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Clement Hill: Staunton River Sentinel
Clement Hill,as the home began to be called in the Twentieth Century, stood on a hill with a splendid panorama of his
extensive estate on Staunton River and its tributary, Sycamore Creek. In the background were the Peaks of Otter. The home
was an excellent site for a pioneer settlement in the wilderness. Its elevation commanded a view of the river and the countryside
around, and it could be well defended against marauding bands of Indians.
The first floor walls are of rock eighteen inches thick. Outside is a terrace of soapstone blocks, some more than a yard
in length. One chimney is built inside the wall and furnishes corner fireplaces for each of two rooms on first and second
floors. From one second floor room, a corner stairway leads to two rooms above. This home came into the possession of John
Lynn Hurt who married Nannie Clement the granddaughter of Charles Clement. John Lynn Hurt was clerk of the Circuit Court of
Pittsylvania County and served in the Senate of Virginia for seventeen years (1877-94) and as its president pro tempore for
ten years (1884-1894). The Town of Hurt, Virginia, &Clement Hill until 1986.
The house was built by Captain (of a local militia Ranger company, organized for protection against hostile Indians) Benjamin
Clement, probably in the 1770's. Clement had begun amassing land holdings in the area in the 1740's. An area which at that
time had recently seen intensive occupation by local natives, the rich lands just to the south of the river sprouted Clement's
own early form of industrial growth: tobacco; water-powered grist mill (he obtained permission to build one, but it is not
certain whether he completed it); and, in partnership with Charles Lynch from across the river, the area's first gunpowder
1. GEOFRERY CLEMENT
b. 1570 in England
d. 1609 in London, England
..........married 1590 in London England
B. 1579 in England
d. Aug. 26, 1633
2. JERIMAH CLEMENT
B. Nov. 8 1607 in St. James, London, England
d. Mar 1656/57 in St. James City, Virginia
3. FRANCIS CLEMENT
b. 1630 in Gloucester Co. Virginia
d. 1721 in Isle of Wright, Virginia
b. 1630 in James City, Virginia
d. aft. 1721 in Virginia
Francis Jr. Clement b.1674, d. 1721,
..........m. Elizabeth Meriwether b. 1630, James City, Virginia
b. 1651 in Gloucester Co. Virginia
b. abt. 1652
father ROBERT COLEMAN
Ann Clement b. 1675, Virginia
Elizabeth Clement b. 1678, Virginia
Grizelle Clement, b. 1680, Viginia: d.1882
Mary Clement, b. 1683, Virginia
Sarah Clement, b. 1683, Virginia
Benjamin Clement, b. 1687, Virginia
Richard Clement, b. 1689: Virginia: d. 1684
WILLIAM CLEMENT married ANN TAYLOR
George Clement, b. 1695, Virginia; m. Susannah
Thomas Clement, b. 1698, Virginia; d. 1700
Thomas Clement, b. 1701, Virginia; m. Christian; b. 1705
JOHN HERRING & wife REBECCA to GEORGE CLEMENTS, 2/9/1729: 40 lbs.
for 100a on Roquiss Swamp ajoining RICHARD FRYAR, wit: HENRY
GUSTAN, JOHN EDWARDS, HENRY EDMUNDS, Feb. court, 1729,.
THOL CREW, clerk of court.
GEORGE CLEMENT to JOHN HERRIN JR. 11/20/1729 for one Negro called DICK,.
wit: WM. JONES, JOHN HATCHER.
G 135 GEORGE CLEMENTS to HENRY KING; 10/27/1746;
60lbs for 100a. "I am obliged to
HENRY KING of Chowan Co. in 70 lbs Va. money bargained and sold 100a
of land lying on Rocquis Pocoson which GEORGE CLEMENTS formerly
purchased of JOHN HERRING JR. "ajoining CHARLES KING as back patent
to JOHN HERRING. wit: MICHAEL KING, CHARLES KING, THO. RETTER.
May court 1748.
5. WLLIAM CLEMENT
b. in Gloucester Co., Virginia
d. Feb 28, in Amelia, Virginia,
........married in Virginia to
b. Gloucester Co. Virginia
d. Amelia, Virginia
CAPTAIN BENJAMIN CLEMENT
William clement, b. 1712, Virginia
John Clement, b. 1704, Hanover Co., Virginia,.
