|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1839|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1909|
First child and oldest son of William Sidney Clement and Amelia Ann Mullican. Sibling to WIlliam Garrison, Norvel Arlington, Ophelia Ann, Rough & Ready, Buena Vista, Cylooma (Loomis), Theodosia Dora (Hettie), John H., and Anna Elizabeth (Emma), Cecilia Ann, and Martha (Mary) Melinda Clement.
Married Miss Rebekah L. Farrar on 18 Jan. 1870 in Ellis County, Texas. Father of one child, Lucy Ann Clement, born April 1871 in Ellis County, Texas. Lucy Ann, married Patrick Shields Witten about 1892 in Texas. Her children were; Sydney D., Garrison, Fannie and Farren Brooks Witten.
During the time he lived in Ellis County, Algernon S. Clement was a Postmaster for the Bee Creek Community, a Farmer and a Decon in the local Baptist CHurch.
The following letter was handwritten by Lucy Clement Witten, following the death of her father Algernon Sidney Clement in 1909. Special thanks to Clement cousin and fellow researcher Marty Johnson of Texas, for sharing the letter and permission to transcribe it.
In memory of Bro. A.S. Clement. On Wednesday February 17, 1909. Bro A.S. Clement's spirit was taken from his body to God who gave it. Bro. Clement was born April 9, 1839 in Hines County, Miss. Born of poor parents and in a new country, he had very limited opportunities to gain an education and attended school only a few months in all his life. However in youth, and in later life he used ever available means to educate himself and was a constant reader, especially of the Bible, and such history as he could procure. be it said to his credit, be not only left himself conversant with the topics of the day, but attained a through knowledge of the scriptures.
He professed religion when but a youth and joined the old County Line Baptist Church near his home. He left his home in early life traveling west on horseback with little money, but a good store of determination. He stopped a year or two in Louisiana and then came to Texas, where he became a citizen of Ellis county in 1868, living with his Aunt Mrs. Davis.
Some time in 1862 he was drafted as a soldier and served in Mc Gruder's Calvary, west of the Mississippi river until the close of the war and received his discharge.
In 1870 he was married to Miss Rebecca Farrar, who died June 22, 1901. One child, a daughter was given to them, who is Mrs. Pat Witten of Waxachachie.
He has three sisters living, Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Leak and two brothers, G.W. Clement of Maypearl and C.C. Clement of Baylor county.
He was a charter member of Old Bee Creek Church and went into the organization of what is now the Ellis County Baptist Association in 1879.
He was afterwards a member of Greathouse Church, where he was ordained a deacon. Later he became a member anda acting deacon of Plum Grove Church, where his membership was when he died.
Always faithful, honest and true, always standing firm for what he thought to be right. In December 1902 he married a second time to Mrs. L.J. Ray, who survives him and mourns his death.
Be it resolved by the Plum Grove Church, That in his death Plum Grove church lost one of her strongest followers, a model deacon, and a loving member, his wife devoted husband and a most aggreeable companion, his daughter a noble and loving at her; his relatives a friend whose place cannot be filled; Ellis county one of her best citizens, Texas as one of her good men.
Friends, relatives, daughter and wife he has gone never to return until the resurrection morning at which time his spiritual form will come forth from the grave a spiritual tabernacle for the indwelling of that same spirit that has gone to God who gave it.
Knowing these things let us not weep as those who have no hope, but rather rejoice that the time is soon coming when we will go to that glorious time if we follow the example of our dear brother as he followed Christ. His faith in Christ was surpassed by none, but he, like Paul, felt a weakness in the flesh and trusted all to Christ, who he believed would bring him out of the grave at his coming to gather up his followers.
He was a deep thinker and in all things reasonable. It was his delight to talk of the work of the Kingdom of his Lord-A lover of the church work and his pastor was thought of and looked after by him; his friends were many, his enemies few, if any - His presence is gone, but his good works and influences is with us and will remain to point us to a higher life.
He fought a good fight; he kept the faith and God has called him home to wear the crown.
Adopted by Plum Grove Church in regular conference Saturday, April 24, 1909, and ordered sent to the Baptist Echo for publication and a copy sent to his wife and daughter, and also spread on the church records.
In Memory of my dear Father
By Lucy Clement Witten
@ death of Algernon Clement
(Reference to Algernon being born in "Hines County", is actually Hinds County, Mississippi)
transcribed Sept. 1, 2006 by Gayle Hennington -Van Horn
Rebekah L Farrar Clement (1842 - 1901)*
Lucy Ann Clement Witten (1871 - 1964)*
Maintained by: Lisa & Sam Witten
Originally Created by: Angie Knott
Record added: Nov 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31495497
Rest in peace A.S. Clement. Thank you for your service to this country during the Civl War, your dedication to your family, and service to God as a Deacon in the church.|
Gayle Hennington Van Horn.
Added: Sep. 30, 2012