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A collection documenting the early life of Samuel Clemens and his family in Iowa
Various places, mainly Iowa 1855 - This unique collection of photographs, books, letters, and other objects is from the Creel family, Samuel Clemens’s relations on his mother’s side. One highlight of the collection is the charming ambrotype portrait of young Ella Creel, one of Sam’s “favorite companions” and a “one-time sweetheart.” The photograph dates to the time of that youthful flirtation, when Ella was in her teens and Sam was about twenty. In 1854 Sam Clemens’s older brother Orion left Hannibal, Missouri and moved with his wife Mollie to her hometown, Keokuk, Iowa. They were accompanied by their widowed mother Jane, who had family in Iowa. Young Sam Clemens traveled east working as a printer and then came to Iowa. He worked on his brother’s newspaper in Keokuk in 1855-56 before becoming an apprentice riverboat pilot. Later Orion and his wife moved away, but by 1874 they had returned, and their mother Jane moved to Keokuk as well. As a result, Twain had early and enduring ties to the area and its people. He referred to his Iowa relatives in his correspondence, and he visited Keokuk on a number of occasions throughout his life. Provenance: a fine Clemens family provenance, from the family of Abba Beatrice Creel Walker and Alexander Milton Walker. Abba (#8 and 9 in this collection) and Ella Creel (#1 and 2) were the granddaughters of John Creel (father of Robert Paxton Creel, #5), who was married to Polly Casey. Polly’s sister Peggy was the mother of Jane Lampton Clemens (#11), mother of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), his sister Pamela Moffett (#10), and his brother Orion. Late in her life Jane lived in Keokuk with her son Orion and his wife Mollie (#3). Abba’s sister Ella (#1 and 2) was Twain’s teenage sweetheart in those early years in Keokuk, Iowa. A full inventory of this collection of photographs, letters, documents, and books is available. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop]
Last Found On: 2015-05-21           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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