Biography of James M. Sitton (1811- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.,
1888), p. 615.
James M. SITTON was born in Lincoln County,
Tenn., in 1811, and is a son of William and Anna (GRAY) SITTON, who were born in South
Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. They were married in Smith County, of the latter
State, and lived in Lincoln County until 1819, when they removed to Missouri, locating
near Auburn. The mother died in 1844, and the father about seven years after. He was of
Scotch-Irish descent, and was a captain in the War of 1812, and was at the battle of New
Orleans. James M. SITTON is the sixth of sixteen children, fifteen of whom lived to be
grown, but only three are now living, and distinctly remembers the hardships the family
had to endure after coming to Missouri. His education was received from Judge James
WILSON, who received his pay in labor from the farmers. He was married in 1833 to Matilda,
a daughter of Clifford GRAY, a native of Smith County, Tenn., and six children were born
to their union, only two of whom are now living: Lucy, wife of William DOTY, and John R.
During 1846-48 Mr. SITTON lived in Dubuque County, Iowa, and in 1861-62 in
California, mining lead in Iowa, and gold in California; with these exception she has
lived in Lincoln County for nearly thirty years, and is the owner of 118 acres of land, He
has been a life-long Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for
Jackson. Mrs. SITTON is a member of the Baptist Church.
File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Phyllis Lake, 21 October 1998. Link change or
update: 23 May 2000
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