was born on 4 Dec 1847 in Kentucky and died on 18 Aug 1865 in Camp Carrington, Indiana at age 17.

 

 

[4] John Mafison Clemons was born on 15 Dec 1849 in Kentucky and died on 22 Feb 1935 at age 85.  John married Sarah T. Tribue, daughter of Jason C. Tribby Jr. and Flavilla Overly, on 5 Mar 1874 in Harrison County, Kentucky. Sarah was born on 30 Oct 1857 in Kentucky and died on 3 Feb 1884 at age 26. They had four children:  Lora Bernice, Arthur Livingston, Myrtle May "Marta," and Annie Bell.

 

 

John next married Elizabeth J. Garrett on 18 Nov 1884 in Polk County, MO.  Elizabeth was born on 7 Sep 1864 in Illinois and died on 11 May 1929 at age 64.  They had eight children:  Marion Milton, Charles Clinton, John William, Zella Zetta, Claude Alvin, Albine Aaron, Floyd Robert, and Harvey Henry.  See Chapter VIII, Missouri, Washington, Canada, and  Idaho.

 

 

[5] Sarah E. Clemons was born on 25 Jan 1852 in Harrison County, Kentucky and died on 11 Dec 1881 at age 29.  Another name for Sarah was Callie.  Sarah married Albin A. Davis on 4 Jul 1878 in Decatur County, Indiana.

 

 

[6] Almerinda "Alice" Clemons was born on 12 Jan 1854 in Harrison County, Kentucky and died on 17 Dec 1888 in Decatur County, IN at age 34.  Almerinda married Benjamin T. Martin [her 1st cousin], son of Joseph Martin Sr. and Emeline Clemons, on 17 Sep 1873 in Decatur County, IN.  Benjamin was born in Sep 1835 in Harrison County, Kentucky and died after 1910 in Decatur County, IN.  They had six children:  Oliver, Thomas J., Charles E., Edward M. "Edgar," Ora E., and Rose A. "Rosa".

 

 

[7] Selinda Frances Clemons was born on 21 Jan 1856 in Colemansville, Harrison County, Kentucky, died on 27 Jun 1925 in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington at age 69, and was buried in Cedar Home Cemetery, Stanwood, Snohomish County.  Selinda married John Jacob New, son of Abraham New and Amanda Melvina Sipple, on 29 Mar 1877 in Greenburg, Decatur County, Indiana. John was born on 16 Aug 1844 in Crooked Creek, Grant County, Kentucky, died on 6 Sep 1916 in Stanwood, Snohomish County at age 72, and was buried in Cedar Home Cemetery.  They had six children: William Otto, Hattie Mae, Thomas Ellsworth, Nellie Junetta, Vinita Lee, and Ross Winsett.  See Chapter VIII, Missouri and Washington.

 

 

[8] William Nelson Clemons, a twin, was born on 15 Feb 1858 in Harrison County, Kentucky, died on 27 Jul 1934 in Baker County, Oregon at age 76, and was buried in Wingville Cemetery, Baker County.  William married Katherine Land Irwin about 1877.  Katherine was born about 1860 in Indiana.  They had one son: Clarence "Otis".

 

 

William next married Sarah Catherine Erwin about 1887.  Sarah was born on 18 Sep 1866 in Tennessee, died on 9 Dec 1936 at age 70, and was buried in Wingville Cemetery.  They had eight children:  Jenny "Mae" Jewell, Lola Tarrent, Myrtle Leona, Inez Elsie, Edith Ivy, Olin "Orin," Naomi Marie "Aarne," and Roy Nelson.  See Chapter VIII, Missouri, Washington, and Oregon.

 

 

[9] George Washington Clemons, a twin, was born on 15 Feb 1858 in Harrison County, Kentucky and died on 26 Nov 1925 at age 67.  George married Alice Land, daughter of Moses Land Jr. and Susan M. Louden, on 27 Dec 1877 in Decatur County, IN.  Alice was born about 1861 in Decatur County, Indiana. They had three children:  Albine Clyde, Orville, and Alice.

 

 

George next married Mary Minerva Edge on 22 Oct 1888.  Mary was born in Oct 1869 in Missouri and died on 18 May 1941 in Snohomish County, Washington at age 71. They had eight            children:  Clara E, William Paris, Maude A, Alva Leroy, Walter Farris, Clarence E "Buck," Luella Lois, and Bernice Irene.  See Chapter VIII, Missouri and Washington.

 

 

[10] Robert M. Clemons was born on 20 Jun 1860 in Grant County, Kentucky and died on 26 Jan 1881 at age 20.

 

 

[11] Mary J. Clemons was born on 24 Jan 1867 and died on 27 May 1870 at age 3.

 

 


 

James R. Clemons [4th generation, oldest son of Thomas Clemons Jr.] served in the Civil War for three years [see note that follows]. About 1867, he migrated from Harrison County, Kentucky to Decatur County, Indiana. On 20 February 1867, he purchased, for $60.00, one (1) acre of land (deed no. 606) from David and Rebecca Pulse. On 24 December 1867, he married his [half] 1st Cousin, Eliza Manda Mozingo [daughter of Henry Mozingo of Joseph Mozingo and Mary Clemons Mozingo]. James and Eliza had five children.

