Benjamin Clements, (Speculation - This Benjamin may not be the son of Benjamin Clements of Pittsylvania County, VA - See Notes)

Benjamin Clements, (Speculation - This Benjamin may not be the son of Benjamin Clements of Pittsylvania County, VA - See Notes)

Male Abt 1735 - 1813  (~ 78 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Clements  [1
    Suffix (Speculation - This Benjamin may not be the son of Benjamin Clements of Pittsylvania County, VA - See Notes) 
    Born Abt 1735  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Miscellaneous May 1777  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    An act to oblige the free male inhabitants of this state above a certain age to give assurance of Allegiance to the same, and for other purposes. 
    • All freeborn males were required to take an oath of allegiance including a renunciation of all allegiance to King George III of Great Britain.
      Benjamin Clements Sr. and Benjamin Clements Jr. were among the list of William Ward in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The list of individuals is not included in Hening's Statutes but is purportedly existing in the records of the Pittsylvania County Clerk's Office in Chatham, Virginia as well as having been published in The Magazine of VA Genealogy, v.23, #1 (Feb.1985).
    Personal Property Taxation 1782  Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1 Tithable, 3 Slaves, 6 Horses, 15 Cattle 
    Possessions 1 May 1784  Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    510 Acres of land in Montgomery County on both sides of Little Reed Island Creek, a tributary of New River. 
    • Today, Little Reed Island Creek flows through Carroll, Wythe and finally, Pulaski County, Virginia where it empties into the New River.
    Benjamin Clements 1784 Montgomery County, Virginia Land Grant.
    Benjamin Clements 1784 Montgomery County, Virginia Land Grant.
    Personal Property Taxation 24 Aug 1789  Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    No additional white male Tithables over 16 but under 21, 3 slaves 16 or older, 2 horses, mares, colts or mules. 
    • Surname spelled: Clements
    Henry Combs 1789 Montgomery County, Virginia, Personal Tax List.
    Henry Combs 1789 Montgomery County, Virginia, Personal Tax List.
    Personal Property Taxation 4 Mar 1790  Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    No additional white male Tithables over 16 but under 21, 1 slave over 12 but under 16, 2 slaves over 16 years old, 3 horses, mares, colts or mules. 
    • Surname Spelled: Clement
    Henry Combs 1790 Montgomery County, Virginia, Personal Tax List.
    Henry Combs 1790 Montgomery County, Virginia, Personal Tax List.
    Personal Property Taxation 22 May 1793  Wythe County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    No additional white male Tithables over 16 years old, 4 slaves over 16 years old, 3 horses, mares, colts or mules. 
    • Surname Spelled: Clemons
    Benjamin Clements 1793 Wythe County, Virginia, Personal Property Tax List.
    Benjamin Clements 1793 Wythe County, Virginia, Personal Property Tax List.
    Personal Property Taxation 27 May 1794  Wythe County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    2 Tithables, 4 slaves over 16 years old, 3 Horses, mules, etc. 
    • Surname Spelled: Clemons
    • I did not find Benjamin in the 1795 Wythe County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists available at Binns Genealogy which were the 1795 A & B lists. (DJS - 15 May 2013)
    Benjamin Clements 1794 Wythe County, Virginia, Personal Property Tax List.
    Benjamin Clements 1794 Wythe County, Virginia, Personal Property Tax List.
    Died 1813  Harrison County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Benjamin's estate went through probate and an estate sale was held in December 1813. The estate was administered by James Clement. [9]
    • A Will may Exist. I have seen an estate sale from Harrison County, Kentucky online at a public Ancestry Tree.

      6 Sep 2012: I have still been unable to find a Will. It appears that Benjamin's estate went through probate without a Will (DJS).
    Will Dec 1813  Harrison County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Estate Sale 
    Benjamin Clement December 1813 Estate Sale
    Benjamin Clement December 1813 Estate Sale
    Person ID I3440  Schimka Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 May 2013 

