Mary Clanton who married John Lynes is daughter of Holt Clanton & Catherine Newsome. Holt is son of Nathaniel & Mary Holsenback Clanton. Following is some Clanton info.Tom Goldrup.
THE CLANTON FAMILY IN AMERICA
John Clanton sailed from London, England on October 24, 1635 aboard the ship, The Abraham, and landed in early 1636 at Jamestown, Virginia.Nothing is known of this early immigrant except that he was 26 years of age at this time. There was a Marmaduke Clanton who was an indentured servant in Charles City County, Virginia in July of 1657. Unfortunately, early records concerning the Clanton family in Virginia are very scarce and the documentation to put together the family units of these early days are sorely missing.
An Edward Clanterne (also spelled Clanton in some records) was transported from England by William Bell in 1656 to Charles City County, Virginia. Edward Clanton was a freeman in this county in 1673, at which time we find the following: "Judgement to Thomas Blayton against Richard Wathen, who appeared by John Stith his attorney, for 120 lb. dressed pork he had promised to pay for Edward Clanton. The promise proved by oath of John Ellis." Edward died by 1679, leaving an orphaned son named William Clanton. Edward's wife (name unknown and probably a second wife and not the mother of William) married Richard Spencer. Spencer and his wife attempted to embezzle the estate of Edward away from William, who (sometime between the years of 1687-1695) brought the matter to court and was awarded damages. He said he was thirty-one at the time, giving his birthdate as 1656-1664. Being called an orphan in 1679 he would not be born prior to 1658. It is "believed" that this William is the same person who appears in the following paragraph.
William Clanton is first located in the early Surry County, Virginia records witnessing cattle mark's for Thomas and Richard Adkins on September 7, 1686. In this same year he is also mentioned as an agent for the estate of George Loveday. He is probably identical with the William Clanton who is listed on a tax list as a landholder in 1704 Prince George County, Virginia along with a Richard Clanton. This William is probably the William Clanton who wrote his will on 15 September 1725 and probated in Surry County, Virginia on 21 September 1726 who named his wife Mary, sons Nathaniel and Richard, and daughters Joanna and Agnes. An Edward Clanton (probably an older son) was one of the witnesses to the will. Twenty five years later Mary Clanton, a widow, leaves her will in Surry County, naming her daughter Wiggins, mentioning there are other daughters, and sons Nathaniel, John and William. She also gives one dollar to Thomas Clanton, son of Edward Clanton, deceased. This was the Edward that witnessed William's will. Some believe this to be the widow of William Clanton; other possibility is that she is a daughter-in-law, wife of William’s son Nathaniel Clanton. It cannot be documented as to which of these two scenarios is correct.
A Richard Clanton, eitherWilliam's son or a grandson, died in this county several months earlier than Mary and had children named Richard, David, Ephraim & Agnes, these three sons moving to South Carolina.
THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND MARY CLANTON:
1) Edward Clanton, presumably a son, is first found in the records as purchasing land on the south side of the Nottoway River in Surry County, Virginia, on March 24, 1725, this land consisting of 125 acres.His land adjoined that of John Gilliam, Nathaniel Phillips, and later Richard Clanton, all of this land becoming Sussex County when it was formed. On September 15, 1725, Edward Clanton and John Gilliam witnessed the will of his assumed father, William Clanton of Surrey County. Edward married Sarah (maiden name possibly Evans), and they both witnessed a will in 1729 of their neighbor Nathaniel Phillips, who gave all of his estate to a Nathaniel Clanton (presumably Edward’s brother). Some researchers note that this Phillips was the husband of Joanna Clanton, daughter of William, but others state he married a Joanna White. On April 7, 1737, Edward purchased land in Brunswick Co., Virginia; and again in the same county in June of 1739 he purchased one thousand acres from Henry Beddingfield. In 1738, an Edward Clanton (believed to be the same person, but possibly his son) also purchased land in Bute County, North Carolina. Edward died in Brunswick County, Va., in 1741 and left no will, but an inventory was made of his estate that year. Sarah, who names eight children in her will, died in that county in 1748. Edward and Sarah are the parents of Thomas, Benjamin, Charles, Sarah, William, Edward, Ann and Mary.
