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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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J. M. Clayton.

J. M. Clayton is a worthy native son of Adair county and widely recognized as one of the progressive and successful agriculturists of Harrison township, owning and operating a well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 23.  His birth occurred in Eureka township, this county, on the 10th of May, 1876, his parents being Robert and Mary (Yerkes) Clayton, who were natives of Ohio and Indiana respectively.  Their marriage was celebrated in Iowa, the mother having come here with her parents, while the father, who lost his parents still but a boy, arrived in this state in young manhood.  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clayton began their domestic life in Adair county and subsequently acquired a farm in Eureka township, on which the former passed away in 1901 and the latter in 1908, the community thus losing two of its well known and respected residents.

J. M. Clayton was reared under the parental roof and attended the district schools in the acquirement of an education.  He was married in his twenty-fifth year and began the cultivation of rented land in Eureka township but at the end of about three years, in 1904, purchased an eighty-acre tract on section 19, Harrison township.  This he operated for five years and in 1909 traded it in on the purchase price of his present home farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Harrison township, which he has cultivated continuously and successfully since.  He is rapidly making his mark in agricultural circles and by reason of his energy, activity and careful methods of farming has gained a gratifying degree of prosperity and the regard and esteem of his fellow citizens.

On the 13th of February, 1901, Mr. Clayton was united in marriage to Miss Christina Frank, her father being Jacob Frank, one of the well known residents of Fontanelle.  To them have been born eight children, six of whom survive, namely:  Floyd F., Gladys M., Faith C., Hazel E., Gilbert L. and Maylon D.  Mr. Clayton gives his political allegiance to the republican party, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Christian church, to which his wife also belongs.  He is a man of commendable methods and high principles and is accorded the esteem and respect of the people of the community in which his entire life has been spent.



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