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William, Captain M. Horton

Also Known As: "Wm."
Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Michigan, United States
Death: March 24, 1915 (71)
Fowlerville, Livingston, Michigan, United States (Hardening of the arteries)
Place of Burial: Fowlerville, Livingston, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John G. Horton and Charlotte Horton
Husband of Lydia Loana Horton
Father of Jay Gale Horton

Occupation: Farmer, Captain of Co.E,26th Michigan, Infantry during the Civil War
Managed by: Jessica Marie German
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About Captain William M. Horton

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CAPT. WILLIAM M. HORTON. We are pleased to present to the consideration of our readers a citizen of Handy Township, Livingston County, who stands high in the estimation of his neighbors and is justly considered one of the most prominent men in the county. He is a progressive and successful farmer whose splendid estate of two hundred and three acres lies on section 3, Handy Township, and his beautiful home which he erected in 1885, is admired as one of the greatest ornaments of the agricultural portion of Livingston County. Upon his farm he has a beautiful orchard which is exceedingly productive and most thoroughly cultivated.

This gentleman was born in Hartland Township this county and is a son of John G. and Charlotte (Ormsby) Horton, both natives of the Empire State. The father came to Michigan as long ago as 1836, and settled upon a farm in Hartland Township, being one of the pioneers there. While living on the old homestead he was afflicted by the loss of his wife and he moved to Oceola Township somewhat later and there he died. In those early days he was obliged to go to Detroit for his supplies and thus had a trip of fifty miles to market. He was exceedingly useful as Justice of the Peace in his township and was also a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and rode the circuit.

 This pioneer couple were the parents of four children, but our subject and his sister Mary, Mrs. Robinson of Lansing, are all that remain of that once happy household. The parents of John G. Horton were William L. and Eunice Tracey Horton, both of whom were born in New York. William Horton was a farmer who made his home in Wisconsin about the year 1850, and was there engaged in farming until called from earth's activities by the angel of death. Four sons and three daughters filled this home and three of them are still living, namely: Sarah, Mrs. Nichols; Charlotte, Mrs. Sheppard, of Missouri; and Carrie, Mrs. Harmer, of Wisconsin.

The maternal grandfather of Mr. Horton was William Ormsby; he and his wife were natives of New York and brought up upon their farm two daughters, Charlotte (Mrs. Horton) and Laura (Mrs. Kesler). They were people of deeply religious convictions and earnest life and Mr. Ormsby's views on political question led him into alliance with the Whig party.

After growing up upon the farm and taking his education in the schools of Oceola Township, young Horton enlisted when only nineteen years old in the service of his country, joining Company E, Twenty-sixth Michigan Regiment. He entered as a private but during the three years of his service he was regularly promoted to the offices of Corporal and First Lieutenant, and placed in command in a colored regiment and continued with that body until the close of the war. He was more than ordinarily favored as he received no injuries with the exception of two scratches from rebel bullets. He was in the battle of Mine Run and all through the campaign of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, siege of Petersburg, Reames Station, and in many skirmishes, and with his colored regiment he took part in the siege of Richmond and was present when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox.

Having received his honorable discharge at Brownsville, Tex., Capt. Horton came home and (591) devoted himself to recuperating his health and preparing for future usefulness. During the second winter he taught school in Oceola Township, and then for two years studied at Albion College, after which he attended the Commercial College at Grand Rapids, where he learned telegraphy and received his diploma. He now took a position as telegrapher at Rockford on the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad and after one year took the station at Fowlerville for the Detroit, Lansing & Northern Road. Here he served for thirteen years, after which he gave up railroading and devoted himself to agriculture.

 The bride who came to the home of Mr. Horton in 1873 was Loana L., daughter of Lewis and Clarissa (Mack) Leavens, New York people, who came to Michigan about 1867 and made their home near Corunna, Shiawassee County. After a while they removed into the city of Corunna, but later made their home in Fowlerville, until called hence by death. Their three children were, Mrs. Horton, Emory G. and Clara (Mrs. Fexer). Jay G. name of the little son who has come to brighten the little home of Mr. and Mrs. Horton and in his training and education the parents were united in true parental solicitude. Mr. Horton is an ardent Republican in his political views and prominently identified with the Grand Army of the Republic. He has well filled the office of Supervisor of the township and upon the School Board has done much for the cause of education.
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Captain William M. Horton's Timeline

September 8, 1843
Michigan, United States
October 5, 1876
Age 33
Handy, Livingston, MI, USA
March 24, 1915
Age 71
Fowlerville, Livingston, Michigan, United States
Age 71
Fowlerville, Livingston, Michigan, United States