James A. Clayton was born October 20, 1831 in Bugsworth, Derbyshire, England, and died in 1896 in Los Angeles, California. He married Anna Louinia Thomson in March 1869, the daughter of Robert Thomson and Amy Brown. She was born in June 1843 in Richmond, Indiana, and died February 19, 1917 in San Jose, California.
The James A. Clayton Family Papers is a collection of correspondence and photographs that document life in the Clayton family of Santa Clara County during the latter half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. The family correspondence records aspects of life events and personal dynamics among its members; this is especially the case with James A. Clayton and his wife Anna.
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