Clemmons Family, Clemons, Clemens, in Tennessee


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Subj: Clemmons/Daniel

Date: 1/6/99
From: (James E. Smotherman)

I just found your genealogy pages for the first time. It is all very interesting and well done.

I would like to ask you to keep an eye out for my families which may connect to yours:

CLEMMONS--I believe John Clemmons who married Jane Pullen/Pulley in 1808 in Wilson Co, TN in 1808 may be my husband's ancestor--think she may be the Jane Clemens in Bedford Co, TN, dist 10, 1840 census and the Jane Clements living with George Clements in Davidson Co, TN in 1850. I would like to know if anyone else claims that John and Jane Clemmons and has ideas about where they went that conflict with my idea.

DANIEL--James Daniel (married Elizabeth Ragan), John Daniel (married Elizabeth Taylor) and Woodson Daniel (married Mary Smith) all appeared in the Yellow Creek area of Dickson Co, TN not later than the 1820 census. I think they are brothers, need their parents' names.

Any help you can give me will be most gratefully acknowledged.

Carolyn Odle Smotherman

Subj: Re: Clemmons/Daniel
Date: 1/9/99 8:04:30 AM Central Standard Time
From: (James E. Smotherman)


Thanks a lot for posting my message. Either address is OK. I receive a  lot of mail at, so check that at least once, sometimes several times, a day. This one is new and I will probably be checking it more often as I receive more mail here.

Carolyn Odle Smotherman

Subj: clemmons


WATTS, Mason Bennett "Ben" & wife, Mary CLEMMONS lived in Tenn. (Jackson, Smith, DeKalb counties) early 1800's, believed to have removed to Washington Co., Mo. @ 1830-40 and then to Arkansas where they both died near Little Rock of "fever". The children made their way back to TN. to relatives still there. Children include Isaac Pleasant "Pleaz" md (1) Mary Ellender "Polly" ATNIP & (2) Nancy PATTERSON, Susannah md Jacob ATNIP, Mary J. md Nineveh MULLICAN, John md Bettie YOUNG, Elizabeth, Thomas md Matilda CLARK, Sarah md Christopher ERVIN , and Ben. Possibly other children. Mason Bennett "Ben" WATTS is believed to be the son of Bennett WATTS and Susannah THORNTON.

Submitted on Wed Feb 4 23:14:48 EST 1998

X-Message: #10  Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999
From: "Anne Sloan" <>
Subject: [TNWILSON-L] Etheldred Clemmons and Edy Skeen


It was Etheldred J. Clemmons that threw me off. Etheldred D. Clemmons married Edith F. (Edy) Skeen 17 March 1872 according to Thelma Landrum's book. Ethledred D. was the grandson of Etheldred Clemmons who married Milly Hancock Edwards as his second wife. Etheldred D. Clemmons was the son of William Clemmons and Rachel Truett. He was born 7 April 1836, died 4 July 1919. He married first Matilda Spain 26 Sep 1860. They had one son, William S. Clemmons born Sep 1861. Etheldred D.'s second wife Edy Skeen was born in 1845 and died in 1920. They are both buried in Cedar Grove Cemetary. Their children were
Annie Jones Clemmons,
Dora Jane Clemmons,
Winnie Elizabeth Clemmons and
Mary Susan Clemmons.

I believe there is a copy of Thelma Landrum's book in the Wilson Co. Library on West Main St. and in the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Several of us are working on an updated version.  
Etheldred, the son of Thompson Clemmons and Martha Coggins, was born 1784 in Montgomery Co., NC. According to Thelma, all of his children were born in Wilson Co., TN:

Jepthah 1806-1886
Martha 1808
William 1810-1882/83
James 1813-1860
John 1815-1884
Ehteldred Jr. 1820-1862 (m. Irene Thornton 18 March 1841 and was survived by her)
Axcy Mahala 1822
Elizabeth Jane 1824


X-Message: #9  Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999
From: "Michael Clemmons" <>
Subject: RE: [TNWILSON-L] 1860 and 1870 Wilson Census Help - Merritt & Clemmons

This is taken out of the "Descendants of Samuel Thompson Clemmons". I have some more about their descedents if you would like more, I have it in electronic format. I hope this helps!
- Mike Clemmons

After Nancy (Castleman) Clemmons died, James married Elizabeth (Betsy) Merritt, Aug. 27, 1850, Wilson Co.; she was born about 1825, daughter of Obediah and Priscilla (Clemmons) Merritt.

