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William Erastus Dorvin Compton
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Birth: Feb. 15, 1858
Pulaski County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 25, 1925
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA

William Erasmus Dorvin Compton was born to John Riley Compton and Helen Martha Duck. It appears he was named after papa Johns' brother Erasmus Dorwin Compton. I don't know much about my great grandfather as nobody ever spoke of him growing up. He died before I was born. What I do know of him is what I've read. He moved from Somerset, Kentucky as a young married man to get away from all the "drinkin, cussin, and sinnin" going on in the area to Jackson, Missouri, to Oakley, Kansas, to Blackwell, Oklahoma. It appears nobody in the family followed him, nor did they keep in touch. In the 1870 census it shows he's a farm laborer along with brother Christopher. In 1880 he's farming his uncle's land in Jackson, Missouri. In 1900, he's moved his wife Margaret to Oakley, Kansas and he's a farmer there. Probably the only way he knows how to make a living, and here they have a daughter, Edna. It apparently didn't work well for him there. In 1910, he has moved his family, now including Merle and Daisy to Reno, Oklahoma and he's taken up farming here as well. By 1920, he's a widow and moved to Blackwell, Oklahoma and he's a laborer in a smelter. He's 50 and only son Merle, now 15 is living with him. Edna's grown and married to Martin Ebert. Daisy moved in with sister Edna after she married. Mother Margaret has died and Erasmus dies a few years later while son Merle is away in the Army and inherits the home. Edna and Daisy inherit 2 small homes side by side just a short distance away, which are now gone and a Free Will Baptist Church sits on the land. 
Family links: 
  John Riley Compton (1825 - 1896)
  Margaret Isabell Boruff Compton (1876 - 1918)
  Edna Alice Compton Gamber (1900 - 1992)*
  Merle Raymond Compton (1904 - 1987)*
  Daisy Claudine Compton Reynolds (1907 - 1991)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Compton Barker (1848 - 1931)*
  Lucy Ann Compton Miller (1852 - ____)*
  William Erastus Dorvin Compton (1858 - 1925)
  Christopher C Compton (1860 - 1925)*
  Sarah Ellen Compton Molen (1866 - 1945)*
  Silas Monroe Compton (1867 - 1941)*
  Martha Dora Compton Weddle (1870 - 1950)*
  Rhodette E Compton Warner (1874 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Married 1897 Margaret I. & Erastus Dorvin Compton
Note: eternally together
Blackwell Cemetery
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Lot 5, Block 178, Space 8
Created by: Norma Faller
Record added: Oct 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30304469
William Erastus Dorvin Compton
Added by: Norma Faller
William Erastus Dorvin Compton
Added by: Norma Faller
William Erastus Dorvin Compton
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