Monday, November 16, 2015

Mrs. Sarah Jane Clemmer Passed April 14, 1917 Staunton, VA

Today I’m sharing 2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane Clemmer’s death certificate issued in Augusta County, Virginia April 15, 1917.

Mrs. Sarah Jane Clemmer's death certificate, Staunton, VA

Mrs. Sarah Jane Clemmer’s Death Certificate
Obtained from

Grandmother was born Sarah Jane Snyder July 17, 1847 to Adam Snyder and Hannah Hull in Augusta County. Her parents are named in the death certificate. Earlier this year I published 2 posts about 3rd Great Grandfather Adam Snyder’s life. You can read them by clicking here and here.

William Stover, a son-in-law, supplied the Registrar with the information in the document. Grandmother died in Addie M. (Clemmer) and Wm. Stover’s home at 914 Nelson St. in Staunton April 14, 1917.

Dr. Fred E. Hamlin began treating Sarah Jane December 1916 for heart problems. He saw her the day before she died. Dr. Hamlin determined the cause of Grandmother’s death to be chronic valvular disease of the heart.

Thirty-one years earlier Sarah Jane married Joseph Henry Clemmer March 24, 1870 at Arbor Hill, Virginia. They had five children:

   Katherine Hannah Clemmer born Feb. 6, 1871, married Robert Lee Trimble about 1893, died Sept. 13, 1955. They had a large family—Howard, Charles, Homer, Elmer, Robert, Elwood, Fred, Harry and Helen Katherine.

   Addie M. Clemmer born August 29, 1872, married William J. Stover circa 1899, died Jan. 26, 1928. A son named for his grandfather, Joseph H. Clemmer Stover, born about 1907 and died as an infant.

   James Clyde Clemmer (my great grandfather) born July 18, 1875, married Ella Virginia White June 7, 1905, died Dec. 7, 1928. Ten children were born—Janie Agnes in 1906, my Grandmother Lucy Leora 1907, Lynwood 1909, Helen Katherine 1911, Elsie Virginia 1912, Alice Cornelia 1915, Lewis Clyde 1916, William Joseph 1919, Eugene Brown 1921 and Ray Stuart 1924.

   Emmet Joseph Clemmer  born May 23, 1883, married 1908 Anna Grace Clemmer (daughter of Samuel Taylor Clemmer and Annie Runkle), died 1958. Jackie D. Clemmer was their only child born 1926.

   William Spiegel Clemmer born June 14, 1886, married Jan. 15, 1924 Eleanor Herring, died 1949. No children.

2nd Great Grandfather Joseph H. Clemmer died in 1901 leaving Grandmother a widow for 16 years. They’re buried at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church Cemetery, Middlebrook, Virginia. has photographs of Joseph and Sarah’s tombstones. You can see them at

My ancestry
2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane Snyder and husband Joseph Henry Clemmer
Great Grandfather James Clyde Clemmer and wife Ella Virginia White
Grandmother Lucy Leora Clemmer and husband James McFall Joseph
My Father


  1. My name is Eric Holland. I came across your blog by pure chance. My great grandfather is James Clyde Clemmer. His daughter Elsie is my grandmother. Sadly, she died in 2010 at the age of 97.

    1. Eric, Your grandmother and mine were sisters--Elsie and Lucy. I remember your Grandmother and Grandfather from the Clemmer family gatherings held annually at Davidge Park. There was a lot of laughter and good food!