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Clayton, MrRef 225-2334
[18??-18??] He married Mary [18??-1895]. At the time of her death, Mary was landlady of the Nag's Head inn, Shelf.

Children:

  1. (possibly) William Ralton who was an innkeeper [1895]

Mary and William Ralton are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1895

Clayton, AlfredRef 225-9970
[1867-19??] Born in Brighouse.

He was a wire dresser [1911] / (possibly) landlord at the Duke of Edinburgh, Brighouse [1913]

Around 1888, he married Emily [1869-19??] from Rastrick.

Children:

  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. George [b 1888] who was a silk dresser [1911]
  3. Ethel [b 1892] who was a silk dresser [1911]
  4. Harry [b 1895] who was a coal hurrier [1911]

The family lived at Westgate, Clifton [1911]

Clayton, ArthurRef 225-1014
[1894-1954] A crane driver at Clifton, Brighouse.

He married Sarah Green [1894-1954].


Sarah was the daughter of
William Green
 

Children:

  1. Mona [1929-1999]

In July 1936, he was charged with murdering his wife, Sarah, by strangling her with a handkerchief. He replied

All I can say is that I did it. No one else did

Clayton, BenjaminRef 225-1372
[18??-19??] He lived at Palace House, Hebden Bridge [1905]

Clayton, Benjamin Mitchell RushworthRef 225-854
[1866-1915] Son of William Rushworth Clayton, scutcher.

Born in Luddendenfoot.

He was a mechanic of Sowerby Bridge [1887] / an iron turner [1891, 1901] / a machine tool maker [1911].

In 1887, he married Roseanna Linney [1868-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Roseanna, of Tuel lane, was the daughter of John Linney, labourer
 

Children:

  1. Dora [b 1888]
  2. Florence Ivy [b 1889] who was a milliner [1911]
  3. Frank Rushworth

The family lived at

  • 12 Egerton Street, Sowerby Bridge [1891, 1901]
  • King Cross Lane, Halifax [1911]
  • Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd [1916]

Benjamin died in Lancaster [Q4 1915] (aged 48) 

Clayton, DerrickRef 225-3
[1921-1943] He lived at 38 Grove Park, Ovenden.

He was educated at Lee Mount School / a player with Ovenden Junior AFC / employed by F. Pratt & Company.

During World War II, he served as a Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the cruiser HMS Charybdis.

He died 23rd October 1943 (aged 22)  when his ship was hit by the German torpedo boats T-23 & T-27 and sank within half an hour in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of 452 crew.

He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial [Grave Ref 82 1], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Clayton, FrankRef 225-5
[1859-1925] Born in Clifton.

He was a railway labourer [1911].

In 1886, he married Jane Haigh [1867-1939] in Halifax.


Jane Clayton was born in Mirfield
 

Children:

  1. Harry
  2. Ralph

The family lived at

The family lived at Grave Lane, Clifton.

Sons Harry & Ralph died in World War I

Clayton, Frank RushworthRef 225-853
[1891-1915] Son of Benjamin Mitchell Rushworth Clayton

Born in Mytholmroyd.

He was a machine wood worker [1911] / an engineer at Trafalgar Works / a Territorial.

He lived at 73 North Parade, Halifax.

During World War I, he was called-up [August 1914], and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He died from gas poisoning at Ypres [19th December 1915] (aged 24).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [1st January 1916].

He was buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium. [Grave Ref I A 20].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Pellon Lane Particular Baptist Church, and on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

Clayton, FranklinRef 225-2497
[1854-1906] Born in Huddersfield.

He was landlord of the Railway Hotel, Hebden Bridge [1888, 1890, 1894].

An advertisement for the business announced


His tap's the choicest to be had,
The best food's on his shelf;
Call at the Railway Inn, my lad,
If you'd enjoy yourself

In 1876, he married Hannah Swift in Halifax

Clayton, FredRef 225-962
[1865-1916] Born in Southowram.

He was a journeyman plumber [1891] / a plumber [1901] / a plumber journeyman [1911]

In 1887, he married Emma Hawkins [1864-1???] in Halifax.


Emma was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Herbert
  2. Dorothy [b 1898] who was a finisher in pinafore works [1911]

The family lived at

  • 9 Wilson Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 34 Hanson Lane, Halifax [1901]
  • 40 Kell Lane, Shibden, Halifax [1911]

Son Herbert was killed in action in the Persian Gulf [12th December 1915] (aged 27).

