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Christian Clements
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Birth: unknown
Death: Mar. 15, 1783
Augusta County
Virginia, USA

Christian Clements died before Mar 15, 1783 in Augusta County, Virginia, when his will was proved.

He married Catharine Margaret Vaught. She was born ca. 1715 in Germany and died ca. June, 1793, when her will was proved. She was the daughter of Johan Paul Vaught and Mary Katrine --.

Christian owned land on Deep Run, which was patented Nov 21, 1734. That land today is in Madison County, Virginia, near the Culpeper County line and on State Route 609. The road was originally Bloodworth's Trail, then Bloodworth's Road, and then State Route 609. A few months later, his future father-in-law, John Paul Vaught, bought land adjacent to his.

On Sep 25, 1746, Christian Clements patented land on the southeast side of the South River of the Shenandoah.

In 1749, Christian Clements and John Paul Vaught had a survey run on land on South River.

On Nov 27, 1755, the following appeared in Augusta County Records (Chalkley's Augusta County Books, page 440):

"Page 139 - By order of Vestry, dated 27 November, 1755, subscribers have processioned all the patroned land within bounds of Cap. William Christian's Company. . . ."

"Page 147 -1755: Samuel Givens processioned as follows. . . Christian Clemons, present, Christian Clemons, Jr.; for Geo. Trout, Geo. Trout."

According to The Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. XII, #4, 1 Oct 1974, Augusta County Court Martial Records index, Christian Clemens was listed in 1756:2, Christian Clement in 1757:12, and Christian Clemons in 1758:15.

In Sep 1758, Christian Clement was in the Augusta County, Virginia, militia. (Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776 by William Armstrong Crozier, 1905, Volume 2 of his Virginia County Records, page 61) He is also listed in Virginia's Colonial Soldiers by Lloyd De Witt Bockstruck, page 203, as being paid 12 shillings.

In 1770, Christian Clemons gave 266 acres in Augusta County, Virginia to John Maharfey for five shillings, Virginia money, and one peppercorn annually thereafter. (Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 16, pages 297-299) The deed reads, in part:

"Examined and delivered John Maharfey Dec 18th, 1771. This Indenture made the fourteenth Day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy Between Christian Clemons and Catharine his wife of the County of Augusta of the one part and John Maharfey of the County aforesd. of the other part

"Witnesseth that the said Christian and Catharine Clemons for and in Consideration of the Sum of five Shillings Current Money of Virginia to them in Hand paid by the said John Maharfey at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained and sold and by these Presents doth bargain and sell unto the said John Maharfey and to his Heirs for ever a certain Tract or Parcell of Land containinging two hundred and sixty six Acres being part of a tract for 400 acres granted to John Baffort (Balfour?) by Patent Bearing Date the tenth [line drawn through] twentieth of Feb.y one thousand seven hundred and forty five which sd. Land was convey'd to the said Christian Clemons by said Belfort by Deeds Scave (or Scase) and Release bearing date the fourteenth Day of Feby. one thousand seven hundred and sixty three and acknowledged the next Day

"then following and Bounded as followeth Beginning at a Black Oak on a Ridge on Pattrick Fraziors Line and thence North thirty seven Degrees West one hundred and thirty seven poles to a Pine near a Glaid thense South West fifty poles to two Pines thence North thirty seven Degrees West sixty four Poles to the Patent Line and with the same South seventy four Degrees West one hundred and ten Poles to two White Oak Grubs then South sixty sixteen Degrees East two hundred and sixty five Poles to a White Oak and Black Oak Grubs thence North forty seven Poles East two hundred and fifty two Poles to the Beginning and all Houses Buildings Orchards Ways Waters Watercourses profits Commodities Heredetaments and Appurtenancs whatsoever to the said Premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents Issues and Profits thereof

"To have and to hold the said Tract of Land and all and singular other the Premises hereby granted with the Appurtenances unto the said John Maharfey his Heirs Executors and Assigns from the Day before the Date hereof for and during the full term and time of one whole year from thence next ensuing fully to be complete and ended yielding and paying therefore the Rent of one Pepper Corn on Lady Day next if the same shall be lawfully demanded to the intent and purpose that by Virtue of these Presents and of the Statute for Transferring uses into Possession the said John Maharfey may be in actual possession of these premises and be thereby enabled to accept and take a Grant and Release of the Reversion and Inheritance thereof to him and Heirs

"In witness whereof the said Christian and Catharine Clemons hath hereunto set their Hands and Seals the Day Date first above Written

"Sealed and delivered in the Presence of Christian Clemons, Catharine Clemons"

Christian made his mark, a longhand L, and Catherine's mark was an O.

"At a Court held for Augusta County May 15th 1770 Christian Clemons & Catharine his Wife (she being first privately examined) acknowledged this their Deed of Bargain and Sale to John Maharphy which is ordered to be Recorded. Test: John Madison.

Christian Clemons' will is on file in the Clerk of Circuit Court's office, Augusta County, Virginia, Will Book 6, pages 275-277:

"IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. This tenth day of February one thousand Seven hundred & Eighty, I Christian Clemons of Augusta County & Common Wealth of Virginia being Sick and Weak in Body but of Perfect mind & Memory thanks be unto God for it therefore calling to mind the Mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed unto all Men once to Die do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament that is to say. . .

"Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it & my Body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in Decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Exrs. nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God & as Touching such worldly Estate Wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this life I give devise & dispose of if the following manner and form- - -

"Imprimus I allow all my Just debts to be payed of the whole of my Estate and I give and bequeath to my well Beloved wife Catharine her living on the plantation I now live on while she lives and all the household furniture for her use and Disposal as she thinks fit and the Benefit of the Negroe Wench Jenny during her life time and all my Ready money and her Maintenance agreeable to an Article between my son John & Me bearing date the Twenty third day of Aprill One thousand seven hundred and Seventy Eight- - -

"Item, I give to my Eldest son Gasper the plantation on the North Side of the River Joining David McNellys Land & a New Survey of Sixty Six Acres Joining the same also another Survey of Eighty acres on the South Side of the River known by the name of the big meadow for his use & disposal forever.