 

 

At one time [or for some time], James was the Marshal for Greensburg.

 

 

In 1887, his son, Henry, age 16, was accidentally shot and killed by a playmate.

 

 

James R. passed away on 22 June 1916. Eliza went to live in Indianapolis with daughter Charlotte and her husband William B. Osman, where she passed away on 13 December 1943.  His other children lived in places like Wisconsin [several towns], Detroit [Michigan], and Anderson [Indiana, later Indianapolis].

 

 

James had some medical issues in the Civil War, his Marshal duties, the death of his son, etc.  He had first stroke about 1886 and later became an invalid for about 28 years of his remaining life.

 

 

Military Note: James R. Clemons served in Union Army, Co D, 7th Kentucky Cavalry.  He joined on 9 July 1862, Colmansville, Kentucky for three years.

 

 

James was mustered-in at Frankfort, Kentucky on 26 January 1863 (age 18).  He was in General Hospital on 23 Jan 1863 (Jan & Feb absent - sick).  James was promoted to Corporal 14 January 1864. During January 1865, he stayed with the Adjutant.  During March 1865, he served as an Orderly.  During April 1865, he was absent for Col Bradley as an orderly.  During June 1865, he served as an Orderly for Col Bradley.  James R. Clemons was mustered out 18 July 1865 at Edgefield, Tennessee.  His unit participated in at least 37 engagements (i.e. Atlanta Campaign, capture of Macon, Georgia, surrender of Dalton, Georgia).  Widow’s Pension Claim Ctf 420713 dated 21 Jun 1916 for reasons indicated as:  Typhoid fever resulting in stomach and liver trouble, rheumatism, bronchial affection.

 

 

Their five children were:

 

 

 

        [1] Anna Clemons was born on 28 Oct 1868 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana and died after 1943.  Anna married Unknown Burlington.  Anna next married Unknown Miller.  Anna next married Charles Miller.

 

 

        [2] Henry Clemons was born on 29 Oct 1871 in Decatur County, Indiana and died on 3 Nov 1887 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana at age 16.

 

 

        [3] Charlotte Clemons was born on 11 Jul 1877.  Charlotte married William B. Osman on 3 Sep 1896 in Decatur County, Indiana.

 

 

        [4] William Clemons was born on 1 Mar 1884 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana and died before 1944.

 

 

        [5] Martha Clemons was born on 13 Mar 1887 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana.  Martha married Unknown Taggart.

 

 

By 1873, Joseph Abraham Clemons Sr. [4th generation, fourth son of Thomas Clemons Jr.] migrated to Decatur County, Indiana from Harrison County, Kentucky.  He was the brother to James R. [above].  On 24 December 1873 [or 1874] he married Mary Elizabeth Fortune.  By 1903, they relocated to Anderson, Madison County, Indiana.  I have heard from researchers they were divorced and lived about two blocks apart in Anderson. Mary passed away on 25 December 1931.  Joseph passed away on 5 January 1936.  Joseph and Mary had six children [another two died as infants].  Most of the children remained in Anderson, one in Ohio, and another in Marion County, Indiana.

 

 

Their six surviving children of eight were:

 

 

        [1] Ida M. Clemons was born on 13 Dec 1874 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 25 Jun 1958 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana at age 84, and was buried in East Maplewood, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana.  Ida married Frank L. Hudson (b. Oct 1872, d. 1925 buried East Maplewood Cemetery) on 21 Aug 1895 in Decatur County, Indiana.  Three daughters.  One died as a child and one never married.

 

 

        [2] James Thomas Clemons was born on 21 Mar 1882 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, died on 5 May 1964 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana at age 82, and was buried in East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Madison County, IN.  James married Oolooah Tappan (b. 19 May 1888, d. 11 Apr 1944, buried East Maplewood Cemetery) on 7 Jun 1911 in Madison County, Indiana.  Four sons and one daughter.

 

 

        [3] Joseph Abraham "Abe" Clemons Jr. was born on 6 Jul 1886 in Decatur County, Indiana, died on 20 Jan 1963 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio at age 76, and was buried in Erie Union Cemetery, Erie, Monroe County, Michigan.  Joseph married Essie Pritchard (b. 18 May 1891, d. Jul 1978 prob. in Madison Heights, Oakland County, Michigan) on 26 Mar 1911 in Anderson, Madison County, IN.  It appears they were divorced by 1920.  One son.

 

 

        [4] Cora A. Clemons was born on 15 Mar 1888 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana and died on 12 Apr 1957 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana at age 69 and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Fallcreek, Madison County, IN.  Cora married Otis Pleasant Whitlow (b. 2 Oct 1884, d. Jan 1973 in Brevard County, FL, buried East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Madison County, IN) on 15 Jul 1905 in Madison County, Indiana.  Three daughters and two sons.

 

 

        [5] Ernest Louis Clemons was born on 4 Dec 1892 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, died on 25 May 1953 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana at age 60, and was buried in East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Madison County, IN.  Ernest married Elsie E. Masley (b. 26 Mar 1895, d. 27 Sep 1963, buried East Maplewood Cemetery) on 2 Jul 1921 in Anderson, Madison County, IN.  One son and daughter.

