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Clayton Family - The next generation

The white men first began settlement of Itawamba and Pontotoc counties in Northeast Mississippi as the Indians were moved west begining about 1836. Among the first white settlers were the sons of Charles Collier Clayton of Jefferson county, Alabama. Exactly when they arrived is unsure but there are abstracts of Itawamba county land belonging to C. C. Clayton dated as early as September 1836. John and Abner can be found of tax list of 1838 and on the census of 1840. W. L. Clayton, a son of Charles Collier Clayton, Jr., writing sixty five years later says:

"Our father, C. C. Clayton moved to the territory composing this county in November 1840, and settled the land where Eugene Curtis now lives, about five miles east of Tupelo. I was then a very small boy being some less than four years old, though I remember the move. When we moved to this county the nearest settlement to us on the west was the residence of the Colbert brothers, half-bread Indians, about five miles from Tupelo, where the widow of T. J. Walker now lives; and to the east of us the nearest residence was the Hartfield place, about five miles west from Fulton, and no neighbors nearer on the by roads either north or south of us."

By 1850 seven of the eight Clayton boys and their parents had settled in the area (Littleberry and their sister Rebecca Blythe were the only family members to remain in Alabama.) All were farmers but it appears their main occupation was raising children and grand children - ninety eight members of this family are listed on the 1860 census of Itawamba county (and one branch had moved to Texas by then).

Charles Collier Clayton, Jr. (the oldest son) and his wife Elize B. Richey had these children: Benjamin Lockhart who married his first cousin Rebecca Clayton; Martha Matilda who married John Thomas Morgan; John M. who married Manerva Caroline Mann; James Stewart who married (1st) Ann Murphy and (2nd) Lizzie Williams; Nancy Rebecca who married William M. Pounds; Washington Lafayette who married (1st) Mary Agnes Bell and (2nd) Bettie Orr Patterson; William Marion who died young; Andrew Jackson who married (1st) Mary Elizabeth Childers and (2nd) Lula Pickard; Charles Collier who died in the Civil War; Mary Caroline who married Cord E. Stewart; Thomas Jefferson who married (1st) Mary Virginia Sparks and (2nd) Lucy A. Ford; and Harris Taylor who died young.

John Clayton (second son) and his wife Agatha G. Milton had these children: William C.; Malinda; Littleberry Toney; Charles Collier; Thomas; Nancy; Amanda; Martha; Jeptha Langford; and John.

Warren Clayton (third son) and his wife Mary Ann Ratliff had these children: Rebecca who married her first cousin Benjamin Lockhart Clayton; Joshua Swepson who married Nancy Turner; Rhoda who married William Harper; George W. who married (1st) Amanda J. Redding and (2nd) Esther Pruitt; Nancy; Frances; Abner S.; Charles Collier who married (1st) Martha Ann Rice and (2nd) Mary E. Kirby; Peter Anderson who married (1st) S. E. Eaves and (2nd) Malinda Julia Thighpinn; and John R. who married Adelia F. Brown. Warren and his second wife Milly Ann Wall had one son named Edward.

William T. Clayton (fourth son) and his wife Mary had these children: Charles Collier; Elizabeth; Reubin M. who married Catherine Boone; Rebecca C.; Cynthia A.; Warren C. who married Malinda Anderson; Eli B.; and Sarah.

Abner S. Clayton (fifth son) and his wife Martha Sarah Barger had these children: Mary, Sarah, Agatha, Rebecca, Eleanor, Nancy, Martha, and Abner Ewing.

Littleberry Clayton (sixth son) and his wife Sarah Ratliff had these children: Susan; Levi F.; Martha; Abraham J.; Rebecca; Benjamin Lafayette and a daughter with the initials R. E.

Ruebin M. Clayton (seventh son) and his wife Emily Poor had these children: Francis; Nancy C.; Rebecca; Eliza; Mary Ann; Samuel S.; Littleberry T.; and Milly.

Joseph T. Clayton (eighth son) and his wife Eliza Chamblee had these children: Robert Collier; James H.; Emily; and Pinkney.

Rebecca E. Clayton (only daughter of Charles Collier Clayton, Sr.) and her husband Ricketts Blythe had these children: Nancy D, James W, Elizabeth, John C, Charles, Mary Ann, Marion M., William Augustus, Thomas, and Dulcena. 

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