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John S Clifton

Birthplace: Champaign Co, Ohio
Death: Died in Peoria Co, Illinois
Place of Burial: Peoria, Peoria Co, Illinois
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel C. Clifton, Jr. and Mildred Clifton
Husband of Anna Root
Father of William Lucus Clifton; Jason C Clifton and Clarissa Poplett (Clifton)
Brother of Betsey Cleveland; Mary Stringer; Levi Clifton; Lorany Tuthill; Enos T. Clifton and 6 others

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About John S Clifton

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John S Clifton

  • Birth:  Feb. 22, 1809 in Champaign County, Ohio, USA
  • Death: Jul. 31, 1863, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Son of: Samuel C. & Milly (Thomas) Clifton, Jr.
  • Husband of:
    • 1) Anna Root, m. Nov 26, 1833 in Peoria County, Illinois, by her father, Jeriel Root &
    • 2) Isabell Stringer, m. Apr 2, 1840. Died in Richwoods Twp.
  • [middle name: Samuel?]

Family links:

  • Spouses:
    • Anna Clifton (1813 - 1838)
    • Isabell Stringer Clifton (____ - 1863) 
  • Children:
    • William Lucas Clifton (1834 - 1839)*
    • Clarrissa Clifton Poplett (1838 - 1923)*
    • Rhoda B Clifton Bliss (1852 - 1941)*
  • Inscription: Aged 54 Ys, 5 Ms, 9 Ds
  • Burial: Mount Hawley Cemetery in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

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  • Captain Abner Eads, (one of original 9 settlers of Peoria, Ill & 1st sheriff of Peoria Co.) raised a troop of cavalry known as Eads’ Battalion of Mounted Rangers.
    • The enrolled at Peoria, Illinois by virtue of an order from the commander in chief of the militia of the state of Illinois to Brigadier General Josiah Stillman,
    • mustered into the service of the United States April 23, 1932;
    • discharged June 28, 1832.
  • John was a Private in this battalion according to a newspaper article and the above database.

From: Clifton, Crandell, Root and Stringer… Etal by Janet Winkler, 1984.

  • Mrs. Janet Winkler, 144 Nofsinger Road, RR1, Washington, Illinois 61571
  • Found in Peoria Public Library, Peoria, Illinois

John S. Clifton

  • Son of: Samuel C. Clifton Jr. and Milly Thomas
  • He was born in Champaign County, Ohio on 22 February 1809.
  • He was married to (1) Anna ROOT in Peoria County, Illinois, by her father, Jeriel Root, on 26 November 1833.
  • John had land recorded in 1839.
    • It was eighty acres in the east half of the northwest quarter of section 16, township 9N R8E, Richwoods twp, Peoria County, Illinois, and
    • was located just north of the intersection of Route 88 and Northmoor Road.
    • It would now be land that takes in both sides of the highway.
    • He paid $1.25 per acre for the land.
  • That same year he bought the west half of that same quarter section and paid $1.75 per acre for it.
  • John rented a room to the State of Illinois for $18.75 on 1 February 1840.
    • In “Public Laws Enacted by the 11th General Assembly”… “To John Clifton, $18.75 for use of room, fire and lights for committee to investigate State Bank.”
  • John was in the Black Hawk War, which took every available man from Peoria County.
    • His father, Samuel, furnished John with a horse when he left with Capt. Abner Eads’ Company of Mounted Rangers, Stillman’s Battalion.
    • John lost $1.62, ½ worth of clothing during his 67 days of service.
  • Black Hawk was an Indian chief who attacked the settlers in Illinois and committed horrible deeds against them.
    • This war was in 1832 and Fort Clark was rebuilt on the site of the original fort that year.
      • The original fort was build at what is now the intersection of Liberty and Water Streets by the river.
      • Indians destroyed it in 1818.
  • In 1832, 15 to 20 log cabins and one building existed west of Washington Street and lots sold on that street for $40.
    • Peoria was laid out in 1826.
    • The first courthouse was of hewed logs and was 14 X16 feet.
      • It was on the bank of the river, south of old Fort Clark and had a cellar beneath it, which was used alternately as a jail and a stable.
      • Religious services were held in the courtroom on Sundays, and
      • it served as a lodging room at night for those in attendance upon court.
      • It was torn down in 1843 and a flour mill was erected on its site.
    • The next courthouse cost about $15,000 and was completed in 1836.
      • Before this, during warm weather, the Grand Jury held its sessions under a crab apple tree and the petit jury deliberated in a circular excavation (probably dug originally for the uses as a cellar) located near the old log courthouse.
    • Then in 1876, the courthouse was between Jefferson and Adams Streets on the west and east sides and between Main and Hamilton Streets on the south and north.


  • Name: John CLIFTON
  • Surname: Clifton
  • Given Name: John
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1812 in ,, Ohio

_UID: A9CA11B242539149B61514D0A20F10637845; Change Date: 22 Mar 2011 at 21:38:33

  • Marriage 1 Anna ROOT b: ABT 1815 in of Peoria Co., Illinois
    • Married: 26 Nov 1833 in Peoria Co., Illinois 1
  • Children
    • 1. Clarissa CLIFTON b: 8 Feb 1838 in Keller, Peoria Co., Illinois

Sources: 1. Title: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900
Page: Vol I, p 11, #76

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John S Clifton's Timeline

February 22, 1809
Champaign Co, Ohio
October 31, 1834
Age 25
Peoria Co, Illinois
April 12, 1836
Age 27
Peoria Co, Illinois
February 8, 1838
Age 28
Peoria County, Illinois
July 31, 1863
Age 54
Peoria Co, Illinois
Peoria, Peoria Co, Illinois