- JOHN CLAYTON(born Surry Co., NC) 1756-1801 married CHARITY BANNER
JOHN CLAYTON JR. 1788-1863 married ELIZABETH MOORE (acquired property in 1817)
1830 Stokes County, NC census
Pg 277 line 3 Jemimah Grissom
Males: 1 under 5,
Females: 1 under 5, 1 5-10, 1 30-40, 1- 70-80
Pg 277 line 11 John Clayton
Males: 1 under 5, 1 5-10, 1-40-50
Females: 1 under 5, 1 5-10, 1-10-15, 1 30-40, 1 50-60
Pg 278 Line 11 Ruebin Zimmerman (became the home of Phillip Barrow in 1845) 1850 Forsyth Co., NC census Phillips is enumerated immediately below John Clayton Jr. (b. 1788) and living with Phillip is Jemima Barrow (his mother)
JOHN E. CLAYTON b. 1821 married MARGARET LNU
(son of the above John Clayton b. 1788)
1860 Forsyth Co., NC Belews Creek Dist. P. O Box Salem Chapel pg. 414
#2014 John E. Clayton and family
#2015 Lucy Middleton (Grissom)
NPS Fonn 10-900 ...
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Section Number 8 Page 16
OMS Approval No. 1024-0018
Clayton Family Farm
Forsyth County, North Carolina
The Clayton Family Farm at 5809 Stanleyville Drive is located at the junction of SR 1920
(Stanleyville Drive) and NC 66 (Old Hollow Road) in the Stanleyville community of north of Forsyth
County. Now on the edge of the Winston-Salem city limits, the farm consists of about twenty-five acres
of house site, expansive lawn, and woodlands that form a rural oasis in what is now a built-up, modern
The Clayton Family Farm land has been in the same family since the late eighteenth century.
The Matthew C. Clayton House, the Clayton Store, and all the outbuildings are located on the
north side of the fonner Old Hollow Road. In the woods behind these buildings is the site of the socalled
open pond, used by travelers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for watering their horses
and other livestock. South of the fonner Old Hollow Road, and west of the former Old Wagon Road,
stands the John Clayton House. Originally it stood just west of the Matthew Clayton House, but it was
moved in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century to its current position facing Stanleyville Drive.
Th~ cemetery is located on a hill southeast of Phelps Circle, east of the houses and outbuildings. Prior to
the mid-1950s, a several-acre corn field stood south of the Matthew Clayton House; this land now forms
an expansive lawn leading up to the house. Behind the Matthew Clayton House, the current timber land
was, prior to the mid-twentieth century, planted in tobacco and corn and was the site of several tobacco
barns as well as the open pond. The nominated property, now consisting of only a fraction of what
comprised the Clayton lands in the nineteenth century, forms the surviving associated setting for the
farm's built resources.
All in all, the Clayton Family Farm possesses a relatively high degree of historic integrity in terms
of its location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.
1. Great Wagon Road
Two sections of the Great Wagon Road roadbed can still be seen on the Clayton Family Farm
property. One section, located behind (east of) the John Clayton House, is a linear depression
about one hundred feet long, about twenty feet wide, and ranges from about three to four feet
deep. The other section is located north of the garage and dairy and west of the equipment shed
(or, northwest of the Matthew Clayton House) and is approximately one-hundred feet in length,
twenty-five feet in width, and ranges from around one to four feet in depth. The road's
significance to the Clayton property is that it placed the family at a strategic crossroads (with Old
Hollow Road) in the area. The road eventually was realigned, probably ca. 1920, to follow the
path of present-day Stanleyville Drive.
