ELVA N. MIDDLETON
one of the representative men and substantial general farmers of Green township, where he operates a tract of 100 acres, forty of which is his own and sixty belongs to his father, was bom October 12, 1873, on a farm one and one-fourth miles north of this one, the latter being situated in Shelby county, O., seven and one-half miles southeast of Sidney. He is a son of James G. and Margaret (Nutt) Middleton.
James G. Middleton was born in Hamilton county, O., a son of John and Lydia (Graham) Middleton, and a grandson of William and Rachel Middleton. John H. Middleton was bom in Hamilton county, January 29, 1814, a blacksmith and farmer. On December 5, 1838, he married Lydia Graham, a daughter of James and Mary E. Graham. She was born in Lancaster county, Pa., August 14, 1818, and accompanied her parents to Hamilton county, O., in 1823, and after marriage she and her husband lived in Hamilton county until 1853, when they came to Shelby county and settled in Green township. They had the following children: Lucinda H., James G., Mary J., David, Elizabeth. Lewis N., Alice B., and William. When his parents came to Shelby county, James G. Middleton was eleven years old and he has continued his residence on the old homestead farm, now living in comfortable retirement, being aged seventy years. He married Margaret Nutt, who also survives, and they have three children: H. C., who lives one mile south of his brother's farm; John, who lives one and one-half miles north of this property; and Elva N.
After his school days were over, Elva N. Middleton followed farming on the old home place, and then settled on his own farm about fifteen years ago, and has devoted his attention to a general agricultural line. The excellent improvements seen on the place he made at different times and the appearance of comfort and thrift indicate Mr. Middleton's careful interest in his present activities. He married Miss Eva May Proctor, a daughter of George Proctor, one of the old settlers of Green township, and they have four children: Don, Catherine, Grace and Robert. In politics Mr. Middleton has been a stanch republican for many years. Fraternally he is identified with both the
subordinate and encampment branches of Odd Fellowship and the auxiliary order of Rebeccas, and belongs also to the Modern Woodmen.