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Elmira in Chemung County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mark Twain

 
 
Mark Twain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
1. Mark Twain Marker
Inscription.
Samuel Clemens Dies in Redding, Connecticut
On Thursday, April 21, 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens died at his home, Stormfield, in Redding, Connecticut. Beside him on his bed lay a beloved book -- Carlyle's The French Revolution: A History -- and near the book his glasses, pushed away a few hours before. He was in his seventy-fifth year. His daughter, Clara, and her husband, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, and the humorist's biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine, had been by the bed waiting for the end. The following day, Clemens's body was placed in a mahogany coffin where he lay overnight in the library at Stormfield. On Saturday, April 23, the hearse was brought to the Brick Church, where a simple service was offered by the Reverends Dr. Van Dyck and Dr. Twichell. Three or four thousand people passed in review. The coffin was then brought to Elmira by rail (from The New York Times, April 22, 1910).

Buried in Elmira, New York
"Under a tent on the grassy slope of the Langdon plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, with rain beating fiercely against the canvas cover, a little group of mourners silently watched as the body of Samuel L. Clemens was lowered into an evergreen-lined grave beside those of his wife and children. Rev. Samuel E. Eastman, pastor of the Park Church and a close friend of the dead humorist,
Mark Twain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
2. Mark Twain Marker
conducted a brief but simple service, and Mark Twain's first pilgrimage was at an end. Tonight he lies sleeping under a grave piled high with flowers, the tributes of loving friends from far and near" (from the Elmira Advertiser, April 25, 1910).

Other Family Members Buried Here
  • Langdon Clemens (eighteen months) the first member of the Clemens family to be buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, died of diphtheria. He rests near his grandmother and grandfather.
  • Olivia Susan Clemens (24 years) first of three daughters, passed away unexpectedly of spinal meningitis while Clemens and Olivia were abroad. Of her death, Clemens wrote, "It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can be struck by a thunder-stroke like that and live."
  • Olivia Louise Langdon, Clemens's wife (59 years) died in Florence, Italy. The reference to "ashes" on her stone is symbolic.
  • Jane Lampton Clemens, called "Jean" (29 years) suffered from epilepsy from adolescence onward. She drowned in the bathtub on Christmas eve morning.
  • Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch Samossoud, the only surviving child, married Ossip Gabrilowitsch, a Russian pianist who became the Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Together they had Clemens's only grandchild, Nina Gabrilowitsch. Ossip requested that he be buried at the feet of his father-in-law. Following
    Mark Twain's Body Being Removed From His Home at Redding (<i>Harper's Illustrated</i>, May 7, 1910) image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    3. Mark Twain's Body Being Removed From His Home at Redding (Harper's Illustrated, May 7, 1910)
    Photo was published in 1910 although the caption reads 1970.
    Ossip's death (58 years) Clara married a French musician, Jacques Sammosoud.
  • The grand-daughter, Nina (56) never married and died of a drug overdose in Hollywood, California.

    Other family members buried here include Charles Jervis Langdon, his family and descendants, and Susan and Theodore Crane. The large Westerly granite shaft depicting the images of Samuel Clemens and Ossip Gabrilowitsch, erected by Clara Clemens and designed by Ernfred Anderson, weights eight tons. The Langdon family monument, central to the plot, contains four religious symbols: Alpha and Omega; the symbol of the Trinity; the monogram meaning "In His Sign;" and a formee cross. Samuel Clemens chose the inscription on the stones of Susy, Jean, and Olivia.

    The Woodlawn Cemetery
    In 1858, Elmira's leaders saw the need to establish another cemetery for the city. This was during an era when most burials were on church property or private grounds. Officials obtained a $10,000 loan from the state legislature on behalf of the village and purchased three 12-and-one-half-acre plots. The cemetery was expanded in 1874, 1899, and 1920 to approximately 184 acres (from Images of America, Elmira). This area of the cemetery contains many of Elmira's oldest and wealthiest founding families.

    Other Twain Sites of Interest
  • Visit the Mark Twain Study on the
    Bearing the Coffin From the Brick Church, 5th Ave., NY (<i>Harper's Illustrated</i>, May 7, 1910) image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    4. Bearing the Coffin From the Brick Church, 5th Ave., NY (Harper's Illustrated, May 7, 1910)
    Photo was published in 1910 although the caption reads 1970.
    Elmira College campus
  • Visit Langdon Plaza, the site of the Langdon Mansion
     
    Erected by Chemung County Historical Society.
     
    Location. 42° 6.369′ N, 76° 49.517′ W. Marker is in Elmira, New York, in Chemung County. Marker can be reached from Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Langdon plot in Woodlawn Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Walnut Street, Elmira NY 14905, United States of America.
     
    Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Augustus W. Cowles (within shouting distance of this marker); John W. Jones Museum (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans of All Wars (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pulaski Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Burials (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Burials in the National Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shohola Railroad Accident Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodlawn National Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elmira.
     