2. Old Hollow Road
Late eighteenth century
Until 1953, Old Hollow Road-as it is most commonly known-ran directly in front of the original
location of the John Clayton House and, after 1879, of the Matthew C. Clayton House. Today
the road is also designated as NC 66. The significance of the road to the Clayton Farm is that it
positioned the farm at an important crossroads with the Great Wagon Road (now Stanleyville
Drive). In 1953 Old Hollow Road was realigned southward to its present route, leaving the
Matthew Clayton House with a broad expanse of front lawn. However, its earlier route is still
clearly visible on the Clayton property. It runs approximately two hundred fifty feet eastward
from Stanleyville Drive as the paved, twenty-foot-wide driveway to the Matthew Clayton House
and from there continuing eastward, with little or no depression, approximately three hundred feet
across the grassy lawn bordered by an alignment of trees and shrubbery to Phelps Circle (SR
3. Open Pond
Mid-eighteenth through nineteenth-century use
The current survey map of the Clayton Family Farm (drawn by Norris Clayton, professional
engineer and land surveyor, February 5, 1996) shows the physical depression northeast of the
Matthew Clayton House that once fonned a pond, along with the ditch line that drained the pond
sometime after 1920. Since the mid-twentieth century, the site has grown up in trees. The pond
was known as the" open pond," because during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it served
as a watering place for the horses and livestock of travelers along the Great Wagon Road.
Though it was on private property, the pond was freely available to all, thus it was "open." The
first known reference to the open pond is on The Great Map ofWachovia, Part I, begun in 1758
by Christian Gottlieb Reuter. It is again referred to in the 1799 deed of the property to John
Clayton, Sr., the 1801 will of John Clayton, Sr., and the 1817 deed of the property to John
John Clayton House
ca. 1800; moved late nineteenth or early twentieth century
Facing Stanleyville Drive (SR 1920) at its intersection with Old Hollow Road (NC 66)
Family tradition claims that when John Clayton formally acquired the property in 1817, a
substantial log house was already there. Exactly when the house was built, or by whom, is not
certain. John's father, John Clayton, Sr., had acquired clear title to the property in 1799, but his
1801 will indicates that he and his wife, Charity Banner, were living nearby on a different tract of
land. John Clayton, Jr., and his wife, Elizabeth Moore, raised a large family in the house and lived
there until their deaths in 1863 and 1858, respectively. Their son, Matthew, and his wife, Sarah
McKinney, continued to occupy the house until building their own brick house in 1879.
According to family tradition, the log house was then used for a while as a store by John Gideon
Clayton (only son of Matthew and Sarah), for grain storage, and for general storage. During
either the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, the house was moved to its present location,
where it served as a tenant house for many years. Though relocated, the John Clayton House has
continued to contribute significantly to the historic and architectural character of the Clayton
Family Farm. More recently it has been used as an antiques shop and is now unoccupied. The
Clayton family has given the log house to Preservation North Carolina, who plans to resell it with
a preservation easement.
5. Matthe"r C. Clayton House
Family tradition asserts that Matthew C. Clayton built his substantial two-story brick house in
1879; its fom1 and stylistic features are consistent with that dating. After the deaths of Sarah and
Matthew Clayton (1916 and 1920), the house came into possession of their only child, John
Gideon Clayton, who lived his entire life there until his death in 1931. The present owners and
occupants-since 1952-are James Gideon Clayton, son of John Gideon and Ora Belle Clayton,
and his wife, Alma. The house has seen only minor alterations through the years, including
several small frame additions made between the 1920s and the 1950s by John Gideon and James
Around 1910, John Gideon Clayton built a store west of the brick Matthew Clayton House.
When built, the store was strategically positioned at what was then the northwest comer of the
junction of the Great Wagon Road and Old Hollow Road (both roads were subsequently
realigned). The store, a one-story, weatherboarded, frame building with a front-gable roof and
two-over-two sash windows, originally had a double-leaf, paneled entrance located on the
southeast comer so that it addressed both roads. The building ceased its use as a store at the end
of 1931, when John Gideon Clayton died in an automobile accident. By that time, the Great
Wagon Road had been moved to the west, behind the store, to the present location of Stanleyville
Drive. The store was then converted to a tenant house and moved several feet north so that it
nearly touched the adjacent small log structure (former slave house) and could better be used in
conjunction with it. At the end of World War II, James Gideon and Alma Clayton, son and
daughter-in-law of John Gideon Clayton, lived for a time in the house. For its use as a house, the
building's comer entrance was squared off and a gable-roofed porch with turned posts was added
to the east end. Interestingly, the original comer entrance was left intact on the interior, where it
is still visible. The building is now used for storage.
