Biography of Clayton Stephenson
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Clayton Stephenson. One of the leading farmers and substantial citizens of Medina County is Clayton Stephenson, of Brunswick Township. He was born in that township, July 22, 1860, the son of Jackson and Mary Emeline (Tompkins) Stephenson.

Jackson Stephenson was killed in action during the Civil War. He was a member of one of the oldest families of Medina County, born in Brunswick Township in 1832. He was a farmer during his life, and during the Civil War enlisted and served as a member of Gen. George B. McClellan's corps. He was killed in 1863 and is buried at Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Stephenson had been married in September, 1859, to Miss Mary Emeline Tompkins, and they had two children: Clayton, the subject of this sketch; and Nellie, who died in October, 1881. She is buried at Weymouth, Ohio.

As a boy, Clayton Stephenson was employed on the farm near Brunswick. He attended the schools of Weymouth and continued as a farmer until 1884, when he entered the employ of the King Iron Bridge Company and engaged in construction work with that firm for six years. He removed to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1890, and spent the next 20 years in that city as a carpenter. Upon his return to Brunswick Township in 1910, he acquired a small farm of 75 acres one mile west of Brunswick, where he now lives. He specializes in the raising of poultry and also is well known as a grower of grapes and peaches.

On March 28, 1889, Mr. Stephenson was united in marriage with Miss Eula Lee Cooper, the daughter of Ransom W. and Harriet Eleanor (Pogue) Cooper, who were natives of Greenup County, Ky. Mr. Cooper spent many years as a general merchant at Kehoe, Ky. To Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson the following children were born: 1. Willis L., born Jan. 18, 1890, a graduate of Lincoln High School, Cleveland. He is a carpenter and lives in Cleveland. He married Miss Goldie B. Marino, the daughter of A. D. Marino, of Akron, Ohio, and they have three children: Jane Ardis, Carol Eleanor, and Allen Douglas. 2. Wilson C., born Feb. 19, 1893, lives at Cleveland, where he is studying law in the office of Ralph Stickle. He married Miss Mary Agnes Harris, of Camden, N. J. 3. Howard Ferris, born Dec. 6, 1894, farmer, lives on the Stephenson homestead. He married Miss Ruth Nettleton, the daughter of Clayton Nettleton, of Montville Township, Medina County. 4. Eula Lee, a graduate of Brunswick High School. She married Troy A. Park, who is associated with the Henry Furnace and Foundry Company of Cleveland and Medina.

Politically, Mr. Stephenson is a Republican. He and his family hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Brunswick.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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