Though not mentioned in his obituary, James first married Elizabeth Decker on March 15, 1852 in Henry County, Illinois. See the discussion of documents found about her life on her memorial. They had one son, James Logan Stratton, Jr. She married 2nd Matthias Strum Jr. on April 5, 1855. Unable to find the death date or burial place of Elizabeth. Several DNA test matches confirm relationship between the two sets of descendants of James Logan Stratton. It is unknown if James' 2nd family ever knew about the first, but it is interesting that when his son James Jr. died in 1932, his widow indicated that James Sr. was from "Cole" Colorado, which might indicate there had been some contact over the years.
From The Akron [Colorado] Weekly Pioneer Press, Friday April 11, 1913, page 5:
Died, James Logan Stratton was born in Richland County, Ohio Oct 8, 1833. He was of Scotch-Irish extraction, and one of a large family of children. The public schools of Ohio furnished the education of his childhood days.
In 1849, during the great rush for gold, at the age of 16, he with his two older brothers went overland from Ohio to California.
But, after a few years, returned to the middle west, where, on Dec 26, 1860, he was united in holy matrimony to Miss Priscilla Mills, of Huron County, Ohio. To this union were born 2 sons and one daughter. The daughter died in infancy, but the sons survive.
Grandpa Stratton enlisted in 112 regiment of Illinois volunteers, and from 1862 he remained in constant service to the end of the war. His lot was in the most part very strenuous, he having passed through some 27 battles. He repeatedly refused promotion, choosing to remain with "the boys," even through the famous march to the sea, after which he was discharged in 1865.
Soon after the close of the civil service he enlisted in the Army of Heaven, where he rendered faithful service until called to cease his earthly activities.
His companion was torn from his side 19 years ago. Since then he has made his home with the children. The last 16 years of his life were spent with those who braved the hardships of frontier life on the great plains of eastern Colorado. He was a man whom to know was to love.
Grandpa passed away in the arms of his oldest son at 7:45 AM April 1, 1913 at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 23 days.
Services were conducted from the church by J. M. Moore and H. A. Wheeler, and the remains were laid away in the Cope (Colo) cemetery April 3, 1913.
Lucinda Stratton Dancer
Sarah Ann Stratton Dancer
John Rigdon Stratton
Daniel G Stratton
George Washington Stratton
Thomas Jefferson Stratton
Mary E. Stratton Robison
Elizabeth H Stratton Malcolm
Rachel Ann Stratton Chamberlain
Jennie Stratton Jacobs
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