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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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MRS. CATHERINE CLAYTON is the widow of Abraham Clayton, who was a well known resident of Moreland township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. She was born in that township, August 10, 1828. Her husband was born August 10, 1826.

Abraham Clayton was the son of Ezekiel and Ann (Snyder) Clayton. He was all his life a resident of that vicinity. In early life he learned the trade of a harness maker. He was engaged in that occupation for many years, but in later life was occupied with agricultural pursuits. He died December 18, 1864. Abraham Clayton married, in 1848, Catherine Wynkoop, daughter of Henry and Maria (Hoagland) Wynkoop, residents of that vicinity. There are seven living children of the couple, as follows: Henry Harrison, Charlotte, wife of William Johnson; Snyder, Lucy, wife of Christian Stout; Louisa (Mrs. Vanzant); Eleanor, wife of Harbeson Kinsey; Christian S., and four others who are deceased.

Christian S. Clayton, the youngest living child of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Clayton, was born in Huntingdon Valley, August 11, 1868. Educated in the public schools, he has been since boyhood a clerk in the store of Andrew Ervin, the leading merchant of Huntingdon Valley, and now occupies the position of head clerk in the establishment.

The Hoagland family, of which Mrs. Catherine Clayton is a member, are among the oldest in that section of Pennsylvania. Henry Wynkoop, father of Mrs. Abraham Clayton, was a well known farmer. He married, December 23, 1824, Maria Hoagland, born July 22, 1802, daughter of Derick and Hannah Hoagland, of Moreland township. Maria (Hoagland) Wynkoop died September 12, 1836, and her husband, Henry Wynkoop, died May 3, 1883. This old couple had four children, viz.: William, born December 15, 1825; Catherine (Mrs. Clayton); Lucy V., born June 24, 1833; and Charles, born May 4, 1836.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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