Clayton, Henry (1841-1921)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

Mr. Henry Clayton joined our Church over forty-one years ago when what subsequently became the John Street cause was known as the Hereford Street Mission. Since that time he has filled many offices, and rendered great service to the Church: Class leader, Sunday School teacher, Band of Hope worker – in all these departments he was faithful and devoted. For thirty-one years he was Senior Society Steward, and jealously guarded the financial and other interests of the Church. Two years ago he became Senior Circuit Steward in succession to the late Mr. H. Adams. As keeper of the purse he will be faithful and generous. Mr. Clayton has commanded his children after him. His three sons are all office bearers in the church, of which their father is chief officer, and their best efforts are directed for its general prosperity.


Family and other information

Henry was born abt 1841 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, to parents John and Mary. John was a wood turner.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Henry.

  • 1861 woodcutter
  • 1871 wood sawyer
  • 1881 manager of timber yard
  • 1891 hardwood scale cutter
  • 1911 hardwood merchant

Henry joined the PM church in 1867 and worshipped in a mission room in St Mary’s Lane until the John Street Church was built.

Henry married Mary Ann Dalton (abt 1841-1915) in the summer of 1860 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three of five children.

  • Albert (b abt1861-1920) – a wood sawyer
  • Charles William (1867-1938 – a hardware cutters and merchant
  • Joseph Henry (1873-1945) – a hardware cutters and merchant

Henry died on 1 September 1921 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/140; 1916/333; 1921/882

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Henry Clayton is my ancestor. My grandfather was Joseph Henry Clayton who was the last owner of the business as knife handle turners. Sylvester Sawmills, was sold in the 1970’s or a bit earlier to make room for a multi-storey car park. The family have remained members of the Methodist church, my father was a lay preacher and I am an organist & choir mistress.

    By Lesley Cleggett - nee Clayton (06/01/2021)

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