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I have hit a dead end with William H. Clements (b.c. 1829), husband of Loula/Lulie Ida Strong and father of Lyman Jairus Clements. Thanks to his distinctively named wife, I was able to find the following in government records:

  • He married Lulie Ida Strong on 1 Jan 1863 in Avoyelles, Lousiana, or Warren County, Mississippi.
  • The 1870 census reports William Clemens [sic] living in Memphis Ward 8, Shelby, Tennessee, with his wife Ida Clemens (who was born in Louisiana about 1839) and son Lyman Clemens (who was born in Louisiana about 1866). William's birth location is Tennessee and approximate birth year is 1829.
  • His wife is listed as a widow in Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi, in the 1880 US Federal census, implying he died between 1870 and 1880.

I have not been able to find any further information, even unsourced, through Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and Find A Grave. There is no shortage of information about his son Lyman Jairus Clements. (The only anomaly is that Lyman Jairus' birthplace is listed as Mississippi in later censuses.)

Can anyone point me to further information?

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  • What sources have you seen besides the 1870 and 1880 Census schedules?
    – Jan Murphy
    Aug 1 '15 at 4:59
  • What's your source for the Louisiana Marriage? Could this index entry from Mississippi be the right couple? familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V28L-XLC
    – Jan Murphy
    Aug 1 '15 at 5:14
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    @JanMurphy Thanks for the Mississippi record, which looks like a match. Thanks too for the edit. All the information I have is at wikitree.com/wiki/Clements-2258 Aug 1 '15 at 14:22
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    @JanMurphy I know that there's no such thing as proof in genealogy (except possibly for DNA), but some records are likelier to be correct than others. I'll add source links to the question, although I think up-to-date information is likelier to be of interest to later readers. Aug 1 '15 at 17:08
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    I'm not suggesting that you not link to WikiTree at all. I'm saying that when you only link to WikiTree, then people won't be able to see quickly what you have already looked at when you wrote the question. With any online system, the readers who already know it can find the information, but readers who are not familiar with the site have to learn how to read it before they can answer you.
    – Jan Murphy
    Aug 1 '15 at 19:34

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