2) Richard Clanton, who resided along side William on the 1704 Prince George County tax list, was born by 1683. He is probably too old to be the Richard who married Agnes West, daughter of John andAgnes (Jones) West of Amelia Co., Va;, and owned land on the south side of the Nottoway River in Surry County as early as 1729. This Richard died there in 1750leaving three orphan children accounting for him probably being too old to be William’s son unless Agnes was a second and younger wife. On July 21, 1752 the Surry County court appointed the sale of the widow's property as a widow at that time could not hold land without a guardian or a son at least 21 years of age.Her property, exclusive of her cattle, was sold for 60 pounds, 8 shillings and 1 pence; her cattle were sold for 1 pound 17 shillings and 6 pence.OurJohn Clanton, collected 1 shilling and 8 pence for a man named John Rachett.Richard & Agnes were the parents of Richard, David, Ephraim and Agnes (the latter three being described as orphans), and probably others.
3), Nathaniel Clanton born in Virginia, probably Prince George County or Surry County.Nathaniel was given by the will of his assumed brother-in-law Nathaniel Phillips, dated 1730, all of Phillips estate.This will was not probated until 1738.On August 7, 1752 Nathaniel sold to Benjamin Soesberry for 50 pounds "two tracts of land in Albemarle Parish with one being 95 acres (being a patent dated 24 March 1725 granted to Nathaniel Phillips) and sold by him to Nathaniel Clanton, bounded by Col. Henry Harrison, John Gilliam and Charles Mabry.The other tract is 150 acres (being the lower part of 400 acres granted Edward Clanton on 27 Sept 1729) which Nathaniel Clanton bought from Edward Clanton on 21 April 1731." He married Mary. This is where it gets a bit complicated, some give him as the Nathaniel Clanton that dated his will in Sussex County, Virginia on 14 February 1759.It was probated there that year on April 20.His wife was still living at that time. At the time of his death his wife was pregnant with a son (who would be Holt Clanton), and this seems to make him to young to have been William’s son. It is believed by myself that this Nathaniel was the husband of the Mary who died in 1750 naming sons Nathaniel, William & John Clanton & daughter Wiggins, instead of her being the Mary who was William’s wife.
4) Joanah Clanton, said to have married Nathaniel Phillips (although another genealogy states Nathaniel Phillips married a Joanah White). Nathaniel received a patent of 95 acres in Albermarle Parish, Surry Co., Va., on March 24, 1725.In his will in Surry County, Virginia, dated 22 February 1730, he states, "To Nathaniel Clanton all my Estate."It was probated 21 Feb 1738, witnesses being Edward and Sarey Clanton. They are said to be the parents of John and Benjamin Phillips.
5) Agnes Clanton (named in her father’s will).
PROBABLE CHILDREN OF NATHANIEL & MARY CLANTON:
(although the possibility exists that they are the children of the earlier William & Mary Clanton and brothers and sister to the above named children).
1) Richard Clanton, a possible son, who married Agnes West(see above Richard if this is the case) for his info.
2) Nathaniel Clanton (possibly the same character as the above Nathaniel Clanton, son of William and Mary). He married Mary.Holsenback. Nathaniel dated his will in Sussex County, Virginia on 14 February 1759.
3) William Clanton, (not named in Will of William Clanton in 1725, but listed in Mary's Will of 1750). Some say that he married Hannah Briggs, but this cannot be documented. He is probably either the William Clanton that died in Granville Co., North Carolina in 1760 as a young man with an orphan son & daughter (Mark & Elizabeth) or the William Clanton who died in Warren County, North Carolina (the latter probably being son of Edward Clanton of Brunswick County, VA).
