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William Clayton of Chichester, Act. Gov. of PA
Posted by: Byron Park (ID *****4531) Date: July 15, 2012 at 04:30:50
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I have recently been researching my 8th g-grandfather William Clayton, father of my 7th g-grandmother, Mary Jane Clayton who married John Beals and had my 6th g-grandmother Patience Beals who married Joseph Jones and had my 5th g-grandmother Charity Jones who married Joseph Rogers, etc. In the course of genealogical pursuits it is quite common to come upon competing information or proposed lineages. I have an old book, "The Clayton Family" by Henry F. Hepburn Esq., LLB, The Historical Society of Deleware, 1904 that gives a much different lineage. I know that some/most people have discredited it and essentially rejected it in favor of a different line. However, as I review his book section on the Pennsylvania branch of the Clayton Family, I'm trying to understand how he could have gotten it so wrong if there wasn't anything to it. He quotes the "Ramblings and Reflections of Hon. T. J. Clayton" page 297. For Hepburn's report to be wrong pretty much all of Hon. T. J. Clayton's information about the Clayton family must be incorrect including Joshua Clayton of Deleware's identity. According to T. J. Clayton via Hepburn, Joshua was a cousin of William, not his brother. Another point I ponder is that "William of Chichester" is (my understanding) called that by T. J. Clayton because he purchased land and is of Chichester, PA but was of London, Eng. while resent researchers called him that seemingly assuming he was of Chichester, Eng. Another point to ponder is that Hepburn says there are two William Claytons that are jurists on the court in Pennsylvanina, the father William presiding and a son William as one of the jurists. I am not assuming I am any smarter than anyone but is it possible that Hepburn may be right? He says William was the son of Thomas Clayton, third son of William Clayton of Okenshaw. Are we absolutely sure that the term "of Chichester" hasn't misled the research? Sincerely Yours, Byron N. Park,

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