I thought I'd give this another try as the busy Cristmas season is over for another
What a wonderful site! I am new to the list and for the past two months have been avidly
reading all messages regardless of subject and have been impressed at the wealth of
I am researching my grandmother's family. Her name was Edith Isabel Clayton b. 29 July
1890, Madras. Her father was Pte. Frederick George Clayton (son of Thomas Clayton) b.
1868. We don't know his place of birth; it could be either Wales, England or India. We
believe he belonged to the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment DCL Infantry. We have my
grandmother's baptismal certificate listing their abode as John Per???'s Madras
07 Sep 1890. The indecipherable word could possibly be Pereira's. He died in Burma (I
think Mandalay) 23 May 1892.
F.G. Clayton married Florence Annie Phillips (b. 22 Jul 1868 Madras d. 29 Jan 1929
Wrexham, N. Wales) on 16 Jan 1890 Madras. She was the daughter of William Lind Florence
Phillips b. 1838 or 39 in India. He was the son of William Phillips and, possibly, Jessie
Margaret Clark. We believe the Phillips family left Edinburgh for India in the early
1800's and are thought to have been associated with shipping and a ship named the Lady
Flora. W.L.F. Phillips married Louisa Clarissa Appolis (or Appollis) on 21 January 1861.
She was the daughter of William Appolis and an unknown mother. Her siblings were Zenobia
Margaret, Alexander, Mary Margaret or May, Cecil, Emily and maybe Louise. We think the
Appolis family was Portuguese and had been in India for quite some time.
After F.G. Clayton died, Florence Annie married William Clutton (b. 12 Dec 1865 Pickhill,
Wrexham d. 04 Nov 1933 Wrexham)and had several more children: Elizabeth Ann (b. 05 March
1897 Saccundarabad?), Richard (b. 14 Mar 1899 India) Frederick George (b. 05 Dec 1900)
Florence May (b. 26 Aug 1903), Freda (b. 22 Jan 1905) and Rose (b. 27 Jun 1907). The
Cluttons had returned to Wales by 1904.
I have not been successful in locating forbears prior to these but am very new to the game
and would appreciate any advice, suggestions or contacts. Hopefully, one of you out there
will share an ancestor with me and combined efforts will take us further.
Happy New yar to you all. May your year be happy, healthy, prosperous and filled with
Beaverdell, British Columbia, Canada