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 William Clay Edmonston

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William Clay Edmonston

  • Birth 11 Aug 1839 McDonough County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 19 Oct 1899 Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 94230669

Clinton, MO - One more happy home had been made desolate by the grim monster death entering it and taking for its victim a kind and loving husband, father and an honored and respected citizen - W.C. Edmonston.

He has been a sufferer with dropsy for about ten months and bore his intense sufferings with much fortitude until Thursday morning, when death released him.

Born in McDonough County, Illinois August 11, 1839. His father, William Edmonston, was a North Carolinian by birth and was an early settler of Illinois, having gone to that state from Indiana.

Mother of our subject, Elizabeth Royce, was born in Indiana and was there reared and married.

William Edmonston was a member of the Illinois Legislature from McDonough County from 1830 to 1840. He died in Cooper County, MO, October 18 1871 and his widow died February 22, 1876.

In 1853, William C., with his parents, emigrated to Reynolds County, MO where he remained until 1856, then moving to Bates County. He lived on a farm there until 1861 and then enlisted in Company D of Col. Peyton's Regiment, Missouri Calvary, and served till paroled at Shreveport, LA, June 7, 1865.

Returning to Missouri, he settled in Clinton and was engaged in the mercantile business as a clerk for two years. He located at Warrensburg for six months, then again came to Clinton and for the following six months, was bookkeeper in Salmon & Salmon's Bank.

After this time, he gave his attention to farming until 1872, when he embarked on the stock and grain trade in Clinton. In this, he was interested until elected circuit clerk in 1875, which office he filled most acceptably til 1879 and then he was elected county assessor.

He was united in marriage August 17, 1871 to Miss Anna A. Elliston, a Kentuckian by birth. They had three children, Eugene Leslie, who died in this city some years ago and will be remembered by many Clinton people as an honest and upright young man; Mary and Kate, who with his fond and loving widow, survive.

Funeral was at the family residence on South Main, after which a host of sorrowing relatives and friends followed the remains to Englewood Cemetery.



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  • Created by: Linda Moore
  • Added: 26 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94230669
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Clay Edmonston (11 Aug 1839–19 Oct 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94230669, citing Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Linda Moore (contributor 47222654) .