 

 

        [6] Densel Arthur Clemons was born on 13 Oct 1898 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, died in 31 Jul 1977 in Marion, Grant County, Indiana at age 78, and was buried in East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Madison County, IN.  Densel married Sylvia Ketchum (daughter of Ora Ketchum and Georgia A. Jackson) b. 24 Oct 1896, Decatur County, Indiana; d. 28 Dec 1987, Marion, Grant County, IN, buried  I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Marion, Grant County, IN.

 

 

By 1867, James H. Martin Sr. [4th generation, third son of Emeline Clemons Martin] migrated from Harrison County, Kentucky to Decatur County, Indiana.  He had married on 1 Oct 1863, in Harrison County, Kentucky, Mary Ellen Shepherd.  In 1870, they are found on the Federal Census Records living next door to John Mozingo (2d cousin - same age/generation)  in Marion Township, Decatur County, Indiana.  There are also other relatives living directly near by [same page of census]:  William H. Mozingo, Mary Mozingo Riley, and James R. Clemons.  I believe they were all 2d cousins. 

 

 

 

However, by December 1871, [birth place of children] they have moved back to Kentucky.  In 1880, they are found on the Census Records in Cordova, Grant County, Kentucky.  In 1900, they are found living in 1st District, Grant County, Kentucky. 

 

 

 

In 1910, they are found back in Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana [brother Benjamin is living with them]. 

 

 

 

James died before 1920.  Mary was living with daughter Emma J. Martin Ferriter in 1920 at Center Township, Howard County, Indiana.  Mary died after 1920.

 

 

Their ten children were:

 

 

        [1] Sarah Elizabeth Martin was born in Aug 1864 in Kentucky.  Sarah married John Clemons (b. 1860, Harrison Co., KY, d. Feb 1900, Harrison Co., KY, son of James H. Clemons and Jermima Martin) about 1889 in prob. Grant or Pendleton County, KY.  They had one son:  James Lucious.

 

 

Sarah next married James Samuel Anness (b. 15 Nov 1854, Grant Co., KY, d. 20 Dec 1934, Covington, Kenton Co., KY, son of William S. Anness and Julian Groves) on 26 Jul 1900 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  They had three children:  Beulah, Jeffrey, and James H.

 

 

        [2] James "Henry" Martin Jr. was born in Mar 1866 in Indiana.  James married Mary E Unknown (b. Sep 1872, KY) about 1889.  They had three children:  Omer H., Ellie “Ella”, and Lonie.

 

 

        [3] John T. Martin was born in 1867 in Indiana.

 

 

        [4] William M. Martin was born in 1869 in Indiana.  William married Roxy Elena Tribue on 24 Dec 1901 in Harrison County, Kentucky (Marriage Record# 10,058).

 

 

        [5] Louis T. Martin was born in Dec 1871 in Kentucky.  Louis married Nattie Unknown (b. Jun 1871, KY).  They had three children:  Orliff B., Orville, and Elmer C.

 

 

        [6] Nathaniel "Nathan" Martin was born in Feb 1873 in Kentucky.  Nathaniel married Myrtle May Wolf on 28 Sep 1898 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  Myrtle was born in Mar 1873 in Kentucky (Marriage Record# 9611).

 

 

        [7] Emma J. Martin was born in May 1878 in Kentucky.  Emma married Charles E. Ferriter (b. Abt 1883, IN). 

 

 

Emma next married Joseph M. Wainscott on 25 Dec 1895 in Harrison County, Kentucky.

 

 

        [8] Benjamin F. Martin was born in May 1878 in Kentucky.

 

 

        [9] Not named in 1880 Martin [son] was born in 1880 in Kentucky and died after 1880.

 

 

        [10] Annie Brown Martin was born in Oct 1883 in Kentucky.  Annie married Stanley Ray Copes on 10 Oct 1923 in Harrison County, Kentucky (Marriage Record# 14,715).

 

 

By 1862[27], William T. Martin [4th generation, oldest son of Joseph and Emeline Clemons Martin] migrated from Harrison County, Kentucky to Decatur County, Indiana.  William (b. 6 Feb 1833, Harrison Co., KY, d. 26 Jan 1908, Decatur Co., IN) married on 27 Sep 1856, in Harrison County, Kentucky, Mary Ann Dunn (b. abt 1836, KY, d. bef 1899, prob. Decatur Co., IN) .  On the 1870 and 1880 Federal Census Records, they are found living in Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana.  Not found on the 1900 Federal Census Records, to date.  They had three children:  Mary [1858 KY], James W. [1861 KY] and Nancy A. [1866 IN].  One child died before 1908.

 

 

William next married Elizabeth Bryan in 1899.