Fred, aged 50, had been seriously ill for several months, and died shortly after being told his of his son's death

Clayton, FredRef 225-975
[1898-1917] Son of George Clayton.

During World War I, he served as an Able Seaman with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve aboard the steamer HMS Stephen Furness.

He died at Rastrick [13th December 1917] (aged 19)  when his ship was torpedoed by German Submarine SM-64 and sank off the coast of the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea with the loss of 101 crew.

He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent [Grave Ref 27], on Clifton War Memorial, and in the book Clifton War Memorial

Clayton, GeorgeRef 225-5340
[18??-1???] Of Purlwell, Southowram.

He married Grace [1816-1854].

Children:

  1. Jubal [1839-1841]
  2. Amos [1843-1845]
  3. Ruphas [1845] who died aged 10 days
  4. Ann [1853-1858]
  5. Sarah Jane [1848-1849]

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Clayton, GeorgeRef 225-6
[18??-19??] He was a farmer.

In [Q3] 1897, he married Lydia Ann Law [18??-19??] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Fred
  2. Molly Ann

The family lived at Whitaker Pits Farm, Clifton

Clayton, George EdwardRef 225-1252
[1884-1918] Son of Mary Jane & Tom Brook Clayton of 65 Burnley Terrace, King Cross, Halifax.

He was employed by Riley Brothers (Halifax) Limited at Kingston Toffee Mills.

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1914], and served as a Gunner with C Battery 62nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He was wounded [1916].

He died of pneumonia in hospital [7th December 1918] (aged 34).

He was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XLVII B 12.]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance and in King Cross Cemetery

Clayton, GilesRef 225-1905
[1???-16??] Vicar of Coley [1646]

Clayton, HarryRef 225-967
[1889-1917] Son of Frank Clayton.

Born in Clifton.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 19th September 1917 (aged 28).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 52, 54 & 162A], on Clifton War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint John's Church, Clifton, and in the book Clifton War Memorial.

His brother Ralph also died in the War

Clayton, HenryRef 225-1206
[1???-1776] A Baptist at Rodwell End, Stansfield.

He preached at Salendine Nook before Salendine Nook Baptist Church was established. He was chosen as Minister when the chapel opened in 1743. He held the post for 33 years until his death

Clayton, HenryRef 225-2576
[1???-18??] Aka Harry.

Son of Joshua Clayton.

In 1821, he and his brother Jack were convicted at York Assizes for robbing James Knight's warehouse in the field at South Parade. He was sentenced to transportation to Tasmania for 7 years. He was one of 171 convicts who left England on the Malabar [18th June 1821].

2 other men with them were also transported for the same offence

Clayton, HenryRef 225-269
[1806-1852] Born in Sowerby.

He was receiving parish relief [1851].

On 24th September 1826, he married Hannah Helliwell [1805-1861] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. William [b 1826] who was a table cover weaver [1851]
  2. John [b 1828] who was a mechanic [1851]
  3. Joseph [b 1831] who was a cotton carder [1851]
  4. Lemuel
  5. Sampson [b 1833] who was a cotton piecer [1851]
  6. James [b 1839] who was a winder of worsted yarn [1851]
  7. Mary Ann [1841-1898] who married Joseph Murgatroyd
  8. Elizabeth [b 1845] who (possibly) married Robert Aked Metcalf

The family lived at 34 Trafalgar Square, King Cross [1851].

Henry & Hannah were buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross: Henry [27th June 1852]; Hannah [18th October 1861]

Clayton, HerbertRef 225-963
[1889-1915] Son of Fred Clayton.

He was educated at St Augustine's School / a plumber with his father.

He enlisted with the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

In 1907, he went with his Regiment to India.

He worked on the Government Railways in India..

During World War I, he was called up [August 1914], and served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) attached to the 2nd Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment.

He was killed in action in the Persian Gulf [12th December 1915] (aged 27).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [29th January 1916].

He was buried at Kut War Cemetery, Iraq [Grave Ref M 22].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Matthew's Church, Northowram

His father died shortly after being told his of his son's death

Clayton, Herbert ThomasRef 225-9
[1896-1917] Son of John Rylott Clayton.

Born in Islington.

