AARON S. CLEMENT, farmer, sec. 26, Wheatland Tp., was born in Cayuga Co., N.Y., Dec. 6, 1817. His parents, John D. and Betsey E. (Dilch) Clement, were natives respectively of New York and New Jersey, and died when Aaron was but 14 years old. Thrown thus early upon his own resources, his opportunities for education were limited, his energies being directed chiefly to the labor which earned for him the necessaries of his existence. He was industrious and of good habits, and readily found work in the section where he was born until he had entered man's estate. In the autumn of 1839 he came to St. Joseph Co., Mich., where he entered upon the career of a farmer. He was married July 25, 1841, to Sarah C., daughter of Isaac and Persis (Wayne) Watkins, natives of Massachusetts, and soon after their ,arriage went to Maples, Ontario Co., N.Y., where the daughter was born Dec. 3, 1820. Mr. Clement rented a farm in St. Joseph County for a period of 25 years, and in the fall of 1866 removed his family to Wheatland Tp., Mecosta Co. They located on 160 acres of land, one-half of which has been placed under good tillage.
Mr. Clement is a Republican, but not an aspirant for official notoriety, having always persistently declined election to any position. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Children: Eliza Jane, orn Nov. 2, 1842, died April 11, 1843; Mary J., April 20, 1844; Amine P., July 29, 1846; Vivalda M., Dec. 28, 1848; Sarah E., Jan.5, 1852; Lyda R., July 8, 1862.