01 January 2011

Civil War Soldier With Ties to Williams Co, OH - Clifton, John W

Civil War Soldier With Ties to Williams Co, OH - John W. Clifton

By Pamela Pattison Lash (2011)

Here is an example of a man who served three times during the Civil War, according to his obituary.  James A. Clifton had ties to Williams Co, OH.  His parents were Joseph and Mary Ann Kenmer/Kenner/Kinear Clifton.  Also interesting was the spelling of the surname seems to be Clifton with one f.

Joseph Clifton (8 Aug 1810, Delaware – 17 Oct 1879, Williams Co, OH, Deaths V2 p1) married Mary Ann Kenmer, 12 July 1835, Pickaway Co, OH; Mary Ann Kenmer, daughter of Adam Kenmer, was born in Loudoun Co, VA on 8 July 1818; she died in Jefferson Twp, Williams Co, OH on 8 May 1910.  Joseph Clifton died of heart disease.

Their children were as follows:
1. John W. Clifton (21 Sept 1836, Jefferson, Pickaway Co, OH – 3 Feb 1909, Montpelier, Williams Co, OH; mar Mary Ann Canaga, 1 Apr 1869, Williams Co, OH Marriage V4 p54
2.  Susan Clifton (7 June 1839 OH – 9 Dec 1897); mar Thomas J. Evans, c1862
3.  James A. (11 Feb 1843, Thornville, Perry Co, OH – 26 May 1904, Steuben Co, IN); mar Jennie Bansil, 26 Oct 1870, Jonesville, MI
4.  Sarah (1845 OH-)
5.  Edson B. (1850 OH – bef 1904); mar Mary E. Gerry, 24 Dec 1875, DeKalb Co, OH; divorced 1879 (see divorce detailing under Mary E. Gerry Clifton v Edson B. Clifton)
6.  Mary C. (Jan 1857 OH –aft 1908 pos Antrim Co, MI); mar Edwin L.  Bansill
7. Eva (1855 OH) pos the Mrs. CC Noragon mentioned in obit of her brother
8. Emma (Mar 1859 OH – aft 1904); mar Willis C. Townsend

1850 Licking, Licking, Ohio; Roll: M432_702; Page: 105B; Image: 220.
h/h 1460/1545 Clifton, Joseph 36 Delaware farmer
Mary A 33 VA
John W 14 OH
Susan C 12 OH
James 9 OH
Sarah 6 OH
Bluechder, Franklin 14 OH (hard to read surname)

1860 Marlboro, Delaware, Ohio; Roll: M653_957; Page: 60; Image: 125; Family History Library Film: 803957.
h/h 913/888 Clifton, Joseph 47 Delaware farmer
Mary 42 Virginia
John 23 OH
Susan 21 OH
James 17 OH
Sarah 15 OH
Edson 10 OH
Mary 9 OH
Eva 5 OH
Emma 2 OH

1864 Williams Co, OH Atlas – J. Clifton at Bridgewater Twp, Sec 17

1870 Bridgewater, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 34B; Image: 72; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 200/200 Clifton, Josef 57 Delaware farmer
Mary A. 52 Virginia
Edson 19 OH
Mary 17 OH
Eva 14 OH
Emma 12 OH

1874 Williams Co, OH Atlas – Mary A. Clifton at Bridgewater Twp, Sec 17

1880 Bridgewater, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 459C; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 0552.
h/h 119/126 Clifton, Mary 61 PA-Ire-PA widow
Evans, Susan 38 OH-Del-VA dau
Clifton, Edson 28 OH-Del-VA son, medical student, married
Emma 22 OH OH-Del-VA dau
Evans, Joseph 18 stepson OH-OH-OH
Edson 12 stepson OH-OH-OH
Jennie 9 OH-OH-OH dau

1894 Williams Co, OH Atlas – Mary Clifton at Bridgewater, Sec 17

I checked the 1904 Williams Co, OH Plat Maps, but there is no Clifton listed for that property.

Here is the obituary online of James A. Clifton:

STEUBEN REPUBLICAN, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 1904, page 3, columns 6, 7

JAMES A. CLIFTON, 11 Feb 1843 - 26 May 1904

The subject of this sketch, James A. Clifton, was born Feb. 11, 1843,
at Thornville, Perry County, Ohio, where he spent the days of his boyhood
and young manhood beneath the parental roof until in the month of May,
1862, when at the age of nineteen, he enlisted in Company D, 85th regiment
of Ohio, Volunteer Infantry.  He served with this regiment in the great
struggle of the southern rebellion for two years and was honorably
discharged from same in 1864.  Soon after this discharge he again re-
enlisted in the 131st Ohio National Guards, and served in this regiment the
full time of enlistment which was one hundred days and again was honorably
discharged.  Still again the young soldier answered his country's call for
more soldiers, this time re-enlisting in the 121st regiment of Ohio
Volunteer Infantry.  With this regiment he served until the close of the
Rebellion in summer of 1865, and was for the third time honorably
discharged from military service. 

In 1868, three years after the close of the Civil War, Mr. Clifton came
to Angola, Ind., and a year later he took a permanent residence at Orland,
Steuben County, Ind., where he resided for fourteen years.  On October 26,
1870, Mr. Clifton was married to Miss Jennie Bansill, of Jonesville,
Mich., a happy genial union, which endured for more than thirty-three
years, a union broken only by his death May 26, 1904.

In the year 1883, Mr. Clifton and wife became residents of Auburn,
Ind., and there during the last two decades of his life he won an enviable
reputation for honest, manly worth and sterling integrity.  His friendship
was as warm and unfailing as the genial rays of an effulgent sun.  His
kindness and gentleness were like unto the silvery sheen of the beautiful
Orb of night.  His sympathy was as spontaneous and tender as sympathy of
the little children he so dearly loved.  His nature was sensitive almost
to a fault.  His political opinions and religious faith might be
illuminated by referring to the opinions of his illustrious prototype,
Thomas Jefferson, whose life and whose character both private and
political, he so highly revered.

His private life was pure, candid, honest, devoid of cant, hypocrisy
and ostentation, and was therefore worthy of our emulation.  Those who
were associated with him in business and who knew him well, speak highly
of his personal honor and all unite in saying, "We have lost a good and
true man."

Mr. Clifton became a member of the DeKalb Lodge No. 214 F. & A. M. by
application on Nov. 17, 1885, his home lodge being at Orland.  He remained
a true and devoted member of the Order until death severed the Mystic tie
that bound him to that fraternity.

During the year 1901 he was attacked by an insidious and unknown
disease.  For three years he bravely battled against the slow but steady
advance of the unseen and unknown foe to his mortal life.  But alas,
neither medical skill nor solicitous care of brethren of his Lodge, nor
sympathy and kindness of neighbors and friends, nor stalwart frame and
rugged constitution, nor unfailing love of a noble and devoted wife who
for three long years kept constant watch and vigil by his bedside, were
able to longer stay the final summons which we call death.  And so tired
of life's journey, he whom we loved has passed within the silent "tent" of
death whose curtain never outward swings.

He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, an aged mother, Mrs. M. A.
Clifton of Auburn; three sisters, Mrs. C. C. Noragon, of Angola, Mrs. W. 
C. Townsend, of Auburn, and Mrs. M.D. Bansill, of Bellaire, Mich.; and one
brother, J. W. Clifton, of Ohio.  The funeral was held at the home
Saturday at 1 p.m. under the direction of the Masonic Order, Rev. Brosy
officiating.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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