 

 

By 1860, Benjamin T. Martin [4th generation, second son of Joseph and Emeline Clemons Martin] appears to have migrated from Harrison County, Kentucky to Decatur County, Indiana.  This is based on the 1860 Federal Census Records where he was listed [single] working as a farm laborer in Marion Township.  Not found on the 1870 Census, it appears that, Benjamin (b. Sep 1835, Harrison Co., KY, d. after 1910, prob. Decatur Co., IN) married on 17 Sep 1873, in Decatur County, young Almerinda "Alice" Clemons, his first cousin [b. 12 Jan 1854, Pendleton Co., KY, d. 17 Dec 1888, Decatur Co., IN, daughter of William & Mahala Overly Clemons].  He was twice her age.  The family is listed on the 1880 Federal Census Records for Clay Township.  Benjamin and Alice had at least six children by 1885.  Note:  Their last child, Rose, appeared [on 1900 census record] to have been born in Arkansas.  That is where her sister, Selinda Clemons New, migrated to and her father died in 1899.  On the 1900 Census Record, Benjamin is found, as a widower, with the children, living in Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana.  Between 1902 and 1904, all of the children marry in Decatur County.  In 1910, Benjamin is found living with his brother, James H. and wife, in Washington Township.

 

 

 

Their six children were:

 

 

        [1] Oliver Martin was born in Jul 1874 in Decatur County, IN.  Oliver married Lizzie Vanderpool on 24 Dec 1902 in Decatur County, IN.

 

 

        [2] Thomas J. or T. J. Martin was born about 1875 in Decatur County, IN.  On 16 Nov 1902, Thomas married Elizabeth Poynter "Lizzie" Boyd (b.  abt. 1883, IN) in Decatur County.  They had six children:  Roy T., Rolland, Ada, Marie, Culver, and Elizabeth.

 

 

        [3] Charles E. Martin was born in May 1877 in Decatur County, IN.  Charles married Maggie Bushorn on 28 May 1903 in Decatur County, IN.

 

 

        [4] Edward M. "Edgar" Martin was born in Sep 1879 in Decatur County, IN.  Edward married Daisy Lefforge on 24 Dec 1902 in Decatur County, IN.

 

 

        [5] Ora E. Martin [daughter] was born in Apr 1883 in Decatur County, IN.  Ora married Emmert Pumphrey on 13 Jul 1902 in Decatur County, IN.

 

 

        [6] Rose A. "Rosa" Martin was born in Sep 1885 in Arkansas.  Rose married Harman Ketler on 20 Sep 1904 in Decatur County, IN.

 

 

 

Census Records

 

 

William T. Clemons [2nd generation]

 

 

1830 - "Clemmens", page 382.

 

1840 - "Clemmins", page 206.

 

1850 - HH# 29, Washington Township, page 166. Wife and husband listed as born Maryland.

 

 

1860 - "Clemens", HH# 519, Washington Township, page 703. Wife and husband born Maryland.

 

 

1870 - "Wm Clemons", Greensburg, Washington Twp., Page 221. Wife [age 81] and husband [age 86] both listed as born in Maryland. William & Mary were living with their daughter, Nancy, & her husband, Russell White & their 8 children. 

 

 

Ellen [Nelly Mozingo] Clemons, widow of James A. Clemmons Sr.

 

 

1840 Census -"Ellan Clemins".

 

 

1850 Census - HH #91, Washington Township, Page 170, 9 Aug 1850, Ellen (no husband), age 60, born Virginia, is listed with two sons Thomas, age 23, and James age 19.

 

 

1860 Census or later - Not found to date.

 

 

Mary [Polly Clemmons] Mozingo, widow of Joseph Mozingo.

 

 

1850 Census - Marion Township, Page 100. She was living with her son Henry Mozingo.

 

 

1860 Census -Marion Township, page 799. Living with Hiram Freman [Tremain] and wife Mary A. [her youngest daughter] and children. Listed as: "Patsy? Mozingo, age 94, female, housekeeping, born in Virginia." [find this to be Mary Clemmons Mozingo.]

 

 

1870 Census - Washington Township, page 197. Living with son Henry Mozingo.

 

 

Clarification Note: On the 1850 Census she was living with her son Henry (her age was 70 and birthplace "Virginia"). 1870 Census - living with son Henry (her age was 90 and born in Virginia). However, the 1860 census (living with Tremain's, listed as "Freman") shows her [Patsy?? Mozingo - should be Mary?] age as 94. I have been told a biography of James Henry Mozingo from Harding's Decatur County, Indiana History states "Mary" lived to be 104 years old.  As one lives to an older age, the relatives tend to increase the actual age.

 

 

Amelia [Milly Clemmons] Mozingo, widow of James Mozingo.

 

 

1840 Census - "James Mosinger", page 234.

 

 

1850 Census - "Amilia Mozinga" age 75, born Virginia, was living with or close to Theodore Rork and his wife Amelia.

 

 

Note: Also listed with her in 1850 were what appear to be two daughters. Based on birth dates, "Amilia Jr." would be daughter "Permelia". "America" would probably be daughter Cynthia Ann (born abt 1819). However, where was daughter Nancy, born abt 1821?.

 

 

1860 Census or later: Not found to date.

 

 

 

Wills

 

 

James Mozingo [2nd  generation]

 

 

Written August 26, 1848 and probated June 22, 1849.

