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Guide to the Clements Family papers MSS.0316


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

February 2008


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Clements Family papers

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


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Papers of a Tuscaloosa family whose members included Hardy Clements, Rufus Hargrove Clements, Martha Lavinia Clements, Frank Bugbee Clements, Luther Morgan Clements, and others. The bulk of the papers relate to Frank Bugbee Clements.


Clements Family


Clements, Francis Bugbee, 1864-1951


Clements, Hardy


Clements, Luther Morgan, 1825-1903


Clements, Martha Lavinia Bugbee


Clements, Rufus Hargrove, 1823-1875

Scope and Contents note

The Clements family papers, along with those of the Wynn and Bugbee families, were donated together. Each of these families is related to the others through marriage, and the donor is a direct descendent of all. As the ties between the families are evident only in the genealogical records, the papers have been organized separately. The papers are grouped into the following series: Hardy Clements, Rufus Hargrove Clements, Martha Lavinia Clements, F. B. Clements, Luther Morgan Clements, and Other. The bulk of the papers relate to Frank Bugbee Clements.

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Preferred Citation:

Clements Family papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. Charles Brasfield, 1977

Biographical/Historical note

Hardy Clements was born at Edgefield Court House, South Carolina on October 16, 1783, the son of Ruben and Elizabeth (Stuart) Clements. He and his brother Ruben came to the Mississippi Territory in 1796 or 1798. Hardy Clements’ first wife, whom he married on December 30, 1822, was Martha Hargrove of Virginia. Their children were Rufus Hargrove, Luther Morgan, and Early Coleman. On May 13, 1832, Hardy Clements married his second wife, Maria Ann Pegues. Their children were Anne Stuart, Egbert Rush, Asenith Rice, Collier Foster, and Newton Nash. He owned extensive landholdings in Tuscaloosa County.

Rufus Hargrove Clements was born in Tuscaloosa County, November 1, 1823. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1845 and received his LL.B. degree in 1847 from Harvard University. He married Martha Lavinia Bugbee on November 27, 1850. Their children were Francis Bugbee, Julia Morgan, and Clara Estelle. He died in Tuscaloosa on December 1, 1875.

Luther Morgan Clements was born in Tuscaloosa County on November 15, 1827.* He was a graduate of the University of Alabama (1844) and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1849). He served as both soldier and surgeon in the Confederate army.** He never married and died in Tuscaloosa on November 30, 1903. *Palmer says 1825 **Palmer says Capt., Co. F, 41st Ala.

Francis (Frank) Bugbee Clements was born in Tuscaloosa on May 23, 1864 and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1883. He served as president and director for the Demopolis Electric Power and Light Company and was also employed by the J. L. Yancey Real Estate & Insurance Company of Birmingham. He married Lorna Wynn Wilson on May 25, 1884. Their daughter was Martha Lavinia Clements, who married Charles Theodore Brasfield. Frank Clements died May 19, 1951.

Sources: Thomas M. 0wen, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921, and Thomas Waverly Palmer, A Register of the Officers and Students of the University of Alabama, 1831-1901. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama, 1901.

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Alabama (localbroad)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Civil War (localbroad)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Family papers (aat)

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) (lcsh)

University of Alabama--Alumni and alumnae. (lcsh)

Hardy Clements

Components in Detail

Will, accounts relative to settlement of his estate, and deed of gift of slaves to Rufus H. Clements. 3 items, unarranged Box 389 Folder 1

Rufus Hargrove Clements

Components in Detail

Two letters to his son, Frank (1874). Correspondence (1868, 1875) from the firms of Foster and Gardner and Kirksey and Carpenter, cotton factors and commission merchants concerning cotton prices. Wills (1875 and undated). Coal mining lease (draft, 1874). 7 items Box 389 Folder 2

Receipts, 1859-1873. 10 items Box 389 Folder 3

Taxes - Receipts for taxes: state, city, county, county war, corporation, and railroad, 1855-1898. INCONSISTENT DATES 54 items Box 389 Folder 4

