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Anders Clementsson, Sr.

Also Known As: "Andrew Clements"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sunne, Varmland County, Sweden
Death: October 11, 1687 (45-53)
Cecil County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Clement Joransson Kanni and Cherstin Joransson
Husband of Ingeborg Clementsson
Father of Clement Clements; Jacob Clements; Michael Clements, Jr.; Andrew Clements, Jr.; Cornelius Clements and 4 others

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About Anders Clementsson, Sr.

Anders Clementsson, aka. Andrew Clements, arrived in New Sweden in Colonial America in May 1654 on board the ship, "The Orne (Eagle)". The ship had sailed from Gothenborg, Sweden in February 1654 with 250passengers.

The name of Anders Clementsson first appeared in New Sweden records on September 18, 1654, when he made a purchase from the New Sweden commissary.

Upon his arrival in New Sweden, Anders served as a soldier at Fort Christina. His name also appears on the New Sweden records where he made purchases from the company store from April 14 to May 31, 1655.

But life in the colony was very difficult and the population of the colony numbered only 368 persons in 1655. In September of that year, Peter Stuyvesant, Governor of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam sentseven armed ships and 317 soldiers to invade New Sweden. Badly outnumbered, the Swedes surrendered the colony without a fight. The Swedish governor and 36 others returned to Sweden, but most of theSwedes and Finns decided to stay in America, pledging their allegiance to the Dutch.

In 1657 Governor Stuyvesant established the "somewhat independent"colony of New Amstel where the resident Swedes and Finns were granted the right of "self-government" under Governor Jacob Alrichs.

In 1658, Anders name is found in records as a co-worker with Johan Gustafsson, cutting wood for sale to the Dutch. That same year,numerous tracts of land were surveyed in Maryland on the Sassafras River for Swedes and Finns who chose to leave New Amstel and move there.

In 1660, following the death of Governor Alrichs, a new governor,Alexander d' Hinojossa, was named for New Amstel. That same year,Peter Stuyvesant asked the citizens of New Amstel to supply soldiersin his war against the Indians at Esopus (Kingston, NY), but the Swedes refused, insisting on their historic non-agression policy with the Indians and relations between the Dutch government and New Amstelbecame strained. A year later, some of the Swedish Finns left the colony and moved to Maryland., including Anders and his wife and two sons, Clement and Andrew.

Anders was granted "denization" by the government of Maryland on July29, 1661. A 400 acre tract of land on the south side of the Elk River was surveyed for "Andrew Clemerson" on July 29, 1662. His plantation,called Clementson was located in Cecil Co. MD.

Anders became a naturalized citizen in Maryland on June 6, 1674, usingthe name of Andrew Clements. He was described as a Swede, formerly of New Amstel, Delaware.

His name is mentioned in the Maryland Deed Book on August 3, 1668 regarding a land transaction of Hendrick Hendrickson. It reads as follows: "Hendrick Hendrickson, planter, and wife Junibar, for 1200 pounds of tobacco, conveying to William Howard, planter, the tracts Hendrick and Hendrickson of 50 acres each, on the south side and at the mouth of Elk River, one tract adjoining land formerly taken up by Andrew Clements."

Cecil Co. MD records show that Andrew's name also appears where heserved on an inquest jury April 27, 1677, witnessed the will of Humphrey Nichols of Cecil Co. MD on February 3, 1865, and appraised the estate of Humphrey Nichols July 30, 1687.

Andrew's name appears in the Maryland Probate Records May 12, 1684where a payment was made to him from the estate of John Murwent.

Andrew's will was written July 30, 1685 and proven October 11, 1687 in Cecil Co. MD. A summary of that will is recorded in the Maryland Callendar of Wills. It reads as follows: "I give unto my dear and beloved wife Ingeborg Clementsson two cows and two calves with their increase, one breeding mare with her increase, and one four-year-old steer. I give unto my son Clement Clement one heifer, two years old.I give all the rest of my [personal] estate equally to be divided,when all of my debts shall be paid, among my wife and children,excepting my son Clement, who has already received his portion. My dwelling plantation with all the land belonging to it, called Clementson, being four hundred acres, I give unto my sons - one hundred acres I give to my son Andrew, one hundred and fifty acres I give to my sons Cornelius and John, fifty acres apiece to my three youngest sons, Henry, Michael, and Matthias, my dear wife to live peaceably [thereon] during her lifetime. My son Andrew Clements do ordain my sole executor." Test: Richard Daggett, Gilbert Coxe, Hewe Rice, Henry Riggs, Ann Hewes, Mary Beadle.

The inventory of the estate of Andrew Clementson, taken by Gilbert Coxe and Henry Rigg, dated April 1688, showed a personal estate of65.3.2 pounds.

Andrew's widow, Ingeborg, married James Porter about a year after his death. A lawsuit was brought against Andrew Clementson, Jr. in Cecil County Court by James and Ingeborg Porter in 1690. The court proceedings held from March 10-13. Ingeborg accused her "stepson" of"breaching his duties as executor of his father's estate to the detriment of herself and her five children by Andrew Clementson, Sr."Ingeborg and James Porter lost the case.

Source: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lkcopelanier&id=I8819

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Anders Clementsson, Sr.'s Timeline

1638
1638
Sunne, Varmland County, Sweden
1660
1660
Age 22
DE, United States
1662
1662
Age 24
1666
1666
Age 28
1674
1674
Age 36
1676
1676
Age 38
1682
1682
Age 44
1687
October 11, 1687
Age 49
Cecil County, Maryland, United States
1709
1709
Age 49
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