Samuel Thompson Clemmons – Rev. War Pension

Right before the reunion last weekend I obtained Samuel Thompson Clemmons’ Rev. War Pension file.  Some of this was published in Thelma Landrum’s book (1981).  He book only contained a few of the pages from the 14 page pension file.  Also, what was in her book was copies of copies, the images that I have are nice clean scans.

The image below shows the second page of the file and is dated April 6th, 1833.  He was due to be paid a total of $75.  $60 for arrears from the date the pension act was started and then a semi annual allowance of $15 for the rest of his life.

Page 2 of the Pension File

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Photo Friday – Willa Mae Clemmons

Willa was the daughter of John Franklin and Kate (Wooodall) Clemmons.  She was born 30 Mar 1904 and died in July 1967.  She was married to Edward Winburn.

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Photo Friday

Below is a picture of Earl Green Clemmons (1895-1965).  Picture was taken about 1898 in Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee.  At the time, Earls father, William Keaton Clemmons,  was working at Haley’s Saloon on Cedar Street. 

Earl Green Clemmons (1895-1965)

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Finally got WordPress installed on my own servers.   This means that all you need to do is remember to go to to get the latest information.  I still have some things left over to clean up which should be finished up over the next week or so.

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Roy Edwin Smith (1921-2009) Obituary

Roy is a new find for me.  I found his branch of the Clemmons family about a month ago.  What makes this one a little more interesting is that I am related to him twice.

First, he is a descendant of Obediah Merritt and Priscilla Clemmons.  Priscilla and Ethedred Sr. were brother and sister.

Second, his grandmother (on his mothers side) was Florence Jane Sewell.  Florance was the daughter of Amanda Jane Martin and Daniel W. Sewell.  Florence was also the half sister of my great great grandmother Nancy Lucinda (McGuire) Clemmons. My grandfather Harry and Roy were second cousins and lived fairly close to each other and probably didn’t know they were related.

Roy Edwin Smith (1921-2009)

Roy Edwin SmithEAST PEORIA – Roy E. Smith, 87, of East Peoria died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1921, to Verna (Merritt) and Robert Smith in Mount Vernon, Ill. He married Ella Bernice Easley on Oct. 24, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., and they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last year. She survives.

Also surviving are seven sons, Ralph (Lavern) of Nashville, Ill., Patrick (Mary Ann) of Peoria, John of East Peoria, Paul (Arlene) of Chillicothe, James (Kathy) of Orlando, Fla., Timothy of East Peoria and Daniel (Kim) of Rockford; two daughters, Elaine Elser (Larrie) of Sheridan, Mont., and Susan Patten of East Peoria; one brother, Ralph; and one sister, Roberta.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Stephen; and five brothers, Dime, Floyd, Sidney, Claude and Dick.

He had 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was employed for 43 years by Illinois Bell Telephone Company, from 1939 to 1982, when he retired. He started as a lineman and worked his way up through many technical positions to Toll Wire Chief. He was well-respected by his colleagues as a troubleshooter of almost legendary renown. He was project supervisor for many high-profile cutovers and projects. He was chief steward of IBEW as a craftsman in Mount Vernon and was a fair and generous supervisor and manager, gaining the respect of union employees and upper management alike.

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America for more than 30 years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morton since his return to Illinois from Florida in 2005. He was a church deacon for many years, and was a faithful and dedicated churchgoer and servant of God his entire life.

He loved to play bridge and golf, and belonged to several bridge clubs.

He never met a stranger and would engage any person he met in conversation.

He could fix anything that broke, and there was no subject that he did not fully understand, or speak intelligently about.

He was dearly loved by his family and friends, and will be missed terribly by those closest to him.

He was an honest and honorable man of conviction, and his passing will sadden the hearts of those whose lives he touched. We shall not see his like again in this life.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Morton. There will be additional funeral services in Mount Vernon, Ill. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the Hughey Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be at Hughey Funeral Home on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Wendell Garrison officiating. Interment will be in Williams Cemetery in Jefferson County, Ill. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.
Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 4/11/2009

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How to store old books

One of the things I have been looking into is a way to store old books so they do not deteriorate as fast.  Storing books in cardboard boxes is very bad and will harm the books because of the acid in the cardboard.  I found the video below on youtube and will try it out on a couple of books that I have.  One being a bible that has been hand to her from her great grandparents and is about 100 years old.

Once I have make my own box, i will post the results.


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Photo Friday

Each Friday I will post a photo from my collection to share.  The first one is one of my Grandpa Clemmons (1918-1999) that was taken at the family farm down in Barnhill, Illinois.  The picture was taken in 1997 or so.  This picture just cracks me up!

Harry Clifton Clemmons

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Kathleen Sanders Clemmons (1920-2010) Obituary

Kathleen was the wife of Luther Clemmons.  Luther was a desc. of Etheldred Clemmons Sr.

Kathleen Sanders Clemmons – From the Tennessean Newspaper

CLEMMONS, Kathleen Sanders Age 89, of Nashville, died January 2, 2010 at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She was the daughter of the late Leonard and Susie Sanders of the Fellowship Community of Rutherford and Wilson counties. She is preceded in death by her husband, Luther Clemmons of Nashville; son Danny Daingerfield of LaVergne, TN and sister, Lucille Hampton of the Fellowship Community. She is survived by daughters, Shirley Wright of Nashville, TN, Kathy (Ron) Herrin of Holiday, TN; son, Jerry (Linda) McCulloch of Nashville, TN; daughter-in-law, Tina Daingerfield of LaVergne, TN; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was a member of The Una Church of Christ and retired from Aero Structures of Nashville. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2010 from the chapel of Ellis Funeral Home with Brother Todd Elliott officiating. Private Graveside Service Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2010 at ELLIS FUNERAL HOME, 2627 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN, (615)255-5412.

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Earl Clemmons – World War I Draft Card

Earl Green Clemmons (1895-1965) was 22 years old when he filled out his World War I draft card on June 5th, 1917.  Congress had declared war 60 days earlier on April 6th, 1917.  It had to be a very anxious time for everyone.  Below is the actual handwritten draft card that Earl filled out.  He is listed as single but would be married to Mary Alice Clifton about 3 months later.

Draft card of Earl Clemmons

World War I Draft Card for Earl Clemmons

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Cannot wait for the Reunion!

I didn’t post after the last reunion, but it was the best reunion that I have attended so far.   I think I have only missed one reunion since 1995.  All the prior reunions were held at the county fair grounds or at the Jimmy Floyd Center.  Last year was the first year that I had attended a reunion that was held at someones home.  Dave and Jo Smith hosted a wonderful reunion at their home in Lebanon.  We couldn’t have asked for anything better!

This years reunion (July 24th) will be held at Chad and Chris Jewell’s home in Franklin, Tennessee and I cannot wait to get there!

Clemmons Reunion 2010

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