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William Dillard Clements
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Birth: 1876
Death: Aug. 11, 1911
Pledger
Matagorda County
Texas, USA

Middle name probable
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Will Clements, a former resident of Columbus, was shot and killed at Pledger, on the Southern Pacific railroad. One shot was fired, a shotgun being the weapon used, and the load of buckshot took effect in Clements' head.

Deceased was passing a store on horseback when he was shot. Clements was in his shirt sleeves. A pistol was in his saddle pocket.

Will Clements for the past several months has been living with his brother, Jim Clements, who is engaged in farming at Pledger. Jim Clements was in Wharton when the message was received, secured an automobile and in company with the district attorney, made a hasty departure for the scene.

The shooting is said to have been done by Frank Steslzig, who formerly resided in Wharton. The two men, it is said, had had a previous altercation.

Considerable feeling is engendered among some eighty-six citizens of Columbus and vicinity, occasioned by the summoning of that number of men as character witnesses to Bay City for June 17 to testify for the defendant in the case wherein Frank Stelzig is charged with killing Will Clements, who formerly lived in this county. In some families all of the male members are summoned and if they attend those families will be without adequate projection during the absence of the men.

Several business concerns will be seriously inconvenienced or closed. Requests to be excused from attendance have been met by refusals by the judge of the court.

As the law allows pay for only three character witnesses,, it is argued that the number of eighty-six summoned, especially such a long distance, is unreasonable and unnecessary.

It is deemed expedient to employ one or more guards to patrol the town at night during that time as a precaution against fire and depredation.
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The jury in the case of Frank Stelzig, charged with killing Will Clements at Pledger August 11, 1911, today acquitted Stelzig after a trial of the case which consumed four days. This case was the hardest fought case Matagorda county has every known. Private prosecution was employed and the court proceedings were the center of interest. A detachment of state rangers was stationed here during the trial to prevent any trouble arising.
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 Parents:
  Augustus Dillard Clements (1844 - 1900)
  Louise Florida Townsend Clements (1847 - 1886)
 
 Children:
  William Bishop Clements (1896 - 1969)*
 
 Siblings:
  Spencer Burton Clements (1870 - 1892)**
  Spencer Burton Clements (1870 - 1892)*
  James Augustus Clements (1871 - 1929)*
  Jennie B Clements (1873 - 1891)*
  William Dillard Clements (1876 - 1911)
  Hiram E Clements (1879 - 1906)*
  Fulton Adolphus Clements (1886 - 1949)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Weimar Masonic Cemetery
Weimar
Colorado County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Athanatos
Record added: Dec 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32153485
William Dillard Clements
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William Dillard Clements
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