Facts and Events
John Clements was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Probable general location of John Clement's land (just outside the Borden Tract SE border near the "Mary River", number of acres not listed, prior to 1767/68) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land in Augusta County:
- John Clements acquired land in Augusta County prior abt. 1767/68, when his land was "processioned" (as shown below). Although the exact location is not listed in Chalkley's, it appears to be located somewhere just outside the south-eastern section of the Borden Tract, near the "Mary or St. Mary's" River. (see map above). [See listing of Walter Smiley, who was a neighbor listed in the Processioning List of 1767/68, listed below].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 174.--18th March, 1772. John Clements (Clemens) and Elizabeth ( ) to John Lyle, Sr. Delivered: Jno. Lyle, 4th March, 1774.
Will Excerpt of John Clements
- First I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my beloved wife the whole of my goods." "I likewise give my son William Clements my clothes excepting my hat and saddle which I give my son Roger Clements. I give him likewise a suit of white broadcloth and to my son David Clements, one suit of clothes. Filed in the court of Salisbury, N.C. on Feb 5, 1778. [Source: Rowan County, NC Book A page 247]
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:
- Page 450.--1767-68: Processioned by John Pall, John Lyle: For John Keys, John Parks, Robert Caruthers, Roger Keys, Jno. Paul, John Hays, Thomas Willson, David Williamson, Jno. Boid, Thomas Boid, Walter Smiley, Jno. Clemans, James McClung, Wm. Alexander, John Lusk, James Ritchey, Jno. Sloan, Joseph Alexander.
Records of John Clements in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MAY 18, 1768 - (145) Constables: Geo. McAfee, vice David McGee; John Clemons, vice Wm. Patton; Robt. Fletcher, vice James Crockett.
- Vol. 1 - List of wolf scalps, beginning 1774: To James Loskey, Joseph Newton, William Porter, Levin Benson, William Rhea, Peter Hoover: 1777, December 16, to John Clemons, George Baxter; 1778, May 21, to Jacob Barrier, Thomas Cartmell, John McEwin, Thomas Mynes, Jonathan Hicklin, Anthony Huston.
- Vol. - MARCH 19, 1778. - (292) William Beard, vice William Thompson--Constable. John Clemmons, vice William Allison--Constable.
- From Revolutonary War Pension File of John Clemens (no apparent relationship to this John Clements):
- John Clemans or Clemens - S.2435 cert #7579
- Born April 1753 Augusta Co, VA d Aug 20, 1834 Jackson Co, TN, entered service 1 Sept 1776 Augusta Co, VA under Capt. Wm. Christy, Lieut. Bohannon; later under Capt. Tate, Capt. Long
- Lived Augusta till 1806, moved to Jackson Co, TN, applied for pension there Nov 1832
- Those who would testify for him: Jonas Griffith, Wm. Plumley, Capt. Benj. Guess, Alexander Keith, Esq. John Gulley, Daniel Keith
- 1940 correspondence with Mrs. Laura Thomas Giles, Follis, KY--she say he married Elizabeth Thompson and had a son John, Jr. killed at the Battle of Blue Licks, KY, also a son Gustavus Adolphus b 1769, her g-grandfather.
- Letter from Miss Caroline Clements says John Clemons and Clements served under Capt. Wm. Hoffler's co, 1st VA State Reg't commanded by Col George Gibson, came from Rapahannock, Virginia to Clementsville, TN in 1805.
- (Note: query letters in Revolutionary War Service Pension files occasionally are for different persons of the same name, which is the case in this instance).
- Chalkley's Chronicles