7. Slave House
The 1860 census lists John ClaYton as the owner of twelve slaves, and family tradition clailns that
this small building located just north of the Clayton Store was originally a slave house.
A curving dirt lane leads uphill to the cemetery site, a
. wooded area surrounded by a chain link fence (earlier a white picket fence) and a mowed field. Shaded
by cedars and hardwoods and further beautified by boxwoods, other shrubbery, and periwinkle, the
cemetery contains a close grouping of approximately fifty graves dating from 1833 to 1998. Each
generation of Clay tons who has lived on the property is represented. The mid-nineteenth-century graves
have simple stones, generally with either rounded or peaked heads. Some of the later stones are more
developed, including the marble obelisk with lengthy epitaph marking the grave of Matthew C. Clayton
Located at the strategic junction of two eighteenth-century roads-the Great
Wagon Road, by which Moravians, Germans, and Scotch-Irish settlers found their way from
Pennsylvania to North Carolina's western Piedmont and the Quaker Road (later Old Hollow Road),
which connected the Friends from Guilford County's New Garden Meeting with their mission in the
"west fields"-and possessing the "open pond," where travelers on these roads could freely water their
horses and livestock, the farm prospered through the continuity and change associated with multiple
generations of Clayton family use over two centuries.
The history of the Clayton Family Farm is a story of continuity and change during two centuries
of the same family ownership. Since the 1790s, five consecutive generations of the Clayton Family have
owned this land and five generations have occupied it.
The land which the Clayton Family Farm occupies was part of the nearly 100,000-acre Wachovia
Tract that the Moravians began to settle in the mid-eighteenth century. Coming from Pennsylvania
through Virginia to North Carolina on the Great Wagon Road, the Moravians established their first
settlement, Bethabara, in 1753, nearby Bethania in 1759, and their main town, Salem, in 1766 (Taylor,
4-9). The Great Map ofWachovia, Part 1, begun in 1758 by Christian Gottlieb Reuter, was periodically
updated during the remainder of the eighteenth century. At the approximate location of this property it
carries the notation, "John Clayton 203 Acres the 28th ofNovbr 1796" (Great Map).
Nonetheless, it was not until February 7,1799, that John Clayton (ca. 1756-1801) actually gained
title to the property in a deed from Frederic William Marshall, the administrator of Wachovia (Deed
Book 3, p. 188). The delay was likely due to the fact that it was common practice for the Moravians at
that time to initially establish an agreement-an intent to sell-with a prospective buyer, but then
formally convey the land by deed only when the new owner had paid in full for the property and had
proved to be an upright neighbor (Starbuck Interview).
The deed set forth the key location identifiers for the property that became the Clayton Family
Farm-the open pond, the Quaker Road, and the Road from Bethabara to the Town Fork (Deed Book 3,
p. 188). The open pond was a place made available for travelers to water their horses and livestock. It
was, therefore, "open" for the use of those other than the just the owner of the pond. The Quaker Road
was an old road that led from the New Garden Friends Meeting in Guilford County to the Westfield
Friends Meeting, established as a mission by the New Garden Friends in 1772 near present-day Mount
Airy in Surry County. This road was later called the Old Hollow Road because the area around the
future Mount Airy was called "the Hollow" (Phillips, 270, 40). The Road from Bethabara to the Town
Fork (an early name for the Germanton area) was what this section of the Great Wagon Road was called.
It was also referred to as the King's Road, the Road to Virginia, and later, the Germanton Road. Thus, a
property located at such a crossroads was prime real estate.
