FROM HISTORY AND FAMILIES OF WRIGHT
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IMPORTANT: In the interest of genealogical accuracy, it is necessary to note here that certain facts cited in articles here come from faulty initial research many years ago which has been passed down for several generations as "fact." So in an effort to correct this error, we note here that, at the time of this posting, there is NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE as to the parents of "Old" James Claxton who married Temperance Ratliff/Rackley and moved from Bedford Co., TN to Wright Co., MO. If anyone has that CONCLUSIVE PROOF, PLEASE, PLEASE share it as MANY Claxton researchers are VERY INTERESTED in finding this evidence!!! Please e-mail me with any corrections, evidence, or questions about this Claxton line.
CLAXTON- Alfred Raymond “Alf” or “A. R.” Claxton was born in
Alf’s parents were Henderson and Nancy Jane Claxton.
Alf and Reba had four children: Russell Tinsley (Feb. 13, 1908 – 1987);
Rolland Dallas (Jan. 26, 1910-1972); Fay Bernice (Williams) (Jan. 19, 1918) and
Fred F. (May 28, 1920). Fay and Fred live in
Fred had three children: Anne Elyse (1954) lives in Dallas, TX with her eleven year old daughter Jordan; Laura Fay (Eader) (1956) lives in West Frankfort, IL with her husband and two children, Sara Elizabeth (1983) and Matthew Kay (1990); James Timothy (1960) lives in Benton , IL with his wife Amy and two children, Jason (1983) and Mart Katherine (1990). Submitted by Fred Claxton
CLAXTON-George Fian “Andy” Claxton (1879-1961) and Ila Young Claxton (1879-1959) set up housekeeping on eighty acres along Elk Creek near a spring that was called “Andy’s Spring” by the oldtimers. In times of drought, neighbors hauled water from the spring and travelers passing nearby watered their horses and themselves. Arrowheads found in and around the spring gave evidence of former occupation by Indian Tribes. When the new road was built on higher ground, Andy built Ila another home which is still standing and is occupied by a family. In this home, Ila gave birth to their only child, Clarence Elmer (July 28, 1899-Oct. 29, 1989). They also took in Baine Hamilton and raised him as their own until his passing at the age of sixteen.
[picture: Claxton – 50th wedding anniversary (1957): Russell, Fay, Rolland and Mary, Reba and Alf, Fred and Evelyn holding Anne and Laura.]
Clarence paid court to Doshia Mae Smith (1899-1955) and won her hand in marriage on August 8, 1918. Doshia was one of thirteen children whose parents were John P. (1850) and Ellen M. Moorehouse Smith (1858-1941).
Clarence and Doshia made their home on a farm three miles from Andy and
Ila. Into this home four sons were born: Dwight of San Diego, B. T.
“Bill deceased, Dolan of Competition and John T. of
Ila’s parents were Tom and Nancy Palmer Young. Andy’s parents were John Wesley (1832-1924) and Samantha Sumner Claxton (1842-1909). Submitted by John T. Claxton
CLAXTON-William Calvin Claxton (1853-1934), son of James Anderson and Elizabeth Jane Harrison Claxton, married Emma Elizabeth Campbell (1858-1937). They had: A. Della (1875) married Mr. McBean; R. Mista (1877); Charles M. (1879); Leese E. (1881); Claude E. (1883); twins Clara and Harry (1885). Harry married Margaret Young; Clema (1887) married Grover McHenry; S. Allie (1889); John Newton (1891-1973) married Bessie Agnes Cottengim (1892-1976); Oma O. Claxton (1893) married Bob Barham; Roy C. (1895).
John Newton and Bessie Cottengim Claxton had: James William (1916) married Oma Flora Addington and had James Keith (1941). Dennis Bruce (1945) and Gary Newton (1948); Gene Cottengim married Eunice Jean Crellin; Billy Burke (1921-1942 during World War II); Betty Nell (1926-1944) from injuries received in a car accident on the night of the Junior-Senior banquet). Submitted by Wanda Keith
CLAXTON-James Cannon (Jan. 20, 1849), son of James Anderson and Elizabeth “Eliza” Jane Harrison Claxton, bought a farm on Elk Creek which he sold to Edward A. Claxton. Then, Cannon bought a farm farther down on Elk Creek along what is now Highway Z.
Cannon married Nancy Young and they had three children: Canzada married Jim Baker, had Emmitt, Ruth, Nancy and Lee; Albert married Cora Bohannon, had five children who died at birth; Della married Roy Edwards, had Othel, Myrtle, Lee, Edna and Eula.
Cannon and Jeritha had: Jane married Will Lawler, had Clarence who died in 1991; Bland, who died as a teenager when a horse ran away with him causing Bland’s head to be caught between a gate and gate post; Lina married Grover Cook, had Clifford, Hazel and Lowell, second married Roy Coffman, had Jimmy and Juanita; Sarah Elizabeth married Clay Cravens, had Peggy, Winfred, Clifton, Edwin, Richard, and Sarah Frances “Sally”; James “Jim” married Dellar Moore, and drowned in 1933 swimming in the river at the Hurricane Hole on the Gasconade.
Cannon was a very prosperous farmer. He told his brother, Ed that he
would put in a hundred dollars for every ten dollars Ed gave for the
construction of the
CLAXTON-Charles Vance Claxton (Oct. 20, 1885 in Competition, MO) married Mary “Bood” Cline (Feb. 1, 1879 in Evening Shade, MO). They had four children: Everett Ely (April 4, 1907) married Hazel Johnson; Pearl Lee (Feb. 13, 1909) married Myrtle Blanche Wade, daughter of William Alvin and Bertha Ann Rippee Wade; Haden Jurl (May 13, 1914) married Erma; Clint Lee “Buzz” (Sept. 29, 1916) married Irene Labrinsk.
[Picture: Charles Vance Claxton Family (1946) – Pearl Lee, Charles Vance, Hayden Jurl, Mary “Bood”, Clint Lee “Buzz” and Everett Ely.]
