Clem NANTZ Family
Clem Nantz Family©

Clem NANTZ was born about 1795 in Tennessee. Nothing is known at this time about his first wife who apparently died about 1840 after bearing him eight children. On the 28th of March in 1842, in Harlan County, Clem married Rebecca LEDINGTON born in the early 1820's. It is not known if LEDINGTON is Rebecca's maiden name or if she had been married to a LEDINGTON previously [see note below]. She did have two children, Catherine and Jeremiah, prior to her marriage to Clem NANTZ, both of whom went by the LEDINGTON name as adults although they are listed in the 1850 household by the NANTZ name.

Clem Nantz died between the taking of the 1850 census and June of 1853 when an order regarding his estate appears in the Harlan County Court Orders. [Harlan County Vital Returns Deaths for 1852 lists Clem Nance, age 65, b Lee Co VA, married, farmer, res Harlan, as having died 6 Nov 1852 in Harlan "from stab"]. Altogether, Clem NANTZ had twelve children. These are proven through Harlan County Circuit Court records [Box 7 case Andrew Hensley vs John Shell et al] and deeds in Harlan County Court records - Book L, pages 150, 213; Book M, pages 42, 44, 124; Book S, page 209. These children were:

    By first wife, name unknown:
  1. William NANTZ born ca 1822 md 1843 Harlan to Nancy BAILEY
  2. Martha `Patty' NANTZ born 1835, md #1 1857 Samuel Luther MUNCY who died about the time of the Civil War; md #2 Simon GARRISON
  3. Mary NANTZ born ca 1823 md Adron MORGAN
  4. Elizabeth NANTZ born ca 1825 md John SHELL
  5. Anne NANTZ md #1 22 April 1849 Clay to Granville HACKER; md #2 a FAIRCHILD. Had children per deeds: James J md Susan; Julius md Zelpha; Thie; Margaret md Henry SINGLETON.
  6. Jefferson NANTZ born ca 1828 md#1 Elizabeth d/o Wiliiam & Stacey TURNER, md#2 1853 in Perry Co. to Sarah HOSKINS
  7. John NANTZ born ca 1833 md#1 1862 Harlan to Rachel SAYLOR md#2 1868 Harlan to Polly MORGAN who had first md a SLUSHER; md#3 Elizabeth; went to Carter County.
  8. Sarah NANTZ b ca 1833-40 md 1855 in Clay to Simeon B WILSON

    By Rebecca:

  9. James A NANTZ b ca 1842/3
  10. Silas `C.S.' NANTZ born ca 1845/6
  11. George A NANTZ born ca 1849
  12. Calvin `A.C.' NANTZ born ca 1854

NOTE: Since this article, additional information has been compiled, Rebecca has been determined to be the daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann FRY SHELL... more about Rebecca can be found in the Shell Family File or go straight to Rebecca.

The above has been compiled by Holly Timm -
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