 

 

Extracted: His wife Milly, children, Synthe Ann, who received a Horse and bridle and an equal share of the rest of his estate...son, Thornton, daughters, Betsy Ann, Oripa, Sidney, Nancy, Sarah, Permelia and also said "my daughter Polly, the former wife of John Mozingo, which is now dead, but it is my express will that part that would have been given to Polly is given to Armilda Mozingo, daughter of Polly Mozingo." (from Leta Rose Rowland. 1/2004)

 

 

Added Clarification[s]

 

 

In Regards to Children of Joseph Mozingo.

 

 

Sarah and John were added as Joseph and Mary Clemons Mozingo's children because they fit to the 1810 Census household count and they were present [listed on the marriages of Harrison County, Kentucky]. Spencer Mozingo's wife was too old to be their mother and Sarah was too old to be a child of James Mozingo. John had married a Mary Mozingo [and she was found listed as a daughter of James in his will above], so John seems to fit as a son of Joseph.

 

 

Mary was removed as a child of Joseph Mozingo and moved to a be child of James Mozingo because of the above listed will extract.

 

 

In Regards to Children of James Mozingo.

 

 

Mary was removed as a child of Joseph Mozingo and moved to be a child of James Mozingo because of the will entry listed above.

 

 

 

Young Henry Clemons

 

 

A young Henry Clemons' tombstone is located in Sandcreek Cemetery, Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana, showing a death date of 11 February 1832, and age 26. I assume this is a relation of elder Henry Clemmons (perhaps the son of some unknown and deceased son or just a nephew), because on the 1820 census there was a 10-16 year old male in the elderly Henry's household. Even though the wife was too old (in 1806, age 59) to bear children and his known sons [except maybe William T., who didn't marry until 1814] were probably too young to be the father.

 

 

Based on the recorded Mozingo family story: In 1832, Henry Mozingo [3rd generation] walked to Decatur County and then returned to Kentucky in the spring of 1833 to relocate his family and his father's family to Decatur.

 

 

Did this young Henry Clemons travel with James Clemmons [2nd generation] in 1824 or later in 1832[28] with Henry Mozingo [3rd generation] with his resulting misfortune?

 

 

 


 

Obituaries

 

 

William T. Clemons [2nd generation]

 

 

Greensburg Newspaper, 9 February 1871, page 5:

 

 

Died on Friday last, at his residence, 3 miles south east of this city... William Clemons Sr., in the 87th year of his age. The deceased was born in eastern Virginia & emigrated with his father to Kentucky, at an early age. In 1825 he, with his brother James & sister Nancy Mozingo (who is yet living in this county, at the advanced age of 104) removed to this county. William settled on the farm on which he died, and from thence up to the railroad times kept the old hotel, there, and known among travelers and teamsters as the "Clemons Stand". He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and under General Harrison served in the campaigns against the English, French and Canadians, in 1813-1814...

 

 

Clarifications:

 

 

        a. The biography about James “Henry” Mozingo [4th generation] contained in Harding's History of Decatur County, Indiana, page 973, states "His mother lived to be one hundred and four years old".  The book was referring to the “unnamed” mother of Henry Mozingo Sr. [3rd generation].  We know this to be Mary Clemons [sister of William T.].  Nancy” was the name of the wife of William T.’s son William Mathew.  The 104 years of age is unproven to me.  The writer of the obituary is confusing the two William’s.  The confusion repeats itself in c. below.

 

 

        b. Joseph Mozingo and wife "Mary" Clemons Mozingo appeared on the 1830 Harrison County, Kentucky Census. So they did not accompany or remain with William T. in Indiana right away.

 

 

        c. I believe that the "Clemons Stand" mentioned in the above obituary was actually in Marshall County, Iowa and had been established by William T.'s son, William Mathew Clemons.  Extracted from printed History of Clemons Grove, Marshall County, Iowa:

 

 

  "... Within a short time, the home was known as the “travelers inn” as many pioneers lodged overnight when traveling the only stage coach trail West of Marietta.  The home was considered a hotel and was known among travelers and teamsters as the “Clemons Stand“.  It was the first accommodations to be opened west of Marietta..."

 

 

Henry Mozingo [3rd generation of Joseph Mozingo]

 

 

Henry Mozingo, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on December 18th, 1809 and died March 11, 1888. He came to this county IN 1832 and worked for John Hillis on the farm, now owned by Alexander Hillis. In the fall of 1832 he returned to Kentucky, but came back the following spring. On May 12th 1836, he was married to Elizabeth R. PEMBERTON, daughter of Thomas C. PEMBERTON. He was an able-bodied man, and went to work with a good will, in a few years he had accumulated quite a large estate; in 1864 he had a very valuable farm, part of which was the Cole farm, 1 mi. south west of this city; but through over confidence and in believing all men were honest, he endorsed for men who were dishonest and by this endorsement has lost most of his hard worked for earnings, about $18,000; but enough being left to satisfy all claims. His family, beside his widow, consists of two sons and seven daughters, all married; seven children having preceded him. John MOZINGO, the last one, died in Kansas but a few months since. The deceased joined the Baptist Church under the pastoral care of Matthew ELDER about 1850. He had been a worthy member of that church until the dissolution of that church a few years ago, when he and his wife received their letters and deposited them with the Mt. Pleasant M.E Church. The funeral services were held at the house being conducted by Reverend J.A. Kirkpatrick, a large concourse of friends and relatives being present, after which he was buried in Sand Creek Cemetery. Another landmark, an honest, upright Christian man has passed away. Mrs. Alan Beagle and Mrs. Jacob Evans attended the funeral of their father.

