The Painter, The Preacher & The Painter
David Clemans wasn’t sure what to expect when he embarked on a 10-year genealogical journey. His task? To investigate his lineage and discover the identities and the personalities of his predecessors. What he found out made for some enthralling research... and a compelling story. The story of 14 generations of Clemans men, from the author’s grandsons to his ninth great-grandfather, Augustine, the family’s original immigrant ancestor, who arrived from England in 1635 at Dorchester, Massachusetts aboard “The James” of London and went on to become the acknowledged Father of American Art. A particularly exciting and inspiring discovery for the author, since he himself has been a painter for six decades. Add in the story of a fiery Civil War preacher, a brave Revolutionary War soldier, and a possible family link to Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, and you have a personal, and entertaining, family saga.