Clayton, Emma Jennie (Sutcliffe) (January 19, 1868 - March 2, 1940)

Mother of Commissioner Clayton

Called Saturday State Resident 61 Years-Once Lived at Forts Laramie and Fetterman

Douglas Budget - March 7, 1940

Converse county lost another rugged pioneer citizen last Saturday afternoon when death called upon Mrs. Jennie S. Clayton at her home in Glenrock. Sixty-one years of her seventy-two years of life in this world were spent in Wyoming. As a girl in her teens and as a young woman she made her home in three different army posts in the state.

Funeral services were held in Glenrock Monday afternoon at the Community church in Glenrock, Rev. Frank Myers of Douglas officiating.

Emma Jennie Sutcliffe was born in Little Rock, Ark., January 19, 1868. When but a child of four she moved with her parents to Baton Rouge, Ia., where shortly afterwards her father died, leaving her mother and three children.

In 1879 the family came west and settled at Ft. Steele, Wyo., where Mrs. Sutcliffe became the wife of George Kitchen. In a short time the family moved on to Ft. Laramie, where two children were born. In 1882, they moved to Ft. McKinney, near Buffalo, and here, on March 3, 1885, Emma Jennie Sutcliffe was united in marriage to George Price Clayton. Before the end of that year the young couple moved down to Ft. Fetterman, near Douglas, where they resided three years.

In 1888, Mr. Clayton took up a homestead in Batts (Bates) canyon, about ten miles southeast of Glenrock. Here they made their home for 32 years, moving in 1920 to Glenrock. Mr. Clayton died there on November 4, 1936.

Mrs. Clayton leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Velma Clayton of Casper and Mrs. J.T. Hajny of Parkerton; three sons, Plin Clayton of Parkerton, Earl Clayton, Converse county commissioner, who resides on the old family place in Bates canyon, and Vern Clayton, whose last known address was El Paso, Tex.

Surviving also are two sisters, Mrs. J.C. Platt of California and Mrs. A. Pichot of Texas; and a brother, Geo. Kitchen of Texas. Five surviving grandchildren are: Everett Clayton of Denver, Johnavieve Reed of Casper, Jetson Hajny of Stillwater, Okla., James Hajny and Donald Clayton of Parkerton.


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