The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1924
DEATH of P. T. CLATON
After an illness of serveral months duration, P. T. CLATON, one of Ringgold county's oldest and most highly respected
citizens, passed away at his home in west Mount Ayr Saturday. Due to the infirmities of age, Mr. CLATON had been in declining
health for several years, but maintained his happy disposition and in recent months had patiently waited for the call to rest.
For fifty years he resided in Ringgold county, during all of which time he was known as a true christian gentleman, his kind
good nature and pleasant manner endearing him to all whose good fortune it was to know him. The large attendance at the funeral, which
was held Monday forenoon at 11 o'clock from the Methodist church, attested to the high regard in which he was held by friends and
Peter T. CLATON was born March 22, 1832, in Clark county, Ohio, and died May 3, 1924, aged 92 years.
to Shelby county, Ohio, in 1839, where he grew to manhood. In 1855 he removed to Beauro (sic, should be Bureau) county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming.
He was married to Elizabeth MARTIN November 1, 1860, his wife dying February 15, 1861. September 4, 1861, he enlisted in Company D,
7th Kansas Cavalry. In the fall of 1862 on account of trouble with his eye sight he was unable to do calvary (sic) duty and was
transferred to the quartermasters department where he served as teamster until his discharge September 25, 1864. After the war
he returned to Beauro (sic) county, Illinois.
December 25, 1864, he was married to Elizabeth C. BELKNAP. They lived on a farm in
Beauro (sic) county until spring, 1874, when they came to Ringgold county and located on a farm in Liberty township, where they made
their home for forty-one years and reared a family of six children, all living. They are M. L. [Melvin], of Waco, Neb.; Mrs. Chas.
E. [Alvira E.] MAIN, John W., Mrs. E. C. [Gertrude] MATHENY, all living in this county; Willard O. CLATON of New Port, Oregeon;
Mrs. C. A. [Edith] HARSH of Centerville, Iowa.
In 1915 on account of age they decided to leave the farm, selling out and removing
to Mount Ayr, and for the past nine years have lived a retired life.
During his active life, Uncle Peter, as most of his
friends called him, aside from his own work always found time for anything that was helpful to the community in which he lived.
He was a member of the M. E. church and the funeral was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL.
He was a good man and
tried to make the world a little better for his having lived in it.
[Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.]
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