4) a daughter who married Mr. Wiggins. Some state she is identical to Agnes Clanton, daughter of William and Mary Clanton.
5) John Clanton, (not named in Will of William Clanton in 1725, but listed in Mary's Will of 1750)) married Amy Wyche. John is listed in the records of Surry County, Virginia, as purchasing 130 acres of land south of the Nottoway River on 15 March 1741, and again purchasing 224 acres in the same location on Aug 16, 1756. In 1750, at the death of Richard Clanton, John became the guardian of Richard’s son Ephraim Clanton. In 1753 he was given 40 shillings by his wife's assumed grandfather George Wyche in his will.On May 16, 1760, John and Amy sold to William Rogers "for consideration of one half the cost of taking up and making sure 224 acres...100 acres on south side of the Nottoway River and bounded by Cornelius Loftin, the said William Rogers and Richard Avery.Witnesses: Nathaniel Holt and Levi Gilliam."William Rogers and Richard Avery were witnesses to his mother's will in 1750.On Sept 15, 1763, John sold for 5 shillings to his son-in-law Henry Andrews one ten year old negro boy slave named Peter.John dated his will in Sussex Co. in Albemarle Parishon 11 Apr 1778, and it was probated Aug 16, 1781.Amy dated her will 16 Oct 1803 in Sussex Co, and it was probated 5 Jan 1804.
Note:Again, it is difficult to ascertain if William and Mary Clanton are the parents or grandparents of our John Clanton who married Amy Wyche. It appears as to various ages that he is more likely to be a grandson and that there are two Mary Clantons...one being the widow of William, and the one who died in 1750 as a daughter-in-law and that there were two Nathaniel Clantons, one as a son to William and father to John, and one a brother to John.
As for the relationship between our ancestor, the first Edward Clanton who was transported in 1656 from England to Virginia, and the other two early Clanton immigrants to Virginia (John in 1636, and Marmaduke in 1657) it is impossible to document. Some claim John as father to Marmaduke, and Marmaduke to Edward, is merely wishful thinking that has no proof whatsoever as to being the case. All came to Virginia from England at different times, the latter two being transported as indentured servant to work off time for payment for the voyage.
CHILDREN OF NATHANIEL AND MARY (HOLSENBOCK) CKANTON (#2):
1) Reuben Clanton, born or christened September 26, 1741 in Surry County, Virginia.He moved from Sussex County, Virginia about 1770 to Warren County, North Carolina.Reuben served in the North Carolina Continental Line during the Revolutionary War.Somewhere along the way he had acquired land in Brunswick County, Virginia, and in 1783, as a resident of Northampton County, North Carolina, he sold that Virginia land.The last record found of Reuben is the 1800 census, at which time he is living, still unmarried, in Montgomery County, North Carolina.
2) Mildred “Mely” Clanton, born or christened November 27, 1743 in Surry County, Virginia.She married in Sussex County, Virginia, on June 15, 1769 to widower Drewry Parker, son of Richard Parker.His mother, due to contradictory reports, was either Sarah Jerrell or Judith Wyche (widow of William Wyche).Drewry was first married to Elizabeth Barham and had a number of children, but after her death he married Mildred. They remained in Sussex County, and Drewry wrote his will in 1783 and it was probated February 12, 1789, naming his children (some may be by his first wife) Howell, William, Matthew, Patty, Suky, Judith, Polly, Richard, Thomas, Frederick, Lucy, Nannie, Temple and Betts Parker. A grandson is said to have been a doctor and served with the Confederate Army during the Civil War from Clarke County, Alabama.
3) Micajah Clanton, born or christened July 21, 1748 in Sussex County, Virginia. He may have died early as he is not mentioned with the other children in Nathaniel’s will in 1759.
4) Burrell Clanton, born or christened June 4, 1750, in Sussex County, Virginia. He may have died early as he is not mentioned with the other children in Nathaniel’s will in 1759.