 

 

Henry M. Clemons [3rd generation of William T.]

 

 

Greensburg Newspaper, 3 November 1905, page 6:

 

 

Aged pioneers gone. Henry M. Clemons, one of the oldest residents of Decatur County, died at the home of his son, Edward Clemons, (Edwin) 5 mi. south east of town, Tuesday.... Henry M. Clemons, son of William and Mary Clemons was born in Jefferson County Indiana, June 26th, 1821. When about four years of age he came with his parents to a farm 3 mi. south east of Greensburg. He united with the Sand Creek Baptist Church... he was united in marriage to Rachel A. White, January 25, 1844 .... They began housekeeping on his brother's farm, known now as the Duffy farm. In 1848 he moved to another brother's farm, two and one-half miles west of this city. In 1849 they moved to the homestead where they remained. In 1856 he built the dwelling where he died. His companion died four years ago .... . He departed this life, October 31st, 1905. He leaves 6 children, 21 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

Section B: Indiana - Second Wave

 

 

Switzerland County

 

 

 

By 1900, George Jones, born Sep 1876, Kentucky and wife Anna Highlander Jones [5th generation, mother Martha Jane Clemons Highlander of James of Thomas Sr. of Henry}, born Jan 1879, Kentucky] had migrated to Switzerland County, Indiana from Harrison County, Kentucky. Charley [Charles] Clemons, age 21, [5th generation, 3rd son of William Clemons and Mary Elizabeth Highlander} was found to be living with them at that time. This was in advance of his father's arrival, discussed further down on this page.

 

 

In 1910 Charles Clemons [5th generation, 3rd son of William Clemons of James of Thomas Sr. of Henry] is found married with one son and living in Pleasant Township, this county, The 1920 Federal Census Records shows no changes. His name was listed as "Clemens" on the Census records.

 

 

By 1908, William James Clemens [5th generation, oldest son of William of James of Thomas Sr. of Henry], his wife, Roda Eliza "Anna" Ashbury and their five children had migrated to Pleasant Township, Switzerland County, Indiana from Harrison County, Kentucky. I base this date on the birth place of their two year daughter, Elsie. William James had been farming in Harrison County, Kentucky for about 19 years. They are listed on the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census Records for the county [Clemens then Clements]. William James passed away about 1942 in Indiana. He had a second wife named Maranda Elizabeth Caswell [after 1920].

 

 

Note: Name seriously changed to Clemens then later to Clements.

 

 

By April 1910, William Clemons [4th generation of James of Thomas Sr. of Henry], age 69, [second son of James Clemons of Thomas Sr. of Henry Clements], wife Mary Elizabeth Highlander, and their three remaining teenagers [Kern, Daniel, and Corda], migrate from Harrison County, Kentucky to Long Run Road, Craig Township, Switzerland County, Indiana. William had been farming in Harrison County, Kentucky for about forty years. They had a total of eleven children. In 1920, William is found in Worthville, Carroll County, Kentucky, living with daughter Cordelia and husband Jeff Perkins. In 1920, my grandfather, Daniel J., is still living in Craig Township, Switzerland County, Indiana. He had married in 1913 to Estella Mae Hamilton of Kentucky. By 1930, Daniel is living in Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana. On 23 June 1927, William passes away in Carroll County, Kentucky. On 10 December 1934, Mary Elizabeth Highlander Clemons passes away in Goose Creek, Carroll County, Kentucky. 

 

 

 

Section C: Around Indiana, Illinois & Ohio

 

 

Ripley County, Indiana

 

 

Based on the 1850 Federal Census Records [Thornton Mesengo}, by October 1850, Thornton Thomas Mozingo [3rd generation of James of Spencer] and family had relocated to Jackson Township, Ripley County, Indiana from Decatur County.  Based on the birth place and date of Martha's [Thornton's daughter] son [William Henry Lawrence], by 1858, Thornton and family migrated to Missouri.  I could not find the family on the 1860 Federal Census Records.  See Chapter VIII, Missouri.

 

 

 

By June 1860, the widow [2nd wife] of John Mozingo [3rd generation], Sarah Martin Mozingo and family of eight children relocated to Jackson Township, Ripley County from Decatur, County, Indiana. Husband, John had passed away on 29 March 1860.  Sarah Martin Mozingo's step-daughter [of John's first wife (or she could be John's step-daughter from Sarah Martin because both Sarah and Armelia list Pennsylvania as place of birth)], Armilda or Armelia, was not in the household by 1860. By 1870. Sarah was found [still a widow with children gone] living with her 17 year old daughter, Lurella and husband, George W. Cross [who was living close to his parents], in Mason County, Illinois.

 

 

By June 1860, Bower Rork, wife Sarah Mozingo Rork [3rd generation], and family relocated to Jackson Township, Ripley County from Decatur, County, Indiana. Husband, Bower passes away on 31 October 1868, leaving eleven children. Widow Sarah is still found on the 1870 Census Records for Ripley County. Sarah passes away on 3 June 1886, perhaps in Decatur County, Indiana.