He was an oiler for twisting frame with William Morris & Sons Limited at Corporation Mills, Sowerby Bridge [1911].

He lived with his aunt Mrs Elizabeth Ann Scott at 63 Albert Road, Sowerby Bridge

During World War I, he volunteered and enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 18th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He went to France [29th January 1916].

He had been missing since the 15th April 1917.

He died as a POW [20th April 1917] (aged 21).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [23rd June 1917].

He was buried at Le Cateau Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref V G 16].

His brother John William also died in the War

Clayton, JamesRef 225-1847
[1???-18??] Of Illingworth.

On 20th August 1827, he broke into James Akroyd's warehouse at Brookhouse and stole a quantity of worsted warps and weft. On the following night, the local constables saw him climb on to the roof of Illingworth Gaol – or towser – where he removed some of the slates and, after whistling to call his confederates, entered the gaol. The constables apprehended Clayton and found the goods stolen from Akroyd hidden in the lobby at the gaol. His partners were known to the police

Clayton, JamesRef 225-1871
[18??-18??] Silk spinner at Rastrick. Partner in Clayton & Lockwood [1856].

In December 1862, he was declared bankrupt

Clayton, JohnRef 225-2575
[1???-18??] Aka Jack.

Son of Joshua Clayton.

In 1821, he and his brother Harry were convicted at York Assizes for robbing James Knight's warehouse in the field at South Parade. He was sentenced to transportation to Tasmania for 7 years. He was one of 171 convicts who left England on the Malabar [18th June 1821].

2 other men with them were also transported for the same offence

Clayton, JohnRef 225-245
[16??-1688] Of Ripponden. In 1668, he issued tradesmen's tokens worth ½d bearing the image of a swan. He was buried at St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden

Clayton, JohnRef 225-7760
[1791-1834] Of Brighouse.

He married Sarah [1796-1875].

The couple were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Clayton, John HenryRef 225-8
[1889-1916] His parents lived at 14 Langley Terrace, Brighouse.

He was a member of St Andrew's Church, Brighouse & Sunday School / a Territorial / a twiner piecer at Barker's, Owler Ings, Brighouse.

He married Unknown.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [5th September 1916] (aged 27).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 3C & 4A], on Brighouse War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Brighouse Parish Church

Clayton, John RylottRef 225-10
[1863-19??] Born in Boston, Lincolnshire.

He was a compositor (print) [1901].

In 1888, he married Caroline Cook [1868-1915] in Spalding, Lincolnshire.


Caroline was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire
 

Children:

  1. Caroline (Carrie) Ruth [b 1889] who married Albert Wood
  2. John William
  3. Herbert Thomas
  4. Annie Rosetta [b 1899] who was a letter for ring doublers (Frank Lees) [1911]

The family lived at

  • 20 Dean Street, Islington [1901]
  • 29 Clifton Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Caroline was widowed by 1911.

Caroline died in Halifax in 1915 (aged 47) 

Sons John William & Herbert Thomas died in World War I

Clayton, John W.Ref 225-1952
[18??-19??] Plumber and glazier at 36 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1900]

Clayton, John WilliamRef 225-11
[1894-1917] Son of John Rylott Clayton.

He was a cotton spinner with Shepherd & Blackburn [1911].

He lived at Charlotte Street, Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he enlisted [November 1915], and served as a Private with the 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He died instantaneously after being hit in the face & side by a shell which burst on the machine gun post [21st July 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [4th August 1917].

He was buried at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France [Grave Ref I D 11].

His brother Herbert Thomas also died in the War

Clayton, John WilliamRef 225-2
[18??-1917] He lived at 7 Shelf Hall Lane, Shelf.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was reported missing and assumed to have died at Arras [3rd May 1917].

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], and on Coley War Memorial

Clayton, JonasRef 225-1875
[1819-1896] Of Brighouse.

He was President of the Brighouse District Industrial Society Limited. He was a local preacher and was connected with Park Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Brighouse.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. a daughter
  2. a daughter

Clayton, JosephRef 225-2558
[1799-1891] He was a groom and ostler in Halifax.

In 1819, he was charged with uttering forged notes on Briggs's Bank at Halifax. His father Joshua was hanged at York in April 1820 for similar offences.