"(page 276): Item, I give and allow my son John the plantation I now live upon what is on the South Side of the River the River being the line between Gasper & John up to the Meadow and a Survey Joining the Same of One hundred Acres for his use and disposal forever & my Augres Saws & Edge Tools- - -

"Item, I give to my inlaw George Trout & his wife five Shillings Sterling- - -

"& the Remaining part of my Estate I allow to be Devided into five Shares that is to Say to Henry Lyner & his wife one fifth part except six pounds to Phillip Berger & his Wife one fifth part except five pounds which Six and five pounds is to be Added to the Remaining three fifths and Equally divided between my Daughter Catharine and her son David Trout and my Daughter Elisabeth provided nevertheless that the Negroe wench as above mentioned for the use of my Wife Catharine is not to be Counted any part of the estate till her discease and then divided as above- - -

"and I allow my Wife Catharine and Henry Lyner my Son In law to be my Executors of this my last Will & Testament all and Singular my Lands Messuages & Tenements Rectifying and Confirming this & no other to be my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & Year above written.

"Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and declared by the said Christian Clemmons as his last Will and Testament in presence of us: John Davidson Robert Stephen John Surfas

"This may Certify that whereas I am left an Executor with Henry Lyner in the will of Christian Clemons Deceast my late husband I do not Choose to take the Burden of Said Will upon me given under my hand this15th of March 1783.

"Witness present: Robert Stephen, Jacob (his mark) Barrier, Katharine Clemons

"(page 277): At a Court held for Augusta County, March the 18th 1783

"This last will & Testament of Christian Clemmons deced was proved by the Oaths of Robert Stephens & John Surfass two of the Witnesses thereto & Ordered to be Recorded & on the Motion of Henry Lyner one of the Executors therin named who made Oath according Certificate is Granted them he having complyed with the Law Test --"

On April 15, 1783, the inventory of Christian Clemons' estate was recorded in the Augusta County, VA, Will Book 6, page 286:

"Two of the Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of the Executors therin named who made Oath according to Law certificate is granted them for Obtaining a probat thereof in due form they having Complyed with the Law. Test ---

"Apresement Bill of Christian Clemons Estate Deceased

To 2 Bonds on John Hind 11 8 6
To one Bond on John Clemons 14 10 -
To one Bond on Paul faught* 5 - -
To 1 Negroe Boy James 18 - -
To three Dung forks - 6 -
To three Small hammers - 3 9
To 1 Lantren - 2 6
To 1 Beel and Collar - 6 -
To 1 plow Sheer & Coulter of old Chain - 15 -
To two Brand Irons & Fetters - 5 -
To 1 gunn Barrel - 2 6
To one pair of Nippers - 2 -
To two Mall Rings and one Wedge - 6 -
To 1 Bress Cook - 3 6
To one Iron Shovel - 4 6
To one Iron Spade - 5 -
To 1 hogshead - 7 -
To one Small Cagg - 2 6
52 7 9 1/4

[*Paul Faught was Christian Clemons' father-in-law]

James Kerr
James Robertson
Jacob Bargar
Alex.r Robertson

To one Negroe Woman Jean 60 - -

April the 9th Day 1783
at a Court held for Augusta County April the 15th 1783
This appraisement of the Estate of Christian Clemmons
Dece'd being Returnd is Orderd to be Recorded

On May 9, 1785, the Appraisment Bill of Christan Clemons Estate was recorded in the Augusta County, VA, Will Book 6, page 463:

"Appraisment Bill of Christan Clemons Estate Deceased

[The inventory was repeated here, with the following minor changes:]

To one Bond on Paul faught (deleted)
To one Negro Boy Called James
To three Smalle Hamers
To one Lanthern
To one Bell and Collar
To one Plowshear and Coulter and a old Chain
To two Brand Irons and falters
To one Iron Shuvele
To one Spaid and one Hogshead

[Same signatures, with the following changes]

Jacob Bowyer

April 9th 1783

[s] John Clemans

At a Court Continued & held for Augusta County May 19th 1785 This Inventory & appraisment of the Estate of Christian Clemans deceased was returned and ordered to be recorded. Teste"

In March, 1790, an Apreasment Bill was recorded in the Augusta County, VA, Will Book 7, page 215:

"A Preasment Bill of Part of the Estate of Christian Clemmons Deceased ---

One Negroe Child about twenty months old 13 10 0

Given under our hands this 18th Day of Aprile 1789

James Kerr
Jacob J Bargar

at a Court held for Augusta County March 11eth 1790
This apraisement of part of the Estate of Christian Clements deceased was returned & is ordered to be recorded

The children of Christian Clements and Catherine Vaught were:

i Gasper, b. ca. 1746, m. Mary --, d. ca. Feb 27, 1815
ii John, m. Elizabeth Echell
iii Mary Catherine, m. George Trout bef. Feb 13, 1780
iv Margaret, b. ca. 1734, m. Henry Lyner ca. 1758, d. aft. 1813
*v Eve, b. May 1, 1749, m. Philip Barger on Feb 4, 1765, d. Oct 7, 1791
vi Elizabeth, m. aft. Feb 13, 1780
Family links: 
  Catherine Margaret Vaught Clements (1715 - 1793)*
  Eve Clements Barger (1747 - 1791)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Larry Cornwell
Record added: Jan 27, 2009
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