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deceased. was born in the State of Missouri, August 17, 1843. He was the son of Jonathan and Grace Jane (Hayes) Lupton. The Lupton family were among the earliest settlers of the Golden State, leaving Missouri in 1848, before hearing of the discovery of gold. They spent a few years in the mining district of Amador County, but in 1851 or '52 they became pioneers of Santa Clara County. They first made their home on the Alameda road, but later removed to the Willows, where the father died in 1871, and the mother in 1884.  Of their eight children none are now living.

        Jonathan F. Lupton, on the third of May, 1871, was united in marriage with Miss Alicia L. Hicks. Ten children were born of this union, of whom eight are living. The second child, Clara Alice, died in 1874, at the age of seven months, and the third, Ida May, on the twelfth of October, 1886, at the age of eleven years. The three eldest children are now (1888) in school. The names of the living children, in the order of their birth, are: Mary Grace, Jonathan H., Lewis Edward, Alicia Mabel, Marcus Leslie, George W., Marvin, and Ernest W.

        Mrs. Lupton is a native of the South, dating her birth in Decatur County, Georgia, July 7, 1849. She is the daughter of N. H. and Mary (Norris) Hicks. Her father came to California with the gold-seekers in 1849. His wife, with their ten children, followed him in 1852, becoming pioneers of the Willow District. Their home was located on Los Gatos Creek, where the parents lived until their death.. Mr. Hicks died in 1878, at the age of seventy-six years, his wife surviving him nine years, dying at the advanced age of eighty-two years. Mrs. Lupton is the youngest of a family of eleven children, eight of whom are now living. Wellington died while the family was on the way to California. A brother, Augustus C., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Finley, are also deceased. The names of the living are: Achilles, Mrs. Caroline Biggs, Mrs. Martineau Winters, Mrs. Josephine Whyers, Mrs. Arene M. Jenkins, Napoleon B., Mrs. Louisa Watson, and Mrs. Lupton. A self-educated man, Mrs. Lupton's father was a great student and a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Politically he was a Democrat.

        Jonathan F. Lupton, the husband of the subject of the above paragraph, was one of the active, energetic, public-spirited men of the Willows. In his death, his wife and children lost a devoted husband and father, while the community in which he made his home mourned a good citizen and a kind neighbor. In his political views he was a Democrat.

        Mrs. Lupton and her children were left well provided for, as at the time of his death Mr. Lupton owned forty acres, fifteen of which were planted with trees. The family residence, on a plat of twenty acres, is situated on Hicks Avenue.

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.

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