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Guide to the James A. Clayton Family Papers, circa 1850-1905Part of the Edith C. Smith Photograph Collection
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Series Description


Series I Correspondence 1850-1896

Physical Description: 14 folders

Series I Description:

Series I contains the correspondence between members of the Clayton family, arranged chronologically by year, if given. James Clayton wrote much of this correspondence to his wife while he was traveling. There are also numerous letters from the Clayton children to their parents, with one group of letters recounting a visit to the Yosemite Valley. Two additional documents worth mentioning, since they are not correspondence, are filed with Series I for the sake of simplicity. The first item is located in the folder one and consists of a court document dated March 26, 1863. In this document Clayton certifies the motion of a defendant to "strike out portions of complaint" in the court case. The second item, located in the folder two, is a basic receipt for the purchase of a piano from a merchant in San Francisco.
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SERIES II Photographs Circa 1850-1905

Physical Description: 107 photographs

Series II Description

Series II contains the Clayton family photograph album, and with the exception of several photographs stored separately, is kept in its original order. Three of the photographs display two of the family residences, their early home on N. Market Street and later home on N. First Street. In one of the photos James A. Clayton is pictured in his garden at their home on N. First Street. Most of the photographs, however, display individual and group portraits of immediate and extended family members.

ecs2003 James A. Clayton


ecs2004 Florence Clayton


ecs2005 James A. Clayton


ecs2006 Edward William Clayton


ecs2007 Willis Sherman Clayton


ecs2008 Mary Emma Clayton


ecs2009 Ethel Clayton


ecs2010 John J. Clayton


ecs2011 James A. Clayton (2 copies)


ecs2012 Anna S. Clayton (2 copies)


ecs2013 Bradley & Jean Clayton


ecs2014 Edna Clayton, 1890-1908


ecs2015 Flora Haskell


ecs2016 Allie Haskell


ecs2017 Elijah Clayton


ecs2018 Hannah J. Clayton


ecs2019 Unidentified Woman


ecs2020 Unidentified Man


ecs2021 Mrs. John Clayton


ecs2022 Uncle William Clayton


ecs2023 Susan Clayton


ecs2024 Three Haskell Brothers. Henry, Daniel, and third unidentified brother


ecs2025 Flora, Allie, & Walter Haskell


ecs2026 Aunt Alvana Haskell


ecs2027 Henry Haskell


ecs2028 Unidentified Woman


ecs2029 Unidentified Man


ecs2030 Grandma Thomson (Amy F.)


ecs2031 Cousin Edward Clayton. Son of William


ecs2032 Teresa Leigh (Rodgers)


ecs2033 Mary Clayton Embree, daughter of Eli & Hannah


ecs2034 Elijah Clayton


ecs2035 Hannah Woodward Clayton


ecs2036 Charles S. Preble


ecs2037 Ella Thomson Preble


ecs2038 John Clayton


ecs2039 Unidentified girl


ecs2040 Ethel Clayton


ecs2041 J.K. Barney


ecs2042 Unidentified Woman


ecs2043 Nettie Clayton Flewton


ecs2044 Unidentified Woman


ecs2045 Mrs. Johnson


ecs2046 Samuel Johnson


ecs2047 Mrs. Jane Cutler


ecs2048 Antonio Fatjo


ecs2049 Unidentified Man


ecs2050 Edward W., Mary, & Willis Sherman Clayton


ecs2051 Charles Edward Clayton


ecs2052 Unidentified woman


ecs2053 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rea


ecs2054 Carrie Rea


ecs2055 William H. Quinn Sr.


ecs2056 Florence Quinn


ecs2057 William & Emma Bechtel


ecs2058 Joshua R. Bechtel


ecs2059 George Howe Bechtel


ecs2060 Dophia Palmer Stetson


ecs2061 Clayton Embree


ecs2062 William Bechtel


ecs2063 Theophilus Kirk


ecs2064 Emma Thomson Bechtel & William Bechtel


ecs2065 Christianian Vietzman "Ann" Clayton


ecs2066 Samuel Joel Clayton


ecs2067 Johnnie Clayton (Samuel's son)


ecs2068 Charles W. Clayton


ecs2069 Unidentified Woman


ecs2070 Unidentified Woman


ecs2071 William Howdle, Esq.


ecs2072 Hannah Clayton Howdle


ecs2073 Ethel Clayton


ecs2074 Cornelia Clayton


ecs2075 Hazel Preble & Amy Thomson


ecs2076 Amy French Brown Thomson


ecs2077 Anne E. Earle


ecs2078 Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.


ecs2079 Florence Gates


ecs2080 Ella Thomson Preble


ecs2081 Anna L.Thomson Clayton


ecs2082 Flora, Allie, & Walter Haskell


ecs2083 Edward, Willis, & Mary Clayton


ecs2084 Ethel Preble


ecs2085 Ethel, Dorma, & Hazel Preble


ecs2086 Florence Gates Baldwin


ecs2087 Willis Sherman Clayton & Ernest P. Lion


ecs2088 Florence Gates


ecs2089 Florence Gates


ecs2090 Unidentified Women


ecs2091 Anna Florence Clayton


ecs2092 John James Clayton


ecs2093 Mary Emma Clayton


ecs2094 Anna Florence Clayton


ecs2095 Anna Florence Clayton


ecs2096 Jennet Jacks


ecs2097 Clara D. Houghton


ecs2098 Allie Haskell


ecs2099 Susannah Minor


ecs2100 Ethel Clayton


ecs2101 Ethel Clayton


ecs2102 Willis Clayton & George Carter


ecs2103 Mary, Eddie, & Willie Clayton


ecs2104 Mary & Eddie Clayton


ecs2105 Mary E. Clayton


ecs2106 Annie Johnson


ecs2107 Clayton Residence at 143 North Market Street


ecs2108 Clayton Residence at 471 North First Street


ecs2109 Clayton Residence at 471 North First Street