(1814-79) was a native of Penwortham, Lancashire, England. He was baptized a member of the Church in 1837 and soon became a member of the mission presidency, devoting his time to missionary work in Manchester. He emigrated to America in 1840, locating in Nauvoo. He became a secretary to Joseph Smith and was elected treasurer of the City of Nauvoo. He left Nauvoo in 1846 and became one of the original pioneers of 1847, serving as clerk of the camp. Clayton's famous hymn, "Come, Come, Ye Saints," cheered the saints. His journal of the westward trek has become central to a study of Mormon history.
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