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  • ID: I070120
  • Name: Gerhardt CLEMENS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1680 in Germany
  • Death: 1745
  • Reference Number: 70120
  • Note:
    Among the early Mennonites who came to Pennsylvania was one named Gerhardt Clemens, (Notes taken from his diary which he kept in the German Language, showing that his father's name was Jacob, and that Gerhardt, the old pioneer, was born in Germany in 1680. On March 8th, 1709, he settled with his brother John Clemens, for goods purchased in his store. This shows that he had a brother named John who, according to tradition, had settled in New York where he was engaged as a merchant. It is also said that he had a brother named Jacob who had settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania.) son of Jacob Clemens, arrived at Philadelphia in 1709. He settled in Skippack, Montgomery County, where he, February 14th, 1718, purchased, of David Powell, a tract of land containing 300 acres, situated on the north-east branch of the Perkiomen Creek. After the purchase was made the old progenitor cleared away the forest and erected his log cabin on the west side of the small stream aforesaid. He soon made additional purchases of land. We find in April, 1734, he was the owner of 690 acres of land. In 1726 he built the first grist mill in Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County. (The mill was built along a hill. The front was two stoReis high while the back was only one story. The mill was pulled down in 1823.) To Gerhardt and his wife Ann, were born three sons named III Abraham, III Jacob, and III John, and several daughters, the name of one was III Ann. (The History of Lower Salford Township, by James V. Heckler.)

    The descendants of III Jacob and his wife, Barbara, are quite numerous in Montgomery and other counties of Pennsylvania. He (Jacob) resided on part of his father's farm while III John, his brother received the mill and part of the old farm. He had a family of several children, one son named IV Gerhardt. No information has been received in regard to the daughters of II Gerhardt's family. [Eby Book 1895]




    Father: Jacob CLEMENS b: ABT. 1650
    Mother: UNKNOWN

    Marriage 1 Ann REIFF b: ABT. 1685
      Children
      1. Has No Children Jacob R CLEMENS
      2. Has No Children John R CLEMENS
      3. Has No Children Ann R CLEMENS
      4. Has Children Abraham R CLEMENS b: 1710 in Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania
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