91st PA: John Clemmence (or Clemens)

John Clemmence (or Clemens)

Name

His baptismal certificate lists his name as 'John E Clemens'. He never used a middle initial. [source: 4]

Before the war

He was born on 10 March 1845, at Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, to Peter and Susanna Clemens. They had ten other children: George, Peter, William, Katharine, Susan, Levi, David, Ruben, Rebecca, and Mary. [sources: date: 2 (19 in 1865), 4, 5 (15 in 1860), 6 (25 in 1870), 7 (34 in 1880), 8 (62 in 1910), 9 (73 in 1920), 10 (85 in 1930). place-: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. parents: 4.

In 1860, he was living in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Peter and Susannah Clemens (presumably his parents), and with various others (presumably his siblings). He was a laborer, and had attended school within the year. [source: 5]

When he enlisted, he was a bar keep[er]. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 1-1/2 inches tall, and had a florid complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He was a substitute. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 27 March 1865. He was enlisted for one year, at Pottsville, Pennsylvania, by Captain Bowen. He was mustered in as a private in company H. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 13, 14]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company H. [sources: 1, 3, 13, 14]

After the war

On 17 September 1868, he married Barbara Miller, at the Lutheran Parsonage, Pine Grove. They had two children.

[source: 4]

In 1870, he was living in the Borough of Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Barbery and their daughter Anna. He was a saddler, and owned $200 in personal property. [source: 7]

In 1874, his wife, Barbara (Miller) Clemens, died, at Minersville. [source: 4]

On 2 October 1875, he married Essie Dier, at the English Lutheran Church, Minersville. In 1910, she reported having had eight children, four of whom were alive. Her children include:

[sources: 4, 8 (40 yrs in 1910)]

In 1880, he was living in Tremont Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Esther and children Annie, Frederick, Lizzie, and Jennie. He was a harness maker. [source: 8]

In 1890, he was living in Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. [source: 11]

On 8 December 1891, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. He was living in Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 3, 4, 12]

In 1899, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a harness maker. He lived there for the rest of his life. [source: 4]

He again applied for a pension on 28 February 1907. [source: 3]

In 1910, he was living at 4632 Cambria Street, ward 21, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Essie, and children Herbert, Elizabeth, Frederick, and Lillian (perhaps a granddaughter?). He was a saddler. [source: 8]

In 1920, he was living at 4315 Dexter, 21st ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (in Manayunk). He was living with his wife Esther, and children Herbert and Elisabeth. He was an inspector, at an electric company. [source: 9]

In 1930, he was living at 4315 Dexter Street, 21st ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his son Herbert, daughter Elizabeth Westerlund, and grandchildren Joseph and Lillian. (The census record suggests Joseph and Lillian were married, about 1921/22.) He was not working. [source: 10]

On 9 March 1935, he died. He was buried at the Methodist Cemetery, in Minersville, [Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania]. [source: 4]

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (John Clemmence)

2 company H, descriptive roll, #166 (John Clemmence)

3 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (John Clemens)

4 information abstracted from his pension file, in e-mail to Harry A Ide, 7 January 2010 (file C2568 493, pension claim 798057) (John Clemens)

5 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Pinegrove Township, post office Schuylkill Haven, microfilm series M653, film 1179, pages 651- = 99- handwritten (John Clemens)

6 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Borough of Minersville, microfilm series M593, film 1447, page 69 = 6 handwritten (John Clemens)

7 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Tremont Borough, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 238, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 171 C = 7 handwritten (John Clemens)

8 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 21, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 380, microfilm series T624, film 1395, page 35 A = 11 handwritten (John Clemmens)

9 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 21, Manayunk Town, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 504, microfilm series T625, film 1617, page 58 = 8 B handwritten (John Clemens)

10 1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 21, block 281, supervisor's district 29, enumeration district 51-597, microfilm series T626, film 2103, page 210 B = 32 handwritten (John Clemens)

11 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Minersville, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 205, page 5 (John Clemens)

12 pension index, by name (John Clemens)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Clemmence)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Clemence)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 28 January 2012)
there is a Peter Clemmens (40, b. PA) living in Pine Grove Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (microfilm series M432, film 826, page 457 = 913 handwritten), but he is living with Polly (38), John (12), Jacob (10), Sarah (8), Hannah (6), Lucinda (4), and Levi (2)
1900 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 28 January 2012)
pension index by name
Ancestry index (accessed April 2006)
GenealogyBank
searched John Clemens March 1935 (accessed 28 January 2012)
Find a grave
searched John Clemens died 1935; Methodist Cemetery Minersville has no Clemens (or variants) (accessed 28 Jan 2012)

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1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Pinegrove Township, post office Schuylkill Haven, microfilm series M653, film 1179, pages 651- = 99- handwritten]
line37383940123456789
Dwelling number716            
Family number697            
NamePeter ClemensSusannah "William "John "Susannah ClemensRebecca "Mary Ann "Levi "Michael "David "Reuben "Sarah Ann "Abraham "
Age4843171513119875531
SexMFMMFFFMMMMFM
Color             
OccupationLaborer Laborer"         
Value of real estate owned500            
Value of personal estate100            
Place of birth" [sc. Pennsylvania]"""Pennsylvania""""""""
Married within year             
Attended school within year  1111111    
Cannot read & write             
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.             

