Franklin L. Clements was born on December 30, 1882 in Bollinger, Missouri. He is one of the oldest of ten children to parents Henry J Clements and Wilhelmina “Mina” Lix.
In the 1900 census, the family is living in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri. Franklin lists his occupation as a farm laborer.
On March 12, 1903, Franklin married Ida May Propst in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri. Since Franklin was under 21 years old and Ida was under 17 years old, both of their fathers were present at the ceremony and gave their permission for the marriage to take place.
Franklin and Ida had at seven children together.
- Henry E Clements (b. 1906)
- Albert R Clements (b. 1907 – d. 1989)
Lawrence E Clements (b. 1911)
Clara Clements (b. 1913 – d. 1999)
Elmer Franklin Clements (b. 1915 – d. 1970)
Curb W. Clements (b. 1919 – d. 1988)
In 1910, the family is living in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri. Franklin lists his occupation as a farming on a general farm. Three of his brothers, his father Henry and his step-mother are also living in the home as well and they all list their occupation as the same.
In 1920, the family is living on Perryville Road in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri. Franklin and two of his sons are listed as farmers on their general farm. (Pg 1 includes Franklin and Ida. Page 2 includes the rest of the family)
On October 28, 1923, Franklin passed away. The cause of death was nephritis with a contributing cause of rheumatism. He was buried on October 29, 1923 at Whitewater Presbyterian Cemetery in Lixville, Bollinger County, Missouri.