William Clayton

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William Clayton, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born about 1590.1,2 He died before 19 March 1658/59, when his will was proved.1,2

William married (1) Joan Smith, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Boxgrove Parish, Sussex, England, 30 October 1631;1,3 he married (2) Elizabeth Simmons, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), 6 January 1644/45.1,3

William left a will dated 1 February 1658/59, and proved at London, 19 Mar 1658/9, specifying:
William Claiton, residing in the Parish of Pancras without [outside?] the East Gate of Chichester, Sussex, Timberman
to son William, twelve pence to be paid within a year
to grandchildren William Claiton and Prudence Claiton, children of son William Claiton, twenty shillings apiece to be paid at twenty-one
to sons Richard Claiton and Thomas Claiton, twenty shillings each to be paid at twenty-one
five pounds for the apprenticing of his son Thomas to Thomas Coby "until the first of May next ensuing the date of his 21st birthday".
to daughter Elizabeth Claition, forty shillings to be paid within a year
to daughter Mary Claiton, five pounds to be paid at twenty-one
residue, after debts and funeral expenses are paid, to loving wife Elizabeth Claiton for her wellbeing and upbringing of his youngest daughter, Mary Claiton
Wife executrix and friend John Parke to assist
overseers: friends William Steele, miller, living without the Eastgate of Chichester, and John Abey, shoemaker, of Chichester; they to have two shillings each for expenses.
witnessed by Thomas Hopkins and John Rogers.4,2

Family 1

Joan Smith d. bef. 27 Apr 1644
  • William Clayton+1 b. 9 Dec 1632, d. bt 1686 - 1691
  • Joan Clayton3 b. 23 Aug 1635, d. bef. 20 Jul 1644
  • Elizabeth Clayton1 b. 11 Feb 1637/38, d. bef. 6 Oct 1660
  • Richard Clayton1 b. 13 Sep 1640
  • Thomas Clayton1 b. 26 Feb 1642/43

Family 2

Elizabeth Simmons d. 6 Oct 1666
  • Mary Clayton1 b. aft. 1644
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  1. [S1613] James E. Bellarts and Louis E. Jones, "William Clayton of Chichester," The Quaker Yeomen 11 (January 1985), further cited as Bellarts and Jones, "Clayton of Chichester."
  2. [S2094] Charles M. Hansen, "The Parentage of William Clayton, Quaker Immigrant to Pennsylvania: A Correction)," The Genealogist 4 (Fall 1983): 169-173, at 171, further cited as Hansen, "Parentage of William Clayton."
  3. [S2095] Charles M. Hansen, "William Clayton's Parentage: An Addition," The Genealogist 9 (Spring 1988): 78-79, at 78, further cited as Hansen, "William Clayton's Parentage: An Addition."
  4. [S1613] Bellarts and Jones, "Clayton of Chichester,", Cites Chichester Miscellaneous Wills 1653-1658, Vol 21B, p59, Consistory Court Will Register, film# STC1/21B at the West Sussex Record Office, Chichester.