Joseph was transported to Van Diemen's Land for life. He was one of 157 convicts who left England on the Maria [26th July 1820]

He was one of the original settlers of Perth, Tasmania [from 1827]. In Tasmania, he became a fellmonger, quarry owner, shop-owner and land-owner and also financed a number of business ventures for his acquaintances.

On 11th March 1822, he married Mrs Mary Gray, from York, wife of a Hull shoemaker, Peter Gray. Mary had herself been transported to New South Wales for 7 years for stealing ribbon. She was one of 103 convicts who left England on the Providence [6th June 1821]. She and others on the Providence continued on the Hobart, Tasmania.

By 1835, Joseph had been granted a conditional pardon, which was followed by a full pardon five years later. The pardon recognised that Joseph and Mary had assisted the poor.

Mary died at the age of 85.

Earlier, Mary's mother had also been transported.

Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child

Many of the family were buried at St Andrews Cemetery, Perth.

Clayton, JosephRef 225-1774
[18??-18??] BA.

Educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge. He was Assistant Master at Heath Grammar School [1876]

Clayton, JosephRef 225-7
[1856-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a dyer's labourer [1911]

In [Q1] 1907, he married Emma Jane in Halifax.


Emma Jane was the widow of
Frederick Robertshaw
 

They lived at 22 Albert Street, Halifax [1911]

Clayton, JoshuaRef 225-2557
[1762-1820]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Joseph
  2. Jack
  3. Harry

Claytonaws tried at York Assizes [4th March 1820]. In April 1820, he was hanged at York for uttering forged notes on Briggs's Bank at Halifax.

His son Joseph was transported for similar offences [1820].

Sons Jack and Harry were transported for robbing James Knight's warehouse in the field at South Parade [1821]

Clayton, L. JackRef 225-1968
[18??-19??] Bass singer of Halifax. Recorded in 1931, when he was a vocalist at a High Class Concert at Stainland Mechanics' Institute

Clayton, LemuelRef 225-1222
[1834-1894] Son of Henry Clayton.

He was educated at Barker's School, Halifax.

He was a mill hand / a stuff warehouseman [1851] / a silk spinner [1888].

Around 1870, he joined a small silk firm in Brighouse.

He was one of the founders of the business which became Clayton, Murgatroyd & Company Limited.

He was a member of Halifax Town Council [1886] / a member of the Council of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce [1886] / Vice-President of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce / a member of the Literary & Philosophical Society / one of the co-founders of Bankfield Museum [1887].

He never married.

He travelled extensively [from around 1881] and collected a large number of curios, which became some of the first exhibits in the Museum.

It is said that

In 1886, he acquired a stone carving of a baby from the Higashi Honganji temple at Kyoto, Japan. These stone figurines were intended to bring luck to childless women, and it was not appropriate for him to take one home, but Clayton convinced the authorities to allow him to have one, after insisting that he was not a missionary

In later years, he was not in good health, and occupied rooms at the White Horse Hotel, Halifax [1888].

He died very suddenly at the White Horse Hotel [30th January 1894].

He was buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross [2nd February 1894].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £59,743 12/-.

The will was proved by his nephew John Henry Murgatroyd.

The will left bequests of 50 shares in Clayton, Marsden & Company Limited each to the Company's Sick & Burial Fund, and the Crossley Orphanage. He left other shares & bequests to members of his family.

See Joseph Murgatroyd

Clayton, LeonardRef 225-1224
[1885-1914] Born at Brookfoot.

He was a postman [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with B Company 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [14th September 1914] (aged 29).

He is remembered on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France,

He is remembered on the Memorial at Brighouse Parish Church

Clayton, LinnaeusRef 225-14
[1866-1956] Son of Cyrus Clayton, joiner.

Born in Halifax.

He was a silk dresser of Booth Town, Northowram [1888] / a silk dresser [1891] / a mechanic's labourer [1901] / a machine tool painter [1911].

In 1888, he married Annie Louisa Mackerill [1869-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Annie Louisa, of Pellon Lane, Halifax, was born in Halifax, the daughter of Thomas Mackerill, moulder
 

Children:

  1. Elsie [b 1889] who was a toffee wrapper [1911]
  2. Oscar
  3. Lena [b 1898] who was a finisher in pinafore shop [1911]
  4. Alice [b 1900]
  5. Lewis J. [b 1902]

The family lived at

  • Marsden Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield [1891]
  • 5 Wadsworth Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 2 Adelaide Street, Gibbet Street, Halifax [1911, 1918]

Linnaeus died in Halifax [Q3 1956] (aged 90) 

Clayton, LukeRef 225-1145
[17??-1844] A local Methodist preacher. He is recorded at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden and Illingworth Moor Wesleyan Chapel.

