WILLIAM I. CLIFTON, County Clerk, Louisville, was born in Orange County, Ind., December 3, 1835, and is a son of Henry Clifton (deceased), a native of Kentucky, and an early settler of Orange County. Our subject was reared on the farm, and received a common school education. He has taught school winters and farmed summers for the most part ever since he arrived at the age of seventeen years. He came to Clay County in 1858, where he has since resided. He was elected County Clerk for Clay County in November, 1882, and has filled with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the people the offices of Assessor, Township Clerk, Constable and School Trustee in Songer Township for several years. He was married, in March, 1859, to Sarah E. Hale, daughter of Levi Hale (deceased), who settled in this county in 1858. Mr. and Mrs. Clifton had seven children born to them; six of these are living - Mittis J., John R., Mary E., Malary A., William C. and Ottis S. Mr. Clifton is a member of the Masonic fraternity in good standing, and also of the Christian Church. Mr. Clifton is a man of high social qualities, and one whose opinions are regarded with great respect.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 148.