Biography of H. T. Clement



Kalamazoo County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

H. T. CLEMENT was born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., Feb. 9, 1798. When fourteen years old he went to live with the Shakers, in Watervliet, Albany Co., N. Y., with whom he resided seventeen years, learning the trade of a carpenter and millwright. In 1823 he went to Troy, N. Y., and worked in the United States Arsenal about two years. In 1835 he came to Michigan and worked at his trade near Detroit, and in 1837 went to Marshall, where he helped to build the stone mill; also helped build the first grist-mill in Allegan, and the Emery-mills near Marshall. He also worked at his trade in Aurora, Ill., building grist-mills. In 1841 he came to Kalamazoo, and soon after married Mrs. Jacob Kimble. He at once went to work on her farm, clearing and improving, and making it the premium farm of the county. He built one of the finest houses in the township, and surrounded it with large and fine outbuildings. The premium-money paid on the farm bought Mrs. Clement's second set of silver spoons; his first set being earned while she lived in Pennsylvania. She also kept boarders, many of the early pioneers having boarded with her until they could make homes for themselves. In 1851, Mr. Clement went by water to California, arriving there in the winter of 1851-52. He built mills on Feather River, receiving ten dollars per day and board. In 1853 he returned, and again took charge of the farm, on which he continued until his death, Feb. 5, 1871. He was a man of great force of character and very industrious, doing much to improve, and build up the county. In politics he was a Democrat, but never sought office. He married Mrs. Jacob Kimble, Dec. 3, .1842. There was born to them one son, George M. D., Sept. 27, 1844, who married Miss Rosa B. Slack, of Mendon, St. Joseph Co. There have been born to them five children: Daisie S., March 2, 1870; Henry H., Oct. 27, 1871; Lillie M., July 31, 1873; Bertha S., Jan. 17, 1876; George M. D., Jr., Sept. 10, 1878.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.