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CLEMENT OF EDDINGTON, HUNGERFORD, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND
To Ontario, Canada; Nebraska, USA; Wellington, New Zealand, and Adelaide, South Australia

Of the original family of seven CLEMENT children born to John CLEMENT and Hannah WHITE in Eddington, two went to Canada, one to the U.S.A. (via Canada), one to New Zealand, one to South Australia, and two died young and unmarried in England.

With thanks to the internet and the wonder of email and GEDCOM the four branches are now connected after more than 165 years. It is hoped one day to have a BIG family reunion - probably in Ord, Nebraska - so watch this space or contact me.

In 1999 my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit Eddington, really nothing more than a couple of roads and swallowed up by Hungerford. The Eddington (Anglican)church has been turned into a private home complete with headstones in the garden so we were unable to check for any family.

The three CLEMENT brothers had 49 children between them (with second marriages), so there are a lot of CLEMENTs in the world.

A history of the Clement family’s beginnings in Eddington was written in 1939 by Peter Ernest Clement, a descendant of Benjamin Clement of Nebraska USA. The following passage is taken from that book;

The little village of Eddington, where this account begins lies in the county of Berkshire near the border and adjacent to Wiltshire. It is located on the main highway between London and Bristol about mid-way between the two cities. In the early days, this highway was the route of stage-coaches, and the early travelers may have stopped in Eddington to rest, perhaps going into the inn for meals or a room overnight.

In England one hundred years ago opportunities for young people were few. It was difficult for them to get a start in any trade. Wages were low, and even then they were plagued with an unemployment problem. Naturally men and women suffering want in England turned to new countries where (they were told) wonderful opportunities abounded. The English-speaking countries of the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia naturally received the brunt of this migration.

The children of John Clement settled in four countries – the four English speaking countries. Charlotte and her husband, Zedekiah Dance and babe, accompanied by Benjamin, sailed for Canada in the spring of 1835. After eight weeks on the ocean, they arrived in Toronto in June. Later that same year Zedekiah Dance and a friend went to South Dorchester, Elgin County (Ontario) and bought land from the government. A grandson of Charlotte, J Carlton Dance is now living on the land purchased more than 100 years ago.

Benjamin Clement stayed in Ontario for about two years before he came to the United States. (He lived in Ohio, Iowa and later Nebraska, and was a carpenter. Benjamin married twice and had 19 children. Two of his sons fought in the American Civil War)

About 1850, John joined the Kings Troup’s and went to Australia. When he received his discharge, he was given 60 acres of land in New Zealand. He located near Wellington, North Island and here he married and raised his family. His descendants are today living in New Zealand and South Australia. (A family reunion was held in Taranaki in 1988 with over 500 people in attendance.)

Lucy married George Harris and in 1851 they migrated to South Australia settling near Adelaide. There they made their home, lived their lives and died. George Harris became, during his life, a very successful sheep raiser. (They had a daughter, but she died on the voyage to Australia. They had no other issue.)

Daniel, the youngest son, remained in England till after the death of the father and mother. After they had gone, he sailed to Canada with his large family in 1872. Most of the descendants of Charlotte and Daniel still live in Ontario. Others have scattered across Canada from Montreal to Vancouver, and south to southern California. Some thirty of forty members of these families are living in Detroit, Michigan.

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