Biography of W. J. Horton
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Horton, W. J., Colton, was born in London, England, July 30, 1848, a son of Jacob and Emma (Wetland) Horton, also of England, who reared six sons and four daughters. In 1853 Mr. Horton and family, and Mrs. Horton's mother and stepfather, Mr. Murry, with an uncle, Robert Wetland, a sailor who brought the family, all came to this country. The sailor returned to the ocean and has never since been heard of. The family lived in Boston for five years, and in 1858 came to Colton, where the father died in 1885, his widow now residing in the town. Wm. J. Horton was about five years of age when he came to America. The family came to a farm in Colton when he was ten years old. When about twenty one he engaged in jobbing, and soon bought a farm of 150 acres improved land and about 1,800 acres of wild land. In 1888 he engaged in mercantile business at South Colton, buying out F. F. Flint & Co., and has a fine store, keeping a good stock of general merchandise. Mr. Horton married first, January 1, 1871, Sarah Tilton, by whom he had three children: Harriette, Willie Royal, and Sarah. Harriette is the wife of James Bump, of Parishville; Sarah married a Mr. Hollenbeck, an inspector of car wheels at Norwood; and Willie is now in Colton. Mrs. Horton died January 28, 1875, and our subject married second Wealtha E., daughter of the late Edward Spear, of Parishville, and they have had four children: Etta, Mary, Myrtle, and Winifred, Mr. Horton is a Republican, and has been collector, and constable eleven years. He enlisted in the late war under Edward Knapp, of Potsdam, but the company being full he was returned.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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