Dr. Allen Benjamin Clayton was born on the 26th of January, 1849 in Aylmer, Ontario (Elgin County) to Peter Clayton and the former Julia Benner. Dr. Clayton had 3 older siblings, Rosamund, Edgarton and Margaret and 2 younger siblings named Julia and George.
Dr. Clayton graduated M.D. from the Hahn Medical College in Chicago in 1869. He was certified by the Homeopathic Medical Board of Canada in 1869. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, he joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 12th of May, 1875.
Dr. Clayton was practicing medicine in Elgin County in 1871, but he began practicing in Chatham around 1875.
Dr. Clayton married Emma Dupuis Croley on the 25th of October, 1876 in Aylmer, Ontario. She was born on the 19th of November, 1856 in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Her parents were Joseph Croley and the former Anna Maria Wallace. Mrs. Clayton’s father died when she was only a year old. (Joseph Croley died on the 8th of May, 1857 at the age of 33.) Mrs. Clayton had an older sister named Mary and a younger sister named Josephine. Josephine was born after the death of her father on the 29th of September, 1857. Mrs. Croley raised her daughters by herself in Tillsonburg and she worked as a milliner.
In 1876, Dr. Clayton had an upstairs office located at 76 King Street West in Chatham and his residence was located at 54 Victoria Ave at the corner of James Street. In the 1888 Chatham Business Directory Dr. Clayton’s office was located at the corner of King and Fifth and his home was located on Wellington Street near Queen Street. In the 1870’s the population of Chatham was between 7,000 and 8,000 people. The Chatham Banner was the only newspaper at the time and it was published every Wednesday. The cost was $1.50 per year.
An announcement appeared in the 17th of September, 1879 edition in the local Chatham paper announcing the birth of a son.
Dr. Clayton was a member of the Evanston County Club and the Glen View Golf Club.
According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Dr. and Mrs. Clayton were residing in Evanston, Illinois and he was a practicing physician and surgeon. Their son, Allen B. Clayton Jr. also lived with them. He was born on the 18th of December of 1888 in Evanston, Illinois. (There is no record of the son who was born in 1879.)
Dr. Clayton died at the Augustana Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, on the 15th of September, 1900 at the age of 51. At the time of his death he was the Health Commissioner of Evanston. He was buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Emma D. Clayton appears in the 1909 Evanston City Directory as residing at 1505 Chicago Ave., with her son Allen. In that directory she is listed as an antiques dealer with a shop at 603 Davis Street. According to the 1920 U.S. Census Mrs. Clayton is recorded as living in Evanston with her son, Allen and his wife Ann (Campbell).
* Dr. Clayton’s son Allen Jr. served for the United States Army during World War I and World War II.