Friday, February 26, 2010
It is possible that his first name was really Walter! [age 2 in the 1860 census Walter S. CLIFT]
The adornments on his grave are called the Madonna or Easter lily and are according to Keister's book [see Bookshelf page for source] symbolize the "casting off earthly things or attaining heavenly spiritual qualities." [p. 50]
In 1870, he is listed in his father's household as age 8 with his name simply as Stanton. At age 18 in 1880, he is a clerk in a dry good store. I have yet to find him in the 1900 census. Both parents died in 1890, so he should be living with a sibling or on his own. He dies in 1905.