 

 

By 1880, Thomas Gaskill/Gasgall, wife Elizabeth Ann Mozingo Roland Gaskill/Gasgall [3rd generation], and family [just one "Roland" son from her first marriage] relocated to Jackson Township, Ripley County from Decatur, County, Indiana. The rest of the children were grown and gone. She had three children from her first husband and two children from the second. I have no more details at this time.

 

 

Charles Edward Rork [4th generation] was born in September 1863 in Ripley County, Indiana.  He was the ninth child [fifth son] of Bower Rork and Sarah Mozingo.  His parents had moved to this county by June 1860.  On 15 February 1890, Charles first married, probably in Ripley County, a Mary Frances Moore.  In 1901, he remarried, probably in Ripley County, to Mary E. "Mollie" Caplinger, born about 1876, in Indiana.

 

 

 

On the 1900 Census, Charles was a boarder living in Johnson Township, Ripley County, Indiana.  He was widowed or divorced [hard to read].

 

 

 

In 1910, Charles, was married with children, still living in Johnson Township.  In 1920, they were living in Center Township, Osgood, Ripley County.  His mother-in-law was living with them.  Oldest child, Elizabeth, was not living in the household.  In 1926, they were still living in Osgood.

 

 

 

I don't have any more dates for this family at the present time.

 

 

Their ten children were:

 

 

        [1] Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rork was born about 1898 in Ripley County, Indiana.

 

 

        [2] May E Rork was born about 1901 in Ripley County, Indiana.

 

 

        [3] Elvin Rork [son] was born on 2 Sep 1902 in Ripley County, Indiana and died in Nov 1954 in Not Specified at age 52.  Death Notes: SSDI

 

 

        [4] Nora Rork was born about 1904 in Ripley County, Indiana.

 

 

        [5] Edna Rork was born about 1907 in Ripley County, Indiana.

 

 

        [6] Charles Rork was born on 25 Dec 1907 in Ripley County, Indiana and died in Jan 1960 in Not Specified at age 52.  Death Notes: SSDI

 

 

        [7] Mabel Rork was born about 1911 in Ripley County, Indiana.

 

 

        [8] Arthur Rork was born about 1914 in Ripley County, Indiana.

 

 

        [9] Jesse Rork [son] was born on 31 Oct 1915 in Ripley County, Indiana and died in Dec 1986 in Osgood, Ripley County, Indiana at age 71.

 

 

        [10] Lavinia Rork was born about 1917 in Ripley County, Indiana.

 

 

 

To Illinois

 

 

Public Domain Land

 

 

Selling off the Public Domain, first to raise money, and later to encourage settlement of the western territories, was the predominant public and Congressional attitude until the late 19th century. Territories were carved out of public lands; upon admission to the union, the new states waived all claim to the Public Domain within their boundaries. To placate the states, however, "Section 16" in each township was reserved to finance public education. After 1848 new states received two sections in each township, which was increased to four sections with the admission of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.

 

 

The Land Law of 1820 discontinued sale of land on credit. However, the new law lowered the price and minimum size of a tract. Land could be purchased for as little as $1.25 per acre, in tracts as small as 80 acres. Un-auctioned land could be purchased in unlimited quantities.

 

 

 

Richland & Jasper Counties

 

 

Illinois Then to Iowa

 

 

By late 1854, Sarah Ann Clemons Elder [3rd generation, the youngest daughter of William T. Clemons and Mary Matthews], husband, George A. Elder, Sr. [son of William Marshall Elder], and first child, Mary, migrate to Richland County, Illinois. This is based on George's purchase of a Land Patent on 15 December 1854 of 62.82 acres in Richland County, Illinois.

 

 

Note: Sarah's oldest brother, William Mathew Clemons, had married Nancy Jane Elder, 1st cousin of her husband, George A. Elder, Sr.

 

 

By July 1860, the family is found living in Ste. Marie, Smallwood Township, Jasper County, Illinois [property value $1,475].

 

 

By 23 June 1870 they have migrated to Iowa and are found living in Marion Township, Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, real estate value $3,000. Close to Archibald Clemons.

 

 

 

Mason County

 

 

By 1870. Sarah Martin Mozingo [widow of John Mozingo, of Joseph Mozingo and Mary Clemons Mozingo, with children gone] has migrated from Ripley County, Indiana to live with her 17 year old daughter, Lurella and husband George W. Cross [living close to his parents], in Mason County, Illinois.

 

 

 

To Ohio

 

 

Warren County

 

 

About 1885, Missouri Clemons Groves, of Harrison County, Kentucky, married John A. Groves, in probably Grant County, Kentucky and they were found in Warren County, Ohio by 1900. This is close and north of Cincinnati.  John worked for the railroad as a section boss

 

 

They had four surviving sons..  Missouri also lost four infant daughters and one infant son.  All were probably stillborn.  One of them had been named Harriet after her mother. 

 

 

Missouri died in 1929, her husband in 1932 and they were buried in Woodhill Cemetery of Warren County. A son, Virgil R. [d. 1980, Florida] and his wife are also buried there. 