Account book, 1866-1870. 1 item Box 389 Folder 5

Materials relating to Tuscaloosa Paper Company, 1846-1859. Deeds relating to property in Tuscaloosa, Alabama owned by the Tuscaloosa Paper company, 1846-1859 (6), extracts of corresponence relating to an insurance claim, 1848-1849 (1), declaration of incorporation (1849), letters relating to sale of the company, 1858-1859 (2). 11 items, unarranged Box 389 Folder 6

Martha Lavinia Bugbee Clements

Components in Detail

Letter to son, Frank. Letter from F. B. Dexter of Yale College concerning the death of her father, Francis Bugbee, a Yale graduate. Letters (2) from J. Morgan Clements, and a deed. 5 items Box 389 Folder 7

Luther Morgan Clements

Components in Detail

Tax receipts, 1861-1864. Receipts for state, county, city, war and railroad taxes. 11 items Box 389 Folder 8

Francis Bugbee Clements

Components in Detail

Correspondence, 1888-1948 15 items Box 389 Folder 9

Scope and Contents note

Letters written to Frank Clements from: Julia Bugbee, Annie Atmon Cassie, Ione Gerard, cousin Lavinia, C. S. Prince, D. F. Robertson , and Fannie Wright. The letters generally concern the Clements' genealogy. Correspondence between F. B. Clements and Maddox and Co. architects of Birmingham concerning plans for an apartment house (for blueprints, see ___). Postcard from Martin and Allardyce of Texas concerning a black and white copy of the Clements Family coat of arms. Includes one outgoing letter to his mother.

Business Papers, 1882-1905 6 items Box 389 Folder 10

Scope and Contents note

Letter of recommendation from E. White, President of Eastman College and Mayor of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. on behalf of Frank Clements. Warranty deed for purchase of real estate in Birmingham by F. B. Clements. Deed for land in Tuscaloosa known as the "R. H. Clements Warrior River Plantation"' by F. B. Clements. Sample pages for Belview Plantation Daily Report, Coker, Alabama, 192__.

Financial Papers, 1889-1927. Receipts, account listings and deposit slips. 13 items Box 389 Folder 11

Account book, 1894-1901 Box 389 Folder 12

Account book, 1900-1911 Box 389 Folder 13

Account book, 1897-1914 Box 389 Folder 14

Rent Book, 1902-1930 Box 389 Folder 15

Clements Family Genealogy 10 items, unarranged Box 389 Folder 16

Scope and Contents note

Genealogical charts, memorial to Martha Lavinia Clements, biographical sketch of Rufus Hargrove Clements and personal name index of Clements family.

Blueprints and Architectural Drawings 9 items, unarranged Box 390 Folder 17

Scope and Contents note

Drawings of the "R. H. Clements Warrior River Plantation" and Frank Clements' apartment house on 20th St. and 6th Ave., Birmingham. Seven unidentified drawings. And about thirteen blueprints of house specifications for Clements Family in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

Miscellaneous File 9 items, unarranged Box 390 Folder 18

Scope and Contents note

Photogravures -Warrior River in flood near Tuscaloosa, Lock 17, and Dorothy Horton, “Ettiquette for the Ball or Drawing Room,” “Our Government – How Founded” by David L. Pierson, “George Washington: A Brief Review of his Life in the Form of Question and Answer” by David L. Pierson, cigarette card, list of coin collection, membership card, Birmingham Newspaper Club, announcement of meeting, Tuscaloosa Club, copy of deed of trust between Jesse G. Jordan and James R. Kidd, and list of hands.

Newspaper Clippings -- Family Clippings concerning various family members. 11 items, urranged Box 390 Folder 19

Newspaper Clippings -- General Clippings on various subjects. 2 inches, unarranged Box 390 Folder 20


Components in Detail

Benjamin Clements' business arithmetic book, 1795. Box 390 Folder 21

Alfred P. Marlow's business arithmetic book, 1808-1814. Box 390 Folder 22