Saturday, 26 December 2009

Early origins of the Clayton family


The earliest records of the Clayton family go back to William Clayton who originated from Shrewsbury in Salop (Shropshire) in the late 1700s.

Much of this document contains a history of my grandmother’s family, the Claytons. The Clayton family is known to have lived around the Ladywood and Newtown areas of Birmingham throughout the last half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century.

It appears that the Clayton family originated from Shrewsbury in the early 1800s and came to Birmingham via Wolverhampton and nearby Willenhall over a period of a few decades.

Information supplied to me in October 2005 from a fellow researcher named Albert Clayton who resides in Catherine Field in Australia has pinpointed the family of g-g-g-grandfather, Thomas Clayton, in the 1851 census, living at Back of John Street, Willenhall. Thomas Clayton was a wood screw maker, aged 35 who was born in Shrewsbury, Salop. His wife Hannah was also aged 35 and was from Tettenhall in Staffordshire (now Wolverhampton). They had three children listed: Mary A aged 16 , Thomas aged 9 and William aged 6, all born in Wolverhampton.

Albert Clayton also sent me details of another record for the same family in the 1841 census, this time living in Wolverhampton. This time Thomas is listed as a 25 year old screw maker born outside of Staffordshire. His wife is Hannah, aged 25, also born outside of Staffordshire and their only child is Mary A who is aged 9. We should note here that in the 1841 census adult ages were rounded down to the nearest 0 or 5. So Thomas and Hannah could have been aged anywhere between 25 and 29.

One further record in connection with this couple is their marriage certificate. Thomas Clayton married Hannah Worthington on 2nd February 1841 at St George’s church in Wolverhampton. Thomas was of full age, he was a bachelor and a labourer of St Georges district. His father was William Clayton, a labourer. Hannah Worthington was also of full age, a spinster of St Georges district and her father was Joseph Worthington, a shoe maker. Witnesses were William Worthington and Caroline Maron and the vicar was W A Newman.

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