Clemence Family of Rhode Island

From Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island,
Vol. III, J. H. Beers, Chicago, 1905

Vol. III, p. 1938.

DANIEL M. CLEMENCE, a well known and substantial citizen of Glocester, comes from one of the old families of the State. He was born Feb. 18, 1857, on the farm on which he now lives and which he owns in the town of Glocester, son of Reuben Amey and Elsa (Mann) Clemence, and grandson of Richard Right and Mary (Place) Clemence.  The ancestral history will be found elsewhere in this work.

Daniel M. Clemence was reared on the farm where he was born, and in the manner common to farmer boys in those days.  He attended first the district school and later the Lapham Institute, where he concluded his schooling.  He remained at home until his marriage, then locating on an adjoining farm, where he resided until about June, 1896, when he removed to his present farm and has since resided there.  While Mr. Clemence has always been a farmer, he has for a number of years been engaged in carpentering work also.  A man of natural mechanical skill, which from boyhood enabled him to perform more or less work in the line of carpentering, he concluded to take up that work regularly, and with that object in view entered the employ of James Evans, with whom he worked for some time.  Since then Mr. Clemence has worked in that line; at the same time he maintains a general supervision over his farming interests, and in both callings has met with success.

As a business man, Mr. Clemence is careful and straightforward, honorable in his dealings, and he enjoys a standing second to none in his community.  As a citizen he is progressive and public-spirited, taking an interest in town affairs, but not as a politician.  In politics he is a Democrat, and he has served as assessor of taxes in Glocester.

On Aug. 20, 1876, Mr. Clemence was married to Miss Ruth A. Phillips, daughter of George and Nancy (Hart) Phillips, and they have three children: George W., who married Lucy Angell and has a son, Daniel M. (II); Mabel I., formerly a student at the State normal school, and for a number of years a successful teacher, now at home; and Ethel M., a successful school teacher previous to her marriage with Otto Newman, of Manton, R. I., by whom she has one son, Wilton Otto.



Vol. III, p. 1942.

RICHARD WRIGHT CLEMENCE, of Greenville, town of Smithfield, a well known and substantial citizen, is a descendant of an old family of Rhode Island, the earlier records of which are set forth in the sketch of Stephen H. Clemence, elsewhere in this publication.

Reuben Amey Clemence, father of Richard W., was one of the best known and most prominent citizens of Glocester, in which town he was born June 11, 1822, and received a district school education.  He learned carpentry with his father and followed that trade for many years, and with the exception of one and one-half years spent in the town of Smithfield, his entire life was passed in his native town.  His latter years he devoted to farming, and he died Aug. 11, 1901, on the farm where he was born, and was buried in a private yard on the farm adjoining where his son Daniel M. now resides.  Mr. Clemence was a keen business man, and was a successful and well known dealer in cattle, buying, selling and trading.  He accumulated a large property for one engaged in his line.  In political faith he was a Democrat, and he was prominent in the public life of Glocester, serving as a member of the town council and representing the town in the General Assembly in 1857 and 1886. He was a man of splendid business judgment, strictly honest in his dealings, a fact so generally recognized that he was frequently called upon to settle estates.

Mr. Clemence was married Oct. 26, 1845, to Elsa Mann, born Sept. 13, 1824, in Smithfield, daughter of Daniel and Anna (Colwell) Mann, and she died March 28, 1895.  They had children as follows:  Mary Elizabeth, born July 17, 1848, died Aug. 31, 1851; Lydia Ann, born Dec. 15, 1853, married Daniel A. Smith on April 20, 1873, and resided in Burrillville, where she died Dec. 12, 1887, a mother of three children, Charles R. (deceased), Mary E. and Burt C.; Daniel Mann, born Feb. 18, 1857, is a farmer and resides on the farm previously mentioned, in Glocester.  Mention of Daniel Mann Clemence will be found elsewhere in this work.  On Aug. 20, 1876, he married Ruth A. Phillips, and has three children:  George W., Mabel I.; and Ethel M., now Mrs. Otto Newman of Manton.

Richard W. Clemence was born in Glocester, and was reared to farm work, remaining at home until twenty years of age. Meantime he received his education in the district schools of Glocester.  He learned the trade of carpenter with his uncle Hiram Mann, of Smithfield, and for a number of years was engaged as a journeyman carpenter, in 1890 taking up contract work, which he has since followed, winning a reputation as a thorough, conscientious and reliable business man.  Mr. Clemence was a resident of Glocester until 1883, when he removed to Greenville, and has since resided in what was known as the Dr. King place, which he purchased a few years ago. He has made a great many improvements on the property, and has one of the attractive homes in the vilage.  On Dec. 7, 1872, Mr. Clemence was united in marriage with Ella Maria Brown, a native of Glocester, born Feb. 21, 1850, daughter of John B. and Maria A. (Ballou) Brown.

Mr. Clemence is a Democrat, but is not bound by party ties, voting for the best men and issues.  He is a trustee of the Greenville Public Library, in the welfare of which he is much interested.  Mr. and Mrs. Clemence are members of the Universalist Church, with which they connected themselves in Woonsocket.  They are genial and companionable people, and are much esteemed and respected.  Their home is a model of neatness, and a center of unstinted hospitality.