When John Clayton died in 1801, his will bequeathed the property "known by the open pond tract
at the crossroads which I purchased of William F. Marshall" to his eldest son, John Clayton (1788-1863)
when he arrived at lawful age. The will made clear that the house and plantation where John (the elder)
and his wife, Charity Banner, had been living was a different tract of land. The will further directed that
Clayton's sons should receive "a good English education" and his daughters some education and support
"out of the whole stock and income of my estate such as rents of the open pond tract and others,"
indicating that he had been using the open pond tract as rental property (Will Book 2, p. 7).
John Clayton (the younger) was only thirteen years old when his father died. When he began
living on the open pond tract is not known, but he did not acquire full title to the property until June 25,
1817, when the other heirs of John Clayton (the elder) deeded it to him for one thousand dollars. Why
John had to obtain a deed and pay for the property that his father had bequeathed him is not clear.
Nevertheless, in describing the tract, the deed says that it included "the house and plantation whereon the
said John Clayton now lives." Family tradition asserts that when Clayton purchased the property, a
substantial log dwelling already stood on it (Deed Book 8, p. 114; History of North Carolina, 248).
Who built the house is not known, nor is the exact date of construction. The builder does not
appear to have been either of the John Claytons. It may have been the person who was renting the
property from the elder John Clayton. It may well
have been built by the younger John Clayton.
In 1816 John Clayton married Elizabeth Moore, who was from an old and respected Stokes
County family (Marriage Bond). They reared nine children in the two-story log house that faced the
Quaker Road just east of its junction with the Great Wagon Road. A tenth child, Jackson, died as an
infant in 1833 and was the first to be buried in the family cemetery. The Claytons farmed with the help of
slaves-eight in 1830 and twelve by 1860 (Census, 1830 Population Schedule and 1860 Slave Schedule).
A small log house on the property is believed by the Clayton family to have been one of the slave houses.
In 1860, the last time John Clayton was listed in the census, he had 425 acres, 150 of which were
improved. Four of his sons-Ruben, Willianl, Matthew, and Gabriel-were also listed, but each with only
about one-third the number of improved acres that John had. In that year, John produced the largest crop
of corn in the Buffalo District, but compared with his neighbors, he raised a relatively small amount of
tobacco. Like the other farmers in the area, John operated a diversified farm that raised cattle, sheep, and
swine and such by-products as wool and butter, and grew crops of wheat, rye, oats, and potatoes, in
addition to com and tobacco (Census, 1860 Agriculture Schedule; Little, 16). The log smokehouse or
potato house on the property probably dates froin this mid-nineteenth-century period.
Elizabeth Clayton died in 1858 and John Clayton followed in 1863. John Clayton's will directed
that his property of various types be given to each of his nine surviving children. It also noted that John
Clayton had already given land to several of his sons. The home tract with about 268 acres was
bequeathed to John Clayton's youngest son, Gideon Edwards Clayton (John Clayton Will). Civil War
combat claimed the lives of two of John Clayton's sons-Gabriel and Gideon-and wounded a third,
Matthew. Before these sons went off to battle, they agreed that if one was killed, his land would go to
the other two. With both Gabriel and Gideon having been killed, Matthew was left with their property,
including more than 475 acres and the home tract, in addition to his own property (Inventory of Gabriel
T. Clayton; Inventory of Gideon Edwards Clayton).
In 1866 Matthew Columbus Clayton (1830-1920) married Sarah McKinney, his deceased brother
Gabriel's sweetheart. They first lived in John Clayton's log house, and Matthew farmed. In 1879 they
built a substantial brick dwelling adjacent to the old house and facing south on Old Hollow Road. Their
farmhouse with late classical detailing was one of the finest in the area. There they remained the rest of
their lives. Sarah died in 1916; Matthew followed in 1920. Matthew and Sarah were both members of
the Hickory Ridge Methodist Protestant Church and were "among the most highly esteemed and popular
residents of that section" (Twin-City Daily Sentinel, January 10, 1916). At the time of his death,
Matthew was the only surviving member of the original company of Forsyth Riflemen, who had left the
county in 1861 to fight for the Confederacy (Twin City Sentinel, December 4, 1920).