An obituary in The Methodist Magazine recording his death on 2nd June 1884, reported that

[He] had been a member of Wesleyan society 50 and a Local Preacher nearly 40 years. He was at Halifax Market on the day previous to his death, and on the Sunday morning was preparing to take his Sabbath appointment. He had often been employed in the interment of the dead in the burying ground connected with Illingworth chapel, where his remains have now their resting place; and only a few days before, standing on the margin of the grave, he spoke of his departure as probably being at no great distance, and also of the joyous hope with which he anticipated it. He died suddenly but safely

Clayton, Marsdens, Holden & CompanyRef 225-13
Originally Marsden Brothers, Holden & Company.

It became Marsdens, Holden & Company Clayton when Lemuel Clayton joined the business.

They were at Mytholme Mill, Hipperholme [1880]

Clayton, MaudRef 225-773
[11??-1225] Prioress of Kirklees Priory [1211-1225]

Clayton, OscarRef 225-1255
[1892-1918] Son of Linnaeus Clayton.

Born in Huddersfield.

He was a member of Trinity Wesleyan Chapel, Halifax & Brotherhood / a carpet warehouseman [1911] / employed by Campbell Gas Engine Company Limited [1915].

During World War I, he enlisted [1916], and served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He was killed during an advance [27th September 1918] (aged 26).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [26th October 1918].

He was buried at Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-Lestree, France [Grave Ref C 16].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

Clayton, P.Ref 225-1368
[18??-19??] Partner in Jackson & Clayton.

He lived at Lee Mount Road [1905]

Clayton, PercyRef 225-364
[18??-19??] He was an RSPCA inspector in Halifax.

On 7th March 1916, he married Annie Armytage Sykes at Halifax Parish Church.


Annie was the widow of Mr E. Sykes, electrical engineer
 

Clayton, RalphRef 225-541
[1758-1813] A Serjeant-at-Law.

He was a resident of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He died as he was passing through Halifax on his way to Malvern where he hoped to find a cure for his ill health. He was buried at Halifax Parish Church. The epitaph on his memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Clayton, RalphRef 225-980
[1899-1918] Son of Frank Clayton.

Born in Clifton.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 20th October 1918 (aged 19).

He was buried at Quievy Communal Cemetery Extension, France, [Grave Ref C 61].

He is remembered on Clifton War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint John's Church, Clifton, and in the book Clifton War Memorial.

His brother Harry also died in the War

Clayton, Richard FryerRef 225-15
[1913-1969] Landlord of the Station Hotel, Elland [1957-1960]

Clayton, RoyRef 225-4
[19??-1945]

During World War II, he served as an Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Sea Devil.

He died 21st August 1945.

He was buried at Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta [Grave Ref F 138].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Clayton, SamRef 225-2526
[1797-1879] Son of wire drawer William Clayton.

Born in Clifton.

He was innkeeper at West Gate, Clifton [1841] / innkeeper of Clifton [1847] / a farmer [1851] / farmer & publican at the Black Horse Inn, Clifton [1861] / a retired farmer [1871].

In 1847, he married Hannah Pickles, at All Saints' Church, Dewsbury.


Hannah, of Cleckheaton, was born in Skipton, the daughter of innkeeper Thomas Pickles
 

The family lived at

  • West Gate, Clifton [1841]
  • Clifton [1851]
  • Hare Park, Liversedge [1871]
  • High Town, Liversedge [1881]

Living with him [in 1841] were Mary Clayton [aged 40], Benjamin Womersley [aged 25] (Ag lab), John Berry [aged 15] (wire drawer's apprentice) and Ann Clayton [aged 15] (F.S).

Living with them [in 1851, 1861, 1871] was Hannah's sister Elizabeth Pickles [1799-18??].

Also with them in 1871 was niece Mary Wilkinson [aged 12].

