Was born in Edgecombe county, February 1, 1849, a son of Henry LaFayette Staton, a large planter of cotton who was a county commissioner in Edgecombe county, and an officer in the Confederate service.  His mother was Miss Margaret Batts, a daughter of Benjamin Batts, who was a county court judge and a member of the county commission.  He was educated at the Wilkerson Male Academy, Tarboro, N. C., and the V. M. I., Lexington, Va., the University Medical College, N. Y., and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.

He is one of the founders of the Pittman Hospital and Visiting Physicians.

Since leaving college he has been a member of the firm of Staton & Zoeller.

He is president of the Tar River Oil Company and the Tarboro Cotton Factory and a director of the Pamlico Insurance and Banking Co., and was health officer for Edgecombe county for twelve years. 

He married Miss Kate E. Barker, second daughter of Dr. W. S. Barker, a physician of Tarboro, N. C.  He is the father of three children, Henry, a lawyer practising [sic] in New York city, Adolphus, of the U. S. N., who graduated from the Naval Academy in 1902 and Miss Sallie B. Staton, who graduated from Vassar in class of 1897.

Transcription from the book, Prominent People of North Carolina: Brief Biographies of Leading People for Ready Reference Purposes, published in 1906, page 49, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (, accessed 14 February 2021.  Photograph from the book, Biographical History of North Carolina, volume VII, edited by Samuel A. Ashe, Stephen B. Weeks, and Charles L. Van Noppen, published in 1908, page 444, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (, accessed 14 February 2021.


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