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James & Sophia Clemens & Greenville Settlement in Long, Ohio

 
 
James & Sophia Clemens & Greenville Settlement in Long, Ohio Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 16, 2021
1. James & Sophia Clemens & Greenville Settlement in Long, Ohio Marker
Inscription.  

James and Sophia Clemens’ lives are part of a story of tens of thousands of people of color who migrated north in search of land to farm and better lives during the first half of the 19th century. In 1818, James Clemens (1781-1870) purchased 387 acres in German Township, Darke County, Ohio. He and Sophia (Sellers) Clemens (1786-1875 were brought here by Adam Sellers (1742-1821) of Rockingham County, Virginia. In 1822, Thornton Alexander (1785-1851), emancipated by A. Sellers, purchased land in Randolph County, Indiana, about a half mile west of Clemens’ land. These purchases were the beginning of the Greenville Settlement on the Ohio-Indiana border. Other settlers of color followed, including the Bass family from North Carolina, in 1828. The 1830 census enumerated approximately 78 people of color in German Township Ohio and adjacent Green’s Fork Township, Indiana.
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The Clemens owned 790 acres of land in 1838, with their holdings to increase even more throughout the mid-19th century. A sign of the family’s prosperity was their substantial two-story, brick I-house,
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built sometime between 1822 and 1850. Besides farming, the Clemenses were leaders in their multiracial community. In 1845, they helped to establish the local Wesleyan Methodist Church 9later named Bethel Long Wesleyan Church) and sold to it land for a cemetery. In the years before the Civil War, the Clemenses and other families, such as the Alexanders and the Goens, were conductors on the Underground Railroad. Around 1885, the Ohio side of the community took the name of Long, in order to gain a post office.
 
Erected 2020 by Union Literary Institute Preservation Society, The Clemens Family and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 8-19.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 40° 4.656′ N, 84° 47.013′ W. Marker is near Greenville, Ohio, in Darke County. Marker is on Stingley Road (County Route 57) 0.2 miles west of Smith Road (County Route 386), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 467 Stingley Road, Greenville OH 45331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured
James & Sophia Clemens & Greenville Settlement in Long, Ohio Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 16, 2021
2. James & Sophia Clemens & Greenville Settlement in Long, Ohio Marker reverse
as the crow flies. Benjamin Williams (approx. 0.9 miles away); Union Literary Institute (approx. 1.7 miles away in Indiana); Palestine Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Jonathan Pierson (approx. 3.6 miles away); Spartanburg Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away in Indiana); Hollansburg Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Memoriam (approx. 6.8 miles away in Indiana); Tecumseh / Shawnee Prophet's Town (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Additional commentary.
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German Township is now called Liberty Township
    — Submitted March 17, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.

 
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
 
James & Sophia Clemens & Greenville Settlement in Long, Ohio Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 16, 2021
3. James & Sophia Clemens & Greenville Settlement in Long, Ohio Marker
This view of the marker is looking west on Stingley Road, towards Bethel Church.
James & Sophia Clemens House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 16, 2021
4. James & Sophia Clemens House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 17, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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