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Deacon Abraham S. Clemens

Deacon Abraham S. Clemens[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1790 - 1867  (77 years)

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  • Name Abraham S. Clemens 
    Prefix Deacon 
    Born 7 Mar 1790  Salford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 123, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 123, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Land 1837  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 111, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Land 1837  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 111, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Name Abraham S. Clemmens 
    Name Abraham S. Clemmens 
    Name Abram S. Clemens 
    Name Abram S. Clemens 
    Residence 1867  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence 1867  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Eby ID Number 00023-1795 
    Eby ID Number 00023-1795 
    Died 25 Dec 1867  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7, 8
    Cause: suddenly apoplexy 
    Buried Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I17107  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2020 

    Father Abraham Clemens,   b. 31 Dec 1752, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1808  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Mary Steiner,   b. Jul 1754, Of, Salford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1823  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 1778  [11
    Family ID F4459  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rachel Dierstein,   b. 15 Nov 1791, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1864, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 19 May 1812  [1
    Children 
     1. Abraham D. Clemens,   b. 17 Apr 1813, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1877, Williamsburg (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Mary Clemens,   b. 6 Mar 1815, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1901, , Whatcom, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     3. Jacob Clemens,   b. 22 Apr 1817, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1818  (Age 0 years)
     4. Amos M. Clemens,   b. 13 Feb 1819, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1887, , Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     5. Susannah Clemens,   b. 23 Aug 1821, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1874, Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     6. Veronica Clemens,   b. 7 Feb 1825, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1825  (Age 0 years)
     7. Lydia Ann Clemens,   b. 26 Aug 1827, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1904  (Age 77 years)
     8. George H. Clemens,   b. 25 Jul 1831, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1892, Near, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F4489  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nancy Burkholder,   b. 26 Mar 1810, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1882, Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 31 Mar 1867  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 12
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F4360  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Clemens, Abraham 1790-1867.jpg
    Clemens, Abraham 1790-1867.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Abraham S. Clemens, "the youngest son of Abraham and Mary (Steiner) Clemens, was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, March 7th, 1790. On May 19, 1812, he was married to Rachel Dierstein who was born November 15th, 1791, and died December 3rd, 1864. In 1825 they moved to Canada and settled in Waterloo County, about one mile west of Breslau, on lot No. 123, German Company's Tract. Here they resided until 1837 when he purchased part of lot No. 111, about two miles south of Breslau. Here they resided until their deaths. His death took place December 25, 1867. A good many years before his death he was ordained a deacon of the Mennonite Church, a position for which he was well qualified. Many a wholesome advice did he give to his congregation. His practice was to visit all the members of his field of labor twice a year and during such visits he would give words of cheer and comfort to many a weary pilgrim. He encouraged them to look to Christ in all their trials and troubles and reminded them of the many cheering promises given unto all who put their trust in him who died for all. To them was born a family of eight children"


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      OBITUARY FOR ABRAHAM S. CLEMMENS

      Died on the first day of the recent Christmas holidays, that is on December 25th last, Abraham S. Clemmens died in Waterloo township, Waterloo County, Canada West of apoplexy. He was formerly of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. He was born in 1790 in Lower Salford township, in the aforementioned Montgomery county, and died at the age of 77 years, 9 months, and 18 days. He entered the holy state of matrimony on May 19, 1812 with Rachel Derstein of Bucks county, and emigrated to Canada with his family in the year 1825. He was happily married for approximately 52 years, and a widower for 3 years and 22 days. He sired 8 children, 6 of whom are still living, namely 3 sons and 3 daughters.

      His descendants, with 51 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, number consequently, 89 souls. On the day he died, he arose healthy and happy, sat down to breakfast after he had directed a loud and earnest prayer to the Giver of all good. He shoved aside a coffee cup which was sitting near him, and reached for the jug, to pour himself a drink of water, when suddenly, his hand fell. His son George, who had also just risen from the table, hurried over to help his father; his soul wanted to take leave of his body, and no human effort was of any help to him. He was speedily carried to his bed; but, he did not open his eyes again; his speech became weak and during the night that followed, approximately at 11.30 p.m., he slept away to his Lord. The deceased was generally respected and loved, and after he had accomplished much good, and ,we hope, useful things during his active life, he peacefully paid the debt of nature. For many years, he was the head of the Mennonite congregation there, and his eye was ever watchful over his flock. On the 29th instant, his body was taken to Cressman's Mennonite meeting-house, accompanied by a large number of friends and acquaintances, and committed to mother-earth, on which occasion the Rev. Hagey (at the deceased's house), and the Rev. Enoch Derstein (at the grave), spoke words of comfort and instruction to the crowd present, based on the text in the latter part of Verse 12, Chapter 4 of the Book of Amos: " Because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, 0 Israel!"