State-wide Index of Deaths (1853 - 1878):

CLEMENCE
name           age    d/o/d           parents' names                yr/pg/town
still born        --    2/09/1871    Moses & Catherine          75-1264-28
still born        --    4/28/1877    Moses & Catherine          77-1230-28
Abbey           43   10/5/1870    John & Celia Carpenter    70-882-37
Angenette B.  11   1/21/1861   Jason & Zilphie Clemence 61-934-16
Emma F.        21   9/24/1869  Raymond & Mary Dawley 69-892-37
Lillian S         inf.  3/02/1862   Martin  Candace               62-906-28
Martha           --    99/9/1867     ----- (date is as in index)  62-906-16
Martha           --   2/99/1868      ----- (date is as in index)  68-992-16
Mary             71  5/16/1866     Reuben & Sally Place      66-924-13
Mary E.         4   11/12/1856    George/Nancy Clemence  56-773-02
Nancy B.       59  9/28/1873     Job & Betsey Irish           73-1052-03
Otis               53  10/28/1863   Thomas Clemence           63-150-16
Richard R.     82  11/28/1873     -------                            74-1090-13
Stephen         66  5/25/1855     Wright/Sarah Clemence    55-758-13
Walter H.       2    6/15/1862    George/Nancy Clemence  62-804-03
Willard         inf.  7/31/1869     H. & Eldora Clemence     69-892-37

State-wide Index of Deaths (1879 - 1889):

CLEMENCE
name          age     d/o/d           parents' names                  yr/pg/town
Frankie       inf.   3/26/1887   W. & Harriet Clemence        87-632-39
George E.    1     7/13/1880   Welcome/Harriet Clemence   80-1202-39
Harriet        47    2/02/1886      --------
86-608-07
Harris         74    5/17/1883    James & Ruth Clemence      83-645-13
Laura         72    12/31/1887   Nehemiah/Naomi Clemence 87-582-13
Louisa        79    10/20/1887   Nehemiah/Naomi Clemence 87-582-13
Lucy M.     34    7/16/1879    Abel & Mary Shovey           79-1262-28
Mahala       74    2/28/1888    James & Ruth                      88-611-13
Otis            86    5/16/1885    Nehemiah/Mercy Clemence  87-580-12
Sarah         59     6/09/1885    Samuel & Freelove Sisson    85-758-28
Seril W.      61    10/7/1879    Richard/Mary Clemence       79-1108-25
Warren F.   47    4/01/1887    James & Martha                  87-662-28
William A.  inf.   7/21/1884    Welcome/Harriet Clemence  84-703-39

State-wide Index of Deaths (1890-1900):
CLEMENCE
name        age     d/o/d          parents' names                 yr/pg/town
Ada F.      30    6/19/1890   Warren & Martha               90-774-28
Albert H.  20    2/03/1897    Welcome/Harriet Clemence 97-633-00
Albert J.    inf   8/12/1890     Albert & Mary                  90-787-28
Anna B.    59   6/24/1897     Gilbert & Nancy Booth      97-751-28
Betsey J.   56   6/01/1891     Archibald & Mary Tyler    91-771-30
Elsa          71   3/28/1895     Daniel & Anna Mann         95-683-13
James       81   3/16/1893     James/Ruth Clemence        93-621-16
Jason        88   5/13/1893     Nehemiah                         93-608-13
Margie      inf.  7/24/1891     Walter   Sadie                   91-730-28
Susan P.   60    1/31/1892       -----------                       92-678-28
William H. 71   5/06/1898     Otis Clemence                  98-730-30
Zilpha J.    79   1/16/1899     Newman/Rebecca Place    99-720-28

State-wide Index of Deaths (1901- 1905):
CLEMENCE,
name            parents/spouse           d/o/d               age       town/pg
Anna L.        Arnold & Louisa    Dec. 19, 1905  50-8-22  Prov. 205
Catherine A.  John & Mary        Mar. 7, 1905    60-0-0    Woon. 263
Elizabeth       Caleb & Amey      Mar. 22, 1901  68-7-22   Foster 60
Herbert F.     Thomas/Hannah    May 1, 1904    30-9-0     Warw 240
Jason S.        James & Ruth       Dec. 10, 1901  83-2-1      Prov 209
Martha S.     John & Martha      Jan. 25, 1905   65-8-20    Prov. 129
Martin C.     Stephen/Elizabeth  June 20, 1903   69-4-23    Prov. 174
Ora             Otis & Sarah          Dec. 5, 1901    73-0-9      Foster 60
Reuben A.   Richard & Mary     Aug. 14, 1901  79-2-3      Gloc 61
Thomas       Stephen/Elizabeth   June 20, 1903  75-0-0     Warw 256

