George Denny Clemens / Clement 1615–1660
A Puritan, beheaded in 1660 for his faith.
My 9th Great Grandfather.
George Clement, son of George and Audry (Denny) Clements, became Puritans and he along with ten or twelve others, were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles II, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First.
At the end of the first war Charles, the First was being held by the Scottish Presbyterian Army, who handed him over to the parliamentary forces. George Clemens, a member of British parliament 1647 London, England, Puritan and Mennonite, 1647 a member of British Parliament and was 1 of 59 who signed the death warrant for King Charles I, thus beheaded.
In January 1649 a trial was arranged, comprising 135 commissioners. Some were informed beforehand of their summons, and refused to participate, but most were named without their consent being sought. Forty-seven of those named did not appear either in the preliminary closed sessions or the subsequent public trial. At the end of the four-day trial, 57 of the commissioners present signed the death warrant; two further commissioners added their names subsequently. The following day, 30 January, Charles I was beheaded outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall; Charles II went into exile. The English Monarchy was replaced with, at first, the Commonwealth of England (1649–53) and then the Protectorate (1653–59) under Cromwell’s personal rule.
Genealogical History of the Gottshall Family, descendants of Rev. Jacob Gottshall. With complete record of the descendants of William Ziegler Gottshall, Compiled by Rev. N. B. Grubb. Published by The Gottshall Family Association 1924. 128 pgs.
THE CLEMENS FAMILY
Mr. Lewis Waldemar Clemens, of the Royal Colonial Institute, of Toronto, Canada, has for a number of years untiringly searched the family records of the Clemens family back through the archives of Ottawa and has carefully traced the ancestry of the official records of England and Holland, with such success that his complete work has been passed upon by The College of Arms, England, and after strict scrutiny has received the official approval of that institution.
Mr. Clemens traced an unbroken record of the family ancestry back to the sixteenth century, to
I) Clement of Toft, Lincolnshire, England. He was the father of
II) William Clement, of Wissingsett, Norfolkshire, to whom in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, in the year 1563, the Family Arms were granted by the visitation of Norfolk,. made by William Harvey, Clarencieux King of Arms, South of Trent.. and confirmed by John Raven, Richmond Herald. in the year 1613. The wife of William Clement was one Arm Nernon. They had three children, George, Thomas and Edmund.
III) George Clement, married Audry Denny daughter of John Denny, of Chishunt, and widow of John Haydon, of Longham.
IV) George Clement, son of George and Audry, became Puritans and together with ten or twelve, others were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First, 1648. They had a son Jacob.
V) Jacob Clement, born 1651, was nine years old when his father, George Clement, was beheaded. He and his elder brother John also became Puritans and when Jacob was eighteen years of age, the two brothers came out to America in 1669. Jacob afterwards returned to England and in 1677 he was married there to a woman whose Christian name only has been recorded, Mary.
V) Jacob CLEMENS (1651-1684) married Maria Mary BARTHOLOMEW (1658–1684), Like most Puritans, Anabaptist, etc., they fled England, and lived in the Netherlands to avoid Religious Persecution.
VI) Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Bartholomew CLEMENS (1680–1745) was born in the Netherlands, married Anneli “Anna” Hiestand REIFF (1682–’1745′) born in Alzheim, Switzerland. They were married in The Netherlands in 1702.
They Emigrated in 1709 to Salford, Philadelphia County, now Montgomery County Penna. They were a Prominent Family in the Salford Mennonite Community.
CLEMENS, Family Memorial Stone at Salford Mennonite Cemetery
- Gerhardt ‘Garret’ CLEMENS 1680-1745 and
- Anneli ‘Anna’ REIFF 1682-1745
- Their Children:
- Johannes ‘John’ Clemens 1707-unk and wife Elizabeth
- Elizabeth Anna Clemens 1712-1793 and
- husband Valentine Kratz 1747-1834
- Jacob Clemens 1703-1782 and
- and wife Barbara Clymer 1714-1777
- Abraham Clemens 1710-1776 and
- wife Catherine.
- Clement of Toft… My 12th GG Father
- William Clement & Ann Nernon My 11th GG Parents
- George Clement & Audry Denny My 10th GG Parents
- George Clement My 9th GG Father
- Jacob Clemens & Maria Mary Bartholomew My 8th GG Parents
- Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Clemens & Anneli “Anna” Reiff My 7th GG Parents
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