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SC woman believes Mark Twain could be her great-grandfather

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Susan Bailey has researched her possible relation to Mark Twain. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Susan Bailey has researched her possible relation to Mark Twain. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Susan Bailey talks about her book and research. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Susan Bailey talks about her book and research. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenville woman believes she is the great-granddaughter of Samuel Clemens, most notably known as author Mark Twain, and has written a book talking about it all.

Susan Bailey said she spent a lifetime trying to find her mother. Seven years of research and even DNA testing turned into Bailey's book, called The Twain Shall Meet.

In her book, Bailey uncovers her search to find her mother and how she began doing research on Nina Gabrilowitisch, Twain's only granddaughter.

Bailey said she found Gabrilowitisch's 341-page diary, outlining the journey of a woman trying to uncover a mystery and possibly even a secret that Gabrilowitisch and her mother, Clara Clemens, took to their graves.

"The first picture we found was of Nina and she looked exactly like my grandson, Kyle," Bailey said.

The pictures continued to pop up and fueled even more speculation.

"A picture of Ossip Gabrilowitisch and he was Clara's husband," said Bailey. "I looked at him and I said, 'Oh my God, he was not in the Clemens' blood line and he looks exactly like my son, Greg.'"

At this point, the connection was only speculation, but that's where Nina Gabrilowitisch's diary became important.

"Nina is the kind of person who all through her diary left bread crumbs," Bailey said. "This was six weeks before I was born ... 'Hooray, half the month is gone, a month from today I'll be even happier with only eight weeks to go.'"

Before Bailey was able to write her book, the only thing she knew about Nina Gabrilowitisch was that she drank a lot and likely died from a drug overdose. Bailey said through interviews with friends of Nina Gabrilowitisch's, she believes she's uncovered the secret the Clemens took to the grave.

"At last one of them said to us is the reason she drank so much is because she had to leave her baby behind," Bailey said.

Bailey said she has more research and testing to do before she can prove 100 percent that Twain is her great-grandfather.

If you'd like to read her book, you can find it on sale at Amazon.com.

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