Charley, son of John W. and Samantha Claxton, was raised in the Elk Creek area north of Manes. When he was a young man, his bachelor uncle, Mike Claxton, gave him some land to farm. In the 1920’s he lost interest in the farm, sold it and bought a store in Manes. It was one of those old-time stores where the men sat around an old potbellied stove, whittled, chewed tobacco and told tales. Charley’s first grandson, Mike Claxton, used to spend lots of time at the store. The men taught him to chew tobacco when he was about four. Charley and Mary kept Mike most of the time even when he was older.
The Depression took it’s [sic] toll on Charley’s store and he was forced to
sell it in the mid 1930’s. He went to Shoshone,
CLAXTON-Clarence Elmer Claxton (July 28, 1899-Oct. 29,
1989), and Doshia Mae Smith were married August 8, 1918 and made their home on
a farm three miles from Clarence’s parents, Andy and Ila Claxton.
Clarence had attended
[picture: Clarence and Doshia Claxton]
Clarence and Doshia had four sons: Dwight, Dolan, B. T. “Bill” and John T. Doshia, one of the thirteen children of John P. (1850) and Ellen M. Moorehouse Smith, passed away April 9, 1955.
On March 12, 1961 Clarence married Velma Irene Kelly and they moved to
Clarence and Doshia’s descendants in 1991 number: three sons, nine grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, fourteen step-great-grandchildren and six step-great-great grandchildren. Submitted by John T. and Joan Claxton
CLAXTON-Dudley C. Claxton (1857-1933) married Emily Coday (1860-1909),
daughter of Samuel and Mary Jane Binkley Coday in 1879. They owned a farm
[picture: Dudley and Emily Claxton]
Emily made her profession of faith at the age of 15 and remained a true and
devoted Christian until her death. She and Dudley are buried in the
Dudley was a deacon in the
The following “receipt” for this liniment has been copied from a letter dated Feb. 28, 1908: “one gallon terpentine [sic], two ounces each of oil Sassafras and oil Organum, one ounce each of oil Amber and oil Cedar, 4 ounces oil Gum Campur. Put all together and let stand over night. Then, ready for use. Makes one gallon linament.”
After Emily’s death
The Claxton house with a few changes and repairs was still standing and livable until it burned in the early spring of 1991. Submitted by Phyllis Rippee
CLAXTON-Edward Anderson Claxton (1871-1937), son of James
Anderson and Eliza Jane Harrison Claxton, was raised on a farm along Woods
Fork. In 1891 he married Ella Susan Bolian (1876-1949), daughter of James A.
and Elizabeth Rippee Bolian. Ella was raised in the
[picture: Edward Anderson and Ella Bolian Claxton (1936)]
Edward and Ella were the parents of: James Anderson married Jesse Webb;
Verta Alice married John Moore; Opal Dexter married Ansel Stewart (see story);
Ola Agnes married Sam Cravens; Julian Webb died young; Harold Clinton died
young and Betty married John Fisher. Verta, Ola and Betty are still
Edward was a farmer and cattleman. The cattle were driven to market at Niangua and Conway. After one such cattle drive, the money from the sale ($1800) was rolled and placed in a mug on the fireplace. Ella was still recuperating from Harold’s birth when someone entered the south bedroom, found the middle door locked and went around to the east door which was also locked.
No entry was gained and all were safe. The money was taken to the bank the following day.
All meat and food was raised on the farm. Ed raised wheat and corn which were taken to the mill and ground into flour and cornmeal. He always went hunting on Thanksgiving morning.
Edward donated money and labor to help build the
Ella was kept busy around the house and taught the girls how to cook and sew. She was usually seen wearing a hat. The family moved from Elk Creek to a farm on Highway 38 west of Hartville in 1932, where the John Fisher family resides in 1991. Submitted by Wanda Keith
CLAXTON-The Claxtons were originally from
[picture: George Claxton family – Front: Billy Gene, Bobbie Sue, Maxine. Back: George, Goldie, Belle (McClanahan) Ruby, Verba Lee and Vergie.]
Another son of James and Temperance, Henderson C. married Susan Harrison and
had: Angeline (1850); Martha (1852) married Robert McDaris; Samuel
(1855-1940) married Eliza Hillhouse and Cynthia (Shaver Latimer);
James, Temperance and
George Calvin Claxton and Allie Belle McClanahan were married April 6, 1900. Their children: Infant daughter (1902); Verba Lee (1904) married Dewey Pool (1898-1945) and Edgar Young (1902-1991); Vergie (1909) married David Redinger (1909-1983); Goldie (1911-1983) married Lowell “Pat” Coday and had Richard (1944); Ruby (1915-1982) married Claude Iles (1911-1964) and had Margaret (1946-1977); infant son (1918); Maxine (1919) married Calvin Wynn (1916-1990) and had Kay (1937) married Beatrice Ducharme (1922) and had George (1947), Jacqueline (1948), Jim (1957) and Beth (1962); Bobbie Sue (1926) married Bill Long (1927) and had Phillip (1947).
George, a school teacher for
several years, met Belle when she was one of his pupils. After their
marriage he ran general stores and farmed in several
Henderson Claxton’s second marriage
was to Nancy Martin. They had:
CLAXTON-Guss Claxton (March 6, 1894-Sept. 2, 1949), son of
John Wesley, Jr. “Brother” (Jan. 19, 1871-Dec. 19, 1946) and Flora Cope
Claxton, was born in
[picture: Gus and May Claxton with children Dairl, Esther and Dale]
October 5, 1915 at Hartville, Guss married Myrtle May Austin (March 8, 1896-May 31, 1974), daughter of Albert and Laura Moseley Austin. Gus and Myrtie [sic] had children: Willis Dale (August 8, 1916) first married Lila Lavon Lee and had Shirley and Donna, second married Betty Kroeger; Dairl Dewain (May 6, 1919) married Vivian Mannhalter and had Bonnie Jean, Douglas Dewain and Judy Lynn, second married Lucille McCardie and had Cheryl Lee, Dale Dewain and Carolyn Sue; Esther (Jan 5, 1921-April 10, 1930); Ruby Naomi (Sept. 2, 1929 in Omaha, NE) married Norman Broders from Piedmont, MO and had Lyle Eugene and Carol.