........d. 1749, St. Paul Parrish, Hanover Co.., Virginia
Francis Clement b. 1706, Virginia.,d. 1754, Charlotte, Virginia
Elizabeth Ford Clement b. 1708, Virginia,. married Ellyson
Barsheba Clement b. 1710, Virginia
Ann Clement, b. 1712, Virginia
Other large slaveholders
were William Clements with 53 slaves;
,............................ CALLYHON , Mary (widow)
, CLEMENT , William
, Jan ,28 , 1747 ,Orangeburg Co. , SC
CD3_012 , UTBERT
, PATIENCE , CLEMENT
, JOHN , 000 ,00
, 1721 ,SC Mar 1693-1842 , SC
In 1737 William and his son John were living
above Flat Creek. The tithable list for that year listed William with three Negroes; On 12 January 1738/9, Amelia County appointed
Clement to survey a road to be cleared. Later that same year, he bought 50 acres on the river from Edmund Franklin.
owned a mill by November 1744 when Amelia County appointed him and his son-in-law Hezekiah Ford to clear a road to Clements
Mill. The mill was on the Appomattox River for Henry Cox sold Clement ½ acre on the north side for a mill. That same year
William made the list of tithables between Flat Creek and the Appomattox River. Amelia County prosecuted William for stopping
the river with his mill in May 1746.
Over the next few years, William deeded land to his sons and sons-in-law. On 18 September
1739, William Clement made three deeds of land in Amelia County. Ann, his wife, relinquished her dower right. A parcel of
200 acres went to Hezekiah Ford for £20 and 275 acres went to William Clement for £20. The third was to John Clement of 300
acres for £30. On 14 June 1743 William Clement sold his son-in-law, Samuel Major, 200 acres in Amelia County for £10. They
recorded this deed in King and Queen County, too.
On 25 September 1760 William bought 150 acres from George Evans for
£60. This was next to another 150-acre parcel of land he had bought from William Ross 24 May 1759 for £70.
6.BENJAMIN CAPT. CLEMENT
B. 1700 Gloucester Co., Virginia
d. 1780 in Clement Hill, Pittsylvania, Virginia.
.............married in Gloucester Co. Virginia to
.............daughter of ISACC HILL and MARGARET JENNINGS
b. 1710 in King and Queen Co. Virginia
d. 1788 in Clement Hill, Pittsvania, Virginia
......................MARGARET JENNINGS daughter of
.............................Governor Edmund Jennings of Virginia. and
.............................Frances Corbin, b. 1651,
.............................dau. of Hon. Henry and Alice (Eltonhead) Jennings
................****See JENNINGS and HILL page 14 for more
Stephen Clement, b. 1732, Virginia
Issac Capt. Clement, b. 1733, Virginia
David Clement, b. 1737, Virginia
Adam Clement, b. Apr. 22, 1738, Virginia
Jeriah Clement, b. 1741, Virginia
John Clement, b. 1743, Virginia
James Clement, b. 1745, Virginia
Rachel Clement, b. 1747, Virginia; married, Joshua Capt. Abston
Daniel Clement, b. 1749, Virginia
Elizabeth Clement, b. 1751, Virginia. married Isaac Butterworth
Susanna Clement, b. 1754, Clement Hill, Pittsylvania,Virginia
............................married William Evans
CD3_012 , SMITH
, SARAH , CLEMENTS
, JOHN ,
Jan ,22 1771 ,SC Mar 1693-1842
SAMUEL HERRING to JOHN CLEMENT, 5/14/1734; 42 lbs for 640a on E side of
Cashy River in Bucklesberry Pocoson, ajoining LAURENCE LARSON. wit:
THOMAS WHITMELL JR., OWEN O'DANIEL. May court, 1734, JOHN
WYNNS, clerk of court.
Isaac Clements, Sr. Wife: Ann Clements. Sons: Aaron Clements, Stephen Clement, Hugh Clements, Isaac Clements, Jr., Daniel
Clements, Benjamin Clements. Daughter: Rachel Butterworth. Land: 636 A. (All that tract or parcel of land in Pittsylvania
County, Virginia." Exors: sons Stephen Clements, Hugh Clements, Benjamin Clements. Wits: James R. Webster, H. Webster,
James Hawthorne, Jr. Date: 30 Oct. 1805. Probate: 27 Jan. 1817. Bk. A p. 206, Roll 100. Anderson Co, SC.