    Also see . . .
    1. Mark Twain. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by
    Reenactment of the Burial of Samuel Clemens Held on the 100th Anniversary of His Death image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    5. Reenactment of the Burial of Samuel Clemens Held on the 100th Anniversary of His Death
    his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. (Submitted on November 2, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

    2. Olivia Langdon Clemens. Olivia Langdon Clemens (November 27, 1845 – June 5, 1904) was the wife of the famous American author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. (Submitted on November 2, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
     
    Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial Sites
     
    Mark Twain Marker<br>Langdon Family Plot image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    6. Mark Twain Marker
    Langdon Family Plot
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910) image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, 1895
    7. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910)
    Olivia Louise Langdon Clemens (1845-1904) image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott
    8. Olivia Louise Langdon Clemens (1845-1904)
    Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monument image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    9. Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monument
    Engraving at base reads: Death is the starlit strip between the companionship of yesterday and the reunion of tomorrow. To the loving memory of my father and my husband, C.C.G. 1937.
    Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monument image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    10. Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monument
    Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monument image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    11. Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monument
    Langdon Family and Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monuments image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    12. Langdon Family and Samuel Clemens/Gabrilowitsch Monuments
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens Tombstone<br>Mark Twain<br>Nov. 30, 1835-Apr. 21, 1910 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    13. Samuel Langhorne Clemens Tombstone
    Mark Twain
    Nov. 30, 1835-Apr. 21, 1910
    Olivia Langdon Tombstone image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    14. Olivia Langdon Tombstone
    In this grave
    repose the ashes of
    Olivia Langdon
    the beloved and lamented wife of
    Samuel L. Clemens
    who reverently raided this stone
    to her memory
    Elmira, Nov., 27, 1845
    Florence, Italy, June 5, 1904.
    Olivia Susan Clemens Tombstone<br>Mar. 19, 1872-Aug. 18, 1896 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    15. Olivia Susan Clemens Tombstone
    Mar. 19, 1872-Aug. 18, 1896
    Jean Lampton Clemens Tombstone image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    16. Jean Lampton Clemens Tombstone
    In memory of
    Jean Lampton Clemens
    a most dear daughter.
    Her desolate father
    sets this stone.
    "After life's fitful fever
    she sleeps well."
    July 25, 1880-Dec. 24, 1903
    Langdon Clemens Tombstone image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    17. Langdon Clemens Tombstone
    Son of Samuel L Olivia L Clemens
    Born Nov. 1, 1870
    Died June 2, 1872
    Olivia Lewis Langdon Tombstone<br>Born August 19, 1810<br>Died November 28, 1890 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    18. Olivia Lewis Langdon Tombstone
    Born August 19, 1810
    Died November 28, 1890
    Jervis Langdon Tombstone<br>Born January 5, 1809<br>Died August 6, 1870 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    19. Jervis Langdon Tombstone
    Born January 5, 1809
    Died August 6, 1870
    Eunice Ford Tombstone<br>Born March 11, 1782<br>Died Jan. 14, 1873 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    20. Eunice Ford Tombstone
    Born March 11, 1782
    Died Jan. 14, 1873
    Robert Spanton Pennock Tombstone<br>December 21, 1908<br>January 16, 1933 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    21. Robert Spanton Pennock Tombstone
    December 21, 1908
    January 16, 1933
    Eleanor Langdon Pennock Tombstone<br>March 15, 1905<br>January 1, 1998 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    22. Eleanor Langdon Pennock Tombstone
    March 15, 1905
    January 1, 1998
    Ida Langdon Tombstone<br>October 15, 1880<br>October 9, 1964 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    23. Ida Langdon Tombstone
    October 15, 1880
    October 9, 1964
    Susan Langdon Crane Tombstone<br>Feb. 18, 1836<br>Aug. 29, 1924 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    24. Susan Langdon Crane Tombstone
    Feb. 18, 1836
    Aug. 29, 1924
    Theodore W. Crane Tombstone<br>Sept. 26, 1831<br>July 3, 1889 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    25. Theodore W. Crane Tombstone
    Sept. 26, 1831
    July 3, 1889
    Irene Fortner Langdon<br>July 25, 1922<br>Jan. 4, 2015 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    26. Irene Fortner Langdon
    July 25, 1922
    Jan. 4, 2015
    Jervis Langdon, Jr. Tombstone<br>Jan. 28, 1905<br>Feb. 16, 2004 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    27. Jervis Langdon, Jr. Tombstone
    Jan. 28, 1905
    Feb. 16, 2004
    Charles Jervis Langdon Tombstone<br>August 13, 1849<br>November 19, 1916 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    28. Charles Jervis Langdon Tombstone
    August 13, 1849
    November 19, 1916
    Ida Clark Langdon Tombstone<br>March 7, 1849<br>December 1, 1934 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    29. Ida Clark Langdon Tombstone
    March 7, 1849
    December 1, 1934
    Edward Eugene Loomis Tombstone<br>April 2, 1864<br>July 11, 1937 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    30. Edward Eugene Loomis Tombstone
    April 2, 1864
    July 11, 1937
    Olivia Loomis Lada-Mocarski Tombstone image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    31. Olivia Loomis Lada-Mocarski Tombstone
    Sept. 6, 1906-Feb. 22, 1993
    Eugene Lada-Mocarski
    Dec. 15, 1899-Oct. 29, 1984
    Julia Olivia Langdon Loomis Tombstone<br>Nov. 21, 1871-July 15, 1948 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    32. Julia Olivia Langdon Loomis Tombstone
    Nov. 21, 1871-July 15, 1948
    Jervis Langdon Tombstone<br>Jan. 26, 1875<br>Dec. 16, 1952 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    33. Jervis Langdon Tombstone
    Jan. 26, 1875
    Dec. 16, 1952
    Eleanor Sayles Langdon Tombstone<br>Feb. 10, 1878<br>June 15, 1971 image. Click for full size.
    By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
    34. Eleanor Sayles Langdon Tombstone
    Feb. 10, 1878
    June 15, 1971
     
     
    Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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