|Church where Lydia is buried.|
The family landed in Salisbury but moved almost at once to Haverhill. According to the city website:
Haverhill is located in northeastern Massachusetts; about 32 miles north of Boston on the New Hampshire border; and about 16 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The Merrimack River flows 12 miles through the heart of the city and is directly responsible for the city's shape and character.
Settlement started in the area as early as 1640 but the "Deed of Township" was not signed until 1642. Signing for the Colonist were Reverend John Ward, Robert Clements, Tristram Coffin, Hugh Sherrat, William White, and Thomas Davis. The land was purchased from the Pentucket Tribe, Passaquo and Saggahew made their marks, bow and arrows, for the Indians. Robert and Tristram Coffin were neighbors in an area of Haverhill known as The Rocks. The town was named Haverhill after the birthplace of the Reverend John Ward who was from Haverhill, England.
Robert Clements was made a freeman in 1645, he was very active in the administration of the colony. In 1647 he was made Commissioner to End Small Causes, 1647-1654 he was appointed as Deputy from Haverhill to the General Court, he was an Associate Judge, County Commissioner and was empowered to give the Oath of Fidelity to his fellow Haverhill residents. In 1653 he was given the right to sell wine, so it seems he owned an Inn. Robert also continued to hold land in England. As well as farming, Robert owned the first gristmill in Haverhill. All in all he was a very successful man.
In 1652 his daughter Mary rejoined the family in Haverhill, she was then 15 years old. She married the following year to John Osgood of Andover. Her brother John had married John's sister Sarah Osgood in 1648.
In or about 1658 John Clement returned to England, possibly to join his brothers Daniel and Abraham who were in Ireland. He wrote to his brother Robert and asked him to escort his family to England. On the voyage to England the ship was captured by Spaniards and Robert and John's family were held captive in Spain for a few weeks. At some point thereafter John, Sarah and their daughter were lost at sea. Robert returned to Haverhill and in 1659 and was appointed executor of his brother's estate.
Daniel and Abraham stayed in Ireland. Daniel was given land in Rathkenny, Cavan by Oliver Cromwell and his descendants were quite successful, eventually earning the title of Earl of Leitrim. One of Robert Jr. descendants was Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain.
Will of Robert Clements
Robertt Clementsof Haverhill being of perfittmemory blessed be God for itt, doe ordaine& make this my last will, in manner & forme following: ffirstI Comittmy souleinto the hands of God my Creator & maker, beleevingthrough the mirretts Rightousnesse& obedience of Jesus Christ my redemerto have & enjoy life & salvation Everlastingly by him. fformy goods I give first unto my wife my house & house lott& all the acomadationsthat belonged to ittwhich sheeis to have during her life & after her decease to returneto my childerns childornethat are in new englandeach his portion to be deliveredinto the hands of their parents for their childornsuse. I give alsoeto my wife my best yoakeof oxen I have, & three of my best cowes, & my best beds with theirefurniture to them & six of my best peauterdishes six spoones, my best brasse pott, & three of my best kittles, & two spining t__rnes, & all hangleson the fire, with fire shovles& tonges& two of the best coushens, one___ & a cupp, with all my wooden & Earthen vessells& all manner ofclothing that belong to her, as also my byblecandlestick & chamber pott. My will is that if there be any goods of mine come out of England this yereor the next my wife shall have five pounds of ittaccording to the bill of lading. AlsoeI give my wife althe Lining in my house two excepting paireof sheets that are for my bed & all the Corne in my house barne& growing on the land, & also a debt of seaven& sumodd monyin the hands of John Hutchins for the repaireingthe house & fencing the home lott. I give to my wife alsoewhat is due meeor will bee from mr Drumerby bills or Covinants, & alsoethe Cloth that is attthe weavers with what woolen yearne& fflaxeis in the house, & alsoethree pounds whichis in the hands of mr. Cooke of boston. I give her two skillitts, two stockesoff the best beese& two chests with locke& caieto them. I give to my wife the boards I bought at Salisbury to repairethe house. It is my will that one halfeof the goods which I give my wife that if sheespend not, at her decease it shall returneto my executors to be equally devidedamong them .I give unto my sonneJob Clement one felleewhich will be two yer old next may. AllsoeI give him my best suit of apparell& my best cloake& best hatt, my best paireof shewes& stockens. I give to my sonneRobertt twenty pound due tome out of my renttin England, & which renttis due me more I give to my three sonesJohn, Abraham & Dannell .All the rest of my estate in new england due to meeupon bonds or bills or any accounts land or goods whatsoeverI give to my sonnesMoses Pengrow& Abraham Morrill & John Osgood whom I make my executors to see this my will performed & my debts paid & my body laid in the grave. That which is struckout in the other side at the lower end betweenethe 4th & 5th line it was donebefore it was sealdto, & here unto I settmy hand & seald. I give to mr. ward or minesterfive pounds.
Robert Clements (seal)
Witness: Bartell: BHHeath and william white Provedin Hampton court 11:8:1658 by the witnesses.
Estate of Robert Clements of Haverhill
Mr. Robert Clements late of Haverhill, gave to his grandchildren that were then in New England, after the decease of his wife, his house,
houselotand orchard in Haverhill, to be dividedequally by the disposal of their parents; therefore, Job Clements, Moses Pengry, John Osgood and Thomas Mudgetbeing the surviving parents of the grandchildren, have divided it into three parts, there being fifteen heirs , that is to saytwo of Job Clements, six of Moses Pengry's, five Abraham Morrill's and two of John Osgood's and thus the heirs are dividedinto three parts and their portions are as follows: Job Clement's two children, John Osgood's two children and Moses Pengry's eldest son to have the second division of upland, the oxecommon land, half of the east meadow the upper end, together with one third part of the fourth division laid out, as also all common priviledges thereuntobelonging; Moses Pengry's other five children to have the third division of upland, Haukes meadow, and one third part of the fourth division not yet laid out, together with one third of allcommon priviledges thereuntobelonging: Abraham Morrill's five children to have the house and house lot, orchard, the plain lot and half the east meadow the lower end, with one third part of the fourth division not yet laid out and one third of allcommon priviledes thereuntobelonging.
Singed Oct 8 1669Witness:
Robert Clement, Jno (his I+ mark) Heath, Sr., John Redman Thomas Mudgetowned this agreement or division Dec 18, 1684 .Acknowledged Apr 2, 1672, by Moses Pengryand John Osgood .George brown and Daniell Ela were chosenby the Hampton court to consider ofand to survey a division of land that Mr. Rob. Clement gave to his grandchildren which they have done and consider the above division just and right as witness our hands. Oct 6 1685
Source: Norfolk Deeds,
vol3, p. 341