Matthew and Sarah Clayton had only one child, John Gideon Clayton (1873-1931). "Gid" lived
his entire life on the Clayton farm, and when his parents died, he inherited the property. In 1898 Gid
married Ora Belle Ziglar. He farmed, engaged in various general business affairs, was a justice of the
peace for more than thirty years, and was a Mason, a member of the Knights of Pythias, a Democrat, and
a member of the New Garden Friends Church (Little, 17; History a/North Carolina, 248). Around the
turn of the twentieth century, Gid Clayton operated a general store in the old John Clayton log house.
Around 1910, he built a frame store on the property whose comer entrance was oriented toward the
junction of Old Hollow (formerly Quaker) and Germanton (formerly Great Wagon) roads. During the
1920s, people in the neighborhood received their mail at the crossroads. The store was not officially a
post office, but a wagon wheel laid on its side on a pole outside the store served as a repository for the
mail. Attached to the spokes of the wheel were shoe box-like mail boxes; as people approached the
wheel, they turned it until it came to their box, from which they retrieved their mail (Kathleen Clayton
Interviews, September 25 and October 1, 2000).
John Gideon Clayton was killed in an automobile accident on December 31, 1931. This event had
a significant impact on the Clayton family and their farm. By the time of Gid's death, the old Germanton
Road (Great Wagon Road) had been realigned, taking on the route of present-day Stanleyville Drive.
This meant that the crossroads was now behind the store, so that the store's location was no longer as
advantageous as it had been. When Gid died, the store closed. Another change after Gid's death was
that the agricultural use of the farm gradually diminished until the early 1950s, and then ceased altogether
in the 1960s (Kathleen Clayton Interview, September 20, 2000).
When Gid Clayton died, Ora Belle was left with their three children: Lucy Virginia, who was
twenty-one years old; Mary Belle, who was seventeen; and James Gideon, who was only twelve. Several
months later, in March of 1932, both daughters married. Ora Belle reared James Gideon, known as
"1.0.," on the family farm. In 1944 he married Alma Adeline Clayton. After World War II, 1.0. and
Alma lived for several years in the store, which had been converted to a tenant house, while Ora Belle
continued to reside in the brick house (Alma, Norris, and Kathleen Clayton Interview).
Ora Belle Clayton died on December 10, 1951, twenty years after the death of her husband. At
this time, Oid Clayton's property was divided among the three children of Oid and Ora Belle. J. O. ended
up with the house tract. Change on the property continued in the 1950s. In late 1953, Old Hollow Road,
which had run east-west immediately in front of the John Clayton House and then the Matthew Clayton
House, was moved southward to its present alignment. After the move, the barns and other outbuildings
that had stood on the south side of the road across from the house were tom down or moved and rebuilt
behind the house. Eventually? the com field south of the house became a beautiful front lawn for the
Matthew Clayton House. Except for the stretch west of the house that became the farm's driveway, the
old ro'ad bed was taken up and the ground planted with grass. Nevertheless, the path of the road remains
visible because much of it is bordered by trees and shrubbery. North of the house, the former com and
tobacco fields were planted in trees around 1950 (Kathleen Clayton Interviews, September 20 and 25,
Today, the Matthew Clayton House is still occupied by 1.0. and Alma Clayton, the fifth
generation of Claytons to own the property. With the help of their grown children, they plan to continue
the preservation of the house and farm within the family. In another effort toward long-term
preservation, in September, 2000, the Claytons gave the John Clayton House and approximately one-half
acre of surrounding land to Preservation North Carolina. The organization plans to resell the property
with a preservation easement.
During the eighteenth century and most of the nineteenth century, roads were the only means of
transportation in back country North Carolina. In this particular area of the Piedmont, there were no
navigable waterways, and rail transportation did not arrive until the late nineteenth century. Roads,
therefore, were critical to the development and maintenance of the area, providing the only method of
transporting people, goods, and information. Unfortunately, roads were limited in number and of poor
quality. Roads shown on early maps are clear indicators of settlement patterns and economic
connections between places. Today, roads that were present in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
have either been abandoned entirely or incorporated in whole or in part into the routes of modem roads.