In 1925 Guss, his family and the Lee Austin family moved from
Guss was a Pentecostal minister, a farmer and also worked at a meat processing
May had cancer and overcame it three years before she and Guss were involved in
a car accident at
CLAXTON-The three children of Everett and Chrissie Claxton were Jack Ray, E. C. Jr. and Carlee.
Jack Ray was born in Hartville in 1921. After graduating from high
school, he attended college and soon after graduation enlisted in the
Navy. Upon discharge he opened a liquor store in Springfield, from there
he moved to Kansas City where he owned and operated some hotels. He left
[picture: Carlee Claxton Johnson]
E. C. Jr. was born in
E. C. Claxton, Jr. died April 16, 1985 and is buried in
Carlee was born in Hartville in 1933. After graduating from
[picture – E. C. and Jack Claxton]
1986) and Julia Celeste (March 6, 1989). They reside
CLAXTON- Henry Clay Claxton (April 21,
1861), son of James Anderson and Elizabeth Jane Harrison Claxton, was born in
the house located in the bottom field near Elk Creek just north of the
Lena, Lottie and Headley died when quite young and are buried in lower
Delvin was born in
Clifford (1925-1981) graduated from
Delvin’s son, Donnie, married Joy Shelton and had a daughter, Julie in 1969. His second marriage was to Carol Handley and he has a stepson and a stepdaughter.
Delvin’s son, Paul (Jan. 12, 1951), married Marsha Ungaretti and had a daughter, Katherine Laura in 1980. His second marriage was to Debbie Barnsback in 1985. They have two children Kevin Paul (June 9, 1987) and Erin Leigh (Oct. 19, 1989). Submitted by Wanda Keith.
CLAXTON – In 1853 “Old” James and Temperance A. Rackley
Claxton came to
[picture – Claxton – Laura, Wilma, John Wesley, Sr., Wayne and Marve Claxton (1916)]
They stopped around Springfield, then around 1855 they moved to Elk Creek. John Wesley married Samantha Ann Sumner and from this marriage came thirteen children. George Coleman “Mike” never married, but he lived with his brother John Wesley and his wife Samantha. Mike owned large amounts of land and he gave each one of John Wesley’s children a piece of land. Marve, the seventh son, was given some of Mike’s land and the house that John and Samantha had lived in. Mike lived with Marve and his family for most of the rest of his life. He died in 1924.
At first Marve and his family lived in a log house near a big spring, where they got their water. Then they built a house a quarter mile up the creek which had a hand-dug well. Later in 1886 they had a well drilled that is still there with some water in it.
After Samantha died of a heart attack, John Wesley lived with Marve and his family. Marve married Laura Alice Kincheloe on Jan. 5, 1908. From this marriage came two children, Wayne and Wilma. We all lived in the old house until it burned in June 1917. It took three weeks to get another house built, then Grandpa John Wesley lived with us until the time of his death.
My brother, Wayne drove a truck from
After my mother and dad were gone I lived at
I’m the last Claxton left on Elk Creek. I still live in the house my
folks built after the old one burned when I was four years old. I still
have the land that George “Mike” gave my father, Marve. All of us lived a
mile or two from each other. All of the cousins grew up together and
CLAXTON – James Claxton (1798-1871) son of James Anderson
(1773-1815) and Sarah Hilloms Claxton, was born in
James grew to manhood in
James and Temperance had children: Richard (1820) stayed in
All Claxtons from
CLAXTON – James Anderson Claxton (1826), son of James and Temperance Ratcliff Claxton, was the grandson of Joshua Ratcliff who served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Joshua was wounded and when he died at the age of ninety, the scar from the wound was still visible upon his breast. James Anderson was reared on a farm in Tennessee and married Eliza Jane Harrison, daughter of Edward Cannon and Eliza Jane McClane Harrison who were married in Bedford County, Tennessee.
Eliza Jane bore her husband eleven children: James Cannon (1849-1920) married Nancy Young and later Jeritha Baker Rogers; Amanda M. (1851-1863); William Calvin (1853-1934) married Emma Elizabeth Campbell; Newton Cyrus (1855-1935) married Frances P. Pool; Dudley C. (1857-1933) married Emily E. Coday and later Belle Teague Shaddy; Margaret A. (1859) married Issac Coday; Henry C. (April 21, 1861) married Mary Jane Pool; Jasper (Jan. 16, 1863-March 27, 1863); Hepsabeth (1864-1943) married Sam Whittaker; John R. (1870) married Melda Pool; Edward A. (1871-1937) married Ella Susan Bolian.
James A. Claxton came to
James A. went to
Eliza Jane spun thread, wove the material and made pants for the men. The black and white thread made “salt-and-pepper” pants.
James A. was a Democrat and a good citizen. He died in 1892 and is buried
Eliza Jane then married Daniel Latimer and after his death, she married A. M.
Pool. She died Dec. 1, 1909 and was buried in the
CLAXTON-James Anderson Tiny” Claxton (July 6, 1894), son of Edward A. and Ella Susan Bolian Claxton, married Jessie Webb in 1919. Anderson and Jessie had a son, Bolian A. (Dec. 29, 1919). They made their home on the Smittle farm owned by Edward. Their home was blown away on Thanksgiving Day 1926 while the family lay on the ground in a low place to escape the storm. This marriage ended in divorce.
CLAXTON- James Edward Claxton (1859-1947) was born in the
Elk Creek area of
James Edward had four brothers and five sisters. He also had six half
brothers and one half sister. One half brother, Monroe Claxton, was
Phoebe (Phebe) Caroline “Lina” Palmer (1860-1937) was the daughter of Isaac
William Palmer (1819-1894) and Phoebe (Phebe) Hanes (1819-1892). She was
the youngest of seven children and was born in Jefferson County, TN. Her
family moved to Coles County, IL near
[picture – James Claxton Family (1910)-1st row: Oval L., James Edward, Phebe Caroline, Edith Agnes. 2nd row: Ila May, Mary Ethel, Effie Lee, Ora Alice; 3rd row; Roy Byron, Rolson Freeman, Walter Arvil.]
