Samuel L. Clemens – Mark Twain’s Genealogy

The genealogy of Samuel L. Clemens, Mark Twain, brings many inquiries to the Mark Twain Museum. Mark Twain had four children, only one of whom married and had a child. Until recently, it was believed this was the end of the family line. Recently Susan Bailey has discovered that she may be Mark Twain’s great-granddaughter and the line continues.

It is possible to be related to Samuel L. Clemens, though not very directly.

Provided below is some general information that answers many inquiries made at the Mark Twain Museum.

JOHN MARSHALL CLEMENS FAMILY
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS – MARK TWAIN – SIBLINGS AND FAMILY

JOHN MARSHALL CLEMENS
b. 11 August 1798, Campbell County, VA; d. 24 March 1847, Hannibal, MO.

married JANE LAMPTON CLEMENS 6 May 1823, Columbia, KY
Jane b. 18 June 1803, Adair County, KY; d. 27 October 1890, Keokuk, IA

1. ORION CLEMENS
b. 17 July 1825, Gainesboro, TN; d. 11 December 1897, Keokuk, IA
married MARY ELEANOR “Mollie” STOTTS, 19 December 1854
1 daughter died age 9

2. PAMELA ANN CLEMENS
b. 13 September 1827, Jamestown, TN; d. 31 August 1904, Greenwich, CT
married WILLIAM ANDERSON MOFFETT 20 September 1851

A. Annie Moffett married Charles Webster
Alice Jane Webster married Glenn McKinney
William Luther Webster married Charlotte Hudgell
Samuel Charles Webster married Doris Webb

B. Samuel E. Moffett married Mary Mantz
Anita Moffett
Clemens Moffett
3. PLEASANT HANNIBAL CLEMENS
b. 1828 or 1829, Jamestown, TN; died age 3 months

4. MARGARET LAMPTON CLEMENS
b. 31 May 1830, Jamestown, TN; died 17 August 1839, Florida, MO

5. BENJAMIN LAMPTON CLEMENS
b. 8 June 1832, Pall Mall, TN; d. 12 May 1842, Hannibal, MO

6. SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS (“Mark Twain”)
b. 30 November 1835, Florida, MO; d. 21 April 1910, Redding, CT
married OLIVIA “Livy” LOUISE LANGDON 2 February 1870

A. LANGDON CLEMENS
b. 7 November 1870, Buffalo, NY; d. 2 June 1872, Hartford, CT

B. OLIVIA SUSAN “Susy” CLEMENS
b. 19 March 1872, Elmira, NY; d. 18 August 1896, Hartford, CT

C. CLARA LANGDON CLEMENS
b. 8 June 1874, Elmira, NY; d. 19 November 1962, San Diego, CA

married (1) OSSIP GABRILOWITSCH 14 September 1936

1. NINA CLEMENS GABRILOWITSCH
b. 18 August 1910, Redding, CT; d. 16 January 1966, Los Angeles, CA

married (2) JACQUES SAMOSSOUD 11 May 1944
D. JANE LAMPTON “Jean” CLEMENS
b. 26 July 1880, Elmira, NY; d. 24 September 1909, Redding, CT
7. HENRY CLEMENS
b. 13 July 1838; d. 21 June 1858, Memphis, TN.

It has been believed for many years that Nina Gabrilowitsch had no children and hence the Clemens line ended. Recently Susan Bailey, while trying to find her mother, has presented a strong case that she was a child of Nina GHabrilowitsch and is Mark Twain’s great-granddaughter. Bailey has children and grandchildren.

CLEMENS ANCESTORS OF MARK TWAIN

Generation 1 is Samuel L. Clemens, Mark Twain. The other numbers refer to generations before Samuel L. Clemens.

11. Richard Clements married Elizabeth in 1535
b. 1506 Leicestershire, England
d. February 1571 in Croft, England

10. Robert Clements married (1) Alice in 1561 (2) Margaret
b. 1536 in England
d. June 1606 in Croft, England

9. Richard Clements married Agnes Fellows 2 March 1595 (she d. 1619)
b. 1570 in Croft, England
d. July 1617 in Cosby, England

8. Robert Clements married Lydia
b. December 1595 in England
d. 29 September 1658 in Haverhill, MA
came to U.S. in May 1642 after wife’s death in March

7. Robert Clements married Elizabeth Fawne in 1652 (more in Lampton)
b. 1634 in England
d. 1714 in MA

6. Abraham Clements married Hannah Gove 10 May 1683 (more in Lampton)
b. 14 July 1657 in MA
d. 1716 in Bucks County, PA

5. Ezekiel Clemens married Christina Castell in 1725
b. 1 February 1696 in MA
d. 1778 in VA

4. Jeremiah Clemens married Elizabeth Moore in 1763 (more in Lampton)
b. 1732 in NJ
d. 17 November 1811 in VA

3. Samuel B. Clemens married Pamela Goggin 29 October 1797
b. 1770 in VA
d. 1805 in Mason County, WV

2. John Marshall Clemens married Jane Lampton 6 May 1823
b. 11 August 1798 in Campbell County, VA
d. 24 March 1847 in Hannibal, MO

1. Samuel Langhorne Clemens married Olivia Langdon 2 February 1870
b. 30 November 1835 at Florida, Missouri
d. 21 April 1910 at Redding, Connecticut

This genealogical information is from the book The Genealogy of Mark Twain by Lucius Marion Lampton, M.D., copyright 1990, pages 78-79.