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Clements family papers

Identifier: MSS-0316

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.


  • 1846-1948


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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 LLB degree in 1847 from Harvard University. He married Martha Lavinia Bugbee on November 27, 1850. Their children were Francis Bugbee, Julius Morgan, and Clara Estelle. He died in Tuscaloosa on December 1, 1875.

Luther Morgan Clements was born in Tuscaloosa County on November 15, 1825. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama (1844) and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1849). A captain in Company F of the 41st Alabama Infantry, he served as both soldier and surgeon in the Confederate army. He never married and died in Tuscaloosa on November 30, 1903.

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 and 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. Owen, 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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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.

Physical Location

W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library


Gift of Mrs. Charles Brasfield, 1977


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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266