James Edward Claxton and Phoebe Caroline “Lina” Palmer were married in 1877. They had four sons and five daughters. The sons were: Walter Arvil (1888-1957) who married Velie Davis in 1910; Rolson Freeman (1891-1978) who married Verba Latimer in 1916; Roy Byron (1893-1977) who married Wren Clark; Oval Lorraine (1903-1984) who married Ann Carr in 1929. The daughters were: Ora Alice (1881-1971) who married James Eli Burney in 1900; Effie Lee (1883-1908) who married Sam Richardson in 1908; Mary Ethel (1885-1969), who married John L. Hightower in 1904; Ila May (1897-1966, who married Jesse Hildebrand in 1927; Edith Agnes (1899-1987) who married Claud G. Davis in 1932.
James E. and “Lina” were farmers and lived on Elk Creek close to several other
Claxton families. When they retired they moved to Hartville. They
both loved music, especially Christian music and belonged to the Christian
Harmony Band, a group of singers that performed in churches in
James Edward was a wonderful story teller. His mind was clear and his memory was excellent until his sudden death at the age of 87 from a heart attack. Submitted by Joan Claxton Waterworth
CLAXTON-Jesse Claxton (1879-1961), son of Newt and Paralee Pool Claxton, first married Lillie Murrell and then Alma Bramhall Jones. Jesse and Alma lived west of Hartville while Jesse worked on his father’s farm and at various jobs in Hartvile.
Jesse and Alma had five children: Corinna (1917), Efton(1919-1991), Bertha
Lee (1920), Jessie (1922-1978) and Gene (1928-1990). All, except Gene,
The children often went to Grandpa’s to see what was going on. One day
after they returned,
[picture – Jesse Claxton and Alma Bramhall Claxton]
In the mid-1940’s, Jesse moved to
[picture – Claxton Kids: Corinna, Bertha Lee, Jessie and Efton]
Corinna (Shelton) taught in rural Wright County schools: Rogers, London,
Pleasant Valley and Oetting. She was the teacher when
Elton married Vinita Cantrell. Vinita first saw him at a pie supper and
told her friends that she was going to marry him, but first had to find out his
name. They farmed and worked for Tobin-Hamilton Shoe Company in
Mansfield. Childless, they were affectionately known as “Ma” and “Pa” by
their many friends. Efton was a deacon in the First Baptist Church of
Mansfield. Vinita still lives in
Bertha Lee (Crane) was the family “tomboy”. She wrote stories and poems for her own amusement and to keep anyone else from reading them, she would climb the highest tree she could find and tie her bundle of writings on the highest limb possible. She would then sit on a lower branch and guard them.
CLAXTON-John H. Claxton (1863-1948), son of
and “Bless Your Sweet Life.” He was a Free Will Baptist minister.
John married Leora “Daught” Hamilton, a sister to Peer Hamilton and Annaliza Hamilton Emmerson. John and Leora had seven children: O. L. married Cora Williams, daughter of Marian Williams, and O. L. was married three more times; Alta married Leman Irvin “Doc” Jones; Ira married Amos Jones; Dosha married Harve Austin; Homer married Ada Long and was married four more times; Clay died in infancy and Freda married Emmons Ferguson. Information from research of Woodrow Claxton
CLAXTON – John Wesley Claxton (Dec. 18, 1832) was the son of
James and Temperance Rackley Claxton. James and his father, who was also
named James, served in the Seminole Indian Wars in east
[picture: John Wesley and Samantha Ann Claxton (1890)]
John Wesley Claxton married Samantha Ann Sumner, daughter of Isaac Watts and
Elizabeth Sumner and had: Mary (1862); tom (1864); Hila T. (1866); Laura
(1868) married Joe Gourley; John Wesley Jr. (1871); Cora E. (1873) married
Eldridge L. “Toot”
During the early part of the Civil War, John and Samantha had to go to St. James for protection by the Union Soldiers. Bushwhackers kept threatening them at home, even thought [sic] John and Samantha offered them food and shelter.
In 1912, the Claxtons had a
In the late 1920s Charley sold the farm and bought a store in Manes. He
lost the store in the Depression and in the 1930’s he went to Shoshone, ID
along with some Austins, Procks, Youngs, Yates, Adams and Hickmans from
*John Wesley Jr. (1871-1946) was called “Uncle Brother.” He married Flora Cope and had one son, Gus (see story). John’s second marriage was to Ella Bohannon.
*Hila T. (1866-1926) married Cyrus Hamilton and had three children: a daughter died in infancy; Jesse married Rosa Jones, had Oris, Ruth and Clifford; Fred married Retta Hough, daughter of Dr. J. V. Hough of Grovespring, and had Loretta Ruth, Betty Joe and Jack. Submitted by Billy M. Claxton *additions by Linda Blankenship
CLAXTON – William Hampton Claxton (Feb. 4, 1866-Feb. 13, 1953) married Sarah Frances Hillhouse (April 24, 1864 – May 15, 1953) on August 10, 1886. They had eight children: Mertie Armenta (1887-1960) married William Kimbrough and had three children: Tessie Agnes (1889-1890); Celia Jane (1892) married Gus Frazier and had two children; Edward Lee (1894-1974) married Edna Riddle and had four children: Newton Glenn (1897-1973) married Jane Bowen and had four children: Elmer (1900-1991) married Alma Tiffee and had one child; Charlotte “Lottie” (1903-1988) married Ray Weller and had one child; second marriage to Henry B. Dibben who died in 1988; Edith Elizabeth (1905) married Jacob Thomas and had one child.
[picture: Bill and Sarah Claxton]
William “Bill” Claxton, son of Henderson and Susan Harrison Claxton, was born
Bill was a farmer, had a variety of farm animals and raised the feed for them. There was always at least one fox hound around, since Bill was an avid fox hunter. He was ready to go hunting when anyone suggested it, no matter how hot or cold the weather. Many nights he was seen standing outside in his longjohns listening to the dogs run.
