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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Joseph Stayton

SOURCE: "A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois," J. R. Stewart, Supervising Editor, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, Vols. I & II, 1918


JOSEPH STAYTON came here from Kentucky October 10, 1830, and in the following year settled upon land in Section 26, where he raised a family of sons and daughters, who became prominent in the township [St. Joseph]. The first native child born in St. Joseph Township was that of Joseph Stayton, which died in infancy.

The Bartley and Stayton families were united in marriage, many years after they had settled in the township, by David B. Stayton, the son of Joseph, and Sarah BARTLEY, daughter of Jacob BARTLEY. Mr. Stayton was a lad of twelve when his father located on Section 26. His first playmates were Indians, who used to camp during the winter on the east bank of Salt Fork, some five hundred strong, a short distance below Prather’s ford. For many years after the organization of the township, in 1861, Mr. Stayton was supervisor and collector, and he was always consulted about township matters as long as he lived. He also became one of the most prosperous farmers of the county, his estate of six hundred acres being a permanent exhibit of intelligent and successful farming and stock-raising. For years before his death he was the undisputed "oldest settler of St. Joseph Township."

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