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The Aaron Clement Family
Ancestral History



 




The Clement Family: Beginnings in America

The Clement family ancestral history begins with our first known Clement ancestor in America, Jan Clement. While we know very little about his life, we are fortunate to know as much as we do. The exact year and location of his birth are unknown, but it is likely that Jan Clement was born between 1645 and 1650. We know that he came to America in 1665. The source for verifying this information is John Sander's Centennial Address Relating to the Early History of Schenectady and Its First Settlers. Sanders records that Jan Clement took the oath of allegiance to the British crown in September 1687.

At that time, Jan stated that he had been in America for twenty-two years. Thus, the year of his arrival in this country was 1665.

We also know that Jan Clement married Marie Boucquet (Bouquet, Bokee). The marriage probably took place in 1675 ot 1676. Marie was the daughter of Jerome Boucquet and Anne Torion, who emigrated to America in 1663. For more information about Jerome and Anne Torion Boucquet, read First Families: Our Beginnings in America.


"According to Cornelius Clement, ... Jan was a French Huguenot who, during the religious unrest preceding the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, fled from France to Holland and from there to America, where he settled at New Utrecht, Kings County, New York." (Merton L. Dillon, The Clement Family, 1949, p. 6)

Cornelius Clement (1895) also recorded that Jan Clement "was a mason by trade." (p.2)

Merton L. Dillon further records that "... while living at New Utrecht, he (Jan) was also a farmer, like most other early settlers. He is listed on the assessment rolls of 1675 and 1676 as the owner of a horse and cows valued at £46.10." (Dillon, The Clement Family, p. 6)


The Clement Family

Line of Descent

    1. Jan Clement and Marie Boucquet

    2. Pieter Clement and Antje Vedder

    3. John Clement and Jane Bradt

    4. Aaron Clement and Elizabeth Otman

    5. Mary Clement and Freeman Schermerhorn Vandervolgan

    6. Henry Vandervolgan and Susan M. Rush

    7. Mary Elizabeth Vandervolgan and Harrie Ira Dillon


The Clement Family

First Generation and Their Children

Children of Jan and Marie Boucquet Clement

    Janneke Clement, bp. 26 Aug 1676, Brooklyn

    Pieter Clement, bp. 31 Jul 1681, Nieuw Utrecht

    Johannes Clement, bp. 26 Apr 1685, Vlacklandt (rf. to Flatland)

    Annetje Clement, bp. 8 Dec 1687, Vlackbosch (rf. to Flatbush)

    Joseph Clement, date of birth/baptism unknown

      m. Antje (Antie) Peek, dau. of Jacobus Peek.

      Joseph had several children and his line of descent, which continues to the present day, has been traced by several genealogists.


The Clement Family

Second Generation and Their Children

Pieter Clement is known to have married twice. His first marriage appears to have been to Anna Ruyting in Schenectady, on November 26, 1707. Jonathan Pearson in Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady, From 1662 to 1800, records the following information:

      Pieter, of the Woestyne, jonge man geboren in N. Utrecht en wonende tot Schannechady, m, Anna Ruyting geboren en wonende tot Schannechtady, Nov. 26, 1707, in Albany. Ch.bp: Marytje, Oct. --, 1710, m. Ludovicus Davidts; Jannetie, in New York, Oct. 6 1712; Alida, Dec. 18, 1714; ......Pieter Clement, weduwenaar, and Anna, dau. of Arent Vedder, both of the Woestyne, m. July 28, 1721. Ch. bp: Arent, April 8, 1722; Saartje, July 26, 1724, m. Nicolaas Van Petten; Susanna, b. Sept. 30, 1726, m. Nicolaas Sixberry; Johannes, bp. Sept. 24, 1732. (Pearson, p. 37)

Thus, we have the following:

Children of Pieter Clement and Anna Ruyting:

    Marytje, bp. Oct. 1710, m. Ludovicus Davidts

    Jannetie, bp. 6 Oct 1712

    Alida, bp. 18 Dec 1714

Children of Pieter Clement and Antje Vedder

    Arent (Aaron), bp. 8 Apr 1722

    Saartje, bp. 26 Jul 1724; m. 19 Sep 1744, to Nicholaas Van Petten

    Susanna, b. 30 Sep 1726; m. Nicolaas Sixberry

    Elizabeth, b. 26 May 1730; m. 9 Oct 1758, to William Hair

    Johannes, bp. 24 Sep 1732

      m. 14 Jul 1760 to Jannetie Bratt (aka: Jane Bradt)

Sources of Information: Merton L. Dillon, The Clement Family, 1949; and Jonathan Pearson, CGDS, 1873.


The Clement Family

Third Generation and Their Children

Children of Johannes Clement and Jane Bradt

    Pieter, b. 14 Feb 1761; bp. 22 Feb 1761

      m. Alida Veeder (b. 22 Feb 1761), dau. of Gerrit Veeder

    Catalina, b. 8 Feb 1763; bp. 13 Mar 1763

    Annatje, (or Jane) b. 20 Aug 1765; bp. 8 Sep 1765

    Samuel, b. 25 Aug 1767, bp. 13 Sep 1767;

      m. Margareta Fairly, daughter of John Fairly

    Arent (or Aaron), b. 10 Apr 1774; bp. 15 May 1774; died 18 March 1867.