5) Phoebe Clanton, born or christened November 12, 1752 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married in Southampton County, Virginia on August 13, 1785 to Howell Harris. Howell died 1797 in Sussex County, Virginia. Some of their descendants lived at onetime or another in Clarke County, Alabama.
6) Nathaniel Clanton, Jr., born or christened January 20, 1755 in Sussex County, Virginia. He married on April 5, 1784 in Sussex County, Virginia to Elizabeth Williamson, son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Lanier) Williamson.Nathaniel died between February and May of 1816 in Sussex County, Virginia. Elizabeth died there June 23, 1839. Their children were Rebecca, Jesse, Mary “Polly”, Nancy, Elizabeth, Susan, Temperance, and Williamson Clanton.
7) William H. Clanton, born or christened April 10, 1757 in Sussex County, Virginia. He married there on March 28, 1786 to Nancy Wrenn, daughter of Joseph and Anne (Moore) Wrenn, born 26 July 1765. William died between the months of January and May of 1804 in Sussex County, Virginia, andNancy died there in 1833 in Sussex County, Virginia. Their children were William, Thomas, Temperance, Joseph, Henry, Mark, Martha, and Matthew Clanton.Matthew moved to Tennessee and then to Panola County, Mississippi, where he became an important member of the infamous John Murrell land pirate gang.
8) Holt Clanton, was born in Sussix County, Virginia on 5 May 1759, after his father's death.At the early age of sixteen, Holt enlisted in the Virginia Continental Line and served six years under General George Washington.The term expired in 1782, and he returned home and married Catherine Newsom of Halifax County, Virginia, the daughter of James Newsom.Holt was a tobacco planter in Virginia.It is said he was public spirited and very hospitable and much loved.In 1801 he moved to Columbia County, Georgia, and lived near Darby's Mill, nine miles south of Augusta and five miles west of the Savannah River.It is opposite Edgefield, South Carolina and near Quaker Springs, Georgia.Here he lived until his death.His will is dated 20 October 1826 and probated 2 November 1829.His wife, Catherine, survived him six months.He never received a pension, he wasn't rich, but well-to-do.They were buried on the old home place in the family graveyard, which was enclosed by a brick wall.(In 1973 we tried to locate the graves, but they seem to have been replaced by a new suburb).
CHILDREN OF HOLT CLANTON AND CATHERINE NEWSOM
1) Littleberry Clanton, born 1783-5 in Virginia, possibly in Greenville County.He married in Columbia, Georgia on 25 August 1808 to Mrs. Catherine E. (Fox) Young, probably the daughter of Charles Fox.Littleberry had come to Georgia with his parents in 1801.Catherine had a daughter, Martha Ann Fox Young, by her first husband.Martha married Harmony Lamar, and they were men-tioned in Littleberry's will which was dated 12 July 1827.Littleberry had no children, and he died in Columbia County, Georgia on 19 August 1827.
2) Mary Clanton, born in Virginia. She was known as Polly.She married John Lyons of Augusta County, Georgia.They had two sons who died in infancy, and a grandson name George Howard.John died in Macon County, Georgia on 16 April 1843, and Polly died in Waller, Waller County, Texas.
3) Nathaniel Clanton, born in Virginia and died while a boy in that state.
4) James Clanton, born 1790 in Virginia.He came to Georgia in 1801 with his parents.Prior to 1827 he moved to Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.James was in the War of 1812 and took part in the Battle of New Orleans.He later lived at Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and was a planter in partnership with Judge Ballard. James spent some time in Texas.He died at Boyce, Parish of Rapides, Louisiana in 1842, and is buried on his land near Boyce, which is a station on the Texas Pacific Railroad.His nephew, Albert Berry Clanton, stated that James had never married, but he had several illegitimate children.
