BIOGRAPHIES BEGINNING WITH "W"
WINONA COUNTY, MINNESOTA




WHITON, Frances E.


WHITON, Frances E.
Died, in this city, on Sunday morning, June 10th, 1888, at 6 1/2 o'clock, of heart disease, Frances E. Whiton, aged 70 years, 8 months, and 16 days.

Mr. Whiton was born in the township of Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio, on September 25th, 1817. He was the son of Ebenezer and Samantha Whiton, who emigrated thither from Lee, Berkshire County, Mass., during the spring preceding his birth. Several of the northern counties of Ohio collectively were then as now called the Connecticut Western Reserve. It was land given by Congress to Connecticut to compensate for her extraordinary losses during the Revolutionary War. It was in one of these counties that the subject of this notice was born. It was then, as well as the greater portion of Northern Ohio, almost an unbroken wilderness, and the forest trees were of huge size. Here and there was a small collection of rude log houses, (dignified with the name of "village,") where there was a tavern, a blacksmith shop, and perhaps a small store. These hamlets were the nuclei of many of the enterprising and beautiful towns and cities which now dot the portion of Ohio mentioned.

In 1824, his parents removed to Elyria, the county seat. He resided there till 1849, learning the trade of wagon-maker, and also serving as deputy-sheriff for a number of years. In the spring of the last named year he removed to Columbia County, Wis., locating in the town of Wyocena. In April, 1855, he came to Minnesota and took up land in St. Charles Township, about five miles southeast of this city, where he opened a farm. At that time there were four houses on the town site. In the fall of 1857 he was elected sheriff of Winona County, and served in that capacity during 1858-59. He was elected Justice of the Peace several times while living on his farm. In 1870 he removed to this city, and has resided here most of the time since. In 1874 he was married to Mrs. Edna Ingraham, who died in 1880, leaving a daughter Edna F., now in her 12th year, familiarly known as "Bessie."

At the time of his death Mr. Whiton was serving his second term as one of the City Justices. He leaves one sister, Mrs. C.W. Beman, and two brothers, Frederick V. and Joseph S.

The funeral services were held at the residence of Mrs. Beman on the afternoon of Monday, June 11th, conducted by Rev. Mr. Ham, Pastor of the Baptist church. Many of his old neighbors and friends were present. The remains were interred in Hillside Cemetery beside those of his wife.

From St. Charles Union newspaper, edited by his brother Joseph S. Whiton.
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