To Bill’s dismay their last years had to be spent in
CLAXTON/CODAY – Margaret A. Claxton (Feb. 26, 1859),
daughter of James Anderson and Elizabeth Jane (Harrison) Claxton, married Isaac
Coday and had six children: Albert, Rosa, Maude, Viola, Vada, and
Many members of this family died from tuberculosis. Submitted by Wanda Keith
CLAXTON – Melvin Warren Claxton was born March 12, 1922 in
[picture: Melvin and Venita Claxton]
Melvin’s grandparents were John Henderson and Leora Hamilton Claxton and John Henry and Frances Elizabeth Ingels Long. Venita’s grandparents were William F. and Maude Hake Benton and Richard Thomas and Martha Silviana Rodgers Lawler.
Melvin and Venita’s children were: Jerry Warren and Brenton Wayne.
Jerry Warren was born June 14, 1945 at Jerk Tail. He married Charlene
Short and they had one son, Michael Warren. Jerry and Charlene live in
Melvin and Venita have lived on a farm north of Hartville for forty-five years. They operated a grocery store at Jerk Tail for a while and Melvin has been a truck driver and a beef and dairy farmer.
Melvin, Venita and their sons all attended the rural
CLAXTON – George Coleman “Uncle Mike” Claxton (1842-1903), son of James and Temperance Ratcliff Claxton, was a bachelor who lived with his brother, John Wesley and family. He owned a lot of land and was considered a rich landowner in his day. He raised hay, corn, oats, wheat, horses, cattle and mules. He gave land to the children of John W. and Samantha Sumner Claxton.
He was a very strong man and a hard worker. One time one of his fine colts was down. It was in a shed of his barn and could not get up without a wagon being removed. Uncle Mike got under the high-wheeled, iron-tired Springfield wagon and carried it on his back out of the shed and freed the colt.
He used to carry a lead bullet in his mouth and chew on it to keep from craving water. He only drank water when he watered his horses. He said that he could bind as much wheat as two men could cradle or cradle as much as two men could bind. Uncle Mike was about five feet six inches tall and wore a number five shoe. Information from Woodrow Claxton book
CLAXTON – Monroe Perkins Claxton, commonly known as “M.P.”,
belonged to one of the best known families in
His great-grandfather, William Claxton, was born in
The family moved near
James and Henderson both settled in
M. P. married Ethel I. Pridgen, whose family migrated from
M. P. and Ethel lived on the original farmstead with
In 1932 M. P. was elected sheriff of
Newt and Parlee had following children: William Arthur (1881-1911), Jesse Abraham (1879-1961), Pearl Ada (1855-1978) and Barney Anderson (1890-1946).
Newt was a farmer and stockman and farmed his own land, consisting of several acres of good bottom land and a vast acreage of hill and timber land. Of course, in those days all farming was done with horse-drawn equipment, and to say the least, that equipment was not always the best but rather what one could afford or obtain – much had already seen years of use. Most crops were essential for survival – corn, wheat, oats and timothy and clover hay were the crops grown year after year, after year. Corn and wheat for meal and flour for the kitchen; oats and hay for live stock feed, with long summer pastures, produced a few head of livestock for the market. Of course, there were always enough milch cows held on the farm for milk and butter. As I mentioned, the farm equipment was old and worn. Many times I’ve seen the old binder break down and N. C. would finish wheat cutting with the old hand cradle, and that was work!
In addition to long hours and hard work on the farm, N. C. found time for helping others and doing some community service. He served as clerk of the Pleasant Hill School Board for several years. Township Clerk, road overseer, and even finished teaching school one term when the regular teacher was unavailable. He will best be remembered as one of the leaders of the Old Time Christian Harmony singing group. They sang the notes (shaped) as well as the words, and many times without the books.
The children’s occupations varied greatly but still all were close to the land
and most of them spent some time on the old farm. Arthur (1881-1911)
taught school in his short adult life; Jesse (1879-1961) in his early adulthood
was a member of the State Militia (now the National Guard) – in his mid-life
years he lived on the old home place and farmed with his father and brother –
in later years and until his death he was employed as orderly-medic at the
Federal Prison Hospital in Springfield. Pearl Ada (1885-1978) remained at
home, doing the housekeeping and cooking, etc., and didn’t marry until just
before the death of her mother. Barney (1890-1946) early on was away from
the farm, working as clerk in Hartville stores and as assistant postmaster
during the term of the late George Summers. In the mid-years of his life
he lived near the old homeplace and farmed with his father and brother.
He was in poor health for several years, then went back to public work and,
until the time of his death, was employed as guard at the Missouri State
N. C.’s farm was located two miles west of Hartville on the
This brief history had been compiled, to the best of the writer’s ability, by the elder of two grandsons of Newt C., that being Elvin F. “Jake” Claxton, who is also the eldest survivor of this family, May 3, 1909 – 82 years of age. Submitted by Elvin F. “Jake” Claxton
CLAXTON – Noah Claxton (1835-1915), son of James and
Temperance Ratcliff Claxton, married Ophelia Melinda Russell (1846-1940) on
Feb. 7, 1865. His first wife, Lucinda Palmer, had died. Noah was a
businessman, who had a store on the square in Hartville. He and Ophelia
lived south of Hartville on a large farm, known as the Claxton Plantation,
where he raised some of the best mules in the state. It was later sold to
Hartville suffered a great deal during the Civil War. Noah enlisted in
Noah and Ophelia’s children were: Manley Calvin, Ora Eunice, Laura Ophelia, William Edward, Adella Temperance, Noah Floyd, Thomas Hollie, Samuel Hosea, Dora Lavenia and Josepheanane “Josie”.
