Clenenden family correspondence and the 1859 pocket diary kept by Clemens L. Clendenen cover Clendenen family affairs, farming,
and property, including and a rift between Hyman Clendenen and his father over the land in Iowa and a homestead grant.
The Clendenens were a farming family in Beverly, Ohio. In the mid 1850's, Hyram Clendenen, son of James Clendenden, moved
to a Gold Rush town of Iowa Hill, Cal. In August, 1863, his brother, Clemens L. Clendenen, an Ohio farmer, enlisted in the
4th West Virginia Cavalry. This one-year regiment was on duty at Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Grafton, New Creek and other points
on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad till June 1864, guarding railroads and operating against guerillas. Clemens L. Clendenen served
as a cook and barber. Captured during the action at Williamsport, January 30, 1864, he died in the Andersonville prison in
summer of 1864. Willard Lambden Clendenen was a farmer and laborer in Kansas in 1880's. Col. Clarence Clemens Clandenen, a
prominent military historian and grandson of Clemens L. Clendenen, was curator of special collections, Hoover Institution
on War, Revolution and Peace.
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