U.S. States: Texas: Hall County
You have certainly been busy looking for me. The information you gave in your memo about the town and county were very helpful and meaningful for me. Ms. Clifton in the cemetery may have been related to Mr. Clifton; but I don't think that Mr. Clifton had children. He died suddenly before 1920. I have a letter from his wife with an Estiline address to my grandparents in 1941 or 1942 signed only "Mrs. Clifton". My father, Edward Clifton Duncan, was born in Estiline (7/8/1913) and was Mr. Clifton's namesake. My grandfather, Addison Lee Duncan, was a minister (Baptist) and an educator. I do not know the connection exactly, but they were friends. Once Daddy said that Mr. Clifton died suddenly when he was just about five years old. My grandfather was a man whom I doubt would have been easily impressed with a man solely because of money or some other "worldly reason". Yet, he named his third and youngest child after Mr. Clifton, so I have always assumed that Mr. Clifton had something quite special about him. Daddy died in 1974 and I have very little living famiy other than my husband. My mother died in December and I was organizing family papers, pictures, and researching some genealogy, as well as Daddy's WWII history. I wanted to know about the source of his name and the man who had it originally.
I think Mr. Clifton was a banker and businessman, possibly an elder in the church where my grandfather preached or a trustee in a school where he taught. There might a listing of bankers in a compilation of biographies of Texas businessmen, bankers, or community leaders of that period. It is a mystery in which a solution is certainly not critical, just the curiosity of a family historian wondering beyond the graphs of family lineage and missing her father. Thank you very much for taking the time to inquire and follow leads regarding my question. As you can see my roots are in Estiline, Hall Co., Texas and also from my paternal grandmother and great-grandparents,in Hill County, Texas.
Thank you for your help,