Facts and Events
Christian Clements was one of the Early Settlers of Germanna Colony and also one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Christian Clement received a patent of 600 acres on 21 Nov. 1734... "on the west side Deep Run, corner to John Huffman... in the great fork of Rappahannock", as listed in the disposition below.
- Pages 151-54. 17 Sept. 1735. Jacob Stover of Orange County to Christian Clemon of same. Lease and release; for ₤28 sterling. 550 acres... on an island in Gerando River... to said Stover's upper corner of his lower 5,000 (acre) tract on a small run to Gerando River... (signed) Jacob (J S) Stover. Wit: G. Home, Thomas Hill, W. Russell. 16 Sept. 1735. Jacob Stover acknowledged his lease and release. Zachary Lewis, Gent., on behalf of William Beverley, Gent., opposed the same being admitted to record alledging that there is a suit depending in the General Court concerning the title to the same, but the said Stover affirmed that it related not to the land conveyed. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 13].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 7.--18th November, 1745. Nathan Underwood of County of Orange, planter, to Christian Clymant, of Augusta. Whereas, on 13th Januay, 1741 (1742), was granted to Henry Dowly, of Orange County, 236 acres in Augusta, part of which Henry conveyed to Nathan Underwood by deed recorded in Orange; £18; part of the tract on South River of Shanando, 100 acres. Witnesses, Robert Turk, George Anderson, Eastham Franklyn. Proved, 10th February, 1745-6, by all the witnesses.
- Page 107.--12th February, 1763. Andrew ( ) Balfaut and Elizabeth ( ) (Faut) to Christian Clemans. £5, 266 acres, part of 400 acres patented to John Balfaut, 20th February, 1745. Pat. Frazier's line. Teste: George Faut. Delivered: Christian Clemmons, May, 1766. (Note: the "John Balfaut" mentioned in this record was John Paul Faught, the father-in-law of Christian Clements).
- Page 507.--18th August, 1766. Release of dower in deed, 16th February, 1763, by Andrew Balfaut to Christian demons (s/b Christian Clements), by Elizabeth, wife of Andrew.
Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 256-60. [255 blank]. 22-25 March 1737 . Christian Clemmans of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, to Ludwick Stone of same. Lease and release; for £60 current money. 550 acres... on an island in Sharrendo River... to Stover upper corner of his lower five thousand tract on a small run... (signed) Christian Kleman. Wit: John Newport, Phillibf Lung. 23 March 1737 . Acknowledged by Christian Clemman. Catherina Margaritha, his wife, relinquished her right of dower. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 2, Dorman, pg. 48].
- Pages 6-10. 7-8 Aug. 1742. Christian Clement of Orange County to Michael Smith Junr. of same. Lease and release; for £70 current money. Patent of 600 acres granted to Christian Clement 21 Nov. 1734... on the west side Deep Run, corner to John Huffman... in the great fork of Rappahannock... (signed) Christian Clement. 26 9ber [Nov.] 1742. Acknowledged by Christian Clement. Catharine the wife of Christian relinquished her right of dower. [Orange County Virginia Deed book 7, Dorman, pg. 39].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 297.--14th May, 1770. Christian Clemons and Catharine ( ) to John Maharfey, 5 shillings, 266 acres, part of 400 acres patented to John Balfort, 20th February, 1745, and conveyed to Christian by said Belfort, 14th February, 1763; Patrick Praziers line. Delivered: John Maharfey, 18th December. 1771. (Maharphy.)
- Page 300.--16th May, 1770. Same (Christian Clemons and Catharine ( )) to Henry Liner, £10.65 acres, part of 236 acres patented to Henry Dooling, 30th January, 1741, and by him conveyed to Christian, on South River of Shanandore. Delivered: Henry Liner, August Court, 1784. (Quaere? Is this Laneor?)
Will of Christian Clements
- Page 275.--13th February, 1780. Christian Clemons' (signed in German) will--To wife, Catharine; to son, John, home plantation; to eldest son, Gasper, plantation joining David McNeelly; to my in law, George Trout and his wife, 5 shillings; to Henry Lyner and his wife; to Philip Berger and his wife; to daughter, Catharine, and her son, David Trout; to daughter, Elizabeth. Executors, wife and son-in-law, Henry Lyner. Teste: John Davidson, Robert Stephen, Jno. Surfas. 15th March, 1783, Kathorine refuses to qualify. Teste: Robert Stephen, Jacob (mark) Barrier. Proved, 18th March, 1783, by Robert Stephens and John Surfas. Henry Lyner qualifies.
