Site Navigation


Vernon Banner        March 15, 1876
    Died-At the residence of his brother, Jacob Clinton, in Vernon, Ind., on Thursday, March 9th, 1876, of Pneumonia, William Clinton, aged 66 years, 7 months, and 22 days.
    Another one of Jennings county's early settlers has gone to his last home. William Clinton was of Irish extraction, his father and mother having emigrated from Ireland to this country near or quite 70 years ago, and his siter Annie Campbell, having been born in the old country. His father settled in Bourbon co., Kentucky, not far from the beginning of the present century, and here, William Clinton was born July 17, 1909. When he was about 2 years old his father died, leaving his widowed mother with a large family of small children dependent upon her. She married a man named Robert Finney when William was but 3 years old, and in 1816 the family emigrated from Kentucky to this county. Robert Finney's habits were of such character, as to preclude the possibility of his maintaining the family, and the Clinton children were bound out. When William Clinton was about 9 or 10 years old, he was indentured to Richard Stott of Vernon, who was then carrying on a tannery here. He remained with Mr. Stott until he arrived at full age, and his indenture had expired. He afterwards formed a partnership with Mr. Stott, and worked at the business for some time. On May 21st 1833, he was married to Miss Mary Yoast, of Vernon. He finally abandoned the business of tanning and began that of farming. He lived in Sand Creek Township, and then moved to Jefferson county, where he still followed farming. He then moved to Bryantsburg, Jefferson county, and while living there, on the 15th day of November (December), 1855, his only living child, a young man of great promise and good education, who had passed his majority only a few months, died, leaving his aged father and mother childless, and almost heart broken. He then moved to Madison, where he continued to reside until about a year ago. His wife, a remarkably neat and prudent house-wife, died in Madison in Nov. 1873. Mr. Clinton then boarded there about one year, and then came to Vernon to reside with his brother Jacob, where he died. His remains, by his last request, now lie beside those of his wife and son, at Hebron Church, in Jefferson county. He had eight children all of whom died in infancy, except one son. And thus the good old man when he died, completed the family circle beyond the tomb.
    His character was easily comprehended and can be readily described. He embraced the Christian religion over 40 years ago, and united with the Baptist Church at Vernon, and ever after, to the end, continued a devout christian, and an earnest and faithful member of the Baptist Church. His manner was as artless and simple as that of a child. His humility was remarkable, and could be seen in every sentiment he uttered, and every act he performed. His love of, and regard for the truth, led him to clothe his utterances in the most guarded and simple language, and his statement of a thought, or a fact, was an index to his mind, and pointed unerringly to his own convictions in regard to the matter expressed. He was most kind, not only in his remarks about others, but in all his intercourse with his fellow men, and he esteemed it such a pleasure to do an act of kindness for another, that it seemed to him that he received kindness, rather than imparted it. His temper was not seen ruffled in the slightest, but under all circumstances seemed as serene as a summer's sky. Patience made her abode with him; Meekness was his constant companian; truth reigned in his mind, and Religion presided in his affections. He lived, walked among men, and died as though in the August Presence, where he now is. findagrave link

You may use this material for your own personal research, however it may not be used for commercial publications without express written consent of the contributor, INGenWeb, and