submitted by Irvin K. McArthur
LaFayette Stainton was born October 13, 1852, near Monroeville, Monroe County, Alabama, the son of David Timms Stainton and wife, Cebra Ann (Rumbley) Stainton. Paternal ancestors were of Irish descent; maternal of Scotch; both families came to Mississippi from Alabama. His father served during the Civil War in the Confederate Army, at Fort Morgan and around Mobile. Mr. Stainton attended the common schools of Alabama and Mississippi, and took his academic course under Prof. Charles A. Huddleston, Walnut Grove, Mississippi. His occupations have been those of teaching and journalism. He taught in the common schools, 1873-1883, edited and published the Neshoba Democrat, AT Philadelphia, Mississippi 1883-1890; taught at Laurel, Mississippi in 1891-2. He was Superintendent of Education of Neshoba County, 1882-1890, represented his county in Legislature, 1888-1890; was postmaster at Laurel 1893-1899 and Mayor of that town, 1899-1903. Mr. Stainton was a Democrat, a Methodist, a member of the Masonic Order, of the Knights and Ladies of Honor and the Woodmen of the World; was elected to the House of Representatives November 5, 1907. He was married October 13, 1861 to Mary Hastletine Salter, daughter of Samuel Aaron and Theodosia Salter, of Plattsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Stainton have nine children: Mrs. Ruby Valma (Stainton) Weems, of Laurel, Mrs. Cebra Pearl (Stainton) McArthur of Meridian; and Robert Irvin, Edwin LaFayette, Samuel David, Alda Virginia, Everret Marvin, William Frederic and Hubert Maryon.
(Above information from Legislative Department, State of Mississippi.)
LaFayette Stainton died in Jones County Mississippi, June 17, 1915.
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