Photo Friday – James n Demaris Clemmons

James Clemmons was the 8th oldest child of Samuel Thompson and Martha (Coggin) Clemmons.  James married Demaris Parton on May 10th, 1825 in Wilson County, Tennessee.  They had a total of 10 children.  5 of them fought in the Civil War and two of them died during the war.

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Death Certificate – William Keaton Clemmons

The image below (click on it for a larger version) is the death certificate for my Great Great Grandfather, William Keaton Clemmons.  He died on April 17th, 1924 in Bertrand, Mississippi County, Missouri.  They were living in Morehouse, Missouri at the time.

The cause of death is Angina Pectoris, this is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease.  Angina is a symptom of a condition called myocardial ischemia.  It occurs when the heart muscle (myocardium) doesn’t get as much blood (hence as much oxygen) as it needs. This usually happens because one or more of the heart’s arteries (coronary blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle) is narrowed or blocked.

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Samuel Thompson Clemmons – Rev. War Pension

Right before the reunion last weekend I obtained Samuel Thompson Clemmons’ Rev. War Pension file.  Some of this was published in Thelma Landrum’s book (1981).  He book only contained a few of the pages from the 14 page pension file.  Also, what was in her book was copies of copies, the images that I have are nice clean scans.

The image below shows the second page of the file and is dated April 6th, 1833.  He was due to be paid a total of $75.  $60 for arrears from the date the pension act was started and then a semi annual allowance of $15 for the rest of his life.

Page 2 of the Pension File

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Photo Friday – Willa Mae Clemmons

Willa was the daughter of John Franklin and Kate (Wooodall) Clemmons.  She was born 30 Mar 1904 and died in July 1967.  She was married to Edward Winburn.

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Photo Friday

Below is a picture of Earl Green Clemmons (1895-1965).  Picture was taken about 1898 in Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee.  At the time, Earls father, William Keaton Clemmons,  was working at Haley’s Saloon on Cedar Street. 

Earl Green Clemmons (1895-1965)

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Finally got WordPress installed on my own servers.   This means that all you need to do is remember to go to to get the latest information.  I still have some things left over to clean up which should be finished up over the next week or so.

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Roy Edwin Smith (1921-2009) Obituary

Roy is a new find for me.  I found his branch of the Clemmons family about a month ago.  What makes this one a little more interesting is that I am related to him twice.

First, he is a descendant of Obediah Merritt and Priscilla Clemmons.  Priscilla and Ethedred Sr. were brother and sister.

Second, his grandmother (on his mothers side) was Florence Jane Sewell.  Florance was the daughter of Amanda Jane Martin and Daniel W. Sewell.  Florence was also the half sister of my great great grandmother Nancy Lucinda (McGuire) Clemmons. My grandfather Harry and Roy were second cousins and lived fairly close to each other and probably didn’t know they were related.

Roy Edwin Smith (1921-2009)

Roy Edwin SmithEAST PEORIA – Roy E. Smith, 87, of East Peoria died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1921, to Verna (Merritt) and Robert Smith in Mount Vernon, Ill. He married Ella Bernice Easley on Oct. 24, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., and they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last year. She survives.

Also surviving are seven sons, Ralph (Lavern) of Nashville, Ill., Patrick (Mary Ann) of Peoria, John of East Peoria, Paul (Arlene) of Chillicothe, James (Kathy) of Orlando, Fla., Timothy of East Peoria and Daniel (Kim) of Rockford; two daughters, Elaine Elser (Larrie) of Sheridan, Mont., and Susan Patten of East Peoria; one brother, Ralph; and one sister, Roberta.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Stephen; and five brothers, Dime, Floyd, Sidney, Claude and Dick.

He had 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was employed for 43 years by Illinois Bell Telephone Company, from 1939 to 1982, when he retired. He started as a lineman and worked his way up through many technical positions to Toll Wire Chief. He was well-respected by his colleagues as a troubleshooter of almost legendary renown. He was project supervisor for many high-profile cutovers and projects. He was chief steward of IBEW as a craftsman in Mount Vernon and was a fair and generous supervisor and manager, gaining the respect of union employees and upper management alike.

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America for more than 30 years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morton since his return to Illinois from Florida in 2005. He was a church deacon for many years, and was a faithful and dedicated churchgoer and servant of God his entire life.

He loved to play bridge and golf, and belonged to several bridge clubs.

He never met a stranger and would engage any person he met in conversation.

He could fix anything that broke, and there was no subject that he did not fully understand, or speak intelligently about.

He was dearly loved by his family and friends, and will be missed terribly by those closest to him.

He was an honest and honorable man of conviction, and his passing will sadden the hearts of those whose lives he touched. We shall not see his like again in this life.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Morton. There will be additional funeral services in Mount Vernon, Ill. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the Hughey Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be at Hughey Funeral Home on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Wendell Garrison officiating. Interment will be in Williams Cemetery in Jefferson County, Ill. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.
Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 4/11/2009

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