William Riley Clem

Brief Life History of William Riley

When William Riley Clem was born in 1845, in Indiana, United States, his father, Elkanah "Allen" Clem, was 22 and his mother, Catherine Stanley, was 14. He married Mary E. Adams in 1875. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Pleasant Township, Jefferson, Nebraska, United States for about 15 years and Fairbury, Jefferson, Nebraska, United States in 1910. He died in 1915, at the age of 70, and was buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Jefferson, Nebraska, United States.

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William Riley Clem
Mary E. Adams
Marriage: 1875
Sarah Clem
Charles Clem
Edward Clem
Lottie May Clem
Bessie C. Clem

Sources (13)

  • William Cline in household of Alceney Cline, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Riley, "Find A Grave Index"
  • William R Clem in entry for Ed Clem, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"

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Name Meaning

English (Somerset): from a short form of the personal name Clement or of the female form, Clemence.

Americanized form of German Klemm and German or Dutch Klem: from a short form of the personal name Klemens .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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