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Borough of Minersville, microfilm series M593, film 1447, page 69 = 6 handwritten]
line123
Dwelling-house number39  
Family number39  
NameClemons John- Barbery- Anna
Age25191
SexMFF
ColorWWW
OccupationSaddlerHouse Keeping 
Real estate value   
Personal estate value200  
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born   
Mother foreign born   
Birth month if born within year   
Marriage month if married within year   
Attended school past year   
Can't read   
Can't write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...   

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Tremont Borough, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 238, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 171 C = 7 handwritten]
line434445464748
street name      
house number      
dwelling visit #61     
family visit #62     
nameClemens John- Esther- Annie- Frederick- Lizie [sic]- Jennie
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMFF
age342411947/12
month born if born in year     Oct
relationship Wifedaughtersondaughterdaughter
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationHarness MakerKeeping HouseAt home   
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year  11  
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna Penna
mother's birthplacePennaCanadaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Minersville, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 205, page 5]
[line] 3
[house] 293
[family] 304
[name] John C. Clemens
[rank] Private
[company] H
[unit] 91 P.V. Inf.
[enlistment date] 29 Mch 1865
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 3 months, 13 days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 21, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 380, microfilm series T624, film 1395, page 35 A = 11 handwritten]
line303132333435
streetCambria Street
house nr4632     
dwelling nr202     
family nr225     
nameClemmens John- Essie- Herbert- Elizabeth- Frederick- Lillian
relationshipheadmother [sic]sondaughtersondaughter [sic]
sexMFMFMF
colorWWWWW
age62672932389
marital statusM1M1SSSS
#years present marriage4040    
mother of # children 8    
mother of # living children 4    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated      
naturalized/alien      
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationsaddlernonerailroadernonesaddlernone
nature of industry etc.shop railroad shop 
employer etc.OA W W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No No No 
# weeks out of work 19090 9 0 
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09     yes
owned/rentedR     
owned free or mortagaged      
farm/houseH     
nr on farm schedule      
civil war vet      
blind      
deaf & dumb      

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 21, Manayunk Town, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 504, microfilm series T625, film 1617, page 58 = 8 B handwritten]
line56575859
streetDexter
house number4315   
dwelling visit number150   
family visit number161   
nameClemens John- Esther- Herbert- Elisabeth
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughter
own/rentO   
free/mortgaged (if owned)F   
sexMFMF
raceWWWW
age at last birthday73693840
marital statusMMSS
year of immigration    
naturalized/alien    
year of naturalization    
attended school since Sept 1919    
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
birth placePennaPennaPennaPenna
native language    
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
father's native language    
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's native language    
can speak Englishyesyesyesyes
occupationinspectornonemachinistnone
industry, businesselectric Co ship yard 
employment statusW W 
number of farm schedule    

1930 census

[1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 21, block 281, supervisor's district 29, enumeration district 51-597, microfilm series T626, film 2103, page 210 B = 32 handwritten]
line7374757677
streetDexter Street
[written in the 'street' column is:] [illegible]/02 See line 43 [??]
house number4315    
dwelling visit #182    
family visit #420    
nameClemens John- HerbertWesterlund ElizabethSolt Joseph- Lillian
relationHeadSonDaughterGrandSonGrandDaughter
owned/rentedO    
value or rent4000    
radio     
farmno farmand [?] in this district
sexMMFMF
colorWWWWW
age8548523930
married?WdSWdMM
age 1st marriage   3122
school/college since 9/29nonononono
can read & writeyesyesyesyesyes
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
native language     
immigration year     
naturalization     
can speak Englishyesyesyesyesyes
occupationnoneHarness MakernoneCandy makerSaleslady
industry Harness CandiesCandies
worker class O WW
at work yesterday yes yesyes
unemployment schedule # 7737   
veteran?yesyes yes 
warCivW.W W.W 
farm schedule #     

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 20 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Clemmence, John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Clemence, John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 22 March 2014]

Clemence, John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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