Biography of John L. Clements
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John L. Clements, pioneer of Kent county, was born in Seneca, Ontario Co., N. Y., Feb. 14, 1811. He is a son of Samuel and Catherine Cements, the former a native of Lancaster Co., Pa., and the latter of Essex Co., N. J. They were among the first set tlers of Lima, Washtenaw Co., where they settled in 1825. He followed the Lakes as sailor boy three seasons, and in 1837 returned to "fair Washtenaw" and kept hotel at Mill Creek one year. From that time he worked a part of his father's farm until 1846, when he entered into a partnership in a grist mill in Grand Rapids, known as Clements and Sweet's mill. His relation continued until 1854, when Mr. C. navigated Grand river with the steamer "Porter." In April, 1855, he purchased 400 acres of land on secs. 33, 34 and 35. During the next two years he constructed the dam and built the "Ada Mills." The expense was $7,000. He ran the mill two years and sold out, since which time he has been occupied in farming. In the spring of 1857 he platted South Ada. He was married in December, 1838, to Zipporah R., daughter of Wm. G. and Polly Beach, born in Cayuga Co., N. Y. They have one child, Edward B., born July 24. 1844. He was educated at the Pontiac High School and is also a graduate from the Law Department of the State University at Ann Arbor. He took his degree in 1871. Mr. Ciements has held various offices of public trust, among them that of Justice of the Peace 12 years. He served one term as Supervisor in Washtenaw county. Politically he is a Democrat, He owns a valuable farm of 260 acres.

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