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Charles Clendenen was born on 5 March 1813, probably in Kentucky. His parents are unknown at this time, however, evidence indicates that Josiah Clendenen and Esther Livingston are his parents. Josiah was born in 1772 and on 20 June 1797 he married Esther Livingston in Madison Co., Ky. Josiah is listed in Rockcastle Co., Ky in 1810. A James Clendenen is also listed in Rockcastle Co., Ky in 1810. he is listed as being over 45. He is not listed again after 1810. he could possibly be the father of Josiah and the grandfather of Charles Clendenen.

In the Madison Co. Ky Deeds. On 1 July 1794 James Clendenon purchased 42 acres of land on Paint Lick Creek from James L. Lefferidge (Book C. page 203). On March 8 1806 James Clindining gave Power of Attorney to John Cloxed (?) (Book F page 131)

Josiah Clendenen is not listed in either Ky or Indiana in 1820. He is listed again in Morgan Co., Indiana in 1830, is not found in 1840 and again is listed in Morgan Co., Indiana in 1850. Morgan Co., is directly North of Monroe Co., Indiana. Josiah Clendenen died in Morgan Co on 24 March 1854 and was reported to be buried in the McKenzie cemetery, Harrison Twp, Sec 33 in Morgan County, however this cemetery was not found at that location.

Charles Clendenen was married on 31 March 1835, in Monroe Co., Indiana to Nancy Denney who was the daughter of William Denney and Margaret Scott

On 13 April 1846 Charles Clendenen purchased 40 acres of land in Sec 20, Twp 10, Range 1 West from James Buskirk and his wife Mariah for $55. The actual tract was the NE 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the NE QT. This land was not recorded until 1894 and was sold by William Clendenen, a son of Charles, in 1901 to Nichols Shepard.

Charles Clendenen sold three other tracts of land in Monroe Co., however, the purchases of the tracts has not been found. These tracts could have been original government grants. These tracts were:

The West end of the SWQT, Sec 20, Twp 10, Range 1 W containing 44 acres, sold 16 June 1859 to Abraham Weaver (book s, page 378 Monroe Co., Indiana)

The NW QT of the NW QT, Sec 21, Twp 10, Range 1 W, containing 40 acres, sold 16 May 1881 to John A. McGregor of Bartholomew Co., Indiana. Allan Gaskens J. P. (book 11, page 554 Monroe Co., Ind

Sec 21, Twp 10, Range 1 W containing 8 acres, sold to John Q. Adams, son-in-law to Charles Clendenen. (book 28, page 417 Monroe Co., Indiana.

Charles Clendenen lived in Washington Twp, Monroe Co., Indiana for over 60 years. He was listed in the census from 1840 to 1900. Charles Clendenen died on 5 March 1904. His wife Nancy Denney was born 3 Feb 1813 and she died on 29 Jan 1894. Charles and his wife are buried in the Simmson Church Cemetery, Sec 28, Washington Twp, Monroe Co., Indiana. The church on this property is still in use.

Many land transactions for Clendenens take place in Twp 7 of Monroe Co. involving James Clendenining and his wife Harriet Elizabeth, Jackson H. Clendenen, Robert Clendenin and his wife Marnerra, and another Charles A. Clendenen. Also, according to records Robert Clendenin is the son of Charles A. Clendenin and Levinna C. Clendenin.

A Samuel Clendenen is listed in Monroe Co., Ind in 1820 but is not listed again and no land records have been found for his. An Alexander Clendenen is list in the same county in 1830 then disappears from the record.

It would seem likely that all of these Clendenens are probably related, even with the variations in spellings, however, no connection has been made.

A possible relationship is that Charles A. Clendenen, Samuel Clendenen, Josiah (possibly Joseph) Clendenen and Alexander Clendenen are brothers. Robert Clendenen is the son of Charles A. Clendenen and the other Charles Clendenen is the son of one of the other three brothers, possibly Josiah as indicated above.

Family of Charles Clendenen and his wife Nancy Denney.

