Jane (Lampton) Clemens

Jane (Lampton) Clemens (1803 - 1890)

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Jane Clemens formerly Lampton
Born in Adair County, KYmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Columbia, Adair County, Kentuckymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Keokuk, Lee, IAmap
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Mother of Samuel L. Clemens aka 'Mark Twain'

Jane Lampton was deemed the handsomest and the wittiest of girls, as well as the best dancer, in all Kentucky. She married John Clemens in 1823, in part to spite a former suitor. Jane also had a great gift of storytelling. A skill her son, Samuel, learned from her.

Jane and her husband had seven children, but only four (Orion, Pamela, Samuel, and Henry) survived at the time of her husband's, John Marshall Clemens’s, death in 1847. Once he died, Jane had to raise the children on her own. She left Hannibal, Missouri, and between 1853 and 1870 lived in Muscatine, and possibly Keokuk, Iowa, and in St. Louis, Missouri, initially as part of her son's, Orion Clemens’s, household and then with her daughter Pamela Moffett. After Samuel married and settled in Buffalo, New York, in 1870, Jane set up house in nearby Fredonia, with the widowed Pamela. In 1882 she moved to Keokuk, Iowa, where she lived with Orion for the rest of her life. She was buried in Hannibal’s Mount Olivet Cemetery, alongside her husband and her son Henry. In an autobiographical sketch written in 1897 or 1898, Samuel commented that his mother had “come handy to me several times in my books, where she figures as Tom Sawyer’s Aunt Polly.’” Her Hannibal pastor called her “a woman of the sunniest temperament, lively, affable, a general favorite.” Samuel wrote about her at length in “Jane Lampton Clemens” (1890).

1850 U.S. Census Hannibal City, Marion, Missouri

  1. Jane Clemens F 46 Kentucky
  2. Orion Clemens M 25 Tennessee (he was a printer)
  3. Pamela A Clemens F 23 Tennessee
  4. Samuel L Clemens M 14 Missouri
  5. Henry Clemens M 12 Missouri[1]

1870 U.S. Census Fredonia, New York

  1. Pamelia A Moffatt F 43 Tennessee
  2. Samuel L Moffatt M 9 Missouri
  3. Jane Clemens F 67 Kentucky
  4. Margaret Theile F 31 Missouri

1885 Iowa State Census, Keokuk, Jackson, Lee, Iowa

  1. Orien Clemmons M 59
  2. Mary E Clemmons F 48
  3. Jane Clemmons F 81
  4. Lizzie Denney F 23


Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, USA. Plot: Old Limits Lot 54


  1. 1850 U. S. Federal Census

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On 25 Jul 2017 at 00:55 GMT Cheryl (Stone) Caudill wrote:

James Lampton was the father of Jane Lampton, who married John Marshall Clemens, of Lexington, Ky., and became the mother of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who won a world wide and lasting fame under the pen name of "Mark Twain." Jane Lampton was

born in Winchester in a brick house on the corner of Main and Hickman streets (then called "Highland" street). This house is still standing, and used to be known as "the Trowbridge place." http://genealogytrails.com/ken/clark/1810census2.html CLARK COUNTY, KENTUCKY, IN THE CENSUS OF 1810.

On 5 Jun 2016 at 04:01 GMT Deena (Smith) Cross wrote:

Lampton-67 and Lampton-1 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same person.

Jane is 23 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 18 degrees from Burl Ives and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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