Sunday, February 9, 2014

Row 11, Plot 14, CLEMENT, John Hamilton

John Hamilton & Ann Catherine (Wofford) Clement
John H. Clement, an important factor in the affairs of Madison Township, Grant County, was born in Northwestern Georgia, December 12, 1845.  He is the son of James W. Clement,  a native of South Carolina, and his wife, Clarinda Clement (nee Trammel), of Georgia birth.  The former died in Grant County, AR , in 1878, in his fifty-fifth year.  His wife is living with her children in Grant County.  

In 1855 James Clement and wife moved to Mississippi, where they remained four years, removing thence to Arkansas in 1859, and locating in this neighborhood on a farm.  During the war he was in the Confederate service for twelve months, taking part in no engagement, however.

Himself and wife wee members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for many years.  He was a Mason and a Granger, and in politics voted the Republican ticket.  His career as a farmer was a very successful one.

By his marriage he became the father of twelve children, of whom John H. was the eldest.  Six of the children are now living, all in Grant County except Joseph A., who is in the wagon-yard business in Pine Bluff,  this State.  The principal in this sketch, John H., received his education in the country schools of Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas.  

In the last days of the war he enlised in the Federal Infantry, Company H, Sixteenth Iowa Regiment, and after the war remained with his father until 1867, when he commenced to farm for himself, engaging in that occupation ever since.  Upon beginning he was very limited in his resources, but today owns 390 acres of as fine land as Grant County contains.  His prosperity is the legitimate outcome of his untiring energy and able management.  

On September 5, 1867, he was married to Catharine Wafford daughter of James L. Wafford, of Grant County.  She was born in this neighborhood, March 22, 1848.  The result of this union was the birth of eleven children, all living: Clarinda D. (wife of James Trammel, mail contractor of Montgomery County, this State), James L., and Mary E. (at home), Martha F. (deceased in infancy)., Susie M. (at home), Noah J., Sarah L., Willie, Johnnie, Charles, Georgia (deceased in her fourth year).  

Mr. Clement is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, while his wife is a Baptist.  He is a member of the Masonic order, and a Republican in politics.  No enterprise having as an ultimatum  the welfare of the county, fails in finding the endorsement of Mr.  Clement.  He is always on the side of good government and advancement in public affairs. 

Goodspeed's Biography of John H. Clement, Grant, Co., AR

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