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PVT James Floyd Staton
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Birth: Oct., 1899
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1918, France

In the Monroe Journal of January 14, 1927 (pictured here) it was announced that the body of WWI marine, James Floyd Staton, had been located. Per the article it had been "eight long years" for his mother who did not know where his body was. It is not clear if she even knew officially that he had perished in the war and we have not been able to locate a notice of his death from 1918; however, a researcher found the following notice in the Greensboro Daily News, 6-17-1919, p6, "22 North Carolinians In The Casualty List"--at the bottom was, 'Marine corps: Missing in action: James F. Staton, Marshville'. (Greensboro Public Library double-checked the year for us, it is 1919) In our local papers we have found a reference to a letter sent to his father. This brief announcement was made in the Nov. 1, 1918 Monroe Journal: "A few days ago Mr. L. A. Staton received a letter from his son, Mr. J. Floyd Staton, who had been wounded, stating the he had recovered and was again in the fight". Without having Staton's actual records we will rely on the grave marker as his correct date of death. The 1927 article notes that his mother received a letter from the war department on Dec. 12 of 1926 about the burial location of her son.
Floyd, as he was known, was one of six children in the family of Lafayette "Fate" and Cornelia ‘Carrie' Griffin Staton. His mother, known as Carrie, was Fate's second wife (Elizabeth Sinclair being his first and the mother of the two eldest children, Raymon/Raymond and Veda Blanche – she died in 1890 per Rev. John Staton's history). We have not been able to find a WWI draft registration card on him – but he was found on a Marine barracks list in Company I at Paris Island for Jan. 1 – Jan. 31, 1918 at Overseas, Staton was with the 97th Co., 6th Marine Regiment of the 4th Marine Bridgate attached to the 2nd Infantry Division. He was killed July 19, 1918 during the Aisne-Marne Offensive on "the single costliest day of fighting in the history of the 6th Marine Regiment" this per "6th Marine Regiment (United States)" at Wikipedia. The Monroe Journal printed an article on May 30, 1930 announcing that "Mrs. Henry Pate of Monroe and Mrs. Cornelia Staten [s.i.c.] of Marshville will make the pilgrimage to France with the Charlotte contingent of Gold Star mothers early this summer. The Union County mothers, whose sons were killed in France, will be given the trip by the War Department…[they] will see the soil containing the bodies of their heroic dead…". In 1931 the American Legion Post #121 of Marshville, N.C. was chartered and named after Floyd Staton. Union County, N.C., erected a WWI memorial marker in 1996 to those who died during this war; the name of James Floyd Staton was left off unintentionally. It is hoped that at some point in the future it can be added. It is also hoped to learn more about young Staton or perhaps find a picture of him to add to this record. -11/23/2013; revised 3/14/2015 with research from M. Price -pmp

Family links: 
  Lafayette A Staton (1859 - 1926)
  Cornelia G Staton (1873 - 1958)
Note: North Carolina
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de l'Aisne
Picardie, France
Plot: Plot A, Row 34, Grave 15
Maintained by: Genealogy Librarian
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56640531
PVT James Floyd Staton
Added by: Genealogy Librarian
PVT James Floyd Staton
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PVT James Floyd Staton
Added by: Doc Wilson
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Proud to Honor this young Staton who gave his all for our country.
- Faye
 Added: Aug. 4, 2014
Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice... I am proud to note you family.
- Lisa O
 Added: May. 8, 2014

- Carolina Grave Hunter
 Added: Nov. 19, 2013
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