The Research Roadblock
Much of the above sounds like James / Jacques had some French background.
However, my research has not borne out that James was a first-generation Englishman. His father, also named James Clemenson, was born August 24, 1799, in Surrey, England, to yet another James Clemenson and his wife, Elizabeth Rogers. James and Elizabeth had a daughter named Hannah in 1801. On September 2, 1802, Elizabeth's James was buried in Lambeth, Surrey. The burial records state as follows:
James Clemenson, a married man, late coachman to Mr. Walters. Age 25. Consumption.
Consumption, of course, is known today as tuberculosis.
From the above quotation, we see that James, at age 25 in 1802, must have been born around 1777.
Elizabeth remarried in June of 1803, to Clement Taylor, a shoemaker. Clement taught his step-son James Clemenson (1799) the trade of shoe making, which he, in turn, passed on to his son James (1820).
It therefore seems that at least two generations of Clemensons before James (1820) lived and worked in England.
I have not been able to find a birth certificate for James Clemenson (1777); perhaps he is the one who came from France. His wife Elizabeth Rogers, however, was not of French origin; she was born in Cumberland, England.
Naturally, the fact that his wife was not French does not eliminate him from consideration as a French national who came to England as a result of the French Revolution. The time frame is right for the Revolution. He may have exited alone, or he may have done so with his parents and siblings.
There is also a large number of Clemensons (with several spelling variations on the name) in the London area where this group of Clemensons lived out their days, going back a number of generations. It is quite possible that James Clemenson (1777) was from this family grouping.
So, was the James Clemenson family French in origin? Or were they solidly English, for many generations before them? The jury's still out on that one!
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