Bio: Clinton, Aaron (1816 - 1885)

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Surnames: Clinton, Quail, Hitchcock, Raymond


----Sources: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin 1881


Aaron Clinton (1816 - 7 Nov 1885)


AARON CLINTON, Postmaster. Hixton, was born in West Troy, Albany Co., N. Y. Came to Black River Falls, Wis., in 1855. started a store, keeping a stock of general merchandise, in company with John K. Quail, said gentleman being drowned on the " Lady Elgin." Mr. Clinton continued at the business until 1860, when he was burnt out, at the time of the big fire in 1860, at Black River Falls, losing the whole of his stock. He then commenced clerking for Mr. Bump, after which he came to the town of Hixton and entered into co-partnership with Merrill & Ice, and remained with them two years, when he was appointed Postmaster under Grant's administration, and has held that office ever since. Is a member of the I. O. O. F., Hixton Lodge, No. 259, and was married in 1840. to Miss Frances J. Hitchcock; she is a native of West Troy. They are both members of the Congregational Church at Hixton, and have one daughter, Edith A., now Mrs. C. E. W. Raymond. They mourn the loss of three children, Mary A., died Feb. 9. 1843, Eugenia A., died Aug. 14, 1847 (Date corrected by Christopher Philippo), and James H., died May 30, 1848.


Aaron Clinton died 7 Nov 1885 in Jackson Co., Wisconsin (vol. 1, pg. 111) and Francis Juliet Hitchcock Clinton died 22 May, 1899 in Jackson Co., Wisconsin (vol. 3, pg. 282).



----Source: "History of the city of Watervliet, N.Y., 1630 to 1910"


Evening Star Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 75. Organized in 1826 at Gibbonsville in the Chapman building, built by Isaac Chapman, master mechanic at Watervliet arsenal, in 1813. (Now Hilton's store.) Built in 1824. Charter members: Memory calls to mind circumstances that warrant me to state the following names: Levi Lincoln, E. C. Litchfield, Col. Hamilton, Isaac Hitchcock, N. L. Hungerford, J. H. Mies, Aaron Clinton, John S. Perry. Some members: S. S. Wandell, D. W. Talcott, Jas. Roy, Wm. Andrews. In the 50's the lodge adjourned sine die. Surrendered charter. In 1860 the lodge reorganized with 24 charter members, the following six names being original members of the old lodge : D. W. Tallcott, elected master of the lodge; James Roy, S. S. Wandell, William Andrews, E. S. Washburn, A. McAllister. The original charter believed to have been lost was found later at Grand Lodge headquarters. The other twenty charter members did not belong to the old lodge. There was a reason. In 1840 moved to the corner of Broadway and Sixteenth street. They adjourned in the 50's sine die. In 1860 reopened, D. W. Tallcott, first master. In 1865 the lodge suffered a heavy loss by fire, forcing them to seek new quarters on the opposite side of Broadway. Again in 1870 another conflagration required a new location and they returned to the east side again. Years have elapsed since the gavel sounded calling to order their first meeting, and not one living, who prior to 1840 greeted each other as brothers as they often met in social intercourse in the basement of the old corner building where Proprietor Burrell, with smiling countenance, served his guests with the delicacies of the season. To-day many new pil- grims from the East join hands in the rites and ceremonies of the order, and are conversant with the lodges' past history from its records, have reason to congratulate each other in the purchase (long delayed) of a home of its own, a Masonic temple worthy of the name. Officers of 1910: Alexander H. Cockburn, master; David A. Tomlinson, senior warden; George B. Preston, junior warden; John G. Clute, senior deacon; Frank P. Lotz, junior deacon ; John Docherty, treasurer ; Daniel Jones, secretary ; Thos. A. Mabin, chaplain; John McBain, Jr., senior M. of C.; R. W. Knower, junior M. of C. ; Wm. H. Roblin, steward; Thos. G. Grady, steward ; R. Trimble, marshal ; Morris S. Mackenzie, historian, died March 7, 1910 ; Will H. Rogers, organist ; Samuel Andrews, Thomas A. Mabin, Robert Trimble, trustees.


Watervliet Lodge, No. 20, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of West Troy. Organized in Learned building, May 15, 1836.

Charter members: P. G. Jacob Gingrich, A. S. Blackman, James Meneely, David Ellis, Abram Myers, J. B. Bottsford, H. N. Vedder, David B. Jewett, Jonathan Hart, Jacob Clute.

Members: James Fort, John Oswald, A. P. Butler, James Roy, O. B. Titus, William Starr, Hubbard Hicks, E. F. Hitch-cock, E. R. Phelps, Nelson L. Hungerford, Thomas Heenan, John Ring, Zar Stone, Thomas Gunsalus, George A. Sturtevant, Learned Haight, G. W. Van Wheeler, E. L. Stoddard, John S. King, S. S. Wandell, L. V. VanDemark, S. F. Washburn, G. H. Vosburgh, William H. Lewis, Alexander McAllister.

First Noble Grand, Abram Myers; second, J. B. Bottsford; third, Jonathan Hart; last Noble Grand, James Meneely.

Surrendered charter May 15, 1840.

Forty members, receiving charter from the Grand Lodge at Albany, instituted Watervliet Lodge, No. 38, May 25, 1840, in Chapman building (Hilton store).

Past Grands : Abram Myers, David Ellis, A. P. Buttler, H. N. Vedder, J. J. Kenney, L. J. Lansing, G. W. Wheeler, James Fort, Aaron Clinton, Thomas Gunsalus, J. B. Taylor, A. G. Lansing,

L. V. K. Van Demark, James Cook, Thomas A. Smith, Thomas M. Dean, S. S. Wandell, Ben. Brown, William Metcalf, Benjamin Clark.


1850 Federal Census, Watervliet, Albany, New York, United States, family 1164, line 2


Aaron Clinton

Household Members
Aaron Clinton M 34 New York
Frances J Clinton F 28 New York
Emily H Hitchcock F 24 New York


1870 Federal Census, Jackson Co., Wisconsin, United States


Aaron Clinton, white male
birthplace: New York

Household Members
Aaron Clinton M 53y New York
Francis J Clinton F 46y New York
Edith Clinton F 10y Wisconsin
Emma Quail F 41y New York
Emma A Quail F 14y New York
Emma Hitchcock F 64y New York


1880 Federal Census, Hixton, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 386


Aaron Clinton, married, American male Store Keeper
father's birthplace : Ireland
mother's birthplace : Ireland

Household Members
self Aaron Clinton M 62 New York, United States
wife Frances J. Clinton F 56 New York, United States
son-in-law Edwin W. Raymond M 24 Wisconsin, United States
daughter Edith A. Raymond F 20 Wisconsin, United States
granddaughter Jessamine J. Raymond F 1 Wisconsin, United States
other Bertha Olson F 15 Norway


Wisconsin Death Records


Aaron Clinton
gender: Male
burial place: Black River Falls
death date: 07 Nov 1885
death place: Hixton, Jackson, Wisconsin
age: 69
birth date: 1816
birthplace: State Of New York
occupation: Merchant
race: White
marital status: Married
spouse's name: Francis Juliet (Hitchcock) Clinton
father's name: John Clinton



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