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Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II page 299 1923

Albert Carlton picture CARLTON, ALBERT. To some men are given the faculty of successfully
conducting several lines of business at the same time, the prosperity in one
leading them to embark in another. Such men are very valuable to their
community, for they not only build up sound enterprises, but through their own
success lead others to venture into fields as yet unexplored by them, and
interest outside capital. ALBERT CARLTON, president of the First National Bank
of Wauchula, owner of one of the finest orange groves in the county, and a man
who has been connected with a number of other enterprises of the city, belongs
to the above-mentioned class. His progress has been a healthy one, nothing
spectacular marking his career, and all that he has today has been honestly
earned through his own initiative and good management.
ALBERT CARLTON was born in Thomas County, Georgia, May 9, 1845, a son of
DANIEL W. and SALLIE ANN (MURPHY) CARLTON. About the time of his son’s birth
DANIEL W. CARLTON came to Florida and settled in Marion County, of which he was
a resident at the time, in 1855, that the settlers had their trouble with the
Seminole Indians, and he participated as a soldier in that warfare. His
father, ALDERMAN CARLTON, was also a soldier in the war, as a lieutenant under
Captain Durrance. The settlers had gathered at Fort Meade for protection
against the attacks of the hostile redskins. Lieutenant CARLTON taking seven
men, one of whom was his son, DANIEL W. CARLTON, went out against a band of the
Seminoles who were entrenched in a nearby swamp. He, with WILLIAM PARKER and
LOTT WHITTON, were killed and DANIEL W. CARLTON had a horse shot from under
him, and was wounded in the arm, but managed to escape further injury. He was
in pursuit of an Indian, who turned and aimed at him. Mr. CARLTON drew up his
horse, and the ball passed through the animal and into his left arm. Mounting
another horse, Mr. CARLTON returned to Fort Meade, secured a fresh horse, went
to Fort Frazier, where he secured the help of a company of soldiers, and with them followed the Indians, who
had reached Peace River. The crafty Indians were hidden under the bank of the river, and the soldiers were surprised by an attack, in which a Mr. Mansfield was killed and another member of the Whitton
family badly wounded. However, the soldiers managed to kill a number of the Indians, and the survivors swam across the river, but were pursued by the
soldiers, who finally dispersed them. With the warfare ended DANIEL W. CARLTON returned to his peaceful pursuit of cattle raising, and moved about to
different sections in order to get fresh grazing ground for his large herds. During the last years of his life he lived in retirement from his former
activities, and passed away in 1902, at Nocatee, Florida, but his widow survived until 1907, when she died at the home of her son ALBERT.
During his boyhood ALBERT CARLTON attended the subscription schools of his neighborhood, and was early taught to make himself useful, assisting his
father, with whom he remained until he reached his majority, and then began raising cattle for himself, and also entered upon his career in the citrus
industry, which has been unbroken ever since. Securing some land from his father that was located four miles south-east of Wauchula, he also homesteaded
120 acres in its vicinity, and kept on adding to his holdings until he had 340 acres in all, eighty acres of which were planted to oranges. There he
continued to reside until about 1905, carrying on farming, stock raising and orange culture, but in that year he moved to Wauchula and bought thirty acres
of land, of which only two acres were improved, being set out to oranges. On this property he erected a two-story, ten-room residence on a naturally
elevated building site, and has a beautiful home. He has now about twelve acres of this property in oranges, and cultivates about fifteen acres of it.
In 1903, with his son, CHARLES J. CARLTON, he went into a general mercantile business at Wauchula, and continued to operate it for about two years. Selling
it then at an excellent figure, they established a private bank, which they nationalized in 1917, with a capital of $50,000, and Mr. CARLTON has since
continued its president; C. J.CARLTON is cashier; and C. S. CARLTON assistant cashier. About 1905 Mr. CARLTON established the hardware store at Wauchula
which his son LEFFIE is now managing. Mr. CARLTON belongs to the Missionary Baptist Church. In politics he votes for the man he thinks best fitted to fill
the office, regardless of his politics.
On October 11, 1868, Mr. CARLTON married MARTHA W. McEWEN, born in Washington County, Georgia, February 10, 1851, a daughter of WILLIAM and RUTH
(SHEPHARD) McEWEN, of Georgia, who came to Florida in 1865. Mr. and Mrs. CARLTON became the parents of the following children: ELLA, who is Mrs. W. A.
SUTHERLAND, of Wauchula; CHARLES J., who is cashier of the First National Bank of Wauchula; and THOMAS N., WILLIAM ALBERT and ALTON H., all of whom are
residents of Hardee County, Florida; CARL, who is a resident of Wauchula; DOYLE and LELAND, both of whom are residents of Tampa, Florida; and LEFFIE M. and
GETTES, both of whom are residents of Wauchula. The CARLTONS are fine people, and are held in the highest respect by all who know them. Mr. and Mrs. CARLTON
have every reason to be proud of their children and what they are accomplishing in the several communities in which they are residing.

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