The most important early road providing access to this part of the Piedmont was the Great
Wagon Road. It was the route by which Moravian, German, and Scotch-Irish settlers traveled to the area
from Pennsylvania in the mid-eighteenth century. The road began at Philadelphia, wound through the
Valley of Virginia, and into North Carolina's Piedmont. There were branches of the road, the two
primary ones being the Upper Road and the Lower Road. It was the Lower Road that cut through
present-day Forsyth County (Wellman, 4-6). Over time, sections of the road took on the names of closer
destinations along the overall route. Eighteenth-century maps and deeds associated with the Moravians'
Wachovia Tract (most of present-day Forsyth County) identify the stretch of the road running through
the northern section of Forsyth County variously as the King's Road, the Road to Virginia, the Road
from Bethabara to the Town Fork, and the Germanton Road (not to be confused with present-day
Germanton Road, NC 8, located a couple of miles to the east). Small portions of the Great Wagon Road
can still be seen throughout its route. During the development of the Clayton Farm property, this stretch
of the Great Wagon Road ran through it. Although around 1920 the road's route was realigned a little to
the west forming present-day Stanleyville Drive (SR 1920), it originally ran east of the Clayton Store.
The old route can still be seen in the linear depressions behind (east of) the John Clayton House and north
of the garage and dairy.
Of course, there were other roads secondary to the Great Wagon Road that ran through presentday
Forsyth County. By 1772, Wachovia's roads totaled ninety-two miles, with junctions on highways
leading north to the Mount Airy area and on to Virginia, south to South Carolina, east toward
Fayetteville and west toward Salisbury (Wellman, 4-6). One such road was the Quaker Road. It led
from the New Garden Friends Meeting in present-day Guilford County to the Westfields Friends Meeting
near present-day Mount Airy in Surry County, where the Quakers were establishing a mission in 1772.
When many Quakers left the Westfield area as part of the great westward migration from North Carolina
during the second quarter of the nineteenth century, the Westfield Friends Meeting was discontinued
from 1832 to 1868. The Quaker Road soon came to be called the Old Hollow Road, because the area
around Mount Airy to which it went was known as "the Hollow" (Phillips, 270, 40). Based on the
evidence of early maps and deeds and the twentieth-century name, this road passed through the Clayton
Family Farm in an east-west direction, passing just south of the John Clayton House (at its original
location), and later south of the Matthew Clayton House and the Clayton Store after they were built. In
1953 Old Hollow Road was realigned southward to its present site as part ofNC 66. However, the old
roadbed can still be seen running across the Clayton property, part of it still paved and serving as the
Claytons' driveway, and the other part running east of the Matthew Clayton House as a section of tree
and shrub-lined lawn until it connects with Phelps Circle. The Quaker Road and the Great Wagon Road
crossed each other just southeast of the ca. 1910 Clayton Store.
The remains of another important early transportation resource is found on the Clayton Family
Farm, located northeast of the Matthew Clayton House in the present wood lot. Now seen as an
irregular-shaped depression in the land, this was originally known as the "open pond" and was referred to
as such on eighteenth-century maps of Wachovia and on early deeds for the Clayton property. In fact, for
some years, the property was known as the "open pond tract." Although privately owned, this pond was
available for the crucial watering needs of travelers along these roads. Because the pond's water was
freely available, it took on its designation as an "open" pond.
The presence of these three important transportation resources-the Great Wagon Road, the
Quaker Road, and the Open Pond-meant that the Clayton Family Farm property was at a strategic
location. It was, in fact, an early rural transportation center that affected the development not only of this
farmstead but of the surrounding area from the late eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.
