Scotty, I can't help you as far as information about John Clayton, but we share (and with others I suppose) a similar history.The family of my gggrandfather (Absalom L. Duggan) and his wife Susannah Sanders Duggan were forced to flee Marion Co., AL in 1863 because of their Union sympathies and settled in Marion Co. IL near Centralia (the village of Walnut Hill).His eldest son, Richard S. Duggan served in the 1st Ala Cav and died in MS in 1863. The Duggans were accompanied by the families of Clemmons and Caroline Sanders and Rachel Peoples, 2 families with whom they were very close and intermarried. Two of Rachel Peoples' sons, William L. and Francis M., also served in the 1st Ala Cav. They all ended up in Marion Co. IL. except for my gggrandfather who died before he got there.I'd be interested in hearing the stories of other Unionist Southerners who were refugees to either this part of Illinois or other parts of the North. (I think that's what this mailing list is all about).
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