 

 

By 1900, sister, Martha J. Clemons [Mattie], was found In a Cincinnati, Ohio hospital [stress? and/or working?, listed as inmate but had duties].  In 1910, she was working as a domestic servant in a Cincinnati private household.  By 1920, she had relocated to adjacent Warren County to live with her sister, Missouri Clemons Groves for her final years.  Mattie was known to be a nurse and cared for the sick and dying.  Another sister, Mary “Emma” also lived in Franklin. 

 

 

Mattie lived until Feb 1923 and died in Franklin, Warren County, Ohio.

 

 

I will note, her one named son, Charles Thomas, also moved to Cincinnati [by 1900] and later to Clermont, Ohio and changed his last name to McNess.  On his World War II draft registration card he indicated he was a fireman.  He had two children.  Martha and Newton also had two known daughters, only one of which, has been found.  Most likely, the oldest daughter was deceased young [perhaps the cause of the permanent separation].  It appears both never remarried.

 

 

 

By 1900, Mary Emeline [Clemons] Shadd Wallace [Emma] and 2nd husband William Thomas Wallace (b. Apr 1851, KY, d. Feb 1827, Warren Co., Ohio), and Emma’s only child Margaret “Maggie” Shadd (b. 23 Jul 1886, Corinth, Grant Co., KY, d. 12 Aug 1909, age 23 years and 20 days, Warren Co., Ohio – one year illness) were found in Franklin, Warren County, Ohio.  At Maggie’s funeral they had six of her closest girlfriends as pallbearers.  William was a section boss for the railroad.  Emma died 1 July 1939 in Franklin, Warren County, Ohio.  They are buried in Woodhill Cemetery, Franklin.

 

 



[1] The History of Marshall County, Iowa, published 1878, pg. 640.

 

[2] Headstone photograph, Sandcreek Cemetery, Decatur Co., IN.

 

[3] Extracted 1871 Obituary [end of this section], “…in the 87th year of his age… ”.

 

[4] They say:  Early (pre-1835) Decatur County, Indiana. Land Records, Deed Book A, pg. 34, “William Clemmens” acquiring [land] in Decatur County, listed of Jefferson County.

 

[5] Bourbon Co., KY Tax Record entries.

 

[6] Later Census Records indicated he was born in Indiana along with his 1905 obituary.

 

[7] The History of Marshall County, Iowa, published 1878, pg. 640.

 

[8] Civil War [Union Army] Disability Discharge Certificate, Spencer Clemens [son of James] listed 3 Februray 1825 and Jefferson County, IN as his date and place of birth. 

 

[9] Note: According to the Society of Indiana Pioneers, an individual was a pioneer of Decatur County if they resided there on or before December 31, 1830.

 

[10] They say:  Early (pre-1835) Decatur County, Indiana. Land Records, for 7 Jan 1836, Book D, pg. 539. 

 

[11] On-line land grant database at Federal Bureau of Land Management website.

[12] Cemetery Record Extracts, Sandereek Cemetery, Decatur Co., IN.

 

[13] Headstone photograh, Sandcreek Cemetery, Decatur Co., IN and  Obituary Extract [end of this section], Greensburg Newspaper, 9 February 1871, page 5.

 

 

 

[14] There was a nationwide Cholera Epidemic 1831-2.

[15] Headstone photograph, Sandcreek Cemetery, Decatur Co., IN, previously in my possession.

 

[16] Maurice Holmes, Decatur County, IN Early Landowners 1820-1835.  Elizabeth Clemmens (age 10yr 5mo) and Spencer Clemmens (b. Feb 3, 1825) who are children of deceased James Clemmens and placed into apprenticeship – Decatur Co., IN, Book D, p. 32.

[17]  Son Henry’s 1888 obituary and next quoted book extract.

 

[18] Harding's, History of Decatur County, Indiana, pg. 414.  “The grave was located and a staff placed at the grave, which was decorated on May 30, 1901.”

 

[19] Biography by great-grandson, James “Henry” Mozingo Jr., in Harding's, Decatur County, Indiana History", pg. 973:  "…His mother lived to be one hundred and four years old...”

 

[20] Book extract from Harding's History of Decatur County, Indiana [probably a Mozingo family voluntary submission] biography.

[21] Sarah and John were added as Joseph and Mary Clemons Mozingo's children because they fit to the 1810 Census household count and they were present [listed on the marriages of Harrison Co. KY].  Spencer's [1st generation] wife seemed too old to be their mother and Sarah was too old to be a child of James Mozingo.  John Monzino had married a Mary Mozingo [and that Mary was found listed as a daughter of James in his will], so John seems to fit as a son of Joseph.

 

[22]  Marriage Notes: Book 3, Page 4, Bondsman - Thornton Mozingo

 

 

 

[23]  Based on Orapa Mozingo Pemberton's (his daughter) 1877 obituary and the land sale in Harrison Co., KY [Chapter IV].

 

[24] Decatur County, IN Will Records 1822-1906, compiled by Maurice Homes.  See extract at the end of Section A, this chapter..

 

[25] Bondsman was Thornton Mozingo.

 

[26] Bondsman James Mozingo.

 

[27] Based on information in his obituary printed in Indiana Letter, Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, Feb. 8, 1908.

 

[28] Historical Note: There was a nationwide Cholera Epidemic 1831-2.