Margaret Clendenen: Born 1836 in Monroe Co., Indiana, married John Quency Adams 26 July 1860 in Monroe Co. Children Sarah A., Charles E, Nancy L., Esther J., William Steven, and Effie. Margaret died on 28 August 1936 in Martinsville, Indiana at the age of 100.

The following article was found in the Bloomington Daily Telephone, 29 August 1936, microfilm at the University of Indiana, Bloomington: "Mrs. Margaret Adams centenarian who celebrated her 100th birthday with a big party in May, died at 2:15 Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter Mrs. James Sims in Martinsville. She was 100 years,three months and 26 days old. She is survived by her four daughters Mrs. Sims of Martinsville, Mrs James Bastin of nearby Simpson Chapel, Mrs Effie Robertson of Indianapolis and Mrs Alfred Warner of West Baden, two sons Charles E. Adams and William Adams preceded her in death. She has 15 grandchildren and several great grand children. Funeral at 2:30 Sunday at Simpson Chapel; Pallbearers Lessie Jones, Jessie Jones, Walter Polley, Austin Ridge, Ed Robertson and Ray

Robertson." From the same newspaper 1 May 1936: A Birthday Party in Martinsville Sunday. "Margaret Adams 100 years old, husband John Quency Adams died 40 years ago. Margaret Adams lived in Monroe Co. until 11 years ago, lives with daughter Mrs Sims

Sarah Clendenen: Born 15 June 1840 died 1866, buried in the Simpson Cemetery, Washington Twp, Monroe Co., Indiana Never married.

Esther Ann Clendenen: Born 2 Nov 1844 Monroe Co., Indiana, married Thomas Ray Rawlings on 26 Feb 1880 in Monroe Co., Indiana. They moved to Guthrie Co., Iowa shortly after being married. Esther Ann died on 22 Jan 1928. Both she and Thomas Ray are buried in the Highland Park Cemetery, Guthrie Co., Bayard, Iowa. Children: Emma LaVada born 16 Feb 1888 Monroe Co., Indiana and Margaret born 26 Feb 1886 in Guthrie Co., Iowa.

William D. Clendenen: Born 8 April 1848, Monroe Co., Indiana married Vashti Russell. Children Luella M., Sarah E., Nancy L., John W., Jessie, and Vada. William died on 26 Dec 1938, age 90. Called 'Billy' Clendenen.

John Clendenen: Born 1852, Monroe Co., Indiana and Died 1867 buried with parents a the Simpson Cemetery, Washington Twp, Monroe Co., Indiana

Samuel Clendenen Born 1853 Monroe Co., Indiana married Sarah C. Children: Lille A., Charles H., and Nancy E.

Sources: Census records for Indiana 1820 to 1920, Ky 1810 to 1830, marriage and birth records, Monroe Co., Indiana, a 1856 Atlas of Monroe Co, Washington Twp, a History of Monroe Co., by Charles Blanchard 1880 and personal interviews with Wanona Denney, Great Granddaughter of William Denney who was the father of Nancy Denney. Wanona still had land next to Charles Clendenens land in 1988.

Possible Ancestors of Charles Clendenen

1. William Glendining son of William Glendining Sr

William Glendining, son of William Sr, was born in Staplegorton Parish, Langholm, Scotland 16 May 1680 or at Dimfries, Scotland.  He died 16 November 1764 in Quarterland, Killinchy, County Down, Ireland at age 84.  Married Rose Ann Kirkpatrick in Dumfries, Scotland about 1700

The information on William Glendining found on  and in a family history titled "The Clendenin Ancestral Line: author unknown. This history was written sometime around 1939.  This family history was in the position of LaVada Rawlings Hill the Grandmother of this researcher.. This family history states that an old Bible in the possession of a John Waugh Clendenin, of Kansas recorded that three brothers, John, Charles and James, all born in Dumfries, Scotland, came to America between 1730 and 1750.  John and James reported settled in Pennsylvania while Charles went on to Virginia.