James Clemmons left a will (not dated) as follows: I, James Clemmons, Jr., a citizen of the County Of Wilson and State of Tennessee, make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at Any time made. First, my Will is that my Executor shall sell my slaves on a credit of twelve months to the highest bidder after advertise the sale not less than 20 days at the Court House door in Lebanon, and three or more other public places in the county, the proceeds of the sale after paying my just debts shall be equally divided between my children. The balance of my estate real and personal, I give to my wife for her sole use and benefit during her life or widowhood, and after the death or marriage of my wife, the property left to my said wife shall be divided as the law directs that the estates of intestates shall be divided.

I appoint William D. Hancock, my executor to this my last will and testament.

Attest: J. W. Sullivan, James R. Baird James Clemmons

The last will and Testament of James Clemmons, dec'd., was exhibited in open court and fully proven by the oaths of J. W. Sullivan & James R. Baird, the subscribing witnesses to the same and ordered to be recorded. Recorded June 22nd 1860.

(Wills and Inventories 1858 1863 Book 15, p. 252) Children of James and Elizabeth, born in Wilson Co.:

F. Obediah Merritt Clemmons, born about 1852; died 1875, Wilson Co. Jun. 1875 - It appearing to the court that Obediah M. Clemmons has lately died in Wilson Co., C. W. Clemmons applied for letters of administration and was granted. (Minute Book 1872 - 1875 p. 467)

G. George William Clemmons/Clemons, born Oct. 26, 1852, Wilson Co.,TN; died Mar. 12, 1900, Osage, Coryell Co., Tex.; married Mary Florence POLLARD, about 1872/1873- She was born Jan. 17, 1856, Wilson Co. Tenn., daughter of Christine and William Pollard. She died Feb. 2, 1930, Osage, Coryell Co., Tex. She and George are buried in Osage.

H. Martha Frances Clemmons, born about 1856; death unknown; married Henry GREER Apr. 24, 1877, Wilson Co. No further information.

I. Etheldred Washington (Dred) Clemmons/Clemons, born Feb. 14, 1857, Wilson Co., Tenn.; died Jan. 7, 1904, Coryell Co., Tex.; buried in Osage, Coryell Co., Tex.; married Sarah Arminda LASATER, Aug. 21, 1876, Wilson Co., Tenn. "Mindy" was born Oct. 8, 1858, Tenn.; died Dec. 7, 1947, Gatesville, Coryell Co., Tex.; buried Osage, Tex.

J. Priscilla Clemmons, born about 1859- It has been said in the Clemmons Family History (on a preceding page), that Priscilla married Henry GREER. After her death in Wilson Co., he married her sister, Martha Frances (Fannie) Clemmons.

After James died, Elizabeth married George POLLARD, Nov. 9, 1865, Wilson Co. It is not known where James nor either of his wives is buried.

Jun. 5, 1865, W. M. Knight was appointed guardian of George, Obadiah, Frances, Etheldred and Priscilla Clemmons, minor heirs of James Clemmons, deceased. - (Minute Book 1865 - 1867, P. 61)

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 1999 7:09 PM
Subject: [TNWILSON-L] 1860 and 1870 Wilson Census Help

I need a census lookup and was wondering if anyone can help me out. I am looking for a Clemmons connection to my Merritt line(Warren/Dekalb) and was interested in the entry of James Clemmons and Elizabeth (Merritt) married 08/22/1850 Wilson. Could someone please give me the entry data.
Thanks for your help... Robie

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