Microfilm # M637-11
State South Carolina
City/District Cheraw District
Enumerator John Punch
Head of Family 16 and up including
Head Under 16 Free White Females Others Slaves Remarks
Page # Line # Last Name First Name 1 2 3 4 5 6
King John 5 3 6 0 3
361..36 King George 11 3 0 0
King Henry 1 2 1 0 0
363 23 Clements Isaac 1 0 1 0 0
367 4 Herring James 1 2 4 0 0
367 5 Herring Sam'l 1 0 2 0 2
370 13 Clements Thomas 1 0
1 0 0
370 14 Clements Josiah 1 0 1 0 0
380 11 Quick Solomon 1 2 5 0 0
380 12 Quick Thomas 1 3 9 0 3
49 Quick Aquilla 3 3 7 0 0
381 18 Oddium John 1 5 6 0 0 0
381 19 Oddium Jacob 1 1 1 1 0
rest are brothers
Benjamin moved with
his father to Amelia County and appeared as a tithable on the countys first tax list in 1736. In 1738 he obtained a patent
for 400 acres in Amelia County on the branches of Bent Run. He sold Lewis Thomas, of King William County, 150 acres of this
patent in a deed dated 9 June 1739. Consideration was £10. Susanna relinquished her dower right in the land.
Clement acquired 380 acres on the fork between Great Saylers Creek and Little Saylers Creek in what is now Prince Edward County.
In a deed dated 18 June 1741, Benjamin and Susanna Clement sold this land to Francis Allen for £6.
In the May 1740
Amelia County court, Benjamin produced a certificate for taking up Hampton, a slave belonging to John Owen of Goochland. Courts
paid claims to individuals who apprehended runaway slaves. Benjamin served as a juror in Amelia County several times before
he moved from there.
In 1741 Benjamin began patenting lands on Staunton River in Lunenburg County in an area that
later became Pittsylvania County. His first acquisition was 129 acres by patent dated 20 August 1741. He moved there in 1748.
When Benjamin sold 150 acres of his original patent to Edmund Walker 20 April 1748, the deed called Benjamin a blacksmith.
County charged Benjamin on three tithes in 1749 and 1750. Stephen Clement and Francis Pollard were in his household in 1749
and Isaac and Stephen, in 1750.
Benjamin held 404 acres on both sides of Straightstone Creek in 1756 and a nearby
266 acres in 1759. Benjamin and Susanna sold both tracts in May 1760. By 1767 he was charged with five tithes, including James
Clement, in Pittsylvania County.
With his neighbor, Charles Lynch, who lived
across Staunton River in Campbell County, Benjamin Clement made the first gunpowder in the Colony. Their mill turned out fifty
pounds of powder a day and was likely on Sycamore Creek. The following item written by Charles Lynch appeared in the Virginia
Gazette 5 August 1775.
Sometime ago my having made powder was mentioned in your paper, but as
I wish for no more merit (should there be any of it) than I deserve, I inform the public that Mr. Benjamin Clement is a partner
with me in making the powder, and that he was the first in the colony I have heard of who attempted to make it, altho he did
not bring it to perfection. Since our partnership we have brought it to such perfection with salt-petre of our own making
that the best riflemen approve of it; and with the little mill we now have, we can make fifty pound weight a day. Salt-petre
only is wanting which may very easily be made by observing the following directions; and when it is considered how much we
want powder and that salt-petre is the principal ingredient, it is hoped that those who have the good of their country at
heart will exert themselves in making it. Without it we can have no powder, consequently no means of defense; but with it
we shall soon have both. I am sir, your very humble servant.
Benjamin Clement aided the county in nonmilitary
service in Colonial wars. He was captain of a company of rangers of Halifax County in 1755. The duty of the rangers was to
range along the frontiers through the forests in search of hostile Indians. Records show also that Benjamin was a private
in Capt. William Temples Company of 1st Virginia Regiment in the French and Indian War (1754-1763). Benjamin was sworn in
as one of the first gentlemen justices of Halifax County 26 April 1756.
Two entries in the Antrim Parish Vestry Book,
Halifax County, are interesting. One states that Nathaniel Dickerson Terry, the former collector, must pay unto Benjamin Clement
ten pounds before levied for the cure of Robert Stokes and his wife of a dangerous disease.In another, Benjamin Clement is
allowed five pounds for taking care of Thomas Robinson and his wife.
Benjamin left a will in Pittsylvania County (will
dated 30 Mar. 1780, recorded 18 April 1780), and lies buried at the foot of Clement Hill. His estate was valued at £27,664.4.8.
