JOHN E. LAYTON,* City Wood Measurer and Infirmary Director, Springfield. Mr. Layton is one of Clark County's
oldest and most worthy landmarks, having been for many years identified with the interests; born 10th of August,
1822, seven miles west of Springfield, in Bethel Township; at 18 he commenced farming on his own account, having
lost his father at the age of 8 years; he abandoned farming for the Shrievalty of Clark County, which was tendered
him by his friends in 1856, which office he held until Jan. 1, 1861; he then, with two associates, established
a nursery business, under the name of Miller, Swan & Layton, in whieh he continued until 1864, serving in the
meantime 100 days in the Union army, in Company E, of the 153d O. V. I.; from 1864 to 1868 he farmed again, when
he sold his farm and came to Springfield, where he has for twelve years held the offices of City Wood Measurer,
County Infirmary Director, and for awhile Township Trustee. Mr. Layton married Miss Mary Ann Swinihart, of this
city, in 1844; they had a son and daughter. The son is a widower with one child, and the daughter, Mrs. Latta,
has one child and lives in Noble Co., Ind. Mr. Layton is a member in good standing of Reed Commandery of Knights
Templar, of Dayton, Clark Lodge A., F. & A. M., No. 101, of Springfield, and Springfield " Chapter"
and " Council." Mr. Layton has vivid recollections of Jo Smith and his band of Mormons, when they came
through this section of the country in 1835, and camped for several days near his home. Being a boy of 13, he was
in their camp every day, and says his impressions of them were most favorable. Their thrift, cleanliness and unity
was, he says, especially noticeable. Mr. Layton is getting to look venerable, his long iron gray beard and benign
features, and no one can be found who will say anything against John Layton. He comes down from honest times and
has not forgotten his early principles.
*since writing this biography Mr. Layton has died.
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Clark County, Ohio
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