Born in Knox Co, Indiana, the son of James and Catherine Alton. He married Julia A. Wolfe 16 Aug 1866 in Jasper Co, Iowa.
March 27, 1843
Feb. 10, 1927
GAR marker, Odd Fellows marker
FRANCIS M. ALTON – Published February 17, 1927
Civil War Veteran Answers Final Roll Call
Francis Marion Alton was born in Knox county, Indiana, March 27, 1843, and died at his home in Little River, Kansas, February 10, 1927; aged 83 years, 10 months and 14 days.
Mr. Alton hearkened to the call of his country for brave men, faithful and true, and enlisted from Knox county, Indiana, in Company B, 10th Indiana Cavalry, and gave his service until the close of the Civil War. After receiving an honorable discharge from the army, he moved to Marion county, Iowa, and from there to Jasper county, Iowa, where he was married to Julia A. Wolfe August 18, 1866. To them were born eleven children – seven girls and four boys, eight of whom are living. One daughter died September 7, 1906, one son died September 18, 1925, and one baby boy died in 1885.
The family moved from Iowa to Kansas in the fall of 1881 and settled on a farm northeast of Little River, where they resided until 1888, when they moved to Nebraska where they resided until 1893, when they returned to Kansas and resided in Little River until the death of his wife in 1917. On June 26, 1919, he was married to Mrs. Martha Mills of Windom, Kans. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, two sons, six daughters, thirty-three grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren, besides other relatives and a wide circle of friends.
Mr. Alton was a good man, a loving husband, a devoted father, and a kind and generous neighbor. He was ever ready, always anxious and willing to extend helping hands and words of sympathy to suffering humanity. Early in life he gave his heart to God. He united with the Christian church in Little River of which he was a member when called to receive his eternal reward. One of his greatest and most successful aims in life was to help others. He will not only be missed in his home, but in his death the community loses one who was host highly respected.
He was a member of Victoria Lodge No. 212, I. O. O. F., of Little River, for more than thirty years.
For many years he was recognized as one of the leading auctioneers of the country, and was so interested that even after retiring from his profession he would never fail to ask his sons upon their return from a sale what success they had as auctioneers and how property sold.
He was given a military burial by Dwight Lamson Post No. 254, American Legion. Funeral services were held in the Christian church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Sermon was preached by the Rev. John T. Spriggs. Odd Fellows attended in a body. Interment in Bean Cemetery.
[Provided by Young Historical Library, 201 Main Street, P.O. Box 126, Little River, Kansas 67457]
Julia Ann Wolfe Alton
1844–1917 (m. 1866)
Marion C. Alton
Laura Alton Allam
James Fredrick Alton
Carrie Belle Alton Moss
George W. Alton
Albert Monroe Alton
Mollie M. Alton Gray
Grace Elisabeth Alton Scott
Lula Pearl Alton Mills
Martha Jane Alton Hager