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William McClung Paxton

Kentucky & Missouri


W.M. Paxton, A Century Hence and Other Poems
(Kansas City, Missouri: Publishing House of Ramsey, Millet & Hudson, 1880)

William McClung Paxton was born on March 2, 1819 at Washington, Kentucky. "Educated for the law in his native town, he removed to Platte Co., [Missouri] . . . . In 1850 he removed to Platte City and spent twelve years in mercantile pursuits. Later he resumed the practice of law, and for twelve years prospered; but in 1872 he became hard of hearing, and it was necessary for him to give up his lucrative practice. Having, however, a complete abstract of titles of real estate of Platte Co., he still, at the age of seventy-one, is industriously employed in the business of abstracting and examining titles."

[Thos. W. Herringshaw (ed.) , Local and National Poets of America 75 (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1890)][online text] [See also, James Samuel Snoddy, A Little Book of Missouri Verse, Choice Selections from Missouri Verse-writers 188-189 (Kansas City, Missouri: Press of Hudson-Kimberly Pub. Co. [1897]), and a news article, in the Atchison Daily Globe, July 26, 1956]

Wm. McClung Paxton
Platte County, Missouri, Historical & Genealogical Society


W.M. Paxton, A Century Hence, and Other Poems (Kansas City, Missouri: Pub. House of Ramsey, Millett & Hudson, 1880) [online text]

___________, Poems (Kansas City, Missouri: Press of Ramsey, Millett & Hudson, 1887)(Platte City, Missouri: Argus Print, 1907) [online text]

____________, Love and Law, a Series of Sonnets (California, Missouri, 1880)

___________, The Vision of Narva: A Legend of Parkville (Buffalo [New York]: Charles Wells Moulton, 1891)


W.M. Paxton, The Marshall Family, or A Genealogical Chart of the Descendants of John Marshall and Elizabeth Markham, his wife, sketches of individuals and notices of families connected with them (Cincinnati: R. Clarke & Co., 1885) [online text] (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1970)

___________, Annals of Platte County, Missouri, from its exploration down to June 1, 1897: with genealogies of its noted families, and sketches of its pioneers and distinguished people (Kansas City, Missouri: Hudson-Kimberly Pub. Co., 1897) [online text] (Cape Girardeau, Missouri: Ramfre Press, 1960)(Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1991)(Salem, Massachusetts: Higginson Book Co., 1999)

[Annals of Platte County, Missouri: Addendum - July 1897 through July 1916 (Platte City, Missouri: Platte County Historical & Genealogical Society, 2001)(Barbara D. Whitters ed.)

___________, A Manuel [!] of Real Estate in Platte County, Mo., showing the owners, alphabetically, of farms and town lots with their location and contents (Platte City, Missouri: Platte County Argus, 1899)

___________, The Paxtons: Their Origin in Scotland, and Their Migrations through England and Ireland, to the colony of Pennsylvania, whence they moved South and West, and found homes in many states and territories (Platte City, Missouri, Landmark Print, 1903) [online text] (Platte City, Missouri: Landmark Print, 1985)(Salem, Massachusetts: Higginson Book Co., 1990)

Research Resources

William McClung Paxton Papers
Western Historical Manuscript Collection
State Historical Society of Missouri
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Platte County Historical & Genealogical Society

William McClung Paxton—Vertical File
Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City, Missouri