After my recent photo of John Wesley Hardin's grave [see it from Tuesday, April 6th], I was asked twice how my husband was related. Below you will find his Surname Saturday ahnentafel leading to that generation:
1. Johnnie Lee HENRY was born Bexar Co, TX. He was the son of 2.Joseph Wright HENRY and 3. Betty Louise Rotge.
3. Betty Louise Rotge was born 30 Aug 1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. She died 05 Jul 2003 in Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas. She was the daughter of 6. John Cornelius ROTGE and 7. Ora Lee
Sparks. She married 2. Joseph Wright HENRY was born on 20 Sep 1927 in Fulton County, KY. He died on 16 Nov 1993 in Batesville, Panola, Mississippi. He was the son of 4. William Lee HENRY and 5. Emma Louise PETTIE.
Children of Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise Rotge are:
+ 1. i. Johnnie Lee HENRY
ii. Allan Ray HENRY was born 22 Sep 1950 in Bexar County, Texas, died 29 Jan 2001 in
7. Ora Lee Sparks was born 26 Oct 1914 in Bandera, Edwards, Texas. She died Aug 1982 in San
Antonio, Bexar, Texas. She was the daughter of 14. William Jacob Sparks and 15. Laura May
Clements. She married 6. John Cornelius ROTGE was born on 16 Jan 1910. He died on 09 Jun 1983 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. He was the son of 12. Peter ROTGE and 13. Lillie Mae Surber. He married Ora Lee Sparks in 1930.
Child of John Cornelius ROTGE and Ora Lee Sparks is:
+ 3. i. Betty Louise Rotge was born 30 Aug 1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas, died 05 Jul 2003 in
Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas, married Joseph Wright HENRY 30 Jul 1947; married Edwin
Darl CUSTER 16 Jun 1972 in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX; married Harold W.
MILLARD 16 Jan 1982.
15. Laura May Clements was born 12 May 1890 in McCullough County, Texas. She died 06 Oct 1969 in Hilltop Convalescent Home, 7602 Louis Pasteur Dr., San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. She was the
daughter of 30. James Thomas CLEMENTS and 31. Anne Caroline TENNILLE. She married 14. William Jacob Sparks was born on 11 Mar 1883 in Erath County, Texas. He died on 12 Sep 1944 in
Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. He was the son of 28. Newton Caddell Sparks and 29. Theodora Perrylee
McCarty. He married Laura May Clements on 15 Apr 1906 in Bandera, Texas.
Children of William Jacob Sparks and Laura May Clements are:
i. Beulah Bessie SPARKS was born 13 Sep 1905 in Texas, died 15 Mar 1975 in Greenville,
Huntsville, Texas, married Claude SHERMAN 21 Oct 1923.
ii. Lela V. Sparks was born 1906 in Bandera, Bandera, Texas, married Pink LEE 03 Dec
iii. Newton Jacob SPARKS was born 23 Oct 1910 in Texas, died 27 Sep 1991 in Hunt, Kerr,
Texas, married Pearl Elizabeth BEAVER 15 Dec 1931.
+ 7. iv. Ora Lee Sparks was born 26 Oct 1914 in Bandera, Edwards, Texas, died Aug 1982 in San
Antonio, Bexar, Texas, married John Cornelius ROTGE 1930.
30. James Thomas CLEMENTS was born on 30 May 1843 in Missouri. He died on 22 May 1897 in
Dewitt County, Texas. He was the son of 60. Emanuel CLEMENTS and 61. Martha Balch HARDIN.
He married Anne Caroline TENNILLE on 11 Jan 1872 in Gonzales County, Texas.31. Anne Caroline TENNILLE was born 11 Nov 1858 in Texas. She died 14 Oct 1936 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. She was the daughter of 62. George Culver TENNILLE and 63. Amanda J. BILLINGS.
Children of James Thomas CLEMENTS and Anne Caroline TENNILLE are:
i. Virginia Clements was born 10 Aug 1875 in Gonzales County, Texas, died 13 May 1957 in
Galveston, Texas, married Nathan Jesse CARTER 29 Jan 1896 in Gonzales County,
ii. Viola Clements was born 26 Jul 1877 in Gonzales County, Texas, died 07 Jan 1965 in
Yarrington, Lyon, Nevada, married William Harvey PITTMAN 02 Oct 1895 in McCullough,
iii. Crawford Clements was born 10 Sep 1879, died 07 Sep 1880.
iv. Emma Clements was born 09 Sep 1881, died 06 Jun 1962, married Thomas Henry CAFFALL 24 Jul 1901.
v. James Thomas Clements was born 26 Feb 1883 in Kimble County, Texas, died 06 May 1956 in Los Angeles, California, married Nellie Mae POACH 07 Sep 1901 in Hilto, Elk,Nevada.
vi. Ella Clements was born 03 Jul 1886 in McCullough County, Texas, died 1969 in Bishop,Nueces, Texas, married Hardy PHILIPS 23 Jun 1911 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.
vii. William C. Clements was born 07 Dec 1888 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas, died 29 Aug 1928 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas, married Stella Ellen GRIFFIN 22 Jan 1922 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas; married Otillio Clara OEHLER 26 Jun 1918.
+ 15. viii. Laura May Clements was born 12 May 1890 in McCullough County, Texas, died 06 Oct 1969 in Hilltop Convalescent Home, 7602 Louis Pasteur Dr., San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, married William Jacob Sparks 15 Apr 1906 in Bandera, Texas; married Jack LANGFORD 1930.
ix. Lela Dee Clements was born 18 Apr 1892 in Dewitt County, Texas, died 07 Jan 1952,
x. Nancy Ann Clements was born 17 May 1894, died 05 Apr 1896.
xi. Bessie Edna Clements was born 13 Dec 1896, died 25 Aug 1925, married Plenny Louis
NELSON 22 Dec 1912.
And it is with James Thomas Clements that the tie is made to John Wesley Hardin. James "Jim" Clements' mother was Martha Balch Hardin. Martha's parents were Benjamin Hardin and Martha Ann Barnett. They had four children that we are aware of: Easter Mary; Martha Balch; James Gibson; and Robert Echison.
James Gibson Hardin was the father of John Wesley Hardin. This made John Wesley Hardin and Jim Clements first cousins.
Jim was considered the bad boy sidekick of John Wesley Hardin. He, too, made an untimely demise because of his "bad boy" ways.