I have just tracked/sorted [finally] the Clem... families for 1860, 1870, and 1880 for Grant County, Kentucky federal census records. My findings/results are as follows:
a. Jonathan Clemons: Family name was really Clements, born in Henry Co., KY to James Clements, of Roger Clements’ line. Jonathan married Martha Lawrence in Grant County on 27 Feb 1855 and was listed there on the 1870 federal census record. For 1860, they were in Henry County and for 1880 they were in Owen County and by 1883 the main group went to Missouri. Some descendants stayed in Owen/Scott. This is not to be confused with another Jonathan Clements [b. 1837, Illinois] son of widow Cordelia Clements [1850 federal census], in Grant County, of the Benjamin Clements’ line. This Jonathan “Jack” went to Grant’s Lick, Campbell Co., KY, married, and changed his family name spelling to Clemans, which it appears his sons followed suit.
b. Lewis Clements: Listed on the 1860 federal census record for Grant County. He was son of David Clements [of Roger Clements’ line] of Gallatin Co., KY. Lewis’ wife [age 20] was also a Clements [perhaps a 2nd cousin or a Clements’ widow?] and they married in Owen Co., KY. Living in Gallatin County for 1850 next to his father. One son, D. D. Clements [1880 federal census] stayed in Grant County. Lewis was in Jackson Co., MO by 1870. Several of his children lived in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma at various times.
c. Albert C. Clemons: Listed on the 1880 federal census record in Grant Co., KY and died there in 1899. This Albert was the son of Leroy Clemons of Clark Co., KY, who was the son of Joseph Clem of Clark Co., KY [origin PA, German]. They [one branch] changed their surname from Clem to Clemons.
d. Henry Thomas Clemons: Listed on the 1880 federal census record in Grant Co., KY. Brother to Albert C., above. Some descendants stayed and died in Grant County. Note: He was also listed on the 1870 federal census record for Grant County, but indexed in error as Nancy Clement, male.
e. John W. Clemons: Listed on the 1880 federal census record in Grant Co., KY. Brother to Albert C. and Henry Thomas Clemons, above.
f. James A. “Jim” Clemons: Listed on the 1880 and 1900 federal census record in Grant Co., KY. Brother to Albert C., Henry Thomas, and John W. Clemons, above. In 1920, he and his wife are in Boone Co., KY.
g. Harrison Clemons: Listed on the 1880 federal census for Grant County. Correct name is William Henry “Harry” Clemons, son of Thomas Clemons and Harriet Smith of Harrison Co., KY [my line].
h. John T. Clements [d. 1887]: Listed on the 1880 federal census for Grant County as John Clemmons. From Boone Co., KY. Son of William Clements of the Roger Clements’ line.
i. Marion L. Clements: Listed on the 1880 federal census for Grant County as “M. Clemmons”. Wife was Susan K. Hendrix. Son Paul J. Clements. Marion was from Boone Co., KY and son of John T. Clements, above.
j. Martha A. Clemons: Listed on the 1880 federal census for Grant County as Martha A. Clemmons, widow, with Clemons and Ferguson children. Martha [widow of Henry Ferguson] was the third wife of Joseph Clements/Clemons, b. 1804-1806 KY, of Pendleton Co., KY. I suspect Joseph was a son of Edward Clements of the Benjamin Clements’ line of Harrison Co., KY. They probably spelled their name as Clemons.
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