      Obituary of Abraham S. Clemmens paper unknown


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      Did Abraham Clemens marry Nancy Burkholder? Marriage in Waterloo County Marriage Register 1858-1869. Abraham Clemens aged 64, resident of Waterloo born Pennsylvania son of Abraham and Mary married 31 Mar 1867 to Nancy Bowman aged 57 resident of Waterloo born Pennsylvania daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Burkholder.
    • Abraham S. Clemens, "the youngest son of Abraham and Mary (Steiner) Clemens, was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, March 7th, 1790. On May 19, 1812, he was married to Rachel Dierstein who was born November 15th, 1791, and died December 3rd, 1864. In 1825 they moved to Canada and settled in Waterloo County, about one mile west of Breslau, on lot No. 123, German Company's Tract. Here they resided until 1837 when he purchased part of lot No. 111, about two miles south of Breslau. Here they resided until their deaths. His death took place December 25, 1867. A good many years before his death he was ordained a deacon of the Mennonite Church, a position for which he was well qualified. Many a wholesome advice did he give to his congregation. His practice was to visit all the members of his field of labor twice a year and during such visits he would give words of cheer and comfort to many a weary pilgrim. He encouraged them to look to Christ in all their trials and troubles and reminded them of the many cheering promises given unto all who put their trust in him who died for all. To them was born a family of eight children"


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      OBITUARY FOR ABRAHAM S. CLEMMENS

      Died on the first day of the recent Christmas holidays, that is on December 25th last, Abraham S. Clemmens died in Waterloo township, Waterloo County, Canada West of apoplexy. He was formerly of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. He was born in 1790 in Lower Salford township, in the aforementioned Montgomery county, and died at the age of 77 years, 9 months, and 18 days. He entered the holy state of matrimony on May 19, 1812 with Rachel Derstein of Bucks county, and emigrated to Canada with his family in the year 1825. He was happily married for approximately 52 years, and a widower for 3 years and 22 days. He sired 8 children, 6 of whom are still living, namely 3 sons and 3 daughters.

      His descendants, with 51 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, number consequently, 89 souls. On the day he died, he arose healthy and happy, sat down to breakfast after he had directed a loud and earnest prayer to the Giver of all good. He shoved aside a coffee cup which was sitting near him, and reached for the jug, to pour himself a drink of water, when suddenly, his hand fell. His son George, who had also just risen from the table, hurried over to help his father; his soul wanted to take leave of his body, and no human effort was of any help to him. He was speedily carried to his bed; but, he did not open his eyes again; his speech became weak and during the night that followed, approximately at 11.30 p.m., he slept away to his Lord. The deceased was generally respected and loved, and after he had accomplished much good, and ,we hope, useful things during his active life, he peacefully paid the debt of nature. For many years, he was the head of the Mennonite congregation there, and his eye was ever watchful over his flock. On the 29th instant, his body was taken to Cressman's Mennonite meeting-house, accompanied by a large number of friends and acquaintances, and committed to mother-earth, on which occasion the Rev. Hagey (at the deceased's house), and the Rev. Enoch Derstein (at the grave), spoke words of comfort and instruction to the crowd present, based on the text in the latter part of Verse 12, Chapter 4 of the Book of Amos: " Because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, 0 Israel!"

      Obituary of Abraham S. Clemmens paper unknown


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      Did Abraham Clemens marry Nancy Burkholder? Marriage in Waterloo County Marriage Register 1858-1869. Abraham Clemens aged 64, resident of Waterloo born Pennsylvania son of Abraham and Mary married 31 Mar 1867 to Nancy Bowman aged 57 resident of Waterloo born Pennsylvania daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Burkholder.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 425.

    2. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 100.

    3. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 103.

    4. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 454.

    5. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 537.

    6. [S15] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Breslau - Breslau Mennonite CC#4579 Internet Link .
      Zum Andenken von / Abraham S.Clemens / geb.7 Maerz 1790 / gest.25 Dec. 1867 / Alter 77 Jahre 9 Mo. / u.18 Tage / [verse]

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 2 Jan 1868.
      Abraham S. Clemens died 25 Dec 1867 in WaterlooTwp., suddenly, 78 yrs.

    8. [S118] News - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo - Waterloo Chronicle, 02 Jan 1868.
      Clemens, Abram S. died 25 Dec 1867 Quite suddenly from apoplexy; of Waterloo Township, aged 77 years, 9 months and 18 days

    9. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 18.

    10. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register, Page 34, return 307: by Joseph Hagey, A minister of the Mennonist Society.
      Abraham CLEMENS, 64, Pennsylvania, Waterloo, s/o Abraham & Mary, married Nancy BOWMAN, 57, Pennsylvania, Waterloo, d/o Christian BURKHOLDER & Elizabeth, witn: Mary & Sophia HAGEY of Waterloo, 31 March 1867

    11. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 421.

    12. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 4 Apr 1867.
      31 Mar 1867 By Rev. Hegy, widower Abraham of Fisher's Mill was married to widow Nancy Baumann of Blumenthal.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Mar 1790 - Salford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1837 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 111, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1837 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 111, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1867 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1867 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Mar 1867 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: suddenly apoplexy - 25 Dec 1867 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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