Ancient Family History

The photo above was taken about 10 years ago – a picture of some of the land purchased by Hilton Hotema when he moved to Florida. He was an Indian Agent in Oklahoma and because the government paid him in cash he was able to buy land in Florida for 25¢ an acre.

Written by George Robert Clements

February 7, 1878 – August 9, 1970

The original typed piece written by George R. Clements.

The original typed piece written by George R. Clements.

During the French and Indian war, 1755-1757, a band of Mohawks from the area that became New Hampshire, raided a white settlement in Massachusetts near the line between the two states, killing the men and carrying off the women and children as captives.

Among the captives was a white woman named Johnson whose husband was killed by the Indians. In time she became the wife of the tribal chief, and some 10 or 12 years later she returned to her old home in Mass., with 3 half-blood children, two girls and a boy.

The boy grew to manhood, married a white woman, and to them were born 5 children, 4 boys and a girl, named Alfred, Finn, John, George, and Lydia. Finn died at the age of 96 and John at 97. We were never told the ages of Alfred and George when they died.

The woman, Lydia Johnson, grew up and married Benjamin Nutting, a white man whose forefathers came from England, and he was related to Daniel Webster. They had 9 children, as follows:

  1. Jonas
  2. Charles
  3. Mariah
  4. Lucy
  5. Joseph
  6. Aaron
  7. Nellie
  8. George
  9. Lucinda

Lucinda grew up and on Oct. 19, 1876, married Frank A. Clement at Westminster, Mass., and had 8 children, as follows:

  1. George
  2. William
  3. Frank
  4. Edwin
  5. Frederick
  6. Alfred
  7. Ethel
  8. Rose

Lydia Johnson Nutting, maternal grandmother of these 8 children, was a quarter-blood Mohawk. Her mother was a white woman, her father was a half-blood Mohawk, and her grandfather was full-blood Mohawk. None of them had any education, had never attended any school, and most of them could not read nor write. Those who could read and write learned it at home.

One of Lydia’s grandsons, George had such a craving for knowledge when he was a boy, that he went to college and graduated in shorthand, typing, law, became a doctor of chiropractic, and on July 14, 1927, was ordained as a minister by the Spiritual Psychic Science Church, Inc. of Los Angeles, California. He established a health magazine in 1920, published it for 26 years, became a professional writer in the field of Creation, Life and Man, and has written more than 40 books dealing with these vital subjects.

The parents of Frank A. Clement died when he was a little boy, and his maternal grandparents kept him until they died. Then he lived with his uncles and aunts until he was old enough to go to work and provide his own home. He never went to school but he could read and write. He had no brothers nor sisters, and knew nothing about his forefathers. That part of his life was blank.

My parents were Frank A. Clements and Lucinda Nutting Clements. I married Jerusha Felton in 1904, and we had four children as follows:

  1. Annette – November 23, 1881 – November 13, 1965
  2. Robert Felton – died in infancy
  3. Raymond Leroy – died in infancy
  4. Walter Eugene (adopted)
  5. Ralph Marcus – November 21, 1920 – December 24, 2004

Jerusha & George Clements - May 8, 1904

Jerusha & George Clements
May 8, 1904

Robert and Raymond died in infancy, and it was their early deaths under medical care that inspired me to become a doctor of chiropractic, for the death of those two babies showed me there was something decidedly wrong with so-called medical science, and I found out that it is — there is no such thing as medicine; all so-called medicines are poisons and that fact is admitted by medical history. And so the medics give a poison to a sick person they would never think of giving to a well person. Never take any poison called medicine.

One man paid $100.00 for his family tree, and after he got it, he paid another $100.00 to keep the matter a secret, as he was very much ashamed to learn the history of his ancestors. Well, ours runs back into people who could not read nor write and into the Mohawk Indian Tribe.

You might have noticed that when he first mentions his father, he says his name was Frank A. Clement, not Clements. Originally, George’s name was indeed, Clement. George Clement served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish American War (1898). He was serving in a regime with several other men with the last name Clement, so there were a lot of mistakes whenever the mail was delivered. To differentiate himself from the others he added an “S” to Clement and also added the middle name Robert. He did not have a middle name before that, so from then on he was known as George R. Clements.

There was a family rumor circulating for awhile that we’re related to Samuel Clemens… that during the war they’d added a “T” to Clemens to make it Clements. I think that was a very amusing misunderstanding, but the truth is that he added an “S” to Clement.

As for the Mohawk Indian Tribe… I suppose that’s why my skin takes on a reddish tan every summer. People have asked before if I’m sunburned, but it doesn’t hurt. It’s just the remnants of Native American blood running through my veins.

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