State-wide Index of Deaths (1906 - 1910):
CLEMENCE,
Daniel P.      Otis & Sarah          Jan. 8, 1908       66-6-0    Scit. 238
Eldora          Constanel/Mary V. Nov. 14, 1907    55-0-0    Prov. 241
Frances A.    Patrick & Ann S.   Mar. 2, 1906      39-0-0    Prov. 151
Martin          Dexter & Sylvia     Mar. 28, 1907    68-11-21 Prov. 164
Moses W.     Jasen & unknown  Aug. 17, 1904    65-0-0    Woon 274

State-wide Index of Deaths (1911 - 1915):
CLEMENCE,
Abra A.       wife of Seril           Oct. 30, 1913      90-8-27  Prov. 231
Estelle E.     Lester & Clara       Oct. 19, 1913      11-5-16  Foster 82
Grant A. B.  Dudley/Carmen     Nov. 30, 1914     1-1-23    Prov. 229
Hannah P.    Arnold/Elizabeth   Jan. 24, 1913       79-1-8    Warw 271

State-wide Index of Deaths (1916 - 1920):
CLEMENCE,
Daniel M.    George & Lucy      April 16, 1917   13-9-6    Prov 215 *
Ella B.         John & Maria        May 14, 1918    68-2-23  Smthfld 415
Emma S.     Jason & Janet        Oct. 12, 1919    66-1-26   Prov. 255
Julia E.        Benjamin/Adeline   Mar. 1, 1916    70-1-22   Gloc. 96
* also recorded as Smithfield, p. 317

State-wide Index of Deaths (1921 - 1930):
CLEMENCE,         d/o/d                town/pg      additional notes:
Abbie Eliza          June 14, 1928     Prov. 134    84 Burnett St.
Annie                  Jan. 4, 1924        E.Prov. 3
Barbara               Dec. 5, 1929       W. G. 1
Daniel Mann        Oct. 2, 1927        Smthfld 1
Elsie Ann             Jan. 6, 1923        Johnston 1
Frederick Bishop  Jan. 17, 1929      Prov. 201    671 Broad St.
Ida May              May 17, 1923      Johnston 3
Ora Easton          1921                   Foster
Sarah Ellen          Mar. 4, 1922       Scituate 1
Stephen Henry     Dec. 27, 1922     Johnston 4
William Albert      Jan. 27, 1926      E. Prov. 27

State-wide Index of Deaths (1931 - 1935):
CLEMENCE,    age       d/o/d               town/pg     parents/spouse
(male)               5 hrs.    June 9, 1935    Prov. 61    William & Beatrice
Cora Elizabeth   59-9-5  Mar. 14, 1932  Prov. 131   wf of George
George Thomas 77-8-0   Jan. 14, 1932  Prov. 161   Thomas/Ann
Mary Emma     ??-11-10 Oct. 3, 1932   Crans. 5      widow of George
Zachary T.       87-6-11  Oct. 25, 1935  Bristol 5     Henry & Abigail

State-wide Index of Deaths (1936 - 1940):
CLEMENCE,
Charles Everett  73-7-7   Feb. 22, 1936  Prov. 238  Thomas & Ann
Harriet              84-6-1   Mar. 30, 1938  Cran. 91   wid. of Welcome
Lester Ora        76-6-2    June 9, 1938    Foster 1    Ora & Mary
Richard Wright  87-4-2   Oct. 9, 1838     Smthfld 3  Rubin & Elsa
William             67-10-4  Nov. 21, 1938 Prov. 181  Thomas & Barbara

State-wide Index of Deaths (1941 - 1945):
CLEMENCE,
Francis Edmond  71-7-23  Dec. 31, 1944  Linc. 71     Moses & Catherine
Fred Griffin         54-8-5   Aug. 12, 1942  Warw. 142 Charles & Abbie
Lizzie Estelle       53-2-24 Mar. 26, 1943  Prov. 936   wf of Herbert
Malvin Richard    3 days   Nov. 28, 1944  Prov. 3004 Stephen & Bertha

State-wide Index of Deaths (1946 - 1950):
CLEMENCE,
George            70-11-6   Feb. 24, 1950  Pawt. 121   husb of Gladys, of
Daniel & Ruth
George            76-1-26   Feb. 27, 1947  Cranst. 228 of George & Julia
Richard           75-9-12    Jan. 5, 1946    Prov. 49     of Stephen & Elsie
Ruth Adelaide  87-11-6    Apr. 15, 1947  Smthfld 15  widow of Daniel
Ruth Eliza       95-3-13    Mar. 12, 1946  Prov. 692   of Jason & Jeannette
Sidney Thomas  68y       Sept. 16, 1948  Prov. 2280  husb. of Mae, of George
& Mary

Deaths reported out of state (1900 - 1950) Index:
CLEMENCE,
Kate E. (Warmsley)  Feb. 25, 1911, age 56, Charlotte, NC,
                                reported to Glocester, RI - p. 74
                                parents: John & Martha (Cox)

CLEMENCE,
Stephen H., Jr.       Oct., 1916, woods, Leicester, MA
                              age 67, reported to Johnston, RI, p. 102
                              parents: Stephen H. & Elsie Clemence


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