By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

William Franklin Aton, whose ancestry has already been mentioned, is a blacksmith in Morganfield. He is the oldest son of Nelson Hamilton and Elizabeth Ann (Cissell) Aton. Subject was born at the old Aton place, on the Morganfield and Raleigh road, four miles from Morganfield, January 7, 1848.

Subject had been twice married; first to Miss Rosa Russell, who died in 1881, leaving him five children; secondly, to Mary Janette Graves in 1882. The present wife was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, March 6, 1845. She is the daughter of Dr. John M. Graves, born in Marion County, Kentucky, November 17, 1811, and married Ann Lucinda Maryman, who was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, in 1812. Dr. Graves died December 18, 1883, and his wife January 28, 1870. Subject's children are as follows: Mary Lillian, William Albertis, Charles Ellis, Mary Virginia, and Ada Amelia; two, not named, are dead.

Subject received his education in Union County, going to school in all about three years. He has been living in Morganfield for several years, following his trace. In politics he is a Democrat. He owns three acres of land near the Ohio Valley depot that are very valuable. Subject has been a member of the Catholic Church all his life.