- Birth Date
- 17 July 1814
- Death Date
- 4 December 1879
He served as the Clerk of the Company during his journey to Utah with the 1848 Heber C. Kimball Company.
In 1853 he was a returning missionary on the ship Camillus and and traveled to Utah with the John Brown Company.
- Age at Departure: 32
- Age at Departure: 33
- Head of Household
- Ruth Clayton (Age: 30)
- Margaret Clayton (Age: 28)
- Diantha Clayton (Age: 19)
- Sarah Lucretia Clayton (Age: 10)
- Margaret Normandy Clayton (Age: 9)
- William Heber Clayton (Age: 5)
- Vilate Ruth Clayton (Age: 3)
- Moroni Clayton (Age: 2)
- Joseph Thomas Clayton (Age: 1)
- Newell Horace Clayton (Age: 1)
- Olive Diantha Clayton (Age: Infant)
- Age at Departure: 38
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- Find a Grave (Website)
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- Jacob, Norton, Reminiscence and journal 1844 May-1852 Jan., 110-15.
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- Kimball, Heber C., Journal, in Papers 1837-1866.
- Rockwood, Albert Perry, Diary, 1847 April-July.
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