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Clemens Family
Pennsylvania to Ontario and Beyond

Updated 14 April 2013

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Clemens is a Mennonite family name which appears in the early Palatine Mennonite census list. The list indicates that as early as 1664 a person named Jan Clamens was living at Niederflorsheim. In 1672 Johann Clemeintz as deacon signed a letter of appeal sent to the Amsterdam Mennonites. In 1685 he is listed as still living as an old man at the same place.
The first member of the family to come to North America was Gerhardt Clemens, who was probably born in 1680, accompanied by his wife, Anneli Hiestand Reiff and two sons, Johannes and Jacob. Annalie 'Anna" was the daughter of Michael Rff and Kungold 'Kinget' Hiestand, stepdaughter of Johannes Stauffer. Johannes and Kungold Stauffer also accompanied Gerhart on his trip to North America.
He left the Palatinate and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1709, settling in Skippack, Montgomery Co., Pa. Some of his descendants moved to adjacent Chester County. In 1809 othersr of his descendants, Abraham Lederach Clemens, cousins Abraham Carlisle and George Carlisle migrated to Waterloo Twp., Ont., where a number of descendants continued to live. Several of these Canadian Clemenses moved to the Kent County, Michigan. area.

My direct lines of Clemens is as follows:

Gerhardt/Gerhart, 1680/1681 - ca.1745, Montgomery Co. PA

Abraham Reiff Clemens, 1710 - 1776, Montgomery Co. PA.

Jacob C. Bachman Clemens , 1756 - 1829, Chester Co. PA.

Abraham Lederach Clemens, 1781 - 1845, Waterloo Co. Ontario.

Eli Miller Clemens, 1815 - 1879, Waterloo Co. Ontario.

Moses Bowman Clemens, 1846 - 1919, Waterloo Co. Ontario.

Walter Brox Clemens, 1899 - 1948, Lambton Co. Ontario.

John W. Upper Clemens, 1928 - 1956, Lambton Co. Ontario.

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