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William CLEMENT (d. 1760) of Amelia County, Virginia - A Study of His Descendants

Oaths of Allegiance - 1777, Pittsylvania County, VA

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Excerpt from The Virginia Genealogical Society's quarterly 'Magazine of Virginia Genealogy' Volume 23, Number 1, February 1985, page 3
Salt Lake City Family History Library call number 975.5 B2vs


Oaths of Allegiance - 1777, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito

"The following comments, taken from The Statutes at Large (1821) by William W. Hening, provide some historical insight into the oaths of allegiance printed below.

May 1777. Whereas allegiance and protection are reciprocal, and those who will not bear the former are not entitled to the benefits of the latter, Therefore Be it enacted by the General Assembly, that all free born male inhabitants of this state, above the age of sixteen years, except imported servants during the time of their service, shall, on or before the tenth day of October next, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation before some one of the justices of the peace of the county, city, or borough where they shall respectively inhabit; and the said justices shall give a certificate thereof to every such person, and the said oath or affirmation shall be as followeth, viz. 'I do swear or affirm that I renounce and refuse all allegiance to George the third, king of Great Britain, his heirs and successors, and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the commonwealth of Virginia, as a free and independent state, and that I will not, at any time, do, or cause to be done, any matter or thing that will be prejudicial or injurious to the freedom and independence thereof, as declared by congress; and also, that I will discover and make known to some one justice of the peace for the said state, all treasons or traiterous conspiracies which I now or hereafter shall know to be formed against this or any of the United States of America.' And be it further enacted, That the justice of the peace before whom such oath or affirmation shall be subscribed shall keep fair registers of the names of the persons so sworn . . . and shall on or before the first day of January . . . transmit in writing . . . to the clerk of court of the county a true list of the names. (v. 9, pp. 281-283.)"


The article contains lists of names on eight 3-column pages. Below are listed the CLEMENT(S) persons.

See the complete list posted by Cynthia (Hubbard) Headen on the Pittsylvania County, VA page of the USGenWeb.

Thomas Dillard's List
Isaac Clement
Stephen Clements

William Ward's List
Joshua Abston
Benjamin Clements
Benjamin Clements
James Clements

William Witcher's List
Jno. Clement

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