Francis Marion Clayton
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
FRANCIS MARION CLAYTON, who successfully operates his father's farm of 160 acres, situated in Perry township, belongs to old county families which have been leading ones of this section for many years. He was born in Jackson township, Shelby county, O., September 27, 1866, and is a son of Henry and Lucy (Stewart) Clayton.
Henry Clayton and wife were born and reared in Shelby county and now live retired at Pemberton, O. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and their children were reared in this faith. They are five in number, as follows: Dora, who is the wife of Albert A. Bell; Francis Marion; Reuben Nelson: Elzina, who is the wife of Dr. Seth Rogers; and Merlie, who is the wife of Harley Weatherhead.
Francis M. Clayton obtained his education in the public schools and then engaged in farming until he was twenty-two years of age, after which, for five years, he was concerned in the manufacturing of tile at Jackson Center, as a member of the firm of Gross & Clayton. After selling his interest there, Mr. Clayton took charge of his father's farm and has continued here ever since. He carries on a general farming line and raises stock for his own use. Mr. Clayton has always been identified with the republican party but takes no active part in campaign work, his aim being to give support to those candidates who are best qualified to carry out the principles of government in which he believes.
On January 24, 1889, Mr. Clayton was married to Miss Luella Littlejohn, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of George W. and Emily (Smith) Littlejohn. George W. Littlejohn is a retired farmer, was formerly postmaster at Jackson Center, O., and is a veteran of the Civil war as is also the father of Mr. Clayton. To Mr. and Mrs. Littlejohn the following children were born: Harry; Denton; Luella; Ollie, wife of John H. Stabler; Orla; Charles; Eva, wife of L. P. Heintz; and Nellie, wife of Clyde Runyon. To Mr. and Mrs. Clayton four children have been born: Homer, Eunice, Hollis and Ralph, all surviving except Hollis. Mr. Clayton and family attend the Methodist Episcopal church at Pemberton.