Samuel Clements, who has been a resident of Jefferson Township since 1849, was born in Highland County, Ohio, June 2, 1814. He was the sixth in a family of nine children, born to Richard and Elizabeth (Brown) Clements, the former a native of Maryland, and the latter of Virginia, of Irish and German descent. When Samuel was about three years of age, his parents removed to Wayne County, Ind., where he was reared on a farm. In 1837, they removed to Delaware County, where his parents resided until their deaths: his mother lacked only a few months of being one hundred years old at the time of her death. From 1837 to 1849, our subject followed various pursuits, and during this period took part in the Mexican War, enlisting in 1846, and spent almost three years in conquering Mexico. After the close of the war, or in April 1849, he landed in Huntington County. From here, in 1851, he went over to Miami County and entered eighty acres of wild timbered land, but never cleared it up, but he continued to reside in this township. In 1852, he purchased the farm he now resides on, and has lived here ever since. He soon erected a log cabin and began to clear it up. On August 22, 1850, he was married to Martha B. Pinkerton, a native of Pennsylvania, who came to this county in 1845. This union has been blessed with seven children: Melissa, David, Mary, Richard, William, Elvina, and Martha A., of whom Melissa is deceased. Mr. Clements is a staunch Republican, and firmly upholds the principles of that party. He began life a poor boy, and has earned every dollar he is worth to-day by hard work and earnest toil. He now owns eighty-two acres of fine land in Section 18, and has a comfortable home.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Jefferson Township. Page 677.