Judge William Izard Clopton

Judge William Izard Clopton

Death 25 Jul 1909 (aged 70)
Montgomery County, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
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William Izard Clopton Captain of Richmond Fayette Artillery Cabell's Battalion Pickett's Division, A.N.V. He served his country with signal gallantry and devotion throughout the War, from April 1861 to April 1865 and surrendered at Appomattox. Born May 27, 1839, Died July 25, 1909. He sleeps the sleep of the brave and just and "His Rest Shall Be Glorious." Lawyer. Legislator. Judge. Friend. And Christian Gentleman."

In 1880 both William Izard Clopton and S. Basset French claimed to be judge of the Hustings Court of the City of Manchester. When the Readjusters gained control of the legislature in 1879, they had refused to reappoint the entire Virginia Supreme Court and three-quarters of the circuit judges, including Judge French. French claimed his term had not expired. In April, 1880 both men appeared at the courthouse and Clopton ordered Sergeant Fisher to open court. Fisher refused, and Clopton ordered him held in contempt and confined. Then French ordered Sergeant Fitzgerald to open court and upon the sergeant's refusal, had Fitzgerald confined. Twenty days later, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Clopton was the duly-appointed judge and ordered the discharge of Fitzgerald. The record does not show what happenend to Fisher.

Education: William and Mary College, 1857/Law Student

Served the CSA as Second Lieutenant of the Richmond Fayette Artillery.
Participated in the battles of: Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, Gaine's Mill, Frazier's Farm, Malvern Hill, Second Manassas, Crampton's Gap,Antietam, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Plymouth, N.C.; Second Cold Harbor and Petersburg; also Ream's Station, Hatcher's Run, and Fort Harrison.1873 served as 1866 elected City Attorney of Manchester Judge of the Corporation Court of the
city of Manchester.

1868 William Izard Clopton married Alice Baird, the daughter of Douglas Baird, a native of Scotland. They had no children. Alice died January 2, 1893.

2nd marriage to Minnie Vaden, of "Buck Hill," Chesterfield County, there were no children of this marriage.

Judge William Clopton was a member of Masonic Lodge Manchester Lodge Number 14(Royal Arch Mason). (He was "Worshipful Master of the Lodge" in 1882. 1887
served as District Deputy Grand Master in the Lodge.

William A. Weisiger, M.D presented Judge Clopton with his "Masonic Apron" Dr. Weisiger wore the apron at the laying of the cornerstone of Washington's statue
in Capital Square in 1850. In 1900, Judge William Clopton presented the "Apron" to the Lodge.

In 1909, The Richmond Times Dispatch carried an article that read in part:

"Judge William I. Clopton, of the Corporation Court of the city of Manchester, died yesterday morning at 5 o'clock at Crockett Springs, after an illness of three weeks. He was seventy years old in June.............." (*Note: Judge
William Izard Clopton died of Bright's disease"

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 14568383
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge William Izard Clopton (27 May 1839–25 Jul 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14568383, citing Maury Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .