Saturday, June 9, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ CLEMENTS of Haverhill, Massachusetts


The first of the Clements family to come to America was Job Clements, son of Robert Clements, who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1639.  Soon after his wife, Lydia died in 1642 in England, Robert Clements came to New England permanently with his sons Job and John, and his daughters Sarah and Lydia.  He left behind two older sons, and a five year old Mary who eventually came to Massachusetts and married John Osgood. Her brother, John Clements, married Sarah Osgood, John’s sister. In 1692 Mary (Clements) Osgood was accused of witchcraft and confessed.  Several months later she recanted, saying she was forced to confess. She remained in prison until early 1693 when she was ordered to be released. 

Robert first lived at Salisbury, and then removed further inland and up the Merrimack River to Haverhill.  The Deed for Haverhill was signed in 1642 by six men, including Robert Clements and Reverend John Ward.  Clements is listed with he first 32 grantees in 1645, the same year he built the first grist mill.  He served as a representative to the General Court and as a Judge for Norfolk County. 

One of Robert Clements’ descendants was Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), also known as the famous author Mark Twain.  You can read about this connection in the article by Frank Emerson, “Mark Twain and his Connection to the Clemens and Emersons of Haverhill” The Essex Genealogist, August 199, pages 139 – 142.  I descend from both the Clements and Emerson families, too!

I descend from Robert Clements’ daughter Sarah (1626 – 1694) who married Abraham Morrill of Salisbury, Massachusetts.  You can read more about the MORRILL family at this link:

Some CLEMENTS family resources:

Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Clements, by P.W. Clement, 1927, pages 13-30

Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, by Mary Walton Ferris, vol. 1 (1943) and vol. 2 (1931)

Jeanie Thornton Roberts, “Robert Clement of Haverhill”, The Family Connection blog, posted January 2012, accessed 23 May 2018

Essex Antiquarian, Volume 7 (1903), page 158 for the will of Robert Clements of Haverhill.

My CLEMENTS genealogy:

Generation 1:  Robert Clements, son of Richard Clements and Agnes Unknown,  was baptized on 14 December 1595 in Cosby, Leicestershire, England, died 29 September 1658 in Haverhill, Massachusetts; married first  to Lydia Unknown.  She died 12 March 1642 in Ansley, Warwickshire, England; married second to Judith Unknown.   Judith remarried to John Whitney in 1659.  Eight Clements children with Lydia.

Generation 2:  Sarah Clements, born about 1626 in Ansley, died August 1694 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 10 June 1645 in Salisbury, Massachusetts to Abraham Morrill.  He was born about 1615 in England and died 20 June 1662 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Sarah married second to Thomas Mudgett on 8 October 1665 in Salisbury.  Nine Morrill children.

Generation 3:  Isaac Morrill m. Phebe Gill
Generation 4:  Mary Morrell m. George Tuck
Generation 5:  Lydia Tuck m. Jeremiah Allen
Generation 6:  Jeremiah Allen m. Eunice Gardner
Generation 7:  Abigail Allen m. Comfort Haley
Generation 8:  Comfort Haley m. Rebecca Crosby
Generation 9:  Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 10:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 12:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ CLEMENTS of Haverhill, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 9, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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