This family is one of the oldest in County Antrim. In the old Customs House in Larne there was a Charter granted by King John in the year 1210, of the lands of Wulfrickford - now Olderfleet, to two Englishmen named Henry Clements and Rodger de Preston. The name of Clements has still remained - many members of the Ballysnod family have moved to other parts.
Prior to the Battle of the Boyne (1690), one named Henry Clements bought a farm near Straid which is still called 'Clements Hill'. His son William enlisted in the army of the Prince of Orange, and so distinguished himself on Boyne's historic shore, that he was raised to the rank of Captain. He married an heiress in County Leitrim, and his son was created Earl of Leitrim. Their family name is Clements.
[Jim McKinty of Larne Family History Society points out that the names are incorrect and cites The Peerage edited 2 Jul 2007:
Elizabeth Skeffington was the daughter of Clotworthy Skeffington, 1st Earl of Massereene. She married Robert Clements, 1st Earl of Leitrim, son of Rt. Hon. Nathaniel Clements and Hannah Gore, on 31 May 1765. She died on 29 May 1817. Her married name became Clements.
As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Skeffington was styled as Baroness Leitrim on 11 October 1783.
As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Skeffington was styled as Viscountess Leitrim on 3 December 1793.
As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Skeffington was styled as Countess of Leitrim on 30 September 1795.]
Still earlier in history, there was an Edward Clements of Larne who became Mayor of Drogheda. He married Miss Dalway of Ballyhill. She is buried in the family vault at Ballynure, and the following is inscribed on the tomb:
'Sacred to the memory of Eleanor Dalway, wife of Edward Clements who died in 1626'.
In Carrickfergus Church there is a slab in memory of Henry Clements of Straid who died on the 2nd November, 1696, aged 52 years, being at the time Mayor of Carrickferqus.
Clements Courtany, nephew of Francis Clements of Straid, was Mayor of Carrickfergus in 1740.
About the year 1731, James Clements of the family long resident at Ballysnod, (four town of Inver), married Mary, daughter of John Adams and his wife Jane Sloan. Their son James married Mary, daughter of Hugh Houston, and his wife Mary Hilditch. Their son Hugh Clements married Agnes, daughter of Andrew Snoddy, and his wife, also Agnes Snoddy of Carnduff. Their son Houston Clements, (this is our Grandfather Houston) married Agnes, (our Grandmother), daughter of the late Lieutenant John Gamble and his wife Elizabeth White.
Their son, (this is my father), Hugh Clements, was born at Altelavalley, Raloo, on June 6th, 1866, he married Harriett McRoberts (my mother) of Bangor, Co. Down.
This is up until 1919
Written presumably by Hugh "Harry" Clements