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Jeremiah Clement was born in 1607 in London, England and was christened on 11 February 1607 at Saint James, Clerkenwell, London, England. The christening record lists Jeffrey Clement as his father. His mother is not listed but is assumed to be Elizabeth Fuller, Jeffrey’s wife. [1]

Jeremiah married Edith Pierce, dughter of William Pierce II and Jane Joan Phippen. [citation needed] They had at least the following children:

  1. Elizabeth Clements,
  2. Ezekiel Clements,
  3. Mary Clements and
  4. Amy Clements

Note: Cathi (Clements) Gross: Here are A few pieces of the Puzzle that I have found on Jeremiah Clements. From these pieces it is difficult to determine if Jeremiah had any children or male heirs. We do have some reasonable pieces left of who Jeremiah Clements's parents were, And hopefully one of the male heirs from his Parents, Grandparents or Great Grandparents might be able to shed light of what YDNA Group Jeremiah Clements belongs in. So, it may take working with the English lines of Clements that have a modern day Clements that can do the YDNA Testing with a proven paper trail to Jeremiah Clements's, Parents, Grandparents or Great Grandparents, since there is evidence to these lines that show relationship.)

  • 1624 - Documentary History of Jamestown Island, Vol III: Biographies of Owners and Residents, Martha W. McCartney, National Park Service, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2000, p 84, in February 1624 Elizabeth was living in urban Jamestown with her brother (Jeremy II), her mother (Elizabeth) and her stepfather (Captain Ralph Hamor) on Study Unit 4 Tract L Lot G.
  • 1627-1641-From Clements, p 7: 1636 grants 500 acres of land bounded on the north by the James River, by the Land Office in Richmond, Virginia. He was also granted 350 acres of land on the eastern side of the Upper Chippooks Creek August 26, 1633, and in 1641, he represented James City County in the House of Burgesses.
  • May 18, 1627, Benjamin Harrison was granted 600 acres of land in James City County, on the south side of the James RIver, about a mile and half up Upper Chippoke's Creek, on the east side of the creek, near the land granted to Jeremiah Clements.
  • At a Grand Assembly at James City, July 12, 1641, the names of the Burgesses of several plantations were given, and Mr. Jeremie Clement was named.
  • A Court at James City, June 5, 1632: "... It is thought fit and ordered that Jeremy Clements perform the administration of Roger Pritchard's by dividing the estate and the equal proportions towards the situation of his debts unto his creditors."
  • 1635 - Virginia Magazine of History, Vol 8, July 1895-June 1896, pp 274-5- Mr. Jeremiah Clement, 500 acres lying eastward of the lands formerly in his possession and bounded on the north by James River - due: 50 acres for the personal adventure of his wife Edy Clements, and 450 for the transportation of nine persons. By West, June 11, 1635.
  • Headrights: Edy Clement, his wife, John Clement, John Giles, John Dawtres, Christopher Abbott, Henry Tompson, John Taylor, Thos. Ashby, Wm. Skuens, WM. Winder, Nathaniel Eaton
  • 1638 - Patents Issued during the Regal Government, William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 3, (Jan., 1901), pp. 139-144.
  • JAMES CITY COUNTY, VA, BOOK NO. 1. p.660. Jeremiah Clements, Mar: 10, 1638. 500 acres. Lying at the upper Chippokes Creek, northward upon James River.
  • The Colonial Virginia Register, compiled by William and Mary Newton Stanard, Albany, NY, Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers, 1902, p 61 - January 12, 1641, House of Burgess lists Mr. Jeremie Clement from James City
  • Surry County, VA records, p 129, March 15, 1657 - Jeremiah Clements his pattent for 200 acres of land, January 10, 1643. On the back side assigned as followeth, viz: Know all men that I, Capt. Henerye Berry, doe assigne over this pattent to Wm. Gapings and his heirs.
  • William and Mary Quarterly, Vol 10, 1901-03, p 93, Patents issued during the Regal Government, Jeremiah Clement, January 10, 1643. 200 acres, lying on the south side of James river, at the upper Chippoke.
  • 1607-1657/8 Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5 Order of First Families of Virginia, 3rd Ed, 1987, p 198 August 26, 1633 - "Jeremiah Clement sonn and heire apparant to Elizabeth Clements, deceased" patented 350 acres "upon the Easterlie side of Upper Chippoackes Creek...due unto him in right o the said Elizabeth Clements his Mother of the Advenhire of seaven persons...herselfe...Jerimiah Clements, Nicholas Clements, Ezechiell Clements her sonns, Elizabeth Clements her daughter. Dorothy Greene and Jefferie Hull her servants, whoe came all over in the "George", 1617.
