An American Family History


Elizabeth Taylor Clayton

Shelby County, Ohio is in western Ohio and was formed in 1819 from Miami County.

Elizabeth Taylor was born on August 23, 1819 in Fairfield, Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio. Her parents were David Taylor and Anna Bolen. She was a triplet.

She moved with her family to Shelby County, Ohio when she was a girl and her father died in 1834.

According to the Shelby County, Ohio Probate Court guardianship records, Elizabeth was sixteen years old on August 24, 1835. Her brother, John Taylor was chosen as her guardian and the guardian of her sister Mary Ann. Her brother, Abraham Taylor and Reuben Staley were securities. On August 4, 1836, William J. Martin was appointed guardian to the Taylor children.

On February 10, 1842, she married David Clayton (Claton) in Greene County, Ohio. David was born in 1821 in Ohio. His parents were Jonathan Clayton and Catherine Beard.

Elizabeth and David's children included:

Mary Elizabeth Clayton (1843),
Jonathan M. Clayton (1845),
Silsby S. Clayton, (1848),
Alice M. Clayton (1841), and
David Clayton (1855)

At the time of the 1850 census the family was in Bath, Greene County, Ohio. David was a mason. The household consisted of:

David Clayton 30
Elizabeth Clayton 32
Elizabeth Clayton 7
Jonathan M Clayton 5
Silsby Clayton 2

In 1860 they were still in Bath. David was a toll gate keeper.

David Clayton 39
Elizabeth Clayton 40
Mary Clayton 17
Jonathan Clayton 15
Silsbee Clayton 12
Alice Clayton 9
David Clayton 5

At the time of the 1870 census the household was still in Bath. David and Silsby were brick masons. Only Silsby, Alice and David were still at home.

David died on April 19, 1882 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.

Elizabeth died on April 24, 1900 in Dayton.

Children of David Taylor
and Anna Bolen Taylor

  • John Taylor
  • Abraham Taylor
  • Richard Taylor
  • David Taylor
  • Jacob Taylor
  • Mary Ann Taylor Barr
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • and Mary Bolen
  • Ann Taylor Dill
  • Margaret Taylor Winget
  • Nancy Taylor Cox
  • Guardianship is when a court gives an adult custody of a child and/or the responsibility of managing the child's property. Before women could own property, guardians were appointed for their minor children if their husband died.


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