I'm searching for information about one of my McCAY relatives who married a CLAYTON in the mid-1800s in Pickens County. We know there was a John CLAYTON who was one of the administrators of my Thomas McCAY's (sometimes listed as McCOY or McKAY) estate in 1846. We don't know if this John CLAYTON were the husband of our Martha T. or Jane McCAY or if he were the father of a CLAYTON who married our Martha (Jane).
We do know this John CLAYTON had several land transactions with our Thomas McCAY (listed as McCOY):
State of South Carolina Pickens District:
I John Clayton of the District aforesaid in consideration of the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars paid by Thomas McCoy of said District all that tract of land lying on both sides of Gregorys Creek waters of Twelve mile River containing one hundred and fifteen acres bounding John
Reeds corner, Road leading from Seconey to Keowee.
Also one other tract adj. the above containing one hundred and seventy acres being a part of a tract of land granted to Job Bernard by his Excellency Wm Matthew, Esq 2 DEC 1793 being in the whole two hundred and eighty five acres and in consideration of the above sum of two hundred and fifty dollars. Dated 1837 Sg: John Clayton
Witness: Griffin Gregory, Thomas Dillard
Thomas McCAY (McCOY) died in 1846, leaving a widow - Elender. She remarried many years later to Anderson GRIFFIN. He outlived her, but she left a will of her own in 1873. I've copied the will of my Elender McCAY-GRIFFIN below -- where she mentions Jane CLAYTON. From this we know Jane CLAYTON had died by 1873 and had several children. It says Elender was taking care of these CLAYTON children --
maybe the CLAYTON husband had died some time before, also.
Griffin, Elender Box 107 #1023. Probate Judge Office. Pickens, S. C.
I Elender M. Griffin of Pickens Co. being of sound mind and disposing memory. I desire that all my just debts be paid. I will and desire the rest and residue of whatever kind or nature to be divided between my children, excepting from the above devise and bequest the children of my daughter Jane Clayton decd. as I have heretofore done them all that I
feel able to do.
Dated 2 Sept. 1873. Wit: W. E. Holcombe, R. A. Child, James M. McFall.
Signed: E. M. Griffin. Filed 30 April, 1875.
Est. admr. 21 May 1875 by Aaron Garrett, Thomas Newton, B. F. Lesley who are bound unto I. H. Philpot, Ord. in the sum of $800.
The only other possible explanation might be this Jane is really Martha T. or Martha J - for Jane McCAY? All we know about her is that she was born ca 1830-1842 in Pickens County. Her CLAYTON children would have been born between 1850-1873.
Is there anyone who has a Martha or a Jane married to a CLAYTON in Pickens County who would fit this time period - or CLAYTON children that would fit?
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