History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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Robert L. Clymer, the successful merchant of Doylestown, Bucks county, was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1872, and is a son of John H. and Maria (Kiser) Clymer. The Clymer family is of German origin, but has figured into the history of Pennsylvania for nearly two centuries, Richard Clymer having come to Philadelphia in 1795 (1695), and engaged in ship building until his death in1734. From his sons, Christian and William, have descended a numerous progeny that have been more or less prominent in the affairs of Pennsylvania, many of them holding high official positions. George Clymer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a son of Christian, and was born in Philadelphia in 1838, and died in Morrisville, Bucks county, in 1813, leaving two sons: Henry and George. Another branch of the family now numerous in Bucks and Montgomery counties are descendants from Valentine Clemmer, a bishop of the Mennonite church, who came to this country from Germany or Switzerland in 1717, and settled in what is now Montgomery county, most of his descendants becoming known later by the name of Clymer. Tradition connects the subject of this sketch with the former family, but there is absence of authentic records to prove the connection.

Christian Clymer, the great-grandfather of Robert L. Clymer, was an extensive landowner in Milford township, and died there in 1802, leaving seen sons, Jacob, Christian, Isaac, Gerhard, John, David and Samuel, and three daughters, Esther, wife of Adam Scheetz, Ann, wife of Henry Souder, and Mary, wife of Henry Beidler.

John Clymer, the grandfather of Robert L. Clymer, born March 31, 1793, located in Nockamixon township soon after arriving at manhood, married Margaret Pearson, daughter of Lawrence Pearson, of that township, and purchased a small farm, part of his father-in-law's homestead. He followed the vocation of a weaver for some years, and was also a merchant at what is now Ferndale prior to 1826. He later purchased considerable other land in that vicinity, and his later days seem to have been devoted to agricultural pursuits. He died in Nockamixon, March 11, 1868. His wife, Margaret Pearson, was born in Nockamixon, near Ferndale, November 22, 1794, and died September 30, 1863. They were the parents of the following children: Sarah Lavina, wife of Ephraim Yost; Caroline, wife of Frederick Horn; Sybilla, wife of William Loudenberger; Catharine, wife of Franklin J. Shick; Esther, wife of Jacob Sumstone; Elwood; Margaret, who died unmarried; and John H., the father of the subject of this sketch.

Lawrence Pearson, great-great-grandfather of Margaret (Pearson) Clymer, was a native of Yorkshire, England, and came to Pennsylvania with his father, Edward Pearson, in 1683, and settled in Falls township, Bucks county, from whence he removed to Buckingham in 1701, and later to Plumstead, where he did in 1756, and his wife Ann in 1760. They were members of the Society of Friends and their children were reared in that faith. They were the parents of two sons: Enoch, who died in 1748, unmarried, and Joseph, and daughters: Hannah Fenton, Elizabeth Allen, Martha Shrigley, Priscilla McDinstry, and Mary Jewell. Lawrence Pearson, son of Joseph and grandson of Lawrence and Ann, was born about the year 1720, and in 1744 purchased of Bartholomew Longstreth 250 acres of land in Nockamixon, including the site of Nockamixon German Lutheran and Reform church, a portion of which he conveyed to the trustees of the church in 1797 to enlarge their graveyard. Lawrence Pearson died in 1803, leaving a widow, Elizabeth, and eight children, viz.: Christian, Henry, Philip, Lawrence, Peter, Mary, wife of John Kohl; Catharine, wife of Jacob Saassaman; and Susanna, wife of John Easterling. Kohl and Sassaman were trustees of Nockamixon church. Lawrence Pearson, son of the above named Lawrence, was the father of Margaret Clymer. He married Margaret ______, of German ancestry and became a member of the Nockamixon church, where his children were baptized. Lawrence, the eldest, born August 27, 1782; William, June 27, 1784; Abraham, November 28, 1790; Margaret, November 22, 1794; John, about 1800; and Elizabeth, January 4, 1807. The latter married Jesse Algart. Lawrence, the father, died in 1810. Though of English ancestry on the paternal side, the children of Lawrence Pearson (3) imbibed the language and customs of their maternal ancestors, and both spoke and wrote in the German language.

John H. Clymer, youngest son of John and Margaret (Pearson) Clymer, was born in Nockamixon, November 3, 1836. On arriving at manhood he located for a time in Durham township, but on the death of his father in 1868 purchased of the other heirs a portion of his fatherís real estate in Nockamixon and lived thereon for some years, removing later to Tinicum township, where he died August 5, 1881.He married Maria Kiser, daughter of Jacob and Ann (Selner) Kiser, of Nockamixon, granddaughter of Frederick and Gertrude (Hoffman) Kiser, and great-grand-daughter of Frederick and Anna Barbara (Stein) Kiser, who emigrated from Bretzinger, in the grand duchy of Baden, and settled in Durham township, Bucks county, prior to 1770. Maria (Kiser) Clymer is living with her son in Doylestown. The children of John H. and Maria (Kiser) Clymer are: Robert L., the subject of this sketch, and Idella, wife of Edward Steely, of Tinicum.

Robert L. Clymer was reared in Nockamixon and Tinicum townships, and acquired his education at the public schools. At the age of fifteen years he began his mercantile career as a clerk in the general merchandise store at Kintnersville, where he was employed for eight years. In 1897 he came to Doylestown and purchased the stock and fixtures of the general merchandise store at the corner of Clinton and Ashland streets. Of Kohn K. Benner, where he has since successfully conducted the business. He has taken an active interest in the affairs of the town and is a well known and popular business man. Mr. Clymer is a member of the Reformed church, and is affiliated with Aqueton Lodge No. 193, I. O. O. F., of Doylestown, the Junior O. U. A. M., Ferndale Council No. 685, and the F. and a. M., of Doylestown. He married October 18, 1894. Stella Rufe, daughter of Josiah and Mary Jane Rufe, of Nockamixon, where her ancestors had been prominent landowners and business men for several generations.

Text taken from 282-283

Davis, William W. H., A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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