Ophelia lived to be ninety-four years old. She spent her later years
living with her daughter-in-law, Ella Claxton, and grandson Everett
Claxton. Both Noah and Ophelia are buried in
CLAXTON – Pearl Lee Claxton (Feb. 13, 1909) was born just
north of Manes on Elk Creek in
Pearl spent most [sic] his early marriage working on farms in Wright County. During the hard times of the Depression years, they were on a farm on Beaver Creek, near Jarrett’s Ford. He fished all along the creek with trot lines. Nearby was [sic] swimming hole called in the Patterson Hole. After several years of cutting blackjack sprouts and picking rocks, trying to make a living, he packed up his belongings and family and headed for Shoshone, ID where his father was working. Pearl arrived in the summer of 1938 and got a job on the Town Ranch, a large farm owned by one of the more influential men of the area.
[picture: Pearl Lee Claxton Family 1986 – Richard Dean, Charles Lee “Pat’, Jimmy Everett, Doral Wade, Sharon Kay, Billy Max, Myrtle Blanche, Pearl Lee, Mike Gene.]
In 1941 he went to work for the State Highway Department. Much of the
time during the winter months he plowed snow off the highways over most of the
southern part of
Dams along the Snake river to provide electrical power for
Pearl and Blanche had eight children: Mike Gene (Sept. 27, 1928) married Lavonne; Charles Lee “Pat” (Feb. 17, 1931) married Yvonne McGraw; Billy Max (May 22, 1933) married Barbara Helen Rippee; Franklin Wayne (August 10, 1935) married Dorothy Bolton; Doral Wade (Dec. 28, 1937) married Diane Baters; Richard Dean (March 19, 1941) married Peggy Miller; Jimmy Everett (Sept. 12, 1945) married Judy; Sharon Kay (April 5, 1947) married Ted Hancock.
CLAXTON – Rolson Freeman Claxton (1891-1978) was the son of James Edward Claxton (1859-1947) and Phoebe Caroline “Lina” Palmer Claxton (1860-1937). He was born on Elk Creek and had three brothers and five sisters. He married Verba Latimer (1897-1981) in 1916. Verba was the daughter of Francis Marion Latimer (1868-1903) and Cynthia Ann Shaver Latimer (1867-1950).
[picture: Rolson and Verba Claxton 1916]
Rolson and Verba’s first house was a two-room dwelling in the Elk Creek community with a hand-dug well. While living there, in the winter of 1917-18 Rolson, Verba and their new baby, Virginia, contracted influenza from a young farmhand who had begged to stay the night because it was too cold for him to walk home. All four were critically ill, but were nursed back to health by relatives.
In August 1919, Rolson and Verba moved to a 160-acre farm three miles west of Hartville. The farm was purchased for $5,000. Rolson and Verba had saved $2,500 for the down payment but had to finance the remaining amount. Their parents were sure they would never be able to repay such a large amount, but they did. The living room of the two story farmhouse was originally a log cabin, but prior to 1919 it had been covered by finished lumber and the house had been enlarged.
Rolson and Verba had five children: Virginia Dare (1916) married Harold C. Bradshaw in 1948 and had a daughter, Joanne (1953); Lenora Genelle (1919) married Thomas P. Deaton in 1944 and had a son, Thomas Patrick (1951) married Pamela Ross in 1990 and a daughter, Rebecca Claxton Deaton (1954); James Francis (1926) married Jeanne Ballinger in 1950 and had daughter, Meredith Ann (1951) and a son, James Steven (1955); Joan (1934) married William A. Waterworth in 1959 and had three sons, William David (1960), Lawrence Alfred (1963), Charles Freeman (1969) and a daughter, Laura Ann (1968); and Lawrence Latimer Claxton (1923-1944) who was killed in World War II.
Lawrence, a tail gunner on a bomber, was lost on a mission over the southern
[picture: Claxton (1939) – Virginia, Rolson, Verba, Lawrence, James, Genelle and Joan in front]
Rolson and Verba were interested in education and all their
children graduated from college. All their grandchildren are college
graduates or are attending college. Prior to her marriage, Verba passed
the State Teacher’s Examination and taught at
Rolson Freeman “R.F.” smiled, joked, whistled and sang his way through the hard labor of farm life. His property was as neat on the “back forty” as it was around the house and he was often seen riding his horse to check his cattle. His pride and joy were his family and his farm.
Verba was an excellent seamstress and cook, and was famous for her pies, especially gooseberry. For many years, she was active in the Rebekah Lodge and held local and district offices. She was active in the Hartville Garden Club and served as president in 1970.
Rolson and Verba were members of the Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church (located five miles west of Hartville) for many years where Rolson was a deacon.
Their great-grandchildren are: Arthur William (1976) and Stephanie Meredith Bahr (1982), son and daughter of Meredith Ann Claxton who married William Milton Bahr in 1969; Angie Kay and Amy Beth Claxton (1977), twin daughters of James Steven Claxton who married Debra Jameson; David Nobuhiro (1982) and Michael Kazuhiro Waterworth (1985), sons of William David Waterworth who married Hiromi Tani in 1982; David Keith (1987) and Thomas Michael Carron (1989), sons of Rebecca Claxton Deaton who married Keith Thompson Carron in 1984. Submitted by Joan Claxton Waterworth
CLAXTON-Samuel Erskine Claxton (1855-1940), son of Henderson
(1822-1892) and Susan M. Harrison Claxton (1828-1870), was born in
Sam married Eliza Jane Hillhouse (1862-1901), daughter of
Samuel’s second wife was Cynthia Latimer and they had Vergie and Velma.
Sam homesteaded land where Joe Walters now lives, farmed and taught school.
He was teaching when John A. Russell was superintendent of schools in
CLAXTON-Thomas Hollie Claxton (1873-1899), son of Noah and Melinda Ophelia Russell Claxton, and Sarah Ellen “Ella” Black (1876-1971), daughter of William and Frances Fredonia Black, were married in Hartville, Jan. 21, 1894. They had three children: Howard (1894-1977), Charles Erbin (1896-1899) and Everett Cecil (1898-1976). Hollie committed suicide at the age of twenty-five.