He died in Dewsbury [1879]

Clayton, SimeonRef 225-1680
[18??-18??] Worsted spinner at Hay's Mill, Mixenden [1861]

Clayton, ThomasRef 225-383
[17??-17??] Aka Royal Clayton. Coiner of Stannery End He was arrested, but escaped on the way to York Castle. He returned home and continued his coining activities.

In December 1773, William Sunderland of Bradford, who had been charged with uttering counterfeit silver coins, gave Clayton's name to the authorities and he was arrested. He escaped from the Bailiffs with his irons on, and in January 1774, The Leeds Mercury published an advertisement offering 10 guineas for his capture. In March/April 1774, he was arrested in Liverpool

Clayton, ThomasRef 225-124
[1729-1???] Farmer and weaver of Stannery End, Cragg Vale. A leading member of the Cragg Vale Coiners. His wife was also mentioned in several statements.

The informer, James Broadbent, led William Deighton to Clayton, but he had fled. This failed attempt to arrest one of the coiners led David Hartley to pursue Deighton.

The official notice of 1769 for his arrest described him as

THOMAS CLAYTON, late of Turvin in the Township of Sowerby, and Parish of Halifax, Stuff-Maker, aged about Forty, and about five feet seven inches high, is slenderly made and round shouldered. has light-coloured Hair, is thinnish visaged, and of a fair complexion. He used to wear brown coloured Cloaths, and was but indifferently dressed

Clayton returned to the district and began his coining activities again. He was arrested in January 1773 but managed to escape from the bailiff

with his irons on

and was re-arrested in April in Liverpool.

Clayton claimed to have accompanied Matthew Normington and Robert Thomas when they murdered Deighton. After the acquittal of Normington and Thomas, Clayton gave fresh evidence which led to their execution for highway robbery

Clayton, ThomasRef 225-350
[1859-1931] General draper and house furnisher with business at Briggate [1880].

Around 1883, he moved to 20 Commercial Street and then into adjoining premises where he opened a large carpet shop and his Central Mart.

He also had property in front of the Borough Club and a 3-storey warehouse in Nettleton's Yard.


A family story tells that the shop existed into the 1950s, and that he lost the business through guaranteeing a loan to a business partner
 

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Emma [b 1881]
  2. Rowland [b 1884]
  3. Thomas [b 1885]
  4. Annie [b 1890]

He married (2) Laura Inman.


Laura was the daughter of John Inman
 

Children:

  1. Mona [1900-1966] who married Lloyd Armitage

Clayton, W.Ref 225-1167
[18??-19??] In 1881, he established the Cash Supply Stores Limited

Clayton, WilliamRef 225-125
[1729-1???] Coiner of Sowerby.

The official notice of 1769 for his arrest described him as

WILLIAM CLAYTON, late of Sowerby, in the same Parish, Weaver, aged near 40, about five feet seven inches high, broad-set, flaxen-coloured Hair, which curls a little, is fresh-coloured, and generally wears dark brown Cloaths, sometimes a Crimson Shag Waistcoat

Clayton, WilliamRef 225-12
[1817-1898] Born in Brotherton.

He was a sexton at St Anne's Church, Southowram [for 35 Years] / a stone delver [1871] / a stone dresser [1881] / a nuisance inspector [1891].

He married Mary [1817-1898].


Mary was born in Southowram
 

Children:

  1. James [b 1841] who was a part-timer / factory [1851]
  2. Frances [1843-1909] who was a card setter [1851], a worsted factory hand [1871], & married (1) Cockroft Drake & (2) Sam Dearndley Addy
  3. Moses [b 1845]
  4. Sarah [b 1849] who was a a worsted factory hand [1871], a dressmaker [1881]
  5. Arthur [b 1863]

The family lived at

  • Park Gate, Southowram [1881, 1891]

Living with them [in 1891] were grandsons Ernest Clayton [b 1877] (worsted mill hand) [1891] & Arthur William Drake [b 1877] (worsted mill hand) [1891].

William died 20th March 1898 (aged 81).

Mary died in 1899 (aged 76).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-A37]

Clayton, William HenryRef 225-912
[1861-1936]

Recorded in 1895, when he was Chairman of what became Thornhill Briggs Working Men's Club, Brighouse

He lived at Oddfellows Street, Brighouse

 

Clayton surnameRef 225-1
There are over 50 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Clayton, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Clayton:


Marriages 1891, 1899, 1902, 1907, 1913, 1914, 1926
 



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