      The Michigan Genealogical Death Index System records the following information about Aaron Clement:

      CLEMENT, AARON  
      Date of death: 18-Mar-1867
      Ledger Page: 144
      Record Number: 40
      Place of death: Pittsford
      County of Death: Hillsdale
      Sex: Male
      Race: Not Recorded
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Age: 93 years 11 months 8 days
      Cause of Death: OLD AGE
      Birthplace: SCHENECTADY NY
      Occupation: FARMER
      Father's Name: Clement, JOHN
      Father's Residence: SCHENECTADY NY
      Mother's Name: CLEMENT, JANE
      Mother's Residence: SCHENECTADY NY
      Date of record: 30-May-1868

      Source: Michigan Gendis Death Index

    Sources: Birth dates: Dillon, The Clement Family (1949)
    Baptismal dates, etc.: Pearson, CGDS (1873)




The Clement Family

Fourth Generation and Their Children


Elizabeth Otman

Elizabeth Otman

Children of Aaron (Arent) Clement and Elizabeth Otman

    Jane, b. 16 Nov 1798; d. 15 Jun 1870

      The Michigan Genealogical Death Index System records the following information about Jane Clement:

      CLEMENT, JANE  
      Date of death: 20-May-1870
      Ledger Page: 217
      Record Number: 144
      Place of death: Pittsford
      County of Death: Hillsdale
      Sex: Female
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Single
      Age: 71 years 6 months 9 days
      Cause of Death: Dropsy
      Birthplace: New York
      Occupation: Not Recorded
      Father's Name: Clement, Aason
      Father's Residence: Deceased
      Mother's Name: Clement, Elisabeth
      Mother's Residence: Not Recorded
      Date of record: 12-Jul-1871

      Source: Michigan Gendis Death Index

    Henry, b. 26 Sept 1800; d. 12 Oct 1881

      m. (1) Sep 1836 to Harriet Vandervolgan (b. 14 Nov 1802; d. May 1844)

      m. (2) Mrs. Eliza Mercer Day (d. 24 Feb 1898)

    Mary, b. 7 Sep 1802; d. 2 Jun 1847;

Note: The Clement and Vandervolgan Ancestral Histories overlap at this point.

For further information, go to The Vandervolgan Family Ancestral History

    Cataline, b. 7 Oct 1804; d. 21 Feb 1879

    John A., b. 24 Jan 1897; d. 14 Sep 1826

    Christoper, b. 6 Oct 1808; d. 22 Mar 1899

      m. 28 Sep 1837, Alice Fish (d. 8 Jun 1898)

    Samuel, b. 18 Nov 1810; d. 25 Nov 1874

      m. (1) Mrs. Sophia Amalaw (d. 1849)

      m. (2) Louisa Hilma (d. Mar 1856)

      m. (3) 1865, Mrs. Anna Conklin

        Samuel moved to Michigan in the spring of 1835. He was the first of his family to do so. He worked with cabinet makers and carpenters in Detroit, and, although he purchased large tracts of land in Pittsford Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan, it seems he never lived there. (Dillon, The Clement Family, 1949, p. 12)

    Lycker, b. 6 Jan 1813; d. 28 Dec 1883

      (Lycker was named for his maternal grandmother. Her maiden name was Lycker)

      m. 11 Feb 1840, Lorinda L. Miner (d. 14 Sep 1889)

      Lycker Clement moved from New York to Michigan in May, 1837. He drove a team and wagon the entire distance, arriving a few days before the rest of the family, who had been detained in Buffalo, New York because of ice on the lake. Lycker lived with his parents until his marriage in 1840, when he built a house on his farm in section 33 of Wheatland Township, Hillsdale County. (Dillon, The Clement Family, 1949, p. 13)

      The Michigan Genealogical Death Index System records the following information about Lycker:

        CLEMENT, LYSKER   (Note: name error)
        Date of death: 27-Dec-1883
        Ledger Page: 257
        Record Number: 1486
        Place of death: WHEATLAND
        County of Death: Hillsdale
        Sex: Male
        Race: WHITE
        Marital Status: Married
        Age: 70 years 1 month 10 days
        Cause of Death: SOFTENING OF BRAIN
        Birthplace: NEW YORK
        Occupation: FARMER
        Father's Name: Last name not recorded, First name not recorded
        Father's Residence: DEAD
        Mother's Name: Last name not recorded, First name not recorded
        Mother's Residence: Not Recorded
        Date of record: 2-Jun-1884

    Peter, b. 2 Feb 1816; d. 26 Dec. 1888 at Pittsford, MI

      m. 6 Oct 1879 to Jennette Bunnell

    Gertrude Catherine

    Margaret

    Cornelius



The Clement Family

Fifth Generation and Their Children



Children of Mary Clement and Freeman Schermerhorn Vandervolgan

Joanna, b. January 8, 1823; d. August 13, 1912

      m. April 24, 1845 to James Robins

Elizabeth, b. February 25, 1825; d. November 14, 1844


Angelica, b. January 14, 1827; d. April 7, 1914

      m. September 26, 1849 to John Salisbury

Aaron, b. September 1828; d. September 1830.

Jane


Lawrence, b. October 31, 1830; d. December 16, 1872

      m. March 1861 to Mary Jaques Jane, b. November 7, 1832; died October 1833

Henry, b. 15 Dec 1834; d. 11 Oct 1917

      m. 13 Sep 1860 to Susan M. Rush

Cornelius, b. May 3, 1837; d. December 28, 1914

      m. December 28, 1875 To Harriet Elizabeth Salmon (d. March 14, 1926)

John C., b. 16 Apr 1840; d. 4Aug1910

      m. 24 Nov 1868 to Alice Rush (a sister of Susan M. Rush)

Peter, b. August 29, 1842; d. January 27, 1898;

      m. February 22, 1869 to Amy Minor



The Clement Family

Sixth Generation and Their Children

Children of Henry Vandervolgan and Susan M. Rush

    Anna Laura, b. 21 Sept 1861; d. 6 Jan 1888

    Mary Elizabeth, b. 3 Nov 1866; d. 8 Feb 1955

      m. 6 Mar 1890 to Harrie Ira Dillon; They had five children: Anna, Alfred, Ellen, Henry, and Alice.


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