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1661 The Quaker marriage record for John Clayton and Alice Myres, dated December 10, 1661, stated: "John Cleaton and Alice Myres took each other in a public assemblie the eleventh day of the tenth anno domini 1661" in the presence of divers witnesses. Lancashire, England. [1] [2] [3] [4]

1662 Rachel, daughter of John Cleaton and Alice his wife, of Gleaston or Rampside [Lancashire, England], was borne the twentyth day of the ninth month Anno Domini 1662. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

1662 Rachal Cleaton, daughter of John Cleaton of Hallibank was buried at Sunbreak [Lancashire, England] on 6 of month 10, 1662. [10] [11] [12] [13]

1663 Zebulon son of John Cleaton and Alice his wife of Hallbank was borne the second day of the ninth month Anno Domini 1663. [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]

1666 Joseph son of John Cleaton and Alies his wife of Hallbank was borne the sixst day of fifth month Anno Domini 1666. [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]

1671 Sarah daughter of John Cleaton and Alies his wife of Rampside was borne the twentyth day of the twelfth month Anno Domini 1670[/71]. [24] [25]

1677 John Clayton bought land of John Slocum in Monmouth County, New Jersey. [26]

167? The birth's of two children of John Clayton were recorded in Middletown town records. "Rachel Clayton was born at Shrewsbury on ye 16th of 4 mo. … John Clayton was b. at Shrews. the 1st of __ 167 … [27]

1681 John Clayton of Wakeich purchased 16 acres of small pieces of meadow adjacent to pine neck, Wacaick neck, and fresh brook from Richard Hartshorne of Middletown, Monmouth County on September 22. [28]

1685 John Clayton purchased land in Monmouth County from the Proprieters of East New Jersey. Deed dated January 8. [29]

1686 Deed to John Clayton of Wayceeke, Monmouth County, for 217 acres of land bounded by Restore Lippincott, Sarah Reape, and another tract of 7 acres bounded by George Parker and Sarah Reape. Dated January 8, 1685/86. [30]

1686 John Clayton of Wakayeck purchased 215 acres of Wakeake neck on SW side of Middletown harbour, pine neck, and Wakeck neck from Richard Hartshorne of Middletown, Monmouth County on 22 September. [31]

1688 May 10, to John Claytone of Middletoun, for 80 acres there, being a neck called Pine Neck, E. and W. two creeks, S. unsurveyed land, N. the Way creek; also a small tract on the little neck in Richard Hartshorne's line; in all 100 acres. [32]

1692 Sarah Cleayton, John Cleayton, and Zebulon Cleayton, among others, were witnesses at the marriage of Abraham Brown and Leah Clayton, at the house of John Clayton. Dated 4th of 12th mo, 1692. [33] Leah has been named as a daughter of John Clayton. [34]

1698 The ear mark [used to identify owners of pigs] of Zebulon Clayton was recorded in Middletown records as being the same as of his father, John Claiton. Dated October 31. [35]

1694 John Cleayton was among those agreeing to attend town meetings, in Chesterfield township, Burlington County, or face a fine. Dated 12th day, 12th month 1693 (February, 1694). [36]

1702 The will of John Clayton, planter, of Chesterfield Twp, Burlington County, was dated May 16. Sons Ashar, John and Yellen (?); daughters Lea Broune, Wasse (Masse, Mosse ?) and Rechell Newbould. Real property in Chesterfield, bought from William Betell, personal estate. Executors sons Ashar and John with son-in-law Mickel Newbould and friend William Wood as assistants. Witnesses William Wood, Benjamin Kimble and John Morcott. Proved June 2, 1704. [37]

1704 The inventory of the personal estate of John Clayton was valued at £415.5.-, including £160 in bonds, £70 in furniture and £82 in cattle. Dated June 2. [38]

Research Notes:

Rachel Clayton and John Clayton, children of John Clayton, were born in Shrewsbury. [39]

"John Clayton was of Middletown [New Jersey], the name of his wife being Alice. His children were: Rachel; Sarah, who married 1696, Gershom Mott; Mary, who became the first wife of Joseph Taylor; Zebulon; and, it is believed, David; and Leah, who married (1692) Abraham Brown." [40] [41]

A genealogical summary reports [42]:

John Clayton bought land 1677 of John Slocum. His will was dated at Chesterfield, Burlington county. May 16, 1702. His dau. Leah was m. to Abraham Brown 1692, by Friends' ceremony at the house of John Clayton, who then lived in Monmouth. In Burlington county Hannah Clayton was m. to Abel Gaskell 1797; David Clayton of Shrewsbury, was m. to Catharine Strickland of Freehold, 1798. The earliest mention of the name Clayton in this country appears to have been that of Thos. Clayton at Dover, N.H., 1650, who it is supposed went from thence to Rhode Island, where Sarah Clayton was m. to Matthew Borden, who was born 1638. The John Clayton of Monmouth seems to have eventually settled in Burlington. In Burlington county William Clayton, Sr., and William, Jr., were named 1678, among first settlers, probably from England.

It is plausible that John Cleaton was a son of, or other relative of, Edmond Cleaton [43], husband of Margaret, although we know of no evidence to support this relationship, other than coincidence of time, place, and religion.

There are three Clayton men who purchased land in New Jersey at about the same time: this John Clayton (died 1704), Richard Clayton, and Matthew Clayton (died 1698) [44]. Other researchers have suggested that Matthew Clayton's parents were Richard Clayton (born about 1626, died about 1677) and Margaret of Swarthmoor, Lancashire, England [45].

