Birthplace of S.L.C., Florida, Missouri.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in this house on 30 November, 1835, in the frontier village of Florida, Marion County, Missouri. The 6th child of John Marshall Clemens and Jane (Jean) Lampton Clemens, he was born two months premature and sickly, into a family comprising: brother Orion (age 10), sister Pamela (age 8), sister Margaret (age 5), brother Benjamin (age 3), and a slave girl named Jennie (age unknown).
The house had only two rooms and a “lean-to” kitchen, and was the first of three homes the Clemens family lived in during their years in Florida. About half a mile behind the house was Bear Creek, where Sam often played as a child.
This building was one of only 21 houses in the village at that time.
The village had two streets, each a couple of hundred yards long; the rest of the avenues mere lanes, with railfences and cornfields on either side. Both the streets and lanes were paved with the same material ~ tough black mud in wet times, deep dust in dry.
Credit:~ Mark Twain’s Autobiography, by Albert Bigelow Paine.
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