Surnames in bio: BURTON-CLARKE-MOFFITT-PRINGLE-VAUGHN-
WILLIAM S. BURTON
William S. Burton was born Feb. 7, 1820 in Guilford
Co., NC, the son of Ainsley and Sarah (Clarke)Burton.
He moved with his parents to Davidson Co.,NC in child-
hood and learned the carriage makers trade. In 1842
he went to Randolph Co., MO and was in business in
Huntsville until 1854, and came to Iowa, locating
at Richland in Keokuk Co., in the carriage business.
In 1865 he came to Henry County and opened a carriage
shop in Mt. Pleasant. In 1882 he was appointed to the
War Department and was a clerk in Washington, D.C..
He married Miss Malinda Moffitt in March 1839 in
Davidson Co., NC. She was the daughter of Robert and
They had ten children of whom seven are living,
four sons and three daughters: Lydia C. married James
Pringle and reside in Richland, IA; Sarah A., who is
at home; William M. m. Miss Vaughn, and reside in
Jefferson Co., AR; Robert A. married Fannie S. Way
and they reside in Washington D.C.; Constantine B.
is single and resides in Colorado; and Henrietta M.
who is single and resides at home.
Mr. Burton was the Mayor of Mt. Pleasant from
1879-1880. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and is a Republican. He belongs to the IOOF,
Mystic Lodge #55.
Portrait and Biographical Album
Henry County, Iowa
Acme Publishing Company, 1888
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