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William George CLIFTON
Mary Angelina Eliza RICHARDSON
Margaret JONES
WARNING:  I have thrown in the towel on this one.  I cannot make sense of the census records, themselves, and I cannot make them congruent with what secondary sources assert.  There may be two different William G. CLIFTONs being mixed up here, along with two different RICHARDSON women.  These are not my ancestors, so there's a limit to how much time I'm willing to spend on the page, which means I have not finished this page, I have merely stopped working on it.  If you have any information to resolve the problems, I would appreciate your sharing it.  Caveat emptor!
Husband:  William George CLIFTON
Birth:  1835/6, Prince William Pr., Beaufort Dist. [now Hampton Co.], SC
Death:  aft. 1880 census, presumably in Hampton Co., SC
Occupation:  farmer



Sources disagree as to his parentage:

Father:  Jesse James CLIFTON
Mother:  Mary SPEARS

Father:  George CLIFTON
Mother:  Elizabeth FREEMAN 

Father:  John CLIFTON, b. 1796/7, SC
Mother/Stepmother:  Annie __?__, b. 1813/4, SC

Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Angelina Eliza / Mary Ann RICHARDSON
Birth:  26 Jan 1836/7, Prince Williams Pr., Beaufort Dist. [now Hampton Co.], SC
Death:  10 Jul 1878, Beauford Dist., SC
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  James Cameron RICHARDSON (1802-1871) John G.3, Azariah2, David1 of Orangeburgh Dist., SC
Mother:  Esther Henrietta THAMES (1810-1888) Samuel3, Amos2, Amos1 of Chester Dist., SC
Marriage-2:
Wife-2:  Margaret JONES
Children with Angelina Eliza / Mary Ann RICHARDSON born Prince Williams Pr., Beaufort Dist. [now Hampton Co.], SC:
1.  Mary Henrietta CLIFTON, b. 1856/7; d. 20 Oct 1883, Hampton Co., SC; m. Phillip Elmore TERRY
2.  Annetta Amelia CLIFTON, b. 1858/9
3.  William James CLIFTON, b. 21 Aug 1861; d. 15 Mar 1915, Peeples Twp., Hampton Co., SC
Children who appear to have been adopted born in SC:
4.  Susan CLIFTON, b. 1864/5
5.  Cornelia CLIFTON, b. 1866/7
6.  Ella CLIFTON, b. 1868/9
7.  Martha "Mattie" CLIFTON, b. ca. 1872
8.  Louisa / Loula / Lula CLIFTON, b. 1873/4 or 1877; m. Brook PRIESTER, b. Sep 1873, SC

If these children were adopted, there may be guardianship records on file with the county.

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Sources (n.b., in 1868, SC's "districts" became counties; Hampton Co. was formed in 1878 from Beaufort Co.):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  William CLIFTON (æ 16, b. SC) is living in Prince Williams Parish, Beaufort Dist. [now Hampton Co.], SC (p. 22B), with the CASSADY family and two of his younger siblings, et al.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #23 of 51):  Whippy Swamp P.O., Prince Williams Parish, Beaufort Dist. [now Hampton Co.], SC, Roll M653_1214, p. 84A, PN 21, 173/186, enumerated 27 Sep 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Wm G Clifton 24 M   Farmer & Miller 10,000 7500 S Carolina
Angelina E " 22 F         "
Mary H     "  3 F         "
Anneta     "  1 F         "

4a.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 16):  Gardners Corner P.O., Prince William Parish, Pