Abel Clemmens
Born ~1772
Province of New Jersey

Morgantown, Virginia, United States

Cause of death Executed
Penalty Sentenced to death
Attack information
Date November 10, 1805
Location(s) Clarksburg, Virginia, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 9
Weapon(s) Axe

Abel Clemmens (also spelled Clemmons, Clemans, or Clemens) was an American who killed his wife and eight children in Clarksburg, Virginia, United States on November 10, 1805, before fleeing into the woods. After a few days he surrendered himself to the authorities and confessed to the crime. In court plead not guilty, but was sentenced to death and executed in June 1806.



  • Barbara Carpenter Clemmens, 29, his wife
  • Elijah Clemmens, 11, his son
  • Hester Clemmens, 9, his daughter
  • Rachel Clemmens, 8, his daughter
  • Mary Clemmens, 7, his daughter
  • Elizabeth Clemmens, 5, his daughter
  • Benjamin Clemmens, 4, his son
  • Parthena Clemmens, 2, his daughter
  • Amos Clemmens, 1, his son


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