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 [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Keokuk, Lee, IAmap
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Mother of Samuel L. Clemens aka 'Mark Twain'

Jane Lampton was considered the handsomest girl and the wittiest, as well as the best dancer, in all Kentucky.

Jane Lampton married John Clemens in 1823 and they moved to Tennessee.

She had a great gift of storytelling. A skill Samuel learned from her.

After her husband's death in 1847, she had to raise the children on her own.

In her later years, Jane was supported by Samuel and her other children.



In 1850, Jane was 45, living in Hannibal, Missouri with her children:
Orion, age 25, a printer, born in Tennessee;
Pamela A., age 23, born in Tennessee;
Samuel L. (later known as Mark Twain), born in Missouri.[1]


  • "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDZX-ZZJ : accessed 10 February 2015), Jane Clemens, Hannibal City, Marion, Missouri, United States; citing family 709, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  1. 1850 U. S. Federal Census



  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 18 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 17 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 12 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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