5)Catherine Clanton, born in Virginia, probably Halifax County.She married first to Reuben Doggett.Catherine married second, prior to 1826, to Benjamin Paull (or Paul).Benjamin died in Augusta, Georgia.Catherine maintained a boarding house in the Sand Hills, near Augusta, Georgia.
6) Sarah Clantonl, born in Virginia, probably Halifax County.She married (husband's name not known).They had no children.
7) Evaline Clanton, born in Virginia, probably Halifax County. She married Mr. Wood.Evaline died young and had no children.
8) Emeline Clanton, probably born in Halifax County, Virginia. She married (husband's name not known).She died young, and hand no children.
9) Tabitha Clanton, born in Virginia, probably Halifax County. She married in Richmond, Georgia on 26 February 1813 to Isaac Anthony.(Her nephew, Albert Berry Clanton, states that her husband's name was James.Perhaps Isaac was known by a middle name of James.)Albert B. Clanton writes that her husband died near Augusta, Georgia, and Tabitha died in Macon County.
10) Mark Clanton, born in Virginia, probably in Halifax County.He never married.He went to Texas with his brother James Clanton.On a trip returning from Texas to Louisiana in 1820, Mark was killed by Comanche Indians.
11) Turner Clanton, born 31 January 1798 in Halifax County, Virginia.He married first to Nancy Clayton, daughter of Charles Clayton and Hannah Doggett.They had several children who died in infancy.After the death of Nancy, Turner married second, about 1829, to Mary Margarey Luke, who was born 9 October 1812 in Columbia County, Georgia, the daughter of James Luke and Miss Reed.Turner became a well-to-do land owner in Columbia County, Georgia, and in 1827 and 1831 he served from that county in the House of Representatives. He was one of Georgia's wealthiest planters with an estate valued at 2,500,000 Confederate dollars. He provided with all the comforts, including a mansion in town, plantation homes, travel, and educational opportunities for his children.Turner's daughter, Ella Gertrude, wrote in her journal on Saturday, 13 July 1861: "...Since then War has been declared. Our ministers sent North to negotiate terms of peace have been treated with cool indifference. Our forts are still retained with the exception of Sumter...Never shall I forget the state of intense excitement which pervaded the city of Augusta when it was announced that the fight was going on down at Sumter.Pa went down to Charleston just in time to witness from the top of the Charleston Hotel, the whole proceeding of the bombardment." Turner died about the 12th of April 1864 in Augusta, Georgia and was buried there in the Magnolia Cemetery. His daughter, Ella Gertrude Thomas, wrote in her journal on Friday 15 April 1864 about her father's death: "During the winter months Pa's health has been very bad but for six weeks he has been confined to the room almost constantly in bed. During the time I was often to see him...Thursday morning I was down to see him and noticed for the first time the jaundiced look of his complexion. He was very sick all morning much nauseated. I think it was the day before that he had Judge Starnes to come and see him in connection with an alteration in his will. Thursday afternoon I was at the Prayer Meeting at the Presbyterian Lecture room and went down to see Pa in the evening. I sat up with Ma the first part of the night and Mr Thomas (Gertrude's husband) the latter part. It was that morning that calling Mr Thomas & Buddy (Gertrude's brother, James L. Clanton) to his bedside he told them that he did not think he would live that his will was written, that they must both look after his interest. He especially warned Buddy against gambling drinking and &c--No one was in the room except Mr Thomas and Buddy and both of them were very much affected--Fast Day, Friday April the 8th rose bright and unclouded but it was the saddest day I had ever known for that morning Dr Dugas in answer to Ma's question, told her that there was no shadow of hope for Pa's recovery...At one time he (Turner) said "I know that I am in a very critical state, there are ninety nine chances against my getting well to one in favour of it"--At another time he said, "If I do get well what obligations I shall be under to a kind Providence." And again, "If I do recover it will be owing to kind nursing." He took the nourishment that was given to him as he said he knew that it was a crisis, and did all he could to summon his failing energys to meet that crisis---I thought he was doing so well that Mr Thomas and I came up home late Monday morning. He told Mr Thomas "Good night" and to me he said "Good night my Daughter"---About four oclock