- Page 286.--9th April, 1783. Christian Clemon's estate appraised by James Kerr, Jas. Robertson, Jacob Barger, Alex. Robertson.
- Page 463.--9th April, 1783. Christian Clemons' estate appraised.
- Page 215.--18th April, 1789. Christian Clemmon's estate appraised by Jas. Kerr, Jacob Barger, Alex. Robertson.
Processioning List of 1767/68
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 449.--1767-68: Processioned by Jon. Lapesly, Robert Moore, all lands in their bounds except, viz: William and James Hall, Daniel Evans, Samuel Todd, James Davis, Jno. McMurtrey, James McMath, John Young. Processioned by James Craig, James Patterson: For Henry Reburn, Wm. Lam, John King, Robt. Craige, James Givens, Saml. Bell, Jno. Givens, Philip Harless, Thos. Storrey, John Stewart, Hugh Allon, Timothy Call, Edward Rutledge, James Care, Wm. Patterson, Saml. Henderson, Wm. Roberson, Wm. Scillarn, James Anderson, Wm. Hindes, Thomas Turke, David Mack, Neiley Christian Clemons, Robert Steon, James Craige, Thomas Raferty.
Records of Christian Clements in Augusta County, VA
- G-47: Capt. Robert Green of Orange County, 382 acres vormerly Dr. Tennant's Old Field, in said County. Surv. Mr. James Genn. Adj. Capt. Henry Field, Capt. Benja. Roberts, Henry Field Jr., Christopher Clemonds, John P;aul Vaugh, Mr. Thornton, 18 May 1748. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, pg. 24].
- Page 4.--22d November, 1753. George Trout's bond as administrator of Nicholas Trout, with sureties Christian Clemmons, Valentine Pence.
- Page 31.--16th August. 1758. Thomas Turk and Margaret to James Turk, £50, 320 acres on South River, Shanando; corner to land formerly Bloodworth's, crossing the Cranberry Swamps, Christian Clemance's land. Delivered: Robert Turk, 20th April, 1759.
- Page 50.--9th October, 1759. Johan Paul Faught's (John Bellfaught) will--Wife, sole executrix; wife, Mary Katrine; 3 children, Katrine Cleman, Andrew and Casper Faught. Teste: Archd. Huston, Peter Funk, Catrine Funk. Proved, 18th August, 1761, by Huston and Peter Funk. Mary Catrine qualifies, with Christian Cleman, Geo. Trout (signed, Cath. Fought). (Note: Johan Paul Vaught (Faught) was the father-in-law of Christian Clements).
- Page 448.--10th September, 1761. John Bellfaught's (s/b Johan Paul Vaught) estate sold at vendue--To Catrina Faught; to Henry Lynor; to Andrew Faught; to Peter Funk; to Caspar Faught; to Henry Colar; to Elizabeth Bruester; to James Waite; to Alex. Kile; to Geo. Trout; to Robt. Reyburn; to Jno. Hines, Geo. Martin, Peter Miller. Robt. Stevens, Edward Rutledge, James Cover, David Menerley. Cash paid Christian Clements for 1 year's board of the widow. Balance due the legatees to be equally divided between Andrew Faught, Casper Faught. and the wife.--Christian Clements. Recorded, 21st May, 1766.
- Page 196.--20th April, 1763. Isaiah Curry to George Martin, £31, 100 acres on South River Shannando, Christian Clemmans' land. Teste: Samuel Eastlake, John Henderson, George Trout.
- Page 53.--20th August, 1765. George Trout and Mary ( ) to Margaret Barger, £30, on a branch of South River of Shanando on west side of Christian Clemon's land, 324 acres, patented to George, 14th February, 1761. Delivered: Casper Barrier, 3d April, 1769.
- Page 509.--9th January, 1766. John King to Robert Sleven, £12, 180 acres on South River Shanando, oak below Christian Clemon's land; corner Woodruff's (Woodroof) land, patented to John King, 5th October, 1765. Teste: John and Robert Anderson. Delivered: Robert Sleven, February, 1769.
- Page 507.--18th August, 1766. Release of dower in deed, 16th February,, 1763, by Andrew Balfaut to Christian demons (s/b Clements), by Elizabeth, wife of Andrew.
- Page 293.--21st March, 1760 (appears to be incorrect date, prob. s/b. 1769). James ( ) Turk and Mary to James Kennerley, £130, 320 acres on South River of Shanando, conveyed to James by Thomas, 16th August, 1758, corner land formerly Bloodworth's. the Cranberry Swamps, Christian Clements' land.