- Claugton name that we find in Westmoreland County may be the same as the Clayton's found in North Carolina
?Name: John Clayton
?Given Name: John
?Birth: 1788 in , Stokes, North Carolina
?Change Date: 30 Sep 2006 at 01:00
Sept 1824 - Petition for Partition files by Levi Clinkscales and his wife Ruth, James McDavid and his wife Nancy and others versus Stephen Clayton and John Clayton. Filed by Thomas Zettle, attorney. Petitioners were Levi Clinkscales and wife Ruth Clayton, Mary Clayton Davis, Elizabeth Clayton Flynt, Richard Flynt and his wife Eleanor Clayton Flynt, James Garrett and his wife Charity Clayton Garrett. About the lands of John Clayton(SR) deceased 1801. Charity Banner Clayton his wife has been dead for some years, Martin Flynt husband of Elizabeth Clayton Flynt is now dead and Nathaniel Davis husband of Mary Clayton Davis is now dead. When John Clayton died he had 8 tracts of land(inventory shows 7 tracts did not count perhaps tract received from Henry Banners estate?? Tract # 1. 296 acres adjoining Benjamin Banner Tract # 2. 131 acres adjoining F.Bostick, Jeri Gibson and others, Mary Davis took as her legacy.Tract # 3. 150 acres adjoining F.Bostick and others went to Stephen Clayton. Tract # 4. 203 acres adjoining lands of John Vest and others , called the Open Pond tract and John Clayton(JR) has. Tract #5. 200 acres adjoininglands of Alexander Moody and others sold to John Clayton(JR) and A. R. Ruffin Esq. Tract #6. 95 acres adjoining lands of Mary Davis and others sold to John Clayton and A. R. Ruffin Esq. Tract #7. 200 acres adjoining lands of Jacob Smith and others sold to John Clayton.Tract # 8. 200 acres adjoining lands of James Davis and others. Dec 1824 - Petition and Notice filed by Levi Clinkscales and others versus Stephen Clayton and John Clayton. A copy was delivered to John Clayton. Filed by Thomas Zettle,attorney. Dec 1825 - Answer to Levi Clinkscales and others petition from John Clayton and others and Tandy Matthew. Says that the heirs made a just division of lands some years ago(No date is given), according to thenuncupative will of John Clayton(SR). The guardians sold the tracts of those children underage. The 150 acres that Stephen Clayton had was sold to John C. Blum for $402.00. John C. Blum then sold it to Constantine Banner. Signed Tandy Matthew. 23 May 1863 - Forsyth County, NC "Dear Brothers Mat. & Gabe- -rial. I am very busy I have got Sue to copy off the old man's will for I want you to see & know how everything is being mana- -ged & I want all of us to try & get along right & be satisfied if can. Esquire Barrow has The original will & it will be proven at court." 22 May 1862 - State of North Carolina Forsyth County In the name of God amen. I John Clayton do make this my last will & testament in the manner following. to wit. I devise that my Burial & Funeral expenses be paid together with all just debts which I may be oweing at the time of my death I further devise that my Executor proceed to collect all debts that may be due me. Having given my eldest DAUGHTER MARY L. MOORE a negro girl name Phillis which since died which I consider her loss with various articles of property together with the sum of Three hundred & fifty Dollars in money making her share worth Eight hundred Dollars, further in as much as I never made G. R. Moore a Bill of Sale to a certain negro man named Lic which I sold to him, I therefore consider him the property of said Estate, he having accounted to me for the same. Having given my SON JOHN E. CLAYTON a like corresponding amount to wit. Eight hundred Dollars. Having also given my DAUGHTER ELIZABETH J. McANALLY a negro girl named Cynthia together with her two children Eveline & Alice making her share, equal with those above named (Eight hundred Dollars) Having paid my son John E. Clayton for the Landthat my SON REUBEN M. CLAYTON now holds a deed for & other property & in addition I now give a certain full piece of Land lying on the north end of his home tract containing 33 acres more or less. I give him Two hundred Dollars tobe paid by my Executor making his share equal