Clayton, William 


17 July 18141–4 Dec. 1879.2 Bookkeeper, clerk.3 Born at Charock Moss, Penwortham, Lancashire, England.4 Son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley.5 Married Ruth Moon, 9 Oct. 1836, at Penwortham.6 Baptized into LDS church by Heber C. Kimball, 21 Oct. 1837, in River Ribble, Lancashire.7 Ordained a priest, Dec. 1837, in Lancashire.8 Ordained a high priest by Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde, 1 Apr. 1838, at Preston, Lancashire.9 Served as second counselor in British mission presidency, 1838–1840.10 Immigrated to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, 1840.11 Served as clerk of high council in Iowa Territory, 1841.12 Member of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge.13 Served as recorder and scribe to JS, 1842–1844, at Nauvoo.14 Appointed secretary of Masonic lodge, city treasurer, and temple recorder, Sept. 1842, at Nauvoo.15 Admitted to Council of Fifty, 11 Mar. 1844, and served as clerk of council until his death.16 Participated in plural marriage during JS’s lifetime.17 Clerk of first company of pioneers to Utah, Apr.–Aug. 1847.18 Wrote and published Latter-day Saint Emigrants’ Guide, 1847–1848.19 Served mission to England, 1852–1853.20 Died at Salt Lake City.21