I want to go all the way back !!!

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The farthest I have gone back with my  Clayton line was too a  ( Luke Clayton B:1666 Norton, Derbyshire,England,  D:1731 who married a Sarah Bartram. I would like to Connect my Clayton line with that of  Robert de Clayton, the first ever Clayton known in English History.
in Genealogy Help by Mike Batuik G2G Crew (340 points)
That's great.  Now you need to prove that by adding the sourced profiles between you and him.  The Wikitree can aide you in doing just that.  Good luck!

My only problem is that i don't know  who's Luke parents were, and from Luke to Robert de Clayton B:1030, I am missing like 17 generations.

Too bad we don't have Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine.
"Hey Rockie, Ya wanna see me pull a rabbit out of the hat?"  :D
Sometimes a little fun with the work.  But seriously, if you like to make the connections, try to show some recent ancestors and likely others are already working on the information for the ones from centuries ago.  It's likely easier to connect from you to them than from very old profiles to even older profiles.

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Sometimes these things are possible, but mostly they aren't.

Some families stayed in one place for centuries.  Others moved around, and the records didn't keep track of where they came from.

Not all Claytons descend from the Clayton-le-Moors family.  There were over a dozen places called Clayton, and there were other unrelated Clayton families named after other Claytons.  A Clayton family in south Yorkshire presumably originated from Clayton near South Kirkby, once called Clayton-in-the-Clay.

A Y-DNA project could identify your family, but first you'd have to connect your Clayton to some living Claytons who've been tested.

As for Robert de Clayton b 1030, it's a bit unlikely that there ever was such a person.  WikiTree tends to think a source is a source and we believe anything anybody tells us.  But an unsourced source is poor evidence, and the Clayton family book account is completely unsourced.  It would be useful to find out what's behind it, if anything.
by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (555k points)

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