Clodius is clearly legendary, but has been selected by Roger Travis as a more or less arbitrary cut-off point for our attempts at systematizing early medieval genealogy. He has therefore been cut off from legendary parentage from Faramond, e.g. [this profile], but has been made the father of Merovech to show his traditional relationship, though he is no more the father of Merovech (who almost certainly didn't exist), than he is the son of Faramond (who similarly almost certainly didn't exist).
Notice of resolution of ambiguous parentage: Parents chosen by principles of he European Aristocrats project. Medieval genealogy is not an exact science, and collaboration makes choices where print does not. The parents (or lack of) of this profile were decided upon in consultation with primary sources especially as collected in the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy’s Medieval Lands project.
allegedly living around the time Theudemer and his mother were killed ... c.422
According to Gregory of Tours, he lived in the castle of Dispargum, Thuringia. Chlodio's tribe renounced the suzerainty of Rome after 428 and broke across the Scheldt River, spreading southward into Gaul and occupying the region as far as the Somme. The Franks seized Tournai and Cambrai, but their defeat (c. 431) by the Roman military commander, magister utriusque militiae Flavius Ætius, at Helena (Hélesme), prevented further expansion. He made peace with Ætius and died c. 447/448.
early 5th century
Theudemer (living late 4th century / early 5th century), is cited as a son of Ricimer and Ascylla, from sources which precede, Gregory of Tours. But while Gregory, stressed discontinuity of Frankish rule, it's the 7th century Chronicle of Fredegar, that took liberties to write in Chlodio (Chlogio), as a son of Theodemer.
- Gregory of Tours:
- "We read in the Fasti Consulares that Theodomer, king of the Franks, son of Richimer, and Ascyla his mother, were once on a time slain by the sword. They say also that Chlogio, a man of ability and high rank among his people, was king of the Franks then, and he dwelt at the stronghold of Dispargum which is within the borders of the Thuringians."
Gregory of Tours, doesn't say much about the specifics of Chlodio's family. But he did mention that, "certain authorities assert that king Merovech, whose son was Childeric, was of the family of Chlogio."
It's, the Chronicle of Fredegar (c. 660s), that came up with the tall tale about Chlodio's alleged wife, getting impregnated by a creature from the sea, and birthing Merovech. This was apparently done to create a fabricated Christian (divine) link, and deny the paganism ... which Gregory of Tours had already pointed out. 
In addition, the Liber Historiæ Francorum, also created his fictional son and successor, Pharmond. But aside from this... there doesn't seem to be much evidence for a known spouse or children.
- Gregory of Tours:
- "Beyond the Loire the Goths were in control; the Burgundians also, who belonged to the sect of the Arians, dwelt across the Rhone in the district which is adjacent to the city of Lyons. And Chlogio sent spies to the city of Cambrai, and they went everywhere, and he himself followed and overcame the Romans and seized the city, in which he dwelt for a short time, and he seized the land as far as the river Somme. Certain authorities assert that king Merovech, whose son was Childeric, was of the family of Chlogio."
Cawley, C. (2006). "Early Frankish leaders in Gaul." Medieval Lands v.3. fmg.ac
Reimitz, H. (2015). History, Frankish Identity and the Framing of Western Ethnicity, 550-850, (pp.169). Cambridge University Press. eBook.
Space: Gregory of Tours -- cites Sulpicius Alexander, (lost)
Kurth, G. (1909). The Franks. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved September 21, 2015 from New Advent. Web.
R. P. Anselme, Histoire de la maison royale de France et des grands officiers de la Couronne, Paris: Estienne Loyson, 1674; Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks, Book 2, chapter 9; Image: A medal by Jean Dassier (Medaille Histoire chronologique des rois de France: en 70 jetons).
- NOTE FOR EDITORS TO KEEP TRACK OF DUPLICATES AND MERGES: Wikipedia states, his parents were the Frankish king, Theodemer, and (disputed) Argotta UNKNOWN. It also disputes his alleged only child, MEROVECH. ... However, Wikipedia's stub has linked him with basina (lady) ____ (?), "a daughter of Wedelphus, alleged king of the Thuringii." The encyclopedia, also states that he ruled with the fictional Pharamond of the Liber Historiae Francorum, (c.727).
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According to Wikiipedia, there were 3 people named, Chlodowig ... but only 1 -- "Clovis I" -- lived near this time, during late 4th/early 5th century. ... "Clovis became the first king of all Franks in 508, after he conquered Cologne, capital of the Ripuarian Franks."
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