to those above named (Eight hundred Dollars Having deeded to my SON WILLIAM F. CLAYTON the Land he now lives on, & also other property in value to those above named (Eight hundred Dollars). Having deeded to my SON MATTHEW C. CLAYTONa Tract of Land & other property I now also will that my Executor pay him the sum of Two hundred & fifty Dollars in the division of my Estate. Having deeded to my SON GABRIEL T. CLAYTON, a tract of Land & other property I will that my Executor pay him the sum of Two hundred & fifty Dolllars in the division of my Estate. And not having given my SON GIDEON T. CLAYTON any property I now will that after my decease that he have my home tract of Land containing 263 acres together with the improvements therein believing it to be a greater value than the shares above named I therefore will thathe refund to my estate the sum of Five hundred Dollars. Not having given any property to my DAUGHTER CHARITY E. CLAYTON I thereby give & bequeath to her a negro girl named Ann, also one Bureau one bed & furniture together with one servicable horse saddle & bridle. All other property not herein devised both real & personal I devise shall be exposed to public sale by my Executor on a reasonable credit, after giving timely notice at such time, as he may see proper for the benefit of all parties concerned. I further will & devise that my effects not herein otherwise devised to be equally devided among & between my heirs above named share& share alike I hereby appoint my SON J0HN E. CLAYTON my Executor of this my last will & testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this May the twenty secondOne thousand Eight hundred & Sixty two & witnessed by Signed John Clayton SEAL Phillip Barrow & James L. Barrow This September the Twenty seventh One thousand Eight hundred & Sixty two. A codicil to this my last will & testament. In consequence of the death of my daughter CHARITY E. CLAYTON, The property & effects devised to her the said CHARITY E. CLAYTON, be divided equally among & between the above named legatees. Signed in the presence of Phillip Barrow & Wm. W. Terry" John Clayton SEAL Research: John Clayton lived in Bethania Township on the old road[Great Wagon Road] leading from Oldtown[Bethabara] to Germanton. He had a log home on this land, which still stands today and predates 1816, possibly built by his father John Clayton/Charity Banner. This house was weatherboarded in 1860 and still stands, today as an antique shop. John Clayton's son, Matthew Columbus, farmed and lived in this house after Matthew returned from the Civil War. On 30 Aug 1816 when John was 27, he married Elizabeth MOORE, daughter of Reuben MOORE, 10392, M (1768-1817) & Mary Ann EDWARDS, 4029, F (-1807), in Stokes Co.,NC. Born on 8 Feb 1796 in Stokes Co.,NC. Elizabeth died in Forsyth Co.,NC on 11 Dec 1858; she was 62. Buried
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Father: John Clayton b: 1759 in , Surry, North Carolina
Mother: Charity Banner b: 6 Mar 1764 in , Surry, North Carolina
Marriage 1 Elizabeth Moore ?Married: 30 Aug 1816 in , Stokes, North Carolina
?Note: Groom: John Clayton Bride: Elizabeth Moore Bond Date: 30 Aug 1816 Bond #: 000137831 Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 ImageNum: 005602 County: Stokes Record #: 01 052 Bondsman: Thomas Flynt, J
?Change Date: 24 Nov 2011
Children 1. Mary Letitia Clayton b: 1817
2. John Edward Clayton b: 1821
3. Elizabeth Jane Clayton b: 1822 in , Stokes, North Carolina
4. Reuben Moore Clayton b: 1824
5. Jackson Clayton
6. William Franklin Clayton b: 1828 in , , North Carolina
7. Marthew Columbus Clayton b: 1830
8. Charity Eleanor Clayton b: 1831
9. Gideon Edwards Clayton b: 1832
10. Gabriel Tucker Clayton b: 1834
A JOHN CLAYTON LIVED 8 HOUSE DOWN FROM JEMIMAH GRISSOM IN THE 1830 STOKES CENSUS.
LUCY GRISSOM MIDDLETON LIVED NEXT DOOR TO SON JOHN E. CLAYTON IN THE 1860 FORSYTH CENSUS.
OLDER CLAYTON LIVED IN THE BETHANIA TOWNSHIP ON THE GREAT WAGON RD LEADING FROM OLDTOWN TO BETHABORA AND GERMANTON.
YOUR JOHN CLAYTON LIVED IN BELEWS CREECK CLOSE TO THE FORSYTH/GUILFORD COUNTY LINE