Source: History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Interesting Biographical Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, Etc. Chicago, Goodspeed Bros. & Co. Publishers, 1884.
Ambrose Carlton was a native of Virginia, born in 1764, and about the year 1788 married Mary Montgomery of his native State. Their family consisted of five children, and in 1816 they settled in Lawrence County, Indiana, where they lived the balance of their lives.
Mr. Carlton was one of the pioneer preachers of Indiana in the Baptist faith. His death occurred in 1832.
Robert M. Carlton, one of their sons, was born in Berks County, N.C., in the year 1794, and was with his father's family when they came to Indiana in 1816. He married Levina Barlow of Kentucky about 1821, and together they reared a family of six children, these five now living: William, Ambrose, Maria L. "Huston", James and Robert H.
Robert M. Carlton was one of the principal men of the county, and at different times carried on farming, grist and saw milling, wool-carding and merchandising on the river to New Orleans.
In politics he was a Jeffersonian Democrat and held several important positions in the county among them being that of Representative in the State Legislature during the term 1837.
His youngest son is Robert H. Carlton, born November 27, 1834, and has been engaged in the drug trade at Bedford ever since 1855. He received a high school education, and is considered one of the best mathematicians in the county, having followed civil engineering on the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad for some time.
His marriage to Miss Sally L. Denson, of Bedford, was June 19, 1877. He is Master Mason, and has held nearly all the offices in Bedford Lodge No 14.
Politically he is a Democrat, and as such was Treasurer of Bedford two years and in 1880 was elected County Clerk, being the only Democrat in the county elected that year.
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