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 John Calhoun Compton

John Calhoun Compton

Morgan County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 Jan 1907 (aged 81)
Eolian, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Burial Eolian, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Plot E Row 18 Plot 22
Memorial ID 30367827 · View Source
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John as son of Edward L and Susan Compton of Illinois. They went to Milam County abt 1845. John was oldest of the kids.
John said on his Mexican War pension he was born Morgan Co Ill. He volunteered for US Army during Mexican War July 20 1846 Milam City and was sent to Austin where he was assigned to Col P H Bell's regiment of TX Mounted Volunteers, company commander as Capt Shapley P Ross, father of gov Sul Ross. Fall and winter 1846 the ranger company was near Double File Crossing Brush Creek Williamson Co then family moved to Berry's Creek and probably where John met Mary Polly Berry.
For next 2 years duty was in Austin, Rio Grande River, village of Waco Indians, McLennan County and Brazos River then onto assignment of Smith's Battalion and went to Camargo MX engaging in guerilla action for several months. John mustered out at Bosque Station McLennan County Nov 1848 and applied for bounty land of 160 acres #13517, also receiving 2 more warrants, 40ac each for 'value received' to other settlers who used them to buy property in Wisconsin.
Returning to Williamson County, John and Mary married 1850 on Berry League near her family. John then enlisted in Civil War 1861 in 27th Brigade of TX Militia under Archie Hart. 1862 he went to Dallas enlisting in Capt E H Vontress Co of TX Calvalry Co A Mar 26 1862-Oct 21 1863.
When Polly Mary's dad John Berry died 1866 he had appointed John Compton as his executor along with his son Emanuel Berry. John and Polly had purchased 578ac from her dad before his death. Their children went to Berry's Creek school.
Then one morning, after being married 26yrs and 10 kids, spring of 1876, Polly had mounted her horse and rode to sister Catherine Jackson and declared John had left her, taking 4 childen with him. There is no reason given but Polly waited 2 yrs for him to return before she finally got a divource April 1878.
Meantime John had married a 2nd time Oct 1877 [before the div]to widow Margaret White Clanton Albany TX, where he ran a dairy farm. They moved to Eolian and had 3 sons, Charles, Thomas, Henry. Margaret also had 3 kids from her Clanton marriage, James, Emma, May plus 2 kids of John's and Polly's, Joseph and Theodocia, older two he had taken, Hannah and Elizabeth were now married, then when John and Polly's daughter Daney died 1879, her husband dropped off their 2 Hynds kids for them to raise.
John passed at 82y after a long and colorful life and received his Mexican War pension which Margaret got after he died. She passed 1916 of pneumonia and they are buried side by side Battle Creek Cemetery with their imposing double stone monument in middle of Compton family plot, 5 ft tall, surrounded by TX cedars.

John married twice.
John Calhoun COMPTON b Oct 25 1825 Morgan Co Ill d Jan 5 1907 Eolian, Stephens Co Tex Burial:Battle Creek Cem Eolian Stephens Co Tex Plot: E Row 18 Plot 22
+1 Polly Mary BERRY Oct 30 1850 div Apr 1878
b June 22 1832 Liberty Co Texas d Apr 4 1902 Georgetown, Texas bur Berry Creek Cem Georgetown TX

John +2Margaret L White widow Clanton Oct 12 1877 Stephens Co TX (Oct 1852MS – 1916TX) bur Battle Creek Cem Plot: E Row 18 Plot 22

Texas Marriages 1814-1909
John Calhoun Compton Marriage Date: 12 Oct 1877 Stephens, Texas Spouse: Mrs. Margaret S. Clanton

John Compton Age in 1860: 30 Birth Year: abt 1830 Birthplace Ill Home 1860: Williamson Division, Williamson, Texas Male Post Office: Georgetown
Household Members:
John Compton 30
Mary Compton 28 lst wife Polly Berry
Edward B Compton 8
Ginnett Compton 6
Manda Compton 4
Sarah Compton 2
Babe Compton 1/12 1859

John Campton Age 1870: 45 Birth abt 1825 Illinois
Home 1870 Williamson Tex White Male Post Office Georgetown
Household Members:
John Campton 45
Mary Campton 38 lst wife Berry div Apr 1878
Edward Campton 18 1852
Amanda Campton 14 1856 Frances Amanda Daney
Hanna Campton 11 1859 Susan
Elizabeth Campton 9 1861 Jane
John Campton 7 1863 Beauregard
Lucy Campton 6 1864 Margaret
Joseph Campton 4 1866 Franklin
Theadoria Campton 3 1867 Theodocia Ernest
Cornelious Campton 6/12 1869 William Cornelius Billy
Mary Campton 15 1855 Genette Nettie
Owen Campton 4/12 1869 son/o Nettie Owens

1880 John C Compton Age 52 Birth abt 1828 Illinois
Home 1880: Precinct 7 Stephens Tex White Male Relation to Head of House: Self Married Spouse Margaret Compton
Father Birthplace Ill Mother's Birthplace Ill
Name Age
John C Compton 52
Margaret Compton 26 White/widow Clanton/2nd wife mrd Oct 1877
Joseph Compton 14 son fr lst wife Polly
Theodosia Compton 12 dau fr lst wife Polly
James Clanton 10 Margaret son Jr 1870 TX fr lst husband James Sr b 1851 Ark d 1877 TX
Emma Clanton 7 Margaret dau 1872TX-1971Gila AZ fr Margaret lst husband +George Washington Hazelwood Jr 1866-1927 son Glen Hazelwood #102532313 bur Gila AZ
May Clanton 4 Margaret dau 1876 TX fr lst husband
Charley Compton 1 1879 John / Margaret lst son
Emma Hines 5 grandkids Margaret/John raised fr dau Amanda d 1879
Benjamin Hines 1 “”” Hydes

1900 John C Compton Age 74 Birth Oct 1825 Illinois
Home 1900: Justice Precinct 7 Stephens, Texas
White Male Relation Head of House Head Married
Spouse Margaret L Compton Marriage Yr 1877 Yrs Married 24
Father Birthplace Ill Mother Birthplace: Illinois
Household Members:
John C Compton 74 died 1907
Margaret L Compton 57 mrd Oct 1877 died 1917
Charley Compton 20
Thos Compton 19
Henry Compton 12

John has a CSA marker from CW service

Family Members


Our Bodies will return to dust but our names will always stand





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  • Originally Created by: James Lee Hauser
  • Added: 6 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30367827
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Calhoun Compton (25 Oct 1825–5 Jan 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30367827, citing Battle Creek Cemetery, Eolian, Stephens County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .