Biography - Hazard Clendenen

HAZARD PERRY CLENDENEN is a native of Bourbon county, Kentucky, where he was born October 12th, 1812. He is the youngest of two sons of George W. and Mary Clendenen. The elder son, Theodore, has been dead several years. George W. Clendenen was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, about the year 1779, and is one of a large family of Robert and Margaret Clendenen. Robert Clendenen was a descendant of the Scotch Highlanders, and his wife was of Irish extraction, though the ancestors of both were among the primitive settlers of Virginia. He was a soldier during the revolutionary war, and, after the termination of that contest, made a settlement on the Ohio river, in what is now West Virginia, where the pioneers built a fort for protection against the Indians, at a place called Gallipolis, and, by unanimous consent of the settlers, Robert Clendenen was made commander of the fort. ...

George W. Clendenen spent his early boyhood in Virginia, and when thirty-eight years of age, he was married to Miss Mary Reynolds, a native of Antrium county, Ireland. Mr. R., immediately after landing at Philadelphia, volunteered in the defense of his adopted country, and served bravely to the end of the revolutionary war. The marriage of Mr. Clendenen took place in Bourbon county, Kentucky, where his occupation was that of a farmer. In 1817, he left Kentucky, and removed with his family to St. Charles county, Missouri, arriving there in the fall of that year. The trip was made with a one-horse Dearborn wagon. While residing in Kentucky, Mr. C. frequently met Henry Clay, whom he greatly admired, and for whom he voted whenever an opportunity was presented. Mr. Clendenen resided in St. Charles county until the spring of 1820, when he removed to Greene county, Illinois, settling in what is now Woodville Precinct, on the tract of land embraced in the farm on which Henry Houdashelt now resides, near the point where Macoupin Creek breaks through the bluff. He was, according to the best information we can obtain, the first settler in township 9 -13, and was the first magistrate in that part of the county, and settled, without the usual process of law, many of the disputes that arose among the early settlers. In his early youth he was in a measure deprived of the advantages of common schools, yet, through his untiring industry, he succeeded in obtaining a good store of knowledge. He lived a moral and upright life, and died at his residence, on the farm where his son now resides, in 1841. His widow survived his death until November, 1869.

Hazard P. Clendenen received his early education in Greene county, principally under the tuition of his father. In his early boyhood, he laid the foundation of a common education, on which he has been continually building, until now we find him to be a gentleman well informed on the political and other leading topics of the day. ...
... he was married, on the 20th of December, 1842, to Miss Maria A. Clark, daughter of Absalom and Lydia Clark, who were formerly from the state of Ohio, though early settlers in this county, having located near the mouth of the Macoupin Creek in the fall of 1819. They were of English descent. Mr. Clark was a soldier during the war of 1812, and took part in the battle of the Maumee and several other engagements. Mrs. Clendenen was born in Greene county, Illinois, November 16th, 1823.

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Mr. C. and wife had a family of six children, two of whom died when quite young, while two sons and tow daughters are yet living. Their eldest daughter, Mary A., is the wife of Robert King, who is now residing in Lincoln county, Mo.; their second daughter, Jennie M., is the wife of James Ellis, now living in Montgomery county, Illinois; and their sons are residing at the old homestead.
... His eldest son, Oscar C., in 1862, at the age of fifteen years, enlisted in the sixty-first regiment Illinois volunteers, and, after serving three years, re-enlisted. He took part in the hard-fought battle of Pittsburg Landing and many other engagements, never flinching from the post of danger, and after the expiration of his term of service, he received an honorable discharge and returned home. Mr. Clendenen's son-in-law, Robert King, was a member of the sixth Missouri infantry, and remained in the service about four years, during which time he participated in the battles of Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Dalton, Resaca, Lost Mountain, Altoona, Kenesaw Mountain, in the latter of which he was wounded. After becoming convalescent, he accompanied Sherman's army in their grand march to the sea, and took part in the battle of Fort McAllister. Thus it will be seen that two of Mr. Clendenin's children assisted in preserving the supremacy of the old flag.

On the 4th of December, 1862, Mrs. Clendenen died at their residence, leaving her husband and children to mourn an irreparable loss.

Extracted 05 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 35.

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