John Clayton was a botanist and
the clerk of Gloucester County
(ca. 1720–1773). Born and educated in England, he first appears in colonial records in 1720 as the
Gloucester County clerk, a position he held for more than fifty years. He owned a tobacco plantation and more than thirty slaves, and by 1735 was regularly providing
naturalists such as Mark Catesby and John Frederick Gronovius with botanical specimens to
be identified. Clayton himself identified and was the first to nam. . .
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