Frank Ditton

Warner, Clark County, Wisconsin


Pulling Pine Stumps

Greenwood, Wisconsin


Nearly Killed by Sweep


Frank Ditton, who was helping F. Halkney with a stump-pulling machine at the latter's farm last week Friday, had a very narrow escape from death.  The long sweep attached to the machine, came out of its socket and swung through the air at an enormous velocity, striking Ditton across the nose and left side of the face, bruising it badly and knocking him unconscious and it was first thought that he was killed.  Aside from the severe bruises and cuts on the face, the lobe of the let ear was nearly severed.  Had the blow not been a glancing one, it would have crushed in the skull like an eggshell.  Mr. Ditton is doing nicely under the doctor's care.  Greenwood Gleaner, Thursday, September 20, 1909.


Sept. 20, 1850-Whitley, Indiana
Fmly/Home  Name  Gender Race Age Nativity Occupation Estate Value
499-515 Ditton, George Male W 37yrs Wisconsin Laborer $300
  ~Jane Female W 65yrs New York Cannot read or write Pennsylvania
  ~Daniel Male W 1 Iowa    



1880 Federal Census--Cleveland, Whitley, Indiana
 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity
 Geo. Ditton   Self   M   Male   W   71   ENG   Farmer   ENG   ENG 
 Mary Ditton   Wife   M   Female   W   40   OH   Keeps House   NY   NY 
 Geo. Ditton   Son   S   Male   W   14   IN   Scholar   ENG   NY 
 Henry Ditton   Son   S   Male   W   13   IN   Scholar   ENG   NY 
 Sarah Ditton   Dau   S   Female   W   8   IN      ENG   NY 
 Emma Ditton   Dau   S   Female   W   6   IN      ENG   NY 
 Frank Ditton   Son   S   Male   W   5   IN      ENG   NY 


June 1, 1905 State Census--Warner twp., Clark Co., WI; by Homer C. Conklin

Fmly/Home  Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Nativity Occupation Parent's Nativity
140 Ditton, Frank Head Single Male W 34yrs Wisconsin Laborer Pennsylvania
  ~Mrs. Mother Widowed Female W 65yrs Pennsylvania   Pennsylvania

Previous Household: Byron & Gertrude Mead; Next Household: George & Susan Beard.


1910 Federal Census--Warner Twp., Clark County, Wisconsin
Home-Family Name Relation Marital/Yrs Children Sex Color Born-Age Birthplace Occupation Education Father Born Mother Born Ownership
70-70 Ditton, Frank Head Single   M White 38 Indiana Farmer English Eng.-English Indiana Renter

Previous Household: Otto & Clara Rossow; Next Household: John & Emma Longridge.


Apr. 10-11, Warner twp., Clark Co., WI; by Homer C. Conklin

Fmly/Home  Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity
114-114 Ditton, Frank Brother Single Male W 56yrs Indiana Laborer-Dairy Farm England England



Birth Records


Daniel Ditton

Parents: George Ditton & Jane Mosher, b. 1829
Birth: 5 Oct 1849
Cleveland Township, Indiana, USA
Death: 5 Apr 1920
Columbia City, , Indiana, USA


Immigration Records


Name: George Ditton
Arrival Date: 4 Aug 1826
Estimated Birth Year: 1809  c.a.
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: London, England
Ship Name: Richmond
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Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Line: 28
Microfilm Serial: M237
Microfilm Roll: M237_8
List Number: 451


Marriage Records


Name: George Ditton, b. 23 Apr 1809 in Woodchurch, Kent, England
Spouse Name: Mary English
Marriage Date: 24 Sep 1840
Marriage County: White
Book: County Court Records at Monticello, IN


Diton/Ditton, George to Mary MOSHER on September 6, 1860 - Book 2A:19
Ditton, Charles to Sarah Ann CALHOUN on December 25, 1839 - 1st Book:19
Ditton, Daniel to Amanda M SHOOK on October 23, 1875 - Book 2:493
Ditton, George to Mary ENGLISH on September 24, 1840 - 1st Book:26
Ditton, George to Jane MOSHER on June 16, 1848 - Book 1:22
Ditton, George to Nettie A ROBERTS on May 4, 1887 - Book 4:231
Ditton, George to Sadie HAWS on October 1, 1906 - Book 7:224
Ditton, Israel to Susan PARRETT on February 4, 1875 - Book 2:435

Death Records


Ditton Anna — died October 17 1837 wife of George Ditton, buried in Burch/Ditton Cemetery (section 22NW - on the Charles Ditton farm), Richland Township, Whitley Co., Indiana

Ditton George — born 1809 died 1881, Stone labeled: "Father" — Richland Center-Cemetery, Whitley Co., Indiana.



Mrs. Harriet Ditton Smith, past 85 years old, died Thursday afternoon at 3:25 o’clock at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Smith had been a patient at the hospital since December 31, 1944, when she fell in the kitchen of her home and fractured her left hip. Hypostatic pneumonia also developed. Harriet Ditton was born in Cleveland township on September 29, 1859, and spent her entire life in Whitley County. She had resided for several years with her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Grover Brown of 316 W Market St., Columbia City. She was a daughter of George and Sarah Mosher Ditton. In 1882 she was united in marriage to George W. Smith of near South Whitley, who died in 1911. Surviving in addition to the daughter mentioned are two grandchildren, Max Brown, S1-C, U.S. Navy, now in Hawaii, and Sarah Ruth Brown, a student in the local schools; and a half brother Frank Ditton of Greenwood, Wis. A grandson, four brothers and three half sisters are dead. The body was brought to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home here where friends may call and where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The services will be conducted by the Rev. DeWitt Johnston of Croton, Ontario, Canada, a close friend of the Smith family, and the Rev. Albert J. Rider, pastor of the Oak Grove Methodist church. Interment will be in the South Whitley Cemetery. The Commercial Mail - Columbia City, Indiana; Jan. 5, 1945 Page 6



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