JAMES E. STOCKTON, farmer, section 36, Big Prairie Township, was born in Guilford, Ct., Dec. 26, 1826, and is a son of Isaac and Sylvia (Dickinson) Stockton. His father was born in New Jersey and his mother was a native of Connecticut.
Mr. Stockton was first married at Marshall, Mich., to Eliza Lewis. Five children were born to them, all of whom are living. Their names are William F., Stephen, Sylvia A., Susan Cornelia and Adelia Sophia. The mother died in Iowa in 1867, and Mr. Stockton was again married, in Homer, Calhoun County, March 8, 1868, to Mrs. Lucy (Saunders) Pryor, widow of William Pryor. She had three children by her first marriage, as follows: Willard (dec.), William, Bertie and Louis Wesley. Mrs. Stockton was born June 1, 1845, in Albion, Mich. Of her marriage to Mr. Stockton three children have been born: Jane Elizabeth, Mary Emmeline and Annie Katie.
Mr. Stockton became the master of his own fortunes at 12 years of age, and has been all his life a farmer. He lived in Albion at the time of his first marriage, and was there resident ten years. He went to Cass County and eight years later removed to Allegan, where he resided two years, after which he removed to Iowa. After the death of his first wife he returned to Albion. After his second marriage he came to Newaygo County and bought 80 acres of land, of which he has cleared 33 acres and placed it under fine improvements. He is an adherent of the Democratic party.