See Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Clayton_%28Governor%29
Note by Chet Snow: I FOUND A NEW CREDIBLE BIOGRAPHY SOURCE - 8 Feb. 2014: http://www.billputman.com/Clayton.pdf
Bill Putnam: The Clayton Family History:
"On November 7, 1653, he [Wm Clayton] married Prudence Lanckford in St. Pancras Parish, Chichester, Sussex, England. This event is recorded in the Parish Register as, "William son of William Clayton of this parish and Prudence Lanckford of Peter the Less (Parish), daughter of William Lanckford of Groughton, Hampshire..." 
"William was a carpenter by trade and had joined the recently established Quaker religion. He was selected with others to act a Commissioner for William Penn to go to America, to West Jersey near Pennsylvania to clear any Indian titles to land that Penn had acquired near what is today Burlington, New Jersey just north of the colony of John Fenwick in Salem County, New Jersey.
William Clayton sailed for America on the ship Kent which left London in March of 1677 and arrived in New York in August of that year. His family was not listed on the register of the Kent, so they probably joined him later once he had established both the area and a home. During the next four years some fourteen hundred new arrivals came to Burlington and most of these were Quakers. The Clayton family probably arrived in the period around 1689 to 1680.
In 1681, William Clayton moved his family to Chester County, just across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania onto 500 acres of land he had patented. On September 13, 1681 he presided over the first court held in Chester County. He was one of the first two judges for the City of Philadelphia. He was a member of William Penn's council in 1683 and 1684. He was acting Governor of Pennsylvania from 1684 to 1685.
William Clayton died in 1689. His Will Bond was number 119 and is filed in the office for wills in Philadelphia. There was no actual will, and the bond was written by his widow Prudence. She gives power of executor to her son William, the eldest.
I do not know when Prudence Clayton died, but it was after 1690 and in Chester County. http://www.billputman.com/Clayton.pdf - pg 6.
"William son of William Cleyton of this parish and Prudence Lanckford of peters teh lesse, daughter of William Lanckford of Broughton, Hants, married after purpose thrice published in Chichester Market 19 Oct, 26 Oct and 2 Oct [sic], by Richard Boughton esq., J.P." (Ref: Sussex Record Society, Barbican House, Lewes, Sussex, England, St. Pancras, Chichester Parish Register: 1558-1812, Tilington, notes and extracts, 49, FHL microfilm 504431)
William and his wife, Prudence, were followers of George Fox and became mambers of the Society of Friends (Quakers)
William married November 7, 1653 at Saint Pancras, Chichester, Sussex, England to Prudence Lanckford, daughter of William Lanckford of Broughton Parish, Hampshire, England.
William and his family emigrated in about 1677. They had been persecuted in England for their religious beliefs.
William died August 1, 1689 at Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania
They had eight children, Mary Jane & her twin were 6 & 7, the twin died at birth.
Died BET 1688 AND 1689. Chester, Pennsylvania. Imported only 1688 from Death Date and marked as uncertain.
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On 17 Mar 2018 at 01:22 GMT SJ Baty wrote:
On 4 Mar 2018 at 16:44 GMT SJ Baty wrote:
"The line tracing a William Clayton back to Charlemagne was first published in: The Clayton family by Henry F. Hepburn. Wilmington, 1904 (Wilmington, Del.: The J.M. Rogers Press). .. the William Clayton that Hepburn traced back is =not= our William Clayton! Unfortunately, back in the 1970s , the Jim Bellarts publishing the "Quaker Yeoman" incorrectly published it and since then it's been hard to keep it from spreading around in error." http://www.geocities.ws/cwheatley2000/claytonfam.html
Please see: http://www.k7mex.com/books/HuntBookComplete.pdf page 210
source: “The Parentage of William Clayton, Quaker Immigrant to Pennsylvania: A Correction,” The Genealogist 4 (1983): 169-73.
On 26 Jun 2014 at 19:19 GMT Frank Gay wrote:
On 10 May 2014 at 13:25 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:
very old book, but interesting info
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