John Francis Clayton

Brief Life History of John Francis

When John Francis Clayton was born on 3 October 1845, in Grant, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Peter Clayton, was 24 and his mother, Françoise "Frances" Mero, was 19. He married Alice Jane Crooks on 3 October 1869, in Clifton, Grant, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Walnut Township, Palo Alto, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Walnut, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1945. He died on 26 August 1925, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, United States.

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John Francis Clayton
Alice Jane Crooks
Marriage: 3 October 1869
John Francis "Frank" Clayton
William Arthur Clayton
Janette Addie Clayton
James Eli Clayton
Charles Peter Clayton
Alice Belle Clayton
Harry Clayton
Arch Clayton
Elizabeth "Bessie" Clayton
Samuel B. Clayton

Sources (36)

  • J L Clayton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John F. Clayton, "Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930"
  • John F Clayton, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

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Historical Boundaries: 1846: Iowa Territory, United States 1846: Iowa, United States 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

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Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places, in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, and Sussex, named Clayton, from Old English clǣg ‘clay’ + tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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