This wonderful old photograph is of Annie CLEMENTS, the mother of Laura May CLEMENTS. I felt it appropriate to end this week with the mother of the one we have focused so much attention on.
Born Annie Caroline TENNILLE on 11 Nov. 1858 in Texas to George Culver TENNILLE [1825-1874] and his fourth wife, Amanda J. BILLINGS [b. 1840 in TN], she was one of six children known to be born of this couple. It is believed that in 1884, Amanda married a James M. BOCKINS in Gonzales, TX, but I have not confirmed this as of this date,although a record does exist, I have not reviewed it and confirmed it is one and the same Amanda Tennille. [However, Census records for 1900 seem to add favor that this is correct.]
On 11 Jan 1872 in Gonzalez County, Texas, Annie married James Thomas CLEMENTS [1843-1897]. "Jim" was first cousin to John Wesley HARDIN, and the two were inseparable buddies. CLEMENTS died under suspicious circumstances, some believing he was murdered by his own family in retribution for the ill-treatment he afforded Annie and their children. No formal charges were ever made, however. Annie and Jim had eleven known children, among them, Laura May the subject of much of this past week.
Annie died 14 Oct 1936 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. She is buried at Sunset Cemetery, Mountain Home, Kerr County, Texas.
ANN C. CLEMENTS
MAR. 11, 1858
OCT. 14, 1936