Is your name Clayton?

In the 13th century your Cheshire ancestors could have lived near to the Lancashire border, just outside Warrington.

In this period at Thelwall, Alice, a daughter of Geoffrey de Dutton, married a Clayton connected with Lancashire. From this branch may have descended Hugh de Clayton who was living at Thelwall in 1360 and William Clayton who was Rector of Mottram in 1359.

Another was John Clayton who served as a juror at Chester in 1414. Possibly his son, also John Clayton, married the daughter of Sir Geoffrey de Warburton, of Arley. This John was the father of Randle Clayton of Thelwall.

In 1564, Greenshall in Disley was leased to Edmund, son of Christopher Clayton, with remainder to Edmund's brothers, Christopher and William, and their sister Margaret who was married to William Bradshaw of Marple.

In 1702, the Rev John Clayton, Curate of Northenden, was married and in 1704 a Ralph Clayton was incumbent of Wincle.

The name William Clayton appears under the list of the Mayors of Macclesfield in 1704, 1734 and 1743.