Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Mcclung Paxton

Male 1819 -

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  • Name William Mcclung Paxton  [1
    Born 2 Mar 1819  Washington, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I004725  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 

    Father James Alexander Paxton,   b. 13 Sep 1788, Rockbridge County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1825, Washington, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Anna Maria Marshall,   b. 20 Jul 1795, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1824, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 2 May 1811  Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F03525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Forman,   b. 25 Sep 1819, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1 Oct 1840  Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 
    Family ID F03524  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [Paxton.FTW]

      862 WILLIAM MCCLUNG PAXTON, b. in Washington, Kentucky., March 2, 1819, = October 1, 1840, MARY FORMAN, b. September 25, 1819. My father, when I was four years old removed to Columbus, O., to continue the practice of law; here my mother died. My father married again, the cousin of my mother, and we continued to reside in Columbus. In 1825 my father died, while on a visit to Kentucky, and his four children were left in charge of their step-mother. Though a faithful and pious woman, she had no love for children, and was over zealous in training, but wanting in affection. Perhaps it was for our good. She was a woman of uncommon intellectual accomplishments, but she had no patience with her wayward charges. Yet I owe so much to her instructions, that I shall never cease to thank her while she lives, and to honor her name when her gray hairs shall descend to the grave. (See No. 180.) We were sent to live with our Aunt, Lucy Marshall (178), whose indulgence was a veil of charity, that covered our many sins. But it was a severe change from parental love to the rule of a step-mother. After my mother's death, I had been my father's pet. I had inherited from the McDowells a flaming red head, and had derived from some unknown source a magnificent cowlick, which left my forehead large and prominent. These peculiar features called forth many remarks that were generally flattering. Our step-mother soon grew tired of us, and sent us to school, The nest was broken up, and the brood scattered. My sisters were sent to boarding schools, and my brother Marshall and I went two years to Augusta College. In 1832 we were at Cousin John A. McClung's, studying Latin under his tuition. There he left me, and became a clerk in a wholesale house in Cincinnati (858). Left alone, friendless, homeless and companionless, how I longed for affection and fellowship. In the "Orr Mansion," on the Ohio Cliffs, with its wide corridors, high ceilings, haunted halls, and clattering shutters, I had to sleep upstairs at the extreme end of the house, and out of hearing of the family, all alone. I was just at the ghostseeing age of thirteen. How happy I was when Aunt McClung would come, and allow me to make my pallet in her room. I next went to Cincinnati and spent two years at the Catholic "Athen`um" -- now St. Zavier's College. In December, 1834, my step-mother took me to Danville, Kentucky., and entered me in the Freshman Class of Center College. A month later she married Judge John Green (180), and I took up my home for four years at "Waveland," his hospitable dwelling a mile from Danville. Here the happiest years of my unmarried life were spent. In 1838 I returned to Washington, Kentucky., and entered on the study of law with McClung & Taylor, living with my sister Phoebe. In 1849, I was licensed, and after practicing a few months, removed to Platte County, Mo., where I still reside. In 1840 I returned and married Miss Mary Forman, whose beauty charmed my youth, whose love inspired my manhood, and whose faithfulness drives back the clouds of age. After our return to Missouri, I purchased a large body of unimproved land, and foolishly left my practice, to live on it. After nine years of unsuccessful farming, I returned to Platte City, and in 1850, opened a general store in partnership with Dr. H. B. Callahan. In 1853 we purchased the Platte City Water Mills. I was active in business, and had accumulated a small fortune. But when the war broke out, and all my friends went South, I found that my security debts exceeded my property, and I saw nothing but ruin before me. I therefore determined to resume the practice of law. I succeeded and all my debts were paid and a competency left. I paid $25,000 of other people's debts, without a suit being instituted against me. In 1870, finding myself free of debt and every liability, I divided what I had into five parcels, giving one share to my wife, three shares to my three daughters, and kept one for myself. But in 1875, I became hard of hearing, and my practice was ruined. My deafness has increased from year to year, until now I can converse only by using a trumpet. I still keep an office and make a few hundred dollars annually by conveyancing and examining titles. To employ the intervals of business, I commenced in 1878 to write poetry, and occasionally published a piece. In 1881, I issued a volume of 135 pages of my fugitive pieces, and gave six hundred copies to my friends. I had long been gathering genealogical data, and in 1884 I formed a chart of the Marshall family, and had it engraved. Two hundred copies were printed and sent to the principal members of the family. In July, 1884, I started on a visit to all my mother's relatives in Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland. My daughter, Phoebe, went with me. We spent two months going from house to house, during which I gathered the materials for this work. I have since been corresponding with friends all over the Union to get the facts to be embodied in my chart and book. If God spares me, I propose in a year or two, to issue another volume of poems, some of which have appeared in our county papers. I inherited Presbyterianism; have long been a member, and an elder in that church; have for thirty-five years superintended a Sabbath School, though deafness is a great disqualification. I was a Whig before the war, and a mighty poor party-Democrat since. I opposed secession with all my powers; sympathized deeply with friends at the South, but knew their cause was hopeless; never left my home for an hour; both parties seemed to think I was harmless, and let me alone. My decided stand against secession in the outstart, gave me influence with Federal officers, and I did much to soften the asperities of war in my county. I have only Southern blood in my veins--my friends and kindred are all in the South, and it was to save them that I raised my voice for the Union, and bowed to the stars and stripes. For the Forman family, see No. 660.
      James Hughes 2005-03-18 20:43:53
      SOS, Missouri-State Archives-Missouri Birth & Death Records Database

      Go figure! W.M. Paxton was born in Mason County, Kentucky and his birth was recorded in Platte County, MO.

      Missouri Birth & Death Records Database
      Permanent Record of Births
      County Roll Number Page Number
      Platte C 21947

      Date of Return
      (Month/Day/Year) Name of Child
      No. of Child of this Mother
      Race or Color Date of Birth
      Place of Birth

      William M. Paxton

      Mch 2, 1819
      Washington, Mason County, Kentucky

      Anna Maria Marshall
      Washington, Mason County, Kentucky
      James A. Paxton

  • Sources 
    1. [S044832] Paxton.FTW.
      Date of Import: Jul 20, 2002

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