BATTON, William Thomas

Date of birth: 31 August 1861 Ohio

Date of death: 9 Jun 1947 Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana

Source: Franklin Evening Star, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, June 9, 1947

Thomas Batton Retired Farmer, Dies Early Monday
Funeral Services Are to Be Held Wednesday; 
53 Descendants Survive
      William Thomas Batton died at the age of 85 at his home, 
three and one-half miles south of Franklin, Monday morning 
at 12:10 o'clock.  Although he had been in failing health 
for several years his condition did not become serious until 
Sunday morning.
      Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 
2 o'clock at the Vandivier mortuary, with the Rev. G. F. 
Powers, of the Ninveh Christian church in charge.  Interment 
will be in Greenlawn cemetery.
      Friends may call at the late home any time after 7 p.m. 
Monday and are invited to attend the rites.
      Mr. Batton was the son of Porter Batton and Orella Groves 
Batton and was born in Ohio, Aug. 31, 1861.  When he was a 
child, the family came to Indiana settling in Brown county.  His 
father was born in England.
      A farmer, he had operated farms in Johnson and Shelby 
counties most of his life, moving to his present home four 
years ago.
		10 Children Living
      On December 13, 1886, Mr. Batton was married to Miss Ella 
Coy, at Amity.  They were the parents of ten children, all living.  
Mrs. Batton died May 15, 1943.
      Mr. Batton retied from farming several years ago and since that 
time he had raised chickens and gardened as a hobby.  He liked to 
read and had been known to sit up all night to finish reading an 
interesting book, although he had to work the next day.  He was 
devoted to his family.
      The children surviving are Mrs. Ida Pierce, Mrs. Catherine 
Kern, of Indianapolis; Sam Batton, Mrs. George Coffman and 
Mrs. Carrie Bates, all of Franklin; Mrs. Mary Oakes, of Edinburg; 
William Batton, of Shelbyville; Mrs. Mable Long, of New Castle, 
and Mrs. Edith Hoskins and Henry Batton, both at home.
     Also remaining are 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 
2 great-great grandchildren and one brother, Ed Batton, of 
Indianapolis.
      Mr. Batton was a member of the Amity Baptist church.

Submitted by Mark E. Wirey

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