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Jane Lampton Clemens born 18 June 1803

By Mike Watson

Jane Lampton Clemens was born in Columbia in Adair County, Kentucky, 18 June 1803. Her maternal grandfather, Colonel William Casey, was a Revolutionary War veteran, frontiersman, and lent his name to the county of Casey upon formation. In 1823, Jane married John Marshall Clemens, a Virginia native who was living in Adair County where he practiced law. The marriage occurred in Columbia. The newlyweds lived in rented rooms in the John Field house, one of Columbia's three oldest homes located on present-day Reed Street.

The Clemens family moved to Tennessee where they started their family, after several years they relocated to Florida, Missouri and eventually Hannibal, Missouri, where John Marshall died in 1847. After John's death, Jane lived near to or with three of her children in various locations.

Jane and John were the parents of seven children, four of whom lived to adulthood, but the best known was sixth child, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in 1835. Samuel became known around the world by his pen name, Mark Twain.

Today, June 18, we celebrate the birth anniversary of Jane Lampton, Mrs. Clemens.

This story was posted on 2021-06-18 12:07:00
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Jane Lampton Home historical marker

2021-06-18 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Mike Watson.
The Kentucky Department of Highways historical marker 128 for the Jane Lampton Home is located opposite the Courthouse yard, at the intersection of KY Hwy 55 and KY Hwy 80. It reads, "Girlhood home of Jane Lampton (1808-1891). Wife of John Marshall Clemens. Mother of 'Mark Twain', granddaughter of Colonel William Casey, original Adair County settler."

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