- Page 241.--80th March, 1770. George Martin and Mary ( ) to James Rodgers, £50, 100 acres on South River of Shanando; Christian Clemons' land. Teste: John and James Rodgers, Alexander Campbell.
- Page 144.--(undated, appears to be abt. 1783) Patent to Henry Dooling, 30th January, 1741, and by him conveyed to Christian Clemons (now deceased), now invested in Jasper Clemons as heir-at-law. Patented to Christian Clemons, 16th March, 1771. Teste: Jno. McCune. Page 147.--375 acres patented to John Young in Crab Apple Bottom.
Information on Christian Clements
Excerpt from WWW.germana.net
In recent notes there has been an attempt to group people by the approximate time of their appearance in the Germanna community. The name of Christian Clements may have been overlooked. He was an earlier immigrant as he purchased 600 acres on Deep Run the the Robinson River community adjacent to John Hoffman.. He was also a neighbor to John Paul Vogt, who was his father-in-law, since Christian married Catherine Margaret Vogt (Vaught). The Clements and the Vogts moved to the Shenandoah Valley ca 1744 and were in the first wave of emigrants out of the Robinson River Valley. About the same time, ,others were moving to North Carolina.
The given name Christian was a stumbling block for the English clerks who seemed to regard Christian as an improper name. They usually converted it into Christopher.
Christian Clements (Cleman, Klemann, etc.) receives very little attention in the Germanna Records. He had a sizeable tract of land (600 acres) about six miles northeast of the German Lutheran Church which he acquired in 1734. Two neighbors were, to the north, John Paul 'Vaught and, to the south, John Hoffman. The Vaughts were more than neighbors for Christian Clemen married a daughter of John Paul Vaught. When the Vaught family moved to the Shenandoah Valley in the 1740's, it appers that the Clemans went with the Vaught family.
More exactly, Christian Clements married Catherine Margaret Vaught. They moved about 1744 to the Valley. His (Christian's) will was dated 1780 and was proved 18 Mar 1783 in Augusta County. He mentioned his wife, Catherine, eldest son Gaspar (Caspar), son John, daughter Catherine who was married to George Trout, granson David Trout and mentions but does not name his daughters who were married to Henry Liner, and Philip Burger (Barger, Barrier). Catherine (Vaught) Clement's will was dated 12 Jun 1783 and proved in 1793. The five children of Christian and Catherine (Vaught) Clements are: Gaspar, born about 1746, Mary Catherine who married George Trout, John who married Elizabeth, Margaret who married Philip Barrier, and Elizabeth who married Henry Lyner of Liner. Nearly all of the records to be found for this family are in the Shenandoah Valley counties.
Excerpt from PIONEERS of Old Frederick Co., Virginia
by Cecil O'Dell, Pub 1995
Christian and his wife Catharina Margarita Clemons sold 550 acres tract to Ludwick Stone for 60 pounds on 22 Mar 1737/1738.
Orange Co. Book 12, p 151, Book 2 p 256
Corrected information on family of Christian Clements:
- Christian Clements married Catherine Vaught. They left five children:
- 1. Gaspar (Caspar), born about 1746, left a will, dated 25 May 1813 in Rockingham County, which was proven a couple of years later. This Gaspar named his wife as Mary and his children as Christian, John, Nancy (who married George Crawford), Catren, Polly, and James.
- 2. Mary Catherine married George Trout. There is at least one son, David, known for Mary and George, and he married Susannah Whetsel in 1787.
- 3. Elizabeth married Philip Barrier/Burger/Berger. They had the sons, Casper, Jacob, Jacob, and John. George Trout and Mary Catherine his wife (see above) deeded land to Margaret Barrier in 1761. This land was delivered in 1769, though, to Gaspar Barrier, who was married to a Margaret. Elizabeth Clements Barrier died 7 Oct 1791. The name of Philip Barrier appeared in a court case of 15 Feb 1769.
- 4. Margaret married Henry Lyner/Liner. The Rockingham Co. Tithables in 1783 shows a Henry Liner and his sons, Christopher and Adam. [Rebecca Liner Sheriff descends from Margaret and Henry, who were one of her sets of sixth great grandparents. They moved to Franklin County, Georgia, around 1785. Rebecca has deeds with their names and a copy of Henry's will. Margaret died after 1813 in Haywood County, North Carolina.] A complete set of children for Margaret and Henry Liner includes Henry, Adam, Christopher, Catherine, Eve or Eavy, Mary, and Margaret.
- 5. John married Elizabeth and he may have been in Washington County, Virginia, in 1800.