    Father Benjamin Clement,   b. Abt 1700, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1780, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Susanna Hill,   b. Abt 1700, King and Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1789, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Married 1729  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F1277  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Bailey,   b. Abt 1768 
    Married 17 Apr 1786  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Notes 
    • Sarah is purportedly the second wife of Benjamin.
    Children 
     1. Rachael Clements,   b. Abt 1770,   d. Abt 1830, Perry County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     2. Susanna Clement
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F1207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1735 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMiscellaneous - An act to oblige the free male inhabitants of this state above a certain age to give assurance of Allegiance to the same, and for other purposes. - May 1777 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPersonal Property Taxation - 1 Tithable, 3 Slaves, 6 Horses, 15 Cattle - 1782 - Montgomery County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - 510 Acres of land in Montgomery County on both sides of Little Reed Island Creek, a tributary of New River. - 1 May 1784 - Montgomery County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Apr 1786 - Pittsylvania County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPersonal Property Taxation - No additional white male Tithables over 16 but under 21, 3 slaves 16 or older, 2 horses, mares, colts or mules. - 24 Aug 1789 - Montgomery County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPersonal Property Taxation - No additional white male Tithables over 16 but under 21, 1 slave over 12 but under 16, 2 slaves over 16 years old, 3 horses, mares, colts or mules. - 4 Mar 1790 - Montgomery County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPersonal Property Taxation - No additional white male Tithables over 16 years old, 4 slaves over 16 years old, 3 horses, mares, colts or mules. - 22 May 1793 - Wythe County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPersonal Property Taxation - 2 Tithables, 4 slaves over 16 years old, 3 Horses, mules, etc. - 27 May 1794 - Wythe County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1813 - Harrison County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Estate Sale - Dec 1813 - Harrison County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Liberty Bell, signifying a person in an accepted NSSAR or NSDAR lineage.
    Liberty Bell, signifying a person in an accepted NSSAR or NSDAR lineage.
    The Liberty Bell displayed here simply acts as a means to easily identify a patriot recognized by the NSDAR or NSSAR who was a participant in the fight for American Independence or a person of direct, recognized lineal descent from a patriot appearing in one or more accepted applications to NSDAR or NSSAR. The image is a "marker" visible in certain tree views and serves no other purpose or meaning.

  • Notes 
    • Has private notes.
    • Note to researchers: * * * In short, the records on this page may currently represent documentation on two different individuals with the same name.


      The records from Southwest Virginia are more likely to be the correct records documenting Benjamin Clements who was the father of Rachael (or Rachel) Clements.

      Whether this particular Benjamin Clements is the same Benjamin whose father was the manufacturer of saltpeter and gundpowder in Pittsylvania County, Virginia is uncertain. It is clear that one Benjamin Clements was the father of Rachael Clements who married Henry Combs in Montgomery County, Virginia but it is unclear whether Rachael's father was the son of Benjamin Clements from Pittsylvania County. (DJS - 15 May 2013).

      It would appear that the Benjamin Clements who was the son of Benjamin Clements of Pittsylvania County, VA died in Pittsylvania County, VA in 1780 (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~clement/people/person0011.htm) This would make the relationship very suspect since Henry Combs married his wife, Rachael Clements d/o Benjamin in Montgomery County, VA in 1788. A Benjamin Clements who was most likely the father of Rachael was taxed in Montgomery County, VA in 1782 and I have also found him in tax records Montgomery Personal Property Tax records in 1789 & 1790. In the 1789 list, the name of Benjamin Clements immediately precedes that of Henry Combs.

      Lineage posted in the DAR Genealogical Research System (Online) indicates that Benjamin Clements, son of Benjamin Clements from Pittsylvania County, VA died in Harrison County, Kentucky in 1813. There was a Benjamin Clements who died in Harrison County, Kentucky as proven by probate records. See Ancestor Number: A022963 in the DAR Genealogical Research System.


  • Sources 
    1. [S1096] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940.
      groom's name: Henry Combs
      bride's name: Rachel Clements
      marriage date: 21 Sep 1788
      marriage place: Montgomery County, Virginia
      bride's father's name: Benjamin Clements
      indexing project (batch) number: M86878-8
      system origin: Virginia-EASy
      source film number: 32633

    2. [S1206] Hening's Statutes at Large, William Waller Hening, Vol. 9, 281-282.

    3. [S995] Unsubstantiated Internet Source, Varies, http://www.newrivernotes.com/montgomery_enumerations_1782_personal_property_tax_list.htm.

    4. [S1218] Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants/Northern Neck Grants and Surveys, Land Office Grants M, 1781-1785, pp. 87-89 (Reel 53).

    5. [S1215] Binns Genealogy, Personal Property Tax Lists 1787-1812, Montgomery County, Virginia, (Binns Genealogy), 1789 A, p. 5.

    6. [S1215] Binns Genealogy, Personal Property Tax Lists 1787-1812, Montgomery County, Virginia, (Binns Genealogy), 1790 A, p. 6.

    7. [S1216] Binns Genealogy, Personal Property Tax Lists 1793-1812, Wythe County, Virginia, 1793 A, p. 6.

    8. [S1216] Binns Genealogy, Personal Property Tax Lists 1793-1812, Wythe County, Virginia, 1794 A, p. 5.

    9. [S1080] Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Harrison Count, Will records, 1795-1818, Vol. A, Pages 237-239.

    10. [S1127] DAR Membership Application (M856927 - A022963).
      c1729, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

    11. [S1096] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940.
      groom's name: Benjamin Clement
      bride's name: Sariah Bailey
      marriage date: 17 Apr 1786
      marriage place: Pittsylvania, Virginia
      indexing project (batch) number: M86863-7
      system origin: Virginia-EASy
      source film number: 33326