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Samuel Langhorne Clemens

4th Cousin 4 Times Removed
Common Family Ancestor
7th Great Grandfather
Charles Moorman
Charles Moorman is one of my seventh grandfathers. Charles is Samuel Langhorne’s third great grandfather. This makes Samuel Langhorne Clemens a fourth cousin four times removed to Donald Scott Lee. Samuel and Donald’s branches stem from two of Charles Moorman’s sons, Thomas, for Samuel’s line and Achilles for Donald’s line. Charles and his wife Elizabeth Reynolds (1688-1765) had three other children, Charles Jr., Judith and Anne.
The Moorman River
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Charles and Elizabeth Reynolds Moorman settled near Green Springs, Louisa County, Virginia around 1704. They were Quakers and slave owners. By 1738, Charles had acquired around 1000 acres of land for himself and another 4000 acres in partnership with a Charles Mills. The Moorman River got its name from the land that Charles owned. In 1744 Charles and Elizabeth were still living in the area of Green Springs, Bedford, Virginia. Click on the map to enlarge.
Charles Moorman and Samuel Clemens Pedigree
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)
John M. Clemens (1798-1847)
Pamela Goggin (1775-1845)
Great Grandmother
Rachel Clark Moorman (1754-1835)
2nd Great Grandfather
Thomas Moorman (1705-1767)
3rd Great Grandfather
Charles Moorman (1690-1757)
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The Champions of the Mississippi: "A Race for the Buckhorns" / Hand-colored lithograph by F. F. Palmer, courtesy of Taterian at Wikimedia Commons.
The Donald Scott Lee and Charles Moorman Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Marilyn Maxine Miller (1924-1996)
Virgil Scott Miller (1888-1956)
Great Grandmother
Elizabeth Ann Hendrick (1854-1941)
2nd Great Grandfather
Luther Calvin Hendrick (1826-1908)
3rd Great Grandfather
Calvin Hendrick (1801-1884)
4th Great Grandmother
Lucy Moorman (1783-1810)
5th Great Grandfather
Andrew Moorman (1744-1791)
6th Great Grandfather
Achilles Moorman (1713-1783)
7th Great Grandfather
Charles Moorman (1690-1757)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Mark Twain
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House of Mark Twain
Hartford, Connecticut
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens
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Best known as Mark Twain, the American writer, humorist, lecturer and publisher, Samuel Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. When he was a young boy the family moved to Hannibal, Missouri where he grew up. Sam’s father was an attorney and judge, and died when Sam was only 11 years old.
It was along the Mississippi, in Hannibal, where Samuel was inspired to become and young writer. When his father died, Samuel left school and began working as a typesetter at the local newspaper, the Hannibal Journal. Now and then he was able to submit articles and sketches to the newspaper.
When Sam was 18 he went to New York City and worked as a printer. He self educated himself by spending his time in the public library in the evenings. Later, Sam became a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi until the Civil War.
He then went to Nevada to work for the Secretary of the Nevada Territory, Orion, who had given him his first job on the Hannibal Journal.
Clemens went on to Virginia City where he tried his hand at mining. Not being successful at mining Samuel turned back to the newspaper industry where he landed a job at the Territorial Enterprise.
Mark Twain Family Genealogy
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) married Olivia Langdon and later moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he arranged the building of their home. During the 17 years in Hartford he wrote many of his classic novels including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885.
Samuel and Olivia had four children. Their son Langdon died from diphtheria before he turned two years old. Their three daughters were Olivia Susan ‘Susy’, Clara Langdon and Jane Lampton. Susy and Jane, both died in their twenties. Clara lived to be 88 and died in 1962 in San Diego, California.
Samuel suffered from depression over the loss of his daughter, Susy, who died from meningitis and then the death of his wife, Olivia Louis in 1904. In 1909, Jane Lampton, another daughter passed away. Samuel died 6 years later in 1910. The whole family is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York.
Olivia Louise Langdon
Twain and Olivia Langdon corresponded throughout 1868. She rejected his first marriage proposal, but they were married in Elmira, New York in February 1870,[31] where he courted her and managed to overcome her father's initial reluctance.[33] She came from a "wealthy but liberal family"; through her, he met abolitionists, "socialists, principled atheists and activists for women's rights and social equality", including Harriet Beecher Stowe (his next-door neighbor in Hartford, Connecticut), Frederick Douglass, and writer and utopian socialist William Dean Howells,[34] who became a long-time friend. (Continue at Wikipedia)
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Mark Twain’s Gravestone
Samuel Langhorne “Mark Twain” Clemens is buried in Elmira, Chemung County, New York.
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References: 1. Wikipedia 2. The Donald Scott Lee Family Tree
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