James Washington Clayton

Brief Life History of James Washington

When James Washington Clayton was born in 1821, in Lawrence, Tennessee, United States, his father, John William Flat River Clayton, was 50 and his mother, Nancy Blackard, was 25. He married Mary Ann Barnett on 4 March 1847, in Gallatin, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Gallatin, Illinois, United States in 1850.

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Family Time Line

James Washington Clayton
1821–
Mary Ann Barnett
1826–1900
Marriage: 4 March 1847
William Clayton
1847–
Zadok Clayton
1850–
Ulysess Grant Clayton
1858–
Mary Clayton
1870–1872

Sources (5)

  • Washington Clayton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James W Clayton, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • James Clayton, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

1832 · Black Hawk War

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

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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