The settlement of Susannahs estate was recorded 16 October 1797. Susanna was head of a household of three whites in Pittsylvania
County in 1785.
b. 1735 in Amelia, Virginia
d. 1813 in Harison, Kentucky
FIRST Marriage to MARY BAKER
......children with MARY BAKER
BENJAMIN CLEMENT, b. 1778, Virginia, d. 1836, Pendleton, KY
Rachel Celment, b. 1775, Virginia
Edward Clement, b. bef. 1770, Virginia
Susanna Clement, b. bef. 1780
.......Second marriage Apr. 17, 1786 to
b. abt. 1760
.......Children with SARAH BAILEY
John Clement, b. 1786, Pittsylvania, Virginia
Issac Clement, b. 1788, Montgomery, Virginia
James Clement, b. July 1789, Virginia
Anne Clement, b. 1793, Virginia
Malvinia Clement, b. 1794, Virginia,. d. Dec 20,1873 Champaign, Illinois
Benjamin Clement [856.7.5] (1735), a tithable in Pittsylvania County in 1767, he and his brother Adam were appointed processioners
by the vestry in November 1768. They and Thomas Robinson were to procession all patented land up Staunton River from the mouth
of Red Creek to the mouth of Pigg River. His father deeded him 229 acres 3 November 1768, which he and then wife Mary —
sold to his brother-in-law William Evans 2 August 1777.
Benjamin, or perhaps a son of this name, married Sarah Bailey in Pittsylvania County 17 April (bond) 1786, with Joshua
Abston as surety.
b. 1778, Virginia
d. 1836 Pendleton, Kentucky
...........married Nov 3, 1796 to
LUCY SARIAH BAILEY
b. abt. 1780
Mary Clements, married Michael Race
9. FRANCIS CLEMENTS (CLEMENS)
b. Feb 22, 1799, Kentucky
d. April 8, 1869, Marion Co. Iowa
......First Marriage CHARITY
b. abt 1818, Ohio
...........Child with CHARITY
William Clemens, b. abt. 1859, Iowa
......Second Marriage July 5, 1821 in Pendleton Co, Kentucky to
b. Nov 18, 1806, Pennsylvania
d. aft. 1870, Crawford, Sherman Twp, Kanas
......Children with PRUDENCE SHAW
Nancy Clemens married Hugh Glenn Feb 22, 1844
...........b. July 15, 1822, Pendleton Co., Kentucky
...........d. Dec 4, 1877, Durkee, Baker Co., Oregon
Elizabeth Clemens, b. Jan 26 1823, Pendleton Co., Kentucky
...........d. Nov 11, 1825
William Clemens, b. Mar. 15 1827, Pendleton Co., Kentucky
...........d. Sept 15, 1845
Benjamin Thomas Clemens, m. Susan Frazier 1848, Jane Martin 1859
.......... b. Apr 1829, Kentucky/Illinois
...........d. Dec 3, 1892
Samuel Clemens, b. Sept 19 1830, Edgar Co., Illinios
...........d. Nov 30, 1831, Ilinois
ELIZA JANE CLEMENS m. BENJAMIN THOMPSON DAVIS
...........b. May 27 1832, Edgar Co., Illinios,
...........d.Apr 1, 1863, Marion Co., Iowa
Henry Clemens, b. Dec 3 1834, Edgar Co., Illinios
...........d. bef. 1840, Illinois
Robert Clemens, b. Dec 17, 1836, Edgar Co., Illnois
...........d. Sept 3, 1838, Illinois
James Clemens, b. July 12, 1840, Dewitt Co., Ilinois
Oliver P. Clemens, July 15, 1842, Dewitt Co., Illinois
Ann Marie Clemens, b Mar 19, 1844, Dewitt Co., Illinois
...........d bef. 1905, Illinois
Eliza Clemens, b. Feb 2, 1847, Dewitt Co., Ilinois
...........d. Feb 2, 1847, Illinois
John Clemens, b. abt 1852, Marion Co. Iowa
William H. Clemens, b. Nov 24, 1849, Marion Co, Iowa
...........d..d. Dec 1, 1921 Farnam, Nebraska.
ELIZA JANE CLEMENTS
b. May 27, 1832, Edgar Co., Illinois
d. April 1 1863, Marion Co., Iowa
.......married in fathers (Francis) home Nov 25, 1847 to
BENJAMIN THOMPSON DAVIS
b. June 22, 1820, Cluborne Co., Virginia
d. Jan 20, 1902 Marion Co., Iowa
Daniel W. Davis, b. abt, 1849, Marion Co., Iowa. m. Martha E. Sissell
Mary E. Davis, abt. 1851, Marion Co., Iowa.
........d. Dec 2, 1856, Marion Co., Iowa
Lucinda P. Davis, b. abt 1852, Marion Co., Iowa
........d. Dec 2, 1863, Marion Co., Iowa
SUSANNA DAVIS married Nov 8, 1874
...... FRANCIS MARION McGREW b. abt. 1850
b Feb 4, 1854, Marion Co., Iowa
d. Dec 29 1938, Independence, Missouri
Anna Bell Davis, b. abt 1855, Marion Co., Iowa
Joseph H. Davis, b. abt. 1858, Marion Co., Iowa