CLEMONS, Chesterfield W.

The first Settler of Chesterfield Twp, was Chesterfield W. Clemons of Ontario Co., N.Y. he was married at the age of 23, to Miss Fannie Downing of Ontario Co., N.Y. In July 1821 the young couple soon migrated west as far as the vicinity of Painsville, Ohio and there six daughters were born to them. Animated by the true pioneer spirit Mr. Clemons and family bravely penetrated into the almost undisturbed wilderness of this section of Southern Lenawee and Northern Fulton Counties. It was on the sixth day of October 1834 that they arrived in the forest of what is now called Chesterfield. Chesterfield Township was organized in the spring of 1836 it then included part of Gorham Township and part of Dover Township. The first attempt to raise a levy, a tax for school purposes, failed at the first election, but at the
next it was levied by a majority vote of the people.