Note;  John Waugh Clendenin was a G G Grandson  of John Clendenin, one of the brothers from Scotland.  This John settled in Pennsylvania

This history of the Clendenin line goes on to say that in Lewis's History of West Virginia there is an account of Charles Clendenin who moved to the Greenbrier Valley as early as 1780.  He had four sons George, William, Robert and Alexander.

 The information on William or his children has not been verified by this researcher.  How the link between this Charles Clendenin and the other two brother was established is unclear.
The spellings varies on the children:  Glendining/Clendinen/Clendining probably recorded as found in the record.  However, for locating the children the spelling of Clendenin was used.

Charles Clendenin son of William Glendining

Following information found on

. Charles3 Clendenin (William2 Glendining, William1) was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland 1714. Charles died 1790 in Fort Lee/Fort Clendenin, Charleston, VA. He married Mary Ann Patterson in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1735. Mary was born in Scotland 1715. Mary died 1788 in Spring Creek, Greenbriar Co., VA. Settled in (West) Virginia in 1746. Charleston, West Virginia is named after Charles Clendenin by his son. The name was changed to Charleston on 19 January 1818.

According to the Clendenin Hisotry mentioned under William Glendining,  Charles Clendenin's four sons, George, William, Robert and Alexander founded and help settle Charlestown, West Virgina

Two Children listed as Thomas Clendenin, born 1743 the other 7 June 1748  both in Augusta Co, Va,  Error?

Greenbrar Co and Augusta Co now in West Virginia

James Clendenin son of Charles

Following Information found on 

James4 Clendenin (Charles3, William2 Glendining, William1_) was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1736. James died 1810 in Garrard County, Kentucky. Died Rockcastle, Green County, Kentucky. He married Margaret Anderson in Greenbrier Co., Virginia, 1758. Margaret was born in Augusta County, Virginia April 10, 1743. She was the daughter of William Anderson and Margaret Reid. Margaret died 1800 in Garrard County, Kentucky. Margaret was baptized at the Old Stone (Presbyterian) Church by Rev. John Craig.  Some info on children of James and Margaret provided by Allyn Campbell/ Greenbrier County formed 1778, children probably born in Augusta. James owned land in Washington Co, VA on March 21, 1780. Served in the French and Indian War in 1759 as one of Capt. William Preston's Rangers and received 3 pounds 5 shillings pay in full for March 1759 and for his services 50 acres of land in Washington Co., VA. He assigned to Spencer Cooper on April 19, 1783 1000 acres at a place known by the name of Mountain Lick, on waters of Auley near Little Sewells, which he had received from Abraham Auton. James and his family moved to Garrard Co., KY about 1790 and after 1800 moved to Green Co., KY.
Found in the Madison Co, Ky deeds:  On 1 July James Clendenon purchased 42 acres of land on Paint Lick Creek from James L. Lefferidge (Book C. page 203).  On March 8 1806 James Clindining gave Power of Attorney to John Cloxed (sp?)  (Book F page 131)

A James Clendenen is listed in Rockcastle Co. Ky in 1810.  He is listed as over 45.  He is not listed again after 1810.      Note:  The spelling of Clendenen is shown as found.
Josiah Clendenin son of James Clendenin believed to be the father of Charles Clendenen of Monroe Co, Indiana

Josiah Clendenin is in and out of th records for many years.  He married Esther Livingston on June 20 1797 in Madison Co., Ky. He is listed in Rockcastle Co., Ky in 1810, listed in Monroe Co., not found in 1820, listed in Morgan Co.,  Indiana in 1830, not found in 1840 and listed again in Morgan Co.,Indiana in 1850.  No land records etc in Rockcastle Co, Ky as all records where destroyed by fire.  Josiah Clendenen died in Morgan Co on 24 March 1854 and was reported to be buried in the McKenzie cemetery, Harrison Twp, Sec 33 in Morgan Co., however, no cemetery was not found at that location.

NOTE:  The family of James and his son Josiah Clendenin/Clendenen was found on, from information provided by other researcher.  None of the information, except the above paragraph, as been verified.