[picture: Hollie and Ella Claxton with their children, Charles, Howard and Everett]
Ella lived in Hartville and raised Howard and Everett. “Aunt Ella”, as she was affectionately called, kept young people in her home so they could attend high school in Hartville. She was active in the Rebekah Lodge for many years. They are all buried in the Steele Memorial Cemetery in Hartville. Submitted by Carlee Claxton Johnson
CLAXTON-Walter Claxton (Sept. 28, 1888), son of James and
Caroline “Lina” Palmer Claxton, was born in
[picture: Walter and Velie Claxton age 22 and 20]
Walter was raised in a Christian home of high standards where the Golden Rule was practiced. The children were taught to obey and taught responsibility by having chores. One chore of Walter and Rolson’s was to keep the wood box filled with split wood to cook with and Saturday the box had to be filled to cook with on Sunday. One Saturday they decided to play instead of doing chores, so Sunday
morning they were awakened by their mother throwing the covers off and applying the razor strap to them. Needless to say, the box was never found empty on Sunday again.
May 16, 1890 Velie Davis was born in
Walter and Velie met at
Thanksgiving Day 1926, a tornado hit the community and several homes were completely destroyed. It did damage all the way to Competition, MO. A neighbor’s home was destroyed and Roy Emerson was found under a tree. Walter pulled him from under the tree and carried him about ½ mile to his home where he was nursed back to health. Walter worked alone to clear the road to the nearest doctor at Grovespring and arrived back home about midnight. It was reported a “torpedo when through Competition and tore it all to pieces!”
It wasn’t unusual for this home to be filled with happy people on Sundays and special days. On one occasion after attending Sunday School and church there were fifty-four people at Walter and Velie’s for dinner. Cured ham from the smokehouse and all the trimmings were prepared in a short time as everyone helped. The men always ate first, then the women folks and the children ate what was left. At Walter and Velie’s home, there was always plenty left and no one ever left this home in need.
In 1956 Walter discovered he had a rare disease, “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, only the third case in the United States. He died Feb. 7, 1957. In 1990, Velie celebrated her 100th birthday and six months later, she passed away. Submitted by Dorothy Lemery
CLAXTON-William Harve Claxton (1829), son of James and
Temperance Ratcliff Claxton, married Miss Locke, a redhead from
William Harve always had fine horses. During the Civil War, he had a very fast horse which was the envy of soldiers and bushwhackers. They wanted to kill him and take his horse, but they could not catch him, nor could they find his hideout which was on Woodrow Claxton’s farm. According to Woodrow Claxton, “William Harve always wore black leather boots and kept them well shined. He sat straight as a die when in the saddle.”
Cora and Lon had nine children: Edward married Ella Marcum; Henry Oscar married Zettie Jones; Harve married Zetta Williams; Della married Arthur McBride; Hosea married Retha Admire, then Crystal Butler; Dora married Boyd L. Little; Raymond, a young man, died in the pasture when he went after the horses; Ada married Oris Whitworth; Grace married Marl Goddard.
Many of Cora’s family are buried in
CLAXTON-Woodrow Claxton (March 13, 1916-May 19, 1979), son
of James Harve and Lena Mae Hightower Claxton, grew up on a farm near
[picture: Kent and Kathy Claxton with sons Jason (10) and Jared (2) (1988)]
On May 1, 1942 Woodrow married Anna Belle Emmerson (Nov. 7, 1923), daughter of
Alfred Virgle and Amy Idelia Royster Emmerson. Anna Belle grew up on a
Woodrow taught school for 38 years, most of those as math teacher in the
After Woodrow’s death, Kent and his family moved to this farm from
CLALXTON/BOHANNON-Albert Claxton (1872-1945) was the son of James Cannon and Nancy Young Claxton. The Claxton farm was located along Elk Creek where he grew to manhood. Albert married Cora Bohannon (1876-1942) and they lived on the farm joining Clay Cravens, later owned by Francis Kincheloe. After the death of Cannon Claxton, Albert moved back to his father’s farm, which was located where Highway Z crosses Elk Creek.
Five children, including a set of twins, were born to Albert and Cora but all five babies died at birth.
Albert was a very prosperous and generous farmer, who was always ready to help anyone. He was a fine citizen and an asset to his community. Albert and Cora enjoyed a happy life together, raised lots of food and entertained relatives and friends with bountiful meals and good conversation.
The Elk Creek Fox Hunt was organized and held on the Albert Claxton farm. It was moved to the Hillhouse farm and the Lee Austin farm now owned by James Stewart.
All family members are buried in
CLAXTON-Frank Claxton (1872-1948), son of Henderson and
Nancy Jane Martin/Wallace Claxton, married Florence “Flora” Bolian (1881-1907),
daughter of James A. and Elizabeth Jane (Rippee) Bolian. Six children
were born to them without the aid of a doctor:
[picture: Nancy Jane Martin Wallace Claxton (1904)]
At about the age of two years, Bertha fell into the fire around the wash kettle, her clothing caught fire and she died from the burns. Estella died of croup at a very young age.
Florence died during the birth of the twins. Murrell and Earl were taken to raise by their grandparents, the Bolians. Earl died when he was eight or nine months old of summer complaint. Murrell lived with his grandparents until he was grown.
Frank and his family lived in a log house south of the
In the early 1940s Frank returned to
CLAXTON/HIGHTOWER-James Harve Claxton (1882-1949), son of John W. (1832-1924) and Samantha A. Sumner Claxton (1842-1909), was married Dec. 13, 1903 to Lena Mae Hightower (1882-1961), daughter of Epathroditis and Rilda Frances Daughtry Hightower.
James Harve and Lena Mae had five children: Beulah Lillian (1905-1978) married Otto Calton (1906-1964), no children; Eula Verah (July 1, 1906) married Francis Leroy Kincheloe (1906-1964), had
Phyllis Louise (1927) who married Melvin Amos, and Ellis Leroy (Sept 14, 1930) who married Maxine O’Quinn; Eppah (1909) married Uleth Laverne Davis, had Billy Warren (1937) who married Cleta Jane Ellingsworth; Woodrow (see story); Freeman (August 25, 1919) married Inez Irwin in 1942, had two children Christine Louise (1945) and Carl David (1946). Submitted by Linda Blankenship
CLAXTON/POOL-John Ratcliff Claxton (Feb. 27, 1870), son of
James Anderson and Eliza Jane Harrison Claxton, married Melda Pool. They
raised eight children on a farm along the
Orphia married Henry Helfrecht; Gertie married Mr. Keith; Hubert married Venice Ward, she had a daughter Barbara.
