A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents. (993K file)
An 1864 map of The Village of Clayton
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of Depauville

A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
Town of Clayton 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Clayton
Clayton Men in the Draft of 1863.
Town of Clayton Civil War Enlistments


Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the town of Clayton.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Clayton.
Haddock Family Sketches--Town of Clayton

Bartlett's Cemetery Inscriptions for the Town of Clayton.
Vital Records 1847-1849 for the Town of Clayton.
Clayton Marriages, 1882-1907
Clayton Deaths, 1882-1913
St Mary's - Clayton - Vital Statistics

History of the Town of Clayton linked from Shirley Farone's Home Page taken from CHILD'S GAZETTEER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY by HAMILTON CHILDS, published in 1890, transcribed by Shirley Farone.

HISTORY OF THE TOWN OFCLAYTON, copied from HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY in the STATE OF NEW YORK by FRANKLIN B. HOUGH, Watertown, N.Y., Sterling & Biddell, 1854 transcribed by Shirley Farone and linked from SHIRLEY FARONE'S WEBSITE

Town of Clayton Contributors to DURANT AND PEIRCE's 1878 History of Jefferson County

HISTORY OF DEPAUVILLE, which appeared in "The Thousand Islands Sun Vacationer", 27 Aug, 3 Sep, and 10 Sep 1997 supplements to the weekly newspaper, "Thousand Islands Sun", published at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County. Permission to present this article given by Jeanne Snow, editor. Prepared by William Gillette, Depauville, in 1905 for the Jefferson County Centennial of 1905 published by J. Coughlin.

EARLY DEPAUVILLE RESIDENTS appeared in The Thousand Islands Sun Vacationer, 14 Sep 1994 supplement to the weekly newspaper, The Thousand Islands Sun, as dictated by Adelaide Jones, aged 92, 1975, published at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson County NY. Permission to present this article was given by Jeanne Snow, editor.

Clayton Center School (District 17, Town of Clayton)class records in alphabetical order for mid 1800's.


Town & Village Historian NORMAN WAGNER 686-5794 312 James St., Clayton 13624
Town Clerk KATHY LECLAIR 686-3512 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton 13624
Village Clerk JUDITH CORNICK 686-5552 Mary St., Clayton 13624
Historical Society NORMAN WAGNER 686-5794 33950 County Rt 4, Cape Vincent 13618
Antique Boat Museum JOHN SUMMERS 686-4104 750 Mary St, Clayton, 13624
Hawn Library . 686-3762 John St, Clayton, 13624
Thousand Islands Museum . 686-5794 312 James St., Clayton 13624
Depauville Free Library CONNIE HAVER 686-3299 Caroline St, Depauville 13632


The Thousand Island Museum at 312 James St., PO Box 27 Clayton, NY 13624 Phone 315-686-5794 Fax 315-686-4867 Email: . The museum maintains a large collection of family notebooks, as well as materials on the history of Clayton, both town and village. The office for the town and village historian, Norman Wagner, is conveniently located in the same building, which also houses historical displays.

The Lyme Heritage Center

Contact person:
Phyllis Putnam


The Town of Clayton includes portions of three original grants: Penet's Square, two fifths of which lies in the town, a piece of the Macomb purchase, and some of the Thousand Islands. Clayton, formed from Orleans and Lyme 27 April 1833, has river frontage on the St Lawrence, and hence a Canadian boundary to the north, the Town of Orleans on the east, Brownville on the south, and Lyme and Cape Vincent on the west. It was named in honor of John M. Clayton, a senator from Delaware.

The first settlement was made about 1801 by Captain Bartlett, who gave his name to present day Bartlett's Point. He left, and no settlement of note was made until after the War of 1812. Clayton, originally known as Cornelia, is the principal village. The settlement of Catfish Falls changed its name to Depauville, the town's other populated place. Grindstone Island and Round Island in the St Lawrence River also have year round inhabitants.

From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Clayton

ACRES OF LAND              
  Improved                   29,257 1/2 
  Unimproved                 19,986 1/2 

  Real Estate               523,965  
  Personal Property          56,859
  Total                     580,824

  Males                       2,292
  Females                     2,240

Number of Dwellings             820

Number of Families              800

Freeholders                     581


  Number of Districts            25

  Children Taught             1,817


  Horses                        978

  Working Oxen and Calves      1,977

  Cows                         3,011

  Sheep                        2,801

  Swine                        1,782


  Bushels of Grain

    Winter                   15,018

    Spring                   91,930 1/2

  Tons of Hay                 7,503

  Bushels of Potatoes        13,816

  Bushels of Apples           2,770

  Dairy Products            

    Pounds of Butter        206,851

    Pounds of Cheese        179,475


Names of the early settlers

Abby, Daniel
Ackert, Abram B.
Ackert, John
Adams, Joseph
Atwood, Anthony
Barney, Lynn
Barrett, Francis
Bass, Zebulon
Bemis, Asahel
Bennett, Peter C.
Bertrand, John
Bordue/Bordeau, William
Bothel, James
Brown, Luther
Buskirk, A.
CALVIN, Alpheus R.
Carter, Isaac L.
Carter, Jerry
Consaul, Lewis
COOK, Amasa
Corbin, Elkanah
Delong, Hannah
Derosia, Levi
Devendorff, Catherine (Fox)
Devendorff, John W.
Eldridge, Clark
Enos, Gaylord
Faire, Thomas
Faxton, B.F.
Fetterly, Thomas
Foley, Thomas
Folts, Delia

Fox, Alfred
Fox, Catherine
Fox, Elijah
Fox, Hubbell
Frame, William
Fry, Adam
Gloyd, Amos
Gloyd, Chester
Gloyd, James D.
Goudiere, Polly
Gray, Richard
Hall, Elvira
Hall, Foster Very
Hall, Jonathan
Hall, Warren
Hancock, Betsy
Hayes, Daniel
Heil, Johann Philipp
Hill, Daniel
Holbrook, David
Holbrook, Nathaniel
Ingalls, Solomon
Johnston, John
Joy, Abiatha
KEECH, Andrew
Kilborn, James
Kittle, Aaron
Knapp, Mary
Lingenfelter, John
Linnell, Samuel
Lowe, Gideon
Lowe, Jacob
Low, Peter G.
Marshall, Archibald
Marshall, John
McCarthy, Mary
McCombs, Andrew
Montney, Joseph
Murdock, William
Norton, John
Norton, Nathaniel
Ormsby, Elias
Ormsby family
Orvis, Ira
Osborn, Phineas
Osborn, Schyler
Patch, William
Patchin, Hezekiah
Patchin, Martha (Wells)
Plumb, James
Porter, Daniel
Putnam, John
Randolph, Hosea
Rankin, James
Reed, Deacon Amos
Rees, Eben
Richards, Amos
Robbins, John
Rogers, Gideon
Rouse, William
Seeber, Jacob
Schell, Adam
Sloat, Hendrick
Smith, Oren W.
Snow, John
Spencer, John
Steele, George
Sumner, Aaron M. D.
Sylvester, Ira A.
Thompson, William
Van Alstyne , Lambert
Van Camp, Henry D.
Vandewalker, John
Vincent, Abram
WAFFLE, Parley G.
Walt, Henry
WELLS, William
Winslow, Edwin Martin
Wright, Erastus
Wright, J. Wilson

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