  • 1607 p 199 Baptized November 8, 1607, assumed title to the family land, evidently as eldest surviving son, and on June 11, 1635 patented 500 acres "east upon land formerly in his possession and north upon the James River", naming as his headrights his "wife Edey Clements" and "John Clements". This patent was renewed March 10, 1638/9 and on January 10, 1643/4 he patented 200 acres more in James City, now Surry, County at the Upper Chipoake, among the four headrights naming Amey Clements and Ezekiel Clements. As Jeremie Clement he was Burgess for James City, 1642. He was dead by March 17, 1657/8.
  • (Note: Cathi (Clements) Gross: Adventurers of Purse have Corrected their mistakes about Jeremiah Clements in this 3rd Edition from the mistakes of their 1st edition.)
  • 1657/58 - Surry County Records, 1652-1684, p 129, March 16, 1657, - Jeremiah Clements his patent for 200 acres of land, January 10, 1643. On the back side assigned as followeth, viz: Know all men that I, Capt. Henrye Berry, doe assigne over this patent to Wm. Gapings and his heirs. Rec: January 26, 1658
  • The Virginia Genealogist, Vol 19, No 4, Oct-Dec 1975, p 255, "Inquisitions on Escheated Land, 1665-1676", p 121, Surry Co, VA, May 20, 1670, - Jury find that Wm. Gapin was at the time of his death seized of 200 acres lying at Upper Chipoakes in the sd county by patent granted to Jeremiah Clements and several assignments came to Wm. G rweapin, and also 100 from Henry Perry Esqr. And Elizabeth his wife, and cannot finde that he disposed of the 300 acres by deed, conveyance or gift or that he made any bequest hereof by will or otherwise nor that he did have any lawful heir to claim the same and therefore the 300 acres doth escheat.
  • (Note: by Cathi (Clements) Gross - What does Escheat Mean?
  • Escheat means the reversion of property to the state, or (in feudal law) to a lord, on the owner's dying without legal heirs. So, in the year 1670, there is no Mention of John Clements of Surry County, VA as being an Heir to this property that was once owned by Jeremiah. Only Henry Perry and his Wife Elizabeth, who are speculated to be the only Heir of Jeremiah Clements are mentioned.
  • ( Note: by Cathi (Clements) Gross:
  • What does Headright Mean?
  • History of the Headright System
  • The headright system referred to a grant of land, usually 50 acres, given to settlers in the 13 colonies. The system was used mainly in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland. It proved to be quite effective by increasing the population in the British colonies.
  • The headright system was originally created in 1618 in Jamestown, Virginia. It was used as a way to attract new settlers to the region and address the labor shortage. With the emergence of tobacco farming, a large supply of workers was needed. New settlers who paid their way to Virginia received 50 acres of land. However, most of the workers who arrived in Virginia were indentured servants, people who pledged to perform five to seven years of labor.
  • Details of the Headright System
  • Individuals who could afford it would accumulate land by paying for poor individuals to travel to Virginia. In the 1600s, the cost was roughly 6 pounds per person, or approximately $215 today. This system led to the development of indentured servitude. In this system, poor individuals would work for a certain number of years to repay those who sponsored their trip. Even if the indentured servant did not make it to Virginia alive, the sponsor still received land.
  • Plantation owners definitely benefited from the headright system when they transported slaves. Many families grew in power by receiving many acres of land. One landowner purchased 60 slaves and received 3,000 acres of land in 1638. The more land a family acquired, the wealthier they became overnight. This eventually led to land only being distributed for settlers from England, and no longer slaves from Africa.
  • (Note: Cathi (Clements) Gross, so Headright had nothing to do with relationship or connection it had to do with profits and gaining land and Growing the Colonies as fast as they could. Even know Jeremiah Clements brought in someone by the name of John Clements does NOT mean they had any relationship at all. Many have speculated, but there is no real evidence to prove relationship. It's possible he was a poor cousin but he diffidently was not a son. YDNA has proven that John Clements of Surry County was Group #5- Website: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/clements-clemmons-dna/about/background
  • Website: https://www.familytreedna.com/public/ClementsClemmonsDNA/default.aspx?section=yresults)


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JM2F-588 : 11 February 2018, Jeremiah Clement, 08 Nov 1607); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 845,229, 476,868.
  • Some Old Surry Families Author: The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 16, No. 4 (Apr., 1908), pp. 221-235. Meriwether, Browne, Clements, Flood and Jordan Families

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