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Jane Clemens (Lampton)

Also Known As: "Casey"
Birthplace: Columbia, Adair, Kentucky, United States
Death: October 27, 1890 (87)
Keokuk, Lee, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Benjamin Lampton and Margaret Montgomery Lampton
Wife of John Marshall Clemens
Mother of Orion Clemens; Permelia Ann Moffett; Pleasant Hannibal Clemens; Margaret Lampton Clemens; Benjamin Lampton Clemens and 3 others
Sister of Martha Ann Patsy Lampton and James A. H. Lampton

Managed by: Eric Yao
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About Jane Clemens

Clemens, Jane Lampton (1803–1890)

brief biography

From Mark Twain Project

Samuel Clemens mother was born in Adair County, Kentucky. In 1823 she married John Marshall Clemens, in part to spite a former suitor. The couple had seven children, of whom only four (Orion, Pamela, Samuel, and Henry) survived at the time of John Marshall Clemens’s death in 1847. The widowed Jane left Hannibal, Missouri, and between 1853 and 1870 lived in Muscatine, and possibly Keokuk, Iowa, and in St. Louis, Missouri, initially as part of Orion Clemens’s household and then with her daughter Pamela Moffett. After SLC 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, SLC 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.”

SLC wrote about her at length in “Jane Lampton Clemens” (1890).

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Jane Clemens's Timeline

June 18, 1803
Columbia, Adair, Kentucky, United States
July 17, 1825
Age 22
Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, USA
September 13, 1827
Age 24
Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, USA
Age 24
Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, USA
May 31, 1830
Age 26
Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, USA
June 8, 1832
Age 28
Jamestown, Fentress, Tennessee, United States
November 30, 1835
Age 32
Florida, Monroe County, Missouri, United States
July 13, 1838
Age 35
October 27, 1890
Age 87
Keokuk, Lee, Iowa, United States