The Claytons: some family history

Claytons

By Robert Smith

I live in Tasmania, Australia and am descended from a William Clayton who states on documents his native place was Wickford, Essex UK. In fact, our family home was called "Wickford" and was built in 1837. It still exists.

William Clayton was possibly born c. 1770 and died in Tasmania aged 75 yrs in 1845. He married a Sarah, maiden name unknown, place of marriage unknown and a son Henry was born C 1800 also place unknown.  Henry was my gg grandfather. William Clayton was charged at Spalding after supposedly stealing sheep skins from one James Cole at Holbeach Marsh and convicted at Lincoln in July 1800 and sentenced to transportation to Australia. All three came to Aus and eventually settled in Tasmania in 1813.

Henry Clayton became a successful business man and the family returned to visit UK several times but as Clayton is a common name we still do not know from where our ancestors came. I have been researching my family history since my grandfather died in Nov 1970 and am currently writing a book but still haven't found the missing link. Can anyone please help?

Regards, Robert

This page was added by Robert Smith on 12/04/2014.
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