J.J. Clifton

Mr. J.J. Clifton

J.J. Clifton was an early settler in the Romsaas Township area of McLean County, North Dakota, although he only stayed a few years.

A bachelor, J.J. Clifton made a deal with Louie Thill, agreeing to deed him the land if he would allow him to stay with him for the rest of his days. However, Mr. Clifton had been a slave owner in the South before coming to North Dakota, and some of his former slaves came, about a year later, and too him with them, promising to look after him as long as he lived, so Louie Thill got the land for looking after Clifton for only about a year.

A cemetery was established on the Clifton quarter, and several of the early settlers are buried there. The land is about a mile east of where the Ervin Hopkins farm was later established, which was owned by Glenn Hopkins in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.