Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Charlana

Female 1802 - 1849  (47 years)


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  • Name Charlana  
    Born 28 Feb 1802  of, Waterloo Twp., Region of Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Misfortune 1849 
    suicide, mental health, story 
    Name Charlana Clemons 
    Eby ID Number 00023-1915.300 
    Died 20 Jun 1849  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I23877  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Family David Clemons,   b. 3 Nov 1791, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1852, Near Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Children 
     1. Louisa Clemons,   b. 4 Jan 1821, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1880, Near Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Lucinda Clemons,   b. 7 Apr 1823, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1864  (Age 40 years)
     3. Willam Clemons,   b. Abt 1825, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Samuel Bricker Clemons,   b. Abt 1827, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F4556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Feb 1802 - of, Waterloo Twp., Region of Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jun 1849 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • CLEMENS - An inquest was held yesterday at the home of Mr. David Clemens, about three miles above the village of Preston, before Dr. Seagram, coroner of the District of Wellington and Gore, to investigate into the cause of death of Mrs. Charlena Clemens, the wife of the above David Clemens, who had been found dead on the previous night about 10 o'clock. A highly respectable jury had assembled of whom George Clemens, Esq., was chosen foreman and, being sworn, proceeded to view the body of the unfortunate woman and the scene of her death. The latter was most appalling, into a stable about three feet from the floor of a barn, some hundred yards or so from her dwelling house, a rope was fixed, the other end of which the deceased had tied round her neck with a running noose. The cord was just long enough to prevent her knees reaching the floor, her knees being doubled beneath her, tightening the cord round her neck to suffocation, she appeared in her dying agony to have clutched the halter with her hand to hasten her death, but the blood appeared meantime to have spurted from her nose and mouth, a quantity being on the floor and lengthening her suffering by diminishing the pressure on the brain. Finally, however, she perished, and about sundown, all her family being from home, a lad going into the barn, saw the body of the deceased hanging by the rope, and alarmed the neighbourhood. Two persons cut her down and the body, being stiff and cold, they saw that life was long gone, and that any attempt at restoring it was helpless. They carried the body to her late residence, and sent for the coroner. The inquest brought out few new facts other than what are stated above, except that since January, the deceased exhibited symptoms of mental derangement, the consequence of some disease of the brain. One witness swore that in the month of January, he was stopping in the house when at midnight the deceased got up, sung psalms, prayed, and entirely undressed herself, saying she was bound to travel through the world for eight months naked, moneyless, and without food. From that time to the day of her death, she had frequent returns of her malady. The last time she was seen alive, was about 9 o'clock in the morning of her death. Her children are all highly respectable and married, or being at a great distance from their mother's house, and her husband had gone on business to another township. This accounts for her death not being discovered sooner. The jury without retiring or any hesitation returned a verdict "that the deceased came to her death by strangulation while labouring under a fit of insanity".

      Hamilton Spectator 27 Jun 1849

  • Sources 
    1. [S146] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Hagey Mennonite CC#5431 Cemetery Internet Link .
      [eroded] In / memory of / Charlana / wife of / David Clemons / died / June 20, 1849 / aged / 47 y. 3 m. & 20 d.