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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