|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1836|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1888|
The Cecil Whig, Saturday January 5, 1889
Funeral of Major Clayton.
The remains of Major Clayton, U. S. A., whose death on Wednesday of last week at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming Territory, was noticed in our last issue, reached Elkton at 8.28 a. m. Tuesday morning. They were accompanied by his widow, his brother Julius, who was with him when he died, another brother, his brother-in-law, Hon. Chauncey F. Black, and J. S. B. Clayton, son of the deceased.
The remains were interred at Bethel cemetery, Pivot Bridge, Cecil County. Rev. Asbury Burke and E. H. Nelson read the service. The pall-bearers were James Hopper, J. H. Steele, J. Fletcher Price, Dr. J. V. Wallace, Richard F. May and Col. A. W. Evans.
Major Clayton dropped dead on the ball-room floor at Fort Russell. During a quadrille he reeled, turned and dropped into a chair near his wife. He was taken into the hall, but died in the presence of his wife and daughter before a physician arrived. For years the Major has been afflicted with heart disease, but he was supposed to have recovered from it. He was unconscious from the time he fell into the chair. Col. Mizner, in command at Fort Russell, in the orders for the funeral arrangements, said:
"Life hangs by the frailest tenure. A noble man has passed away. Always cheerful and happy, Major Henry Clayton, pay department, appeared more than usually happy at our regular Wednesday evening hop, when suddenly the heart failed to perform its functions and he was summoned to the presence of his Maker. The sudden death of Major Clayton is an especial grief to this command. He had been a captain in the regiment, and his station in the pay department, at
Cheyenne, so near to us; his proverbial courtesy, gentleness and kindness of character had endeared him to all. The most sincere condolence is extended the bereaved wife, son and daughter."
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Record added: Mar 15, 2012
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