Alternatively, John Clayton has been reported to be the son of James Clayton of Chester, England and Jane. Children have been reported to be: Leah (born c 1668); Sarah (born c 1672, second daughter), Rachel (born c 1676, third daughter), Asher (born c 1680, eldest son), Zebulon (born c 1684, second son), John (born c 1688, third son). [46]

We seek documentation to clarify the relationships among these Clayton families.


Footnotes:

[1] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616A: Quarterly Meeting of Lancashire (1644-1775), 55, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[2] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1084: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore (comprising Ulverston), Hawkshead, Cartmel (1646-1784), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[3] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1267: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore [Swarthmoor] (1652-1780), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[4] Clayton, Brown & Lawrence family members, Family Bible of John and Alice (Myres) Clayton, extracts from a bible (1600-1700).

[5] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616A: Quarterly Meeting of Lancashire (1644-1775), 6/8, of Gleaston, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[6] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616: Quarterly Meeting of Norfolk and Norwich (1657-1732) and Suffolk (1776-1794), of Gleaston, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[7] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1004: Monthly Meeting of Lancaster: Marriages; Births; Burials (1631-1691), of Rampside, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[8] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1267: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore [Swarthmoor] (1652-1780), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[9] Clayton, Brown & Lawrence family members, Family Bible of John and Alice (Myres) Clayton, extracts from a bible (1600-1700).

[10] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616A: Quarterly Meeting of Lancashire (1644-1775), 32/35, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[11] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1004: Monthly Meeting of Lancaster: Marriages; Births; Burials (1631-1691), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[12] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1266: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore [Swarthmoor] (1635-1780), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[13] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616: Quarterly Meeting of Norfolk and Norwich (1657-1732) and Suffolk (1776-1794), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[14] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1267: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore [Swarthmoor] (1652-1780), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[15] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616A: Quarterly Meeting of Lancashire (1644-1775), 7/9, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[16] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1004: Monthly Meeting of Lancaster: Marriages; Births; Burials (1631-1691), reports 27 of month 9, of Rampside, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[17] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1084: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore (comprising Ulverston), Hawkshead, Cartmel (1646-1784), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[18] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616: Quarterly Meeting of Norfolk and Norwich (1657-1732) and Suffolk (1776-1794), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[19] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616A: Quarterly Meeting of Lancashire (1644-1775), 8/10, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[20] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1004: Monthly Meeting of Lancaster: Marriages; Births; Burials (1631-1691), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[21] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1084: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore (comprising Ulverston), Hawkshead, Cartmel (1646-1784), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[22] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1266: Monthly Meeting of Swarthmore [Swarthmoor] (1635-1780), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[23] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616: Quarterly Meeting of Norfolk and Norwich (1657-1732) and Suffolk (1776-1794), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[24] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616A: Quarterly Meeting of Lancashire (1644-1775), 11/13, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[25] England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837, Piece 1616: Quarterly Meeting of Norfolk and Norwich (1657-1732) and Suffolk (1776-1794), 17/13, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[26] Edwin Salter and George C Beekman, Old Times in Old Monmouth (1887, Reprinted 1999 by Heritage Books, ISBN 0-7884-1228-0), 18.

[27] John E. Stillwell, The old Middletown town book, 1667 to 1700; The records of Quaker marriages at Shrewsbury, 1667 to 1731; The burying grounds of old Monmouth. (1906), 67, [HathiTrust].

[28] Richard S. Hutchinson, Monmouth County New Jersey, Deeds Books A, B, C and D (2000), 62.

[29] Colonial Conveyances East & West New Jersey. Deed (Book-Page), A-268.

[30] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 21. (Patents and Deeds, 1664-1703) (1899), 74, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[31] Richard S. Hutchinson, Monmouth County New Jersey, Deeds Books A, B, C and D (2000), 62.

[32] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 21. (Patents and Deeds, 1664-1703) (1899), 137, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[33] John E. Stillwell, The old Middletown town book, 1667 to 1700; The records of Quaker marriages at Shrewsbury, 1667 to 1731; The burying grounds of old Monmouth. (1906), 58, [HathiTrust].

[34] Edwin Salter and George C Beekman, Old Times in Old Monmouth (1887, Reprinted 1999 by Heritage Books, ISBN 0-7884-1228-0), 18.

[35] John E. Stillwell, The old Middletown town book, 1667 to 1700; The records of Quaker marriages at Shrewsbury, 1667 to 1731; The burying grounds of old Monmouth. (1906), 34, [HathiTrust].

[36] Carlos E. Godfrey, "Town Dockets of Chesterfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 35 (1911), 211-222, at 212, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[37] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 23. (Wills and Administrations 1, 1670-1730) (1901), 97, citing Lib. I, p. 65, and Burlington Wills, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[38] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 23. (Wills and Administrations 1, 1670-1730) (1901), 97, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[39] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Abstracts of Marriages, Births, Deaths of Shrewsbury Meeting (Monmouth County, New Jersey), [AncestryImage].

[40] William S. Hornor, This Old Monmouth of Ours (1932, reprint 1974), 203, [FHLBook].

[41] William S. Hornor, This Old Monmouth of Ours, 203, [AncestryImage].

[42] Edwin Salter, A History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (1890), 18, [GoogleBooks].

[43] Janet and Robert Wolfe, Genealogy Page for Edmond Clayton, married to Margaret, [JRWolfeGenealogy].

[44] Janet and Robert Wolfe, Genealogy Page for Matthew Clayton, [JRWolfeGenealogy].

[45] Janet and Robert Wolfe, Genealogy Page for Richard Clayton, [JRWolfeGenealogy].

[46] James E. Bellarts, The Quaker Yeomen, A Genealogy of Clayton, Reynolds, Beals, Brown, and Descended and Related Lines (1973), 19, [GoogleBooks].