Rash's Surname Index
Notes for William CLAYTON
CLAYTON, WILLIAM, With his family, arrived in the ship "Kent" from London,in company with certain commissioners sent out by the proprietors of New Jersey to purchase lands from the Indians, ect. In 1678-9(March) he purchased the share of Hans Oelson, one of the original grantees of Marcus Hook, and settled at that place. As a Quaker, he was an active and consistent member, and like-
wise took a part in political affairs. He was a member of Governor Markham's Council, and also of that of the proprietary after his arrival, while at the same time he served as one of the justices of the court of Upland County, and subsequently for that of Chester County, presiding at the first court held in Pennsylvania under the proprietary government. He died in 1689, leaving a widow, Prudence and the following children, if not more: Prudence, m. to
Henry Reynolds, 11, 10, 1678; Honour, m. to James Browne, 6, 8, 1679; William, m. to Elizabeth Bezer, 1682; and Mary, to John Beals, in the same year.
William Clayton, Jr., died in Chichester about 1727, leaving a widow, Elizabeth, and children,--William, Richard, Rachel, married to Thomas Howell, Edward, Ambrose, Thomas, and Abel. His daughter Elizabeth, born 5, 12, 1685, is not mentioned in his will, but she married Daniel Davis in 1705.
William (3) married, Mary, daughter of Walter Marten, of Chichester, and died about December, l757. His children were Mary, m. to Nineveh Carter; William, m. Mary Evans, of Uwchlan; Lydia m. John Spruce and Abraham Carter; Sarah, m. John Phipps; Moses; Prudence, m. to John Ford; Patience, m. to Henry Grubb; and David.
Edward Clayton married, 12, 25, 1713, Ann Whitaker,daughter of James, and settled in Bradford, on the south west side of the present village of Marshallton. The Friend's Meeting property is a part of the land. He died about 1760. His children were John, Elizabeth, Hannah, m. Robert Green; Joshua, b. 1, 8, 1725; William, b. about 1728 d. 4, 16, 1814; Sarah, m. Joseph Thornbury; and Susanna, m. to Isaac Spackman.
Joshua married, 5, 16, 1753, Martha Baker, daughter of Aaron and Mary, of West Marlborough, and continued to reside on a part of his father's land. His children were, Aaron, b. 4, 2, 1754, m. 6, 9, 1779, to Sarah Bailey; Mary, m. Enoch Speakman; Joshua; Samuel, m. Ann Speakman; Hannah, m. Amos Speakman; Jacob, Martha, Caleb,
Rachel, Susanna, and Isaac.
William Clayton, son of Edward, married, 3, 24, 1750, Abigail Woodward, daughter of Henry and Mary, of East Bradford; second wife, Mary, died 3, 8, 1825. Their daughter Ann died 4, 7, 1825; son James, 9, 1, 1827, aged 49; and son Thomas, 12, 20, 1864, aged about 85.
On 7th day 12th month 1663 William was committed to jail in Sussex
and fined 6 pounds for meeting with other Quakers. Having refused to pay his fines, William was jailed for six months in the House of Correction in the town of Arundel.
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