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John Marshall Clemens (1798 - 1847)

John Marshall Clemens
Born in Campbell County, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 6 May 1823 in Columbia, Adair County, Kentuckymap
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Died in Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2009
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Biography

Judge John Marshall Clemens, father of Mark Twain, was born in Virginia and trained as a lawyer by 1822. He was married to Jane Lampton and they had seven children.

John worked as the city clerk in Jamestown, Tennessee after marriage to Jane Lampton in 1823. By 1835, he and the family moved to Florida, Missouri.

He ran a dry good store and was a property owner in Missouri.

Physically, John was a tall man, he had become thin and unusually pale; he looked older than his years. Every spring he suffered with what was called "sunpain," an acute form of headache, nerve-racking and painful experience.

In 1839, the family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, John thought being along the river would improve his dry goods store business. The store was on Main Street. He served as justice of the peace in Hannibal and served on a circuit court jury. The family’s home was on 206 Hill Street.

John tried to establish a library and an educational institute in Hannibal. He was part of the supporters for a railroad line from Hannibal to St. Joseph. John was thought of as “conscientious magistrate and a man of unusually good sense”. “He was quick to act and generally was in the right.”

With poor economic conditions in 1846, John moved the family to an upstairs place above Orville Grant’s Drug Store in Hannibal. During a re-election campaign for justice of the peace, in the winter of 1847, John rode his horse during a storm and came down with pneumonia. John M. Clemens died of pneumonia on March 24, 1847, his son Samuel (Mark Twain) was age 11. John was age 49. John's early death may have caused great emotional trauma to the boy.

He is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal, Missouri. [1]

Sources

  1. Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 9 September 2019), memorial page for John Marshall Clemens (11 Aug 1798–24 Mar 1847), Find A Grave: Memorial #21749, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8).

See also:

  • John_Marshall_Clemens Wikipedia entry
  • From Pennsylvania to Waterloo - A Geographical History of Waterloo County.


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Clemens-1212 and Clemens-2 appear to represent the same person because: same dates, wife attached to Clemens-2 is named in the biography on Clemens-1212
posted by Robin Lee
He married Jane Lampton on May 6, 1823, in Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky.[3] He moved to Fentress County, Tennessee, where he practiced law, operated a general store, and served as a county commissioner, county clerk, and acting attorney general. From 1832 to 1835 he was postmaster in Pall Mall.[2] He speculated unsuccessfully in land and opened four stores which were unsuccessful.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Marshall_Clemens

2. Oliver and Goldena Howard (1993), The Mark Twain encyclopedia, pp. 153–4

3."Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch.org

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