John R. later married Cora Crawford Rumfelt, widow of James Rumfelt, a son of John Rumfelt. Cora and James had two sons, Merlin and Loren. Cora had a brother, Elmer Crawford. John R. and Cora Claxton had two daughters, Jamie and Vera.
The Claxton brothers who homesteaded along Woods Fork and the
John R., Melda, their baby and Aaron are buried in
CLAXTON/RIPPEE-Billy M. Claxton (May 22, 1933 in Manes, MO)
was the son of Pearl Lee and Blanche Wade Claxton and grandson of Charles Vance
and Mary “Bood” Cline Claxton and William Alvin and Bertha Ann Rippee Wade, all
[picture: Billy and Barbara Claxton with sons Mark Alan, Larry Gene and Billy Wayne]
Largely due to the Depression and lack of work, Bill’s family moved to
Shoshone, ID in 1938. Bill started school there, and the family spent
several years there while his father worked the farm and with the State Highway
Department. The family then moved to
Barbara Helen Rippee (July 16, 1936 near Hartville, MO) was the daughter of
Fred Harrison and Gladys Lily Stigall Rippee and the granddaughter of William
Arthur and Eliza Ann Yeager Rippee and Dolen Esto and Emma Evlion Reddick
About 1940, Barbara’s family moved to
Bill’s friendship with Barbara’s brothers, Frank, Joe and Art, led to his
meeting Barbara. They were married Dec. 26, 1954. Bill was in the
Air Force and they moved to Alamorgordo, [sic]
Bill got out of the service in March 1957, but took a job with the civil service and stayed at Holloman until he retired in 1988. Barbara raised the boys and was an outstanding Den Mother with many awards for excellent programs.
Mark had a talent for electronics and in later years opened a repair shop, which is now a flourishing business. Larry worked at the Presto Manufacturing Plant in Alamogordo, first in the foundry and then on the assembly line as a forklift driver. Billy graduated from New Mexico Tech as an environmental engineer and is working in Bismarck, ND.
Bill and Barbara are enjoying their retirement by traveling around the
country. They also enjoy staying at home. They travel to
CLAXTON/WHITTAKER-Hepsabeth Claxton (1864-1943), daughter of James A. and Eliza Jane Harrison Claxton and granddaughter of James and Temperance Claxton, married Samuel Dillard Whittaker (1858-1919) on Nov. 16, 1884.
Hepsabeth and Samuel had eleven children: Minnie (1886-1887); Noah
(1887-1957) married Arizona Climer, had Ray Murrell; Melda (1889-1966) had a
daughter, Inez and married Archie Robertson; Verba (1890-1930) married Dillard
Newton and had Arthur; Barney (1892-1928) married Retha Cantrell and had Pansy,
Donall and Barney, Jr.; Bessie (1894-1990) married Ben Duren and had Wilma;
Minola (1897-1898); Verna (1899-1929) married Ava Buck and had Harold and
The Whittaker family lived west of Hartville; operated a hotel in Hartville
where Jeanie’s Café now stands and moved to High Prairie (located between
Lee moved to
CLAXTON – Everett Eli Claxton was born May 4, 1907 to
Charles Vance and Mary “Bood” Cline Claxton on Elk Creek on the farm by
[picture: Everett and Esther Claxton]
CLAXTON-Hayden Jurl Claxton was born May 13, 1914 on Elk
My brothers Mike and Pat and I would drive down from Buhl, ID to visit with
him. After his first wife Emma died Hayden moved to
[picture: Hayden Claxton in WWII Medical Corps]
His grandparents John Wesley and Samantha Ann Sumner Claxton (see Volume I)
were pioneer settlers of Elk Creek. The Isaac Sumner family came before
1840. Grandpa Isaac served on the side of the
CLAXTON – Clint Lee “Buzz” Claxton was born Sept. 26, 1916 on Elk Creek in Wright County to Charles Vance and Mary “Bood” Cline Claxton (See Volume I). He served in the Army Supply and Engineer Corps during World War II and was stationed throughout the Pacific for the duration of the war.
His grandparents John W. and Samantha Sumner Claxton were settlers of the Elk
Creek area in 1840-1850s. His mother’s Cline family came from
[picture: Clint Claxton and son Harold Lee]
Clint’s dad, Charley, moved from Elk Creek to Manes where he bought a general store. Clint
Attended the Manes schools. In late 1937 Charley and
family went to
He moved to Buhl, ID in 1946 and worked on the dams along the
Clint married Irene Labrinsk in 1952. She was a sister to Clint’s cousin Happy “Parris” Cline’s wife Hilma. Clint and Irene had one son Harold Lee Claxton born in 1953. Harold lives in Buhl, ID. Clint worked for the Twin Falls County Canal Company which provides irrigation water for the farmers. He was very close to us nephews and took us around with him from time to time.
Clint died March 4, 1986 and is buried in the
CLAXTON – George Coleman “Uncle Mike” Claxton (see Volume I)
came to Missouri with his family when he was about seventeen years old.
He never married and lived with his brother, John Wesley. During the
Civil War Mike was said to have hid his money in a fruit jar in a hole in the
rock bluff. John’s brother-in-law Duke Sumners had a gang of bushwhackers
at the time and rode around shooting up the area. John was spared and
In May of 1890 the John Claxton home was robbed by five men who were digging a well for them. Uncle Mike was robbed of $475 in cash and $2000 in notes. The thieves were caught and brought to justice.
[picture: Uncle Mike Claxton]
Uncle Mike raised horses, cattle and hogs and accumulated lots of farm land on
Elk Creek. He gave each of brother John’s kids 40 to 80 acres of
land. He gave the youngest, Charles Vance, 120 acres, most of the stock
and the farm machinery. Part of this farm is where the