Ma sent for us to comedown that Pa was much worse...Sis Anne met us telling us that he had been asleep for a while. All the night he had been vomiting with actions which had weakened him very much, the powerful opiates which he had taken appearing to have no effect upon his bowels--The crisis had come and passed and now we almost knew there was no hope for him, and yet when after breakfast Dr Steiner said to me "Mrs Thomas" and walking out of the room through the passage into the sitting room said to me while tears were in his eyes that Pa could not possibly live more than twenty four hours---He said he would advise me to send for his spiritual advisors and offered to loan me the Episcopalian Prayer for the Dying--Sending Turner for it I returned to the room in which Pa lay moaning with pain and found that he had asked where were his children...Soon after Pa enquired for Col Vason who came to him and received a warm pressure of the hand and was addressed in what I understood to be the following words "I leave a large interest here sir, which I expect you to be interested in. I wish you all to live in peace and harmony. May your career in life be happy and prosper- ous."I was struck even in that hour with the polite expression which he used. Col Vason sat without replying a word when Sis Anne whispered to him to give Pa some assurance when he replied with great earnestness, "I will Colonel to the best of my ability."...Yesterday morning was bright and beautiful, the perfect realization of the long deferred Spring morning. A large crowd gathered to do honour to the mortal remains of our father. Rev Dr Wilson (the father of Woodrow Wilson, who was a young boy at this time)and Mr Scott officiated in the burial services and all the children gathered in the parlour to pay the sad homage to the best of parents...I do not know what to think. Sometimes I can but think Pa must have had sustaining grace from on hight to comfort him. If he did not, then he summoned the energy of his iron will and met the dred King of Terrors with a calmness and composure which approaches the sublime. Perfectly conscious of his impending doom no expresson of fright or timidity passed from his lips. He clung to life with tenacity as who does not. He had much to live for---His sufferings were great. They caused moans unutterable to pass his lips yet he prayed, "Thy will be done onearth as it is in Heaven"...His solicitude for his servants was shown in his last illness and he particularly requested that Susan and Uncle Jim should be rewarded for nursing him so faithfully. To Aunt Vilet (the cook) when she approached his bed at one time during his sickness he said "Vilet we have been a long time together. You have been a good and faithful servant but we must soon part."
Turner Clanton was not a member of any church, and his daughter, Ella Gertrude, believed he had fathered children out of wedlock. Mary died in Augusta, Georgia on 10 May 1884 and was also buried in the Magnolia Cemetery.
12) ______ Clanton, a daughter, born in Virginia or Georgia.She married (husband's name not known), and died without issue.
13) Nathaniel Holt Clanton, born April 1802 in Columbia County, Georgia. He married first to Mary Ann Clayton, who was born in 1809, the daughter of Charles Clayton and Hannah Doggett, a wealthy rural family living near Augusta.In an article titled "A Night's Adventure in a Murderous Robber's Den in Washington County, Alabama in June 1823," relates an adventure of Nathaniel Holt Clanton, Thomas Sargent, and Mosley and the servant of the latter (Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate a copy of this and know nothing further on this adventure). Nathaniel moved to Harris County, Georgia in 1833, and to Macon County, Alabama in 1836.Mary Ann died on 9 November 1842 in Macon County, Alabama, and was buried in the family cemetery near Tuskeegee, Alabama.Nathaniel married second, prior to 1845, and probably in Macon County, Alabama, to Sarah Ann Robeson, who was born 1824-5 in North Carolina.He and others organized the Union Church in Macon County. In the book "Reminiscenses of Public Men In Alabama," by Garrett, it is written, "Nathaniel Holt Clanton, of Macon, was first elected to the House from that county as far back as 1838; but owing to the failure of his health, he returned home before the close of the session, and remained in private life many years.He was a Georgian, and settled a large planting interest on Callebee Creek, where he found the cultivation of the soil, and the endearments of domestic life, more suited to his taste than political contests, though he was always popular, and had no difficulty of an election.In 1853, he was elected to the Senate, and served through the session of 1855, to complete his term, but his health was such that he was unable to take his seat, and on the 27th of November (1856), he died (in Montgomery County, Alabama).Col. Clanton, in his political alliances was a Whig, but tolerant in his opinions, and remarkably kind in his social relations.He was a Christian gentleman of great worth in society, useful and upright as a citizen, and his loss was sensibly felt, and greatly deplored by the people among whom he lived, and by all who knew him."There is a notice on his death in the 3 January 1856 issue of the Southern Christian Advocate, in the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.The obituary is as follows: "Died, in Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 27th, after an illness of 18 days, Hon. Nathaniel Holt Clanton, of Macon co., Ala.He was born in Columgbia co., Ga., in 1802, whence he removed to Harris county in 1833, and thence to his late residence in 1836.He was twice married, his first wife, a woman of great moral courage, died in 1842, and in 1844 he married a most estimable lady, his present disconsolate widow.At the time of his death he was in attend-ance upon the Alabama Legislature, as the Senator from Macon co.It was not thought by any but himself that he was dangerously ill, until a day or two before his death, when his family was suddenly summoned to his dying chamber.His distressed wife reminding him that she had besought him not to take his seat in the Senate until his health was improved; he replied, "I knew I was not well, but I felt like being at my post."The following brief extracts from the tributes of respect paid to the memory of the deceased, in both branches of the Legislature, upon the announcement of his death, will indicate the excellence of his character and the greatness of our loss.Senator Patton, of Lauderdale, said "I was well acquainted with the deceased; he was a man of noble qualities, a good citizen, a faithful senator, and a consistent christian; and it is pleasing to reflect that amid the cares and duties of life he did not neglect the great work of making preparation for the solemn transit from time to eternity. His family has lost an affectionate husband and father, the Senate one of its most prominent and distinguished members and the community in which he lived a favorite and valuable representative.""All who knew him," said Mr. Taylor of Greene, "respected him for his virtues, and admired him for the useful combinations of his practical and vigorous character." Mr. Baker of Russell said, "from an acquaintance long and cordially maintained, I can with propriety say to the Senate, the deceased was in all respects an estimable citizen, a high toned gentleman, an able, diligent and valuable Senator, and, above all, I may truthfully say, he was a christian.In all his intercourse with his fellow men he was amiable, kind and forbearing. He died as he had lived--an honest man." Mr. Kemball of Tallapoosa said, "I made his acquaintance in 1827, about which time he attached himself to the Methodist Episcopal Church.Since then, he has been one of her brightest ornaments.He has raised and educated his children well. (I add, one of them represented Montgomery in the Legislature.) All Macon county will mourn this irreparable bereavement and not be comforted."In the House of Representa-tives the Hon. Mr. Belser addressed the Chair most feelingly, as follows."The desceased was a man of strong, practical sense, a kind husband, a devoted father, a firm friend, a humane master, and his habitation was the resting place of the stranger and sojourner, I was with him in some of the last hours of his illness and never before have I seen manifested by any individual more firmness of purpose in the trying hour of death. His parting admonitions to his wife and children, can never be forgotten by those who listened to them.They were delivered with calmness, with a fervency of the purest kind, and his last message to his slaves was peculiarly affecting.He is now beyond the reach of human impurity, communing, we trust, with the honored dead who live in unperishable records, and associated with the just made perfect."Both Housesl expressed by resolutions, their sorrow for the loss sustained by the Legislature, offered their sincere condolence with the family of the deceased in their irreparable loss, voted to wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, and in respect for the memory of the deceased immediately adjourned until the next day.to this just tribute to the excellence of Bro. C. by his fellow legislators, I add a brief portraiture of his Methodism.He was a most efficient class leader in the Methodist Church, and deeply loved her doctrines and usages.The love-feast was a precious privilege to him, and there he never failed to testify with fervent piety what the Lord had done for him, Camp-meetings were his delight: the opportunity he there enjoyed of spreading his hospitable board for the entertainment of the hundreds who assembled to worship God, was well improved by him.He was blessed with a voice of great power and melody, and with a heart to rejoice greatly in singing praises to Almighty God; and, therefore, at the home altar, in the house of God, and at protracted and Camp-meetings, he loved to pour forth with a fervid spirit, in christian simplicity, and in unceasing strains the holy songs of Zion, I doubt not that hundreds have felt the blessed influence of the songs of the Lord as they burst forth with sweetness from his lips.he was one of those rare men who, uniting commanding dignity with a foly fervour of spirit, a sound judgment, and untiring zeal, are richly qualified to lead the people of God in prayer and praise what time they strive together for refreshings from on high, and for the salvation of sinners, and to point tenderly and judiciously the weeping mourner to the Saviour.The spiritually-minded who heard his fervent wrestlings for the Spirit of God and of power, felt their souls irresistably drawn to him, and were seized with a like and fervid desire for the salvation of God. His anxiety for the salvation of his children, his kindred, and his servants could not contain itself---it was freely and frequently expressed to his brethren. The important duty of securing religious instruction for his servants, and of seeing that holy influences only should surround them, entered into all his domestic arrangements.Moving as he did in the highest circles of the land, yet the glare of fashion, the pride of wealth, the pomp of glorious circum-stances, with the honors heaped upon him by his fellow citizens could not move from him his steadfast purpose to acknowledge himself everywhere as a meek disciple of Christ; this he regarded as his highest honor.Brother Clanton was a man of great moral nerve, untiring energy, admirable self-possession, wonderful clearness of intellect, and transparent guilelessness; with a warm heart capable of fast friendship, full of tender sensibilities, and of unbounded hospitality.His piety was of the most cheerful cast---it was the worship of joy, rather than of sorrow; and though in common with his race, he had drank deeply the cup of affliction, yet his well-balanced mind, aided by divine grace, enabled him ever to look upon the bright side of things, and to draw thence such consolation that he could cry out with Job in his distresses "blessed be the name of the Lord."In his last illness he frequently sought to be alone, that he might more freely commune with his God.On the day before his death he mentioned to Rev. Mr. Blue, of Montgomery, his regret that illness had debarred him the privilege of worshipping with God's people in that city; but expressed his calm trust in God, and repeated the 23rd Psalm, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."Possessed of all that could make life desirable, yet as his and drew nigh, with firm tread he descended into the valley of the shadow of death; brighter and still brighter grew his faith; he spoke, as his son remarked, as if inspired with the eloquence of eternity.With unclouded intellect he closed his earthly business, and tenderly took farewell of his anguish-stricken wife and children, with godly admonitions and exhortations, and commended his tender ones to the care of their Infinite Father.He left pious messages for a much-loved brother in Georgia, and for friends, and servants.To a brother with whom he had often taken sweet counsel he said, "I do not fear to die, I am a sinner saved by grace.Tell my Tuskegee brethren to meet me in heaven;" and then fell asleep in Jesus.We could but feel when the sad news of his death reached us that it was appropriate to exclaim, "How is the beauty of Israel slain in his high places."Would to God that his spirit may rest upon his children; and that the Holy One may sooth the anguish of the stricken ones."Among their children are Brig. General James Holt Clanton of the CSA for which Clanton, Alabama is named.
14) Elizabeth M. Clanton, born November 1806 in Columbia County, Georgia.She married first to Mr. McKey (or Mackie).Elizabeth married second on 12 October 1844 in Benton County, Alabama to Reverand C. Leroy Boyd.She died in Macon County, Alabama on 18 August 1851 and was buried in the Clanton Family Cemetery in Tuskeegee, Alabama.