She married John Marshall Clemens (1798-1847), son of Samuel & Pamela (Goggin) Clemens, on May 26, 1823 in Adair Co, Kentucky and she had seven children, one of whom became the famous author "Mark Twain." She gave him the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens and he was the sixth of seven siblings. Orion, Pamela, Pleasant, Margaret, and Benjamin were born in Tennessee, but Sam and Henry was born in Missouri. Samuel was born in Florida, Monroe County in 1835 after they moved to live near Aunt Patsey (Lampton) Quarles. Three years later, Henry was born in Hannibal, Marion County.
As a mama, Jane knew plenty about grieving. Several of her children and grandchildren did not live long enough to reach adult-hood and her youngest, Henry, died as a result of a steamboat explosion accident when he was a young man. However, as a devout Christian, she hoped to see them again in the by and by and while Sam was touring the Holy Land in 1867, he ordered a special Bible to be made for her, because he knew that would please her.
After John died of pneumonia, hard times fell on Jane and the remaining children. Orion, Sam's older brother, moved Jane and Henry to Iowa to live with him and his wife, Mollie, in 1853 after Sam left to go make his living as a journeyman printer in St. Louis. Jane died on October 27, 1890 and was laid to rest in Hannibal.
1. Photos = "Mark Twain." Steamboat Times: A Pictorial History of the Mississippi Steamboating Era website.
1. Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, Florida (see Jane's rocking chair)
4. Grant's Drug Store/Pilaster House, 325 North Main Street, Hannibal
5. the Mississippi River and historic markers
6. Mt. Olivet Cemetery. It is located southeast, off Hwy 79 on 3rd Street, on to Fulton Ave on Route "I", Hannibal