JEROME D. DATON, a well known grocer of Steubenville, was born in Lancaster county, Penn., May 13, 1819, son of John and Elizabeth (Dunlap) Daton. His parents, natives of the same county, when he was but one year old, removed to Jefferson county, Ohio and located first in Wayne township. When he was ten years of age, they removed to the village of Smithfield, where the father died in 1839 and the mother in 1850. Their son Jerome, received his early education in a district school and in the village school at Smithfield. At sixteen, he began to learn the saddler's trade at which he worked with Enoch Dye in Smithfield two years. At eighteen he went to Wellsville, where he continued as an apprentice two years. He then worked as a journeyman fifteen months in Pittsburgh and six months in Wheeling after which he located in NEw Alexandria and embarked in the saddlery and harness business. For a period of fourteen years he conducted an establishment of that kind. Then engaging in merchandise, he conducted a general store in New Alexandria for fourteen years. In 1840, he was appointed postmaster at that place, and he served in that capacity for fifteen consecutive years. In 1844, he was elected a justice of the peace, and he was subsequently twice re-elected, serving altogether nine years. During the same period he served the school board six years and as overseer of the poor, four years. He was married in New Alexandria, August 29, 1839 to Rebecca, daughter of William Porter. On the 1st day of April, 1862, Mr. Daton removed to Steubenville, where he has since been engaged in the grocery business. He and wife have had four children: John, died in 1840, aged six months; James F., a prominent attorney of Steubenville; Lavina J., died November 4, 1884, aged thirty-four years and Joanna, wife of Charles Gallagher, cashier of the Steubenville National bank. Mrs. Daton died November 4, 1874. FOr over fifty years Mr. Daton has been a member of the Methodist Protestant church, and for over forty years has affiliated with the Masonic order. In politics he has been a republican since the party was organized.
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