Hon. C. Girton
HON. C. GIRTON was born July 14, 1825, in Butler County, Ohio. He was the eldest son of Jacob and Susannah
(Hansel) Girton, who had six children. His father was born in Salem County, N. J., in 1799. In 1805,
he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. He moved back to Butler County with his father when he was fourteen.
Here grandfather Girton redeemed a beautiful home that is now owned by Elizabeth McCully, the only living
sister of our subject. Here Jacob Girton was reared. He gave exclusive attention to farming and milling.
Early in life he built a grist mill and saw mill on Indian Creek. He came to Shelby County, Ind., and purchased
the farm where his youngest son Adam Girton now lives. He died in February, 1873, aged seventy-four
years, and his wife in September, 1884, aged eighty-four. Mrs. Girton was a native of Ohio, born in 1800,
and was reared in Franklin County, Ind. Mr. Girton was well know and highly respected. Hon. C. Girton
was reared in Butler County, Ohio, and was a clerk in his father's store. At the age of eighteen he was able
to see to his father's business, run the mills and tend store. He remained at home until he was married,
March 4, 1849, to Miss Malinde Bake, of Butler County, Ohio. She was born in October, 1825, and was
a daughter of Mr. John Bake. Soon after his marriage he moved to a farm of his father's, where he remained
until 1851, when he moved to Shelby County. Here he run a mill for a time, and then engaged in buying grain
for a time at Flat Rock. In 1872, he moved to Shelbyville where he built a large elevator and here did a
large business for eight years. He then moved to his farm near Flat Rock, and built one of the first farm
residences in his county. He is a Democrat, and has served as Township Trustee and County Commissioner. In
1876, he was elected as Representative. He has a family of three children: Melissa, James D.,
Deputy County Clerk, and Laura A., wife of Lewis Beades. Mr. and Mrs. Girton are among
the leading citizens of the vicinity.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, page 788.
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