|of Columbia County and Morgan County, Georgia|
|St. Paul's Parish, Georgia, 1774|
| Thomas Clayton owned 200 acres on both sides of Sullivan's Creek, in St. Paul's Parish (1), Georgia by November 1, 1774 (see map below.). At that time, it is safe to believe that , he would have been at least 21 years of age, placing his birth no later than 1754. |
|It is not clear that Thomas Clayton lived in Georgia in 1774, however for an August1, 1786 land record in Richmond Co., Georgia records the sale of 80 acres of this same land to James Landers and indicates that Thomas Clayton was, at that time, living in Ninety Six District, South Carolina (2). This sale was witnessed by Thomas Willingham of Richmond Co., Georgia. Robert Clayton, who is believed to have been a son of Thomas Clayton indicated on the 1860 US Census in Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, that he was born in Georgia in 1774 or 1775. |
The remaining 120 acres of this tract were later sold by Thomas Willingham, (Jr.) in 1789, however, there is no record of the transfer from Thomas Clayton to Thomas Willingham Jr. (3)
|Thomas Clayton is thought to have been living in Columbia Co., Georgia by no later than 1799. He and wife Milly are believed to have had the following children: |
In 1804, Nancy Clayton married John Shaddix in Columbia County. James along with brothers James and William paid a poll tax in Columbia County, in 1803 and in 1805, all three were living on the Little River.
Sometime between January, 1805 and April, 1806, Malinda "Milly" Clayton married Isaac Jones probably in Columbia County. Isaac Jones had paid tax in Columbia County in 1805 for land on the Little River.
Robert Clayton married Nancy Unknown sometime before 1802 probably in Columbia County.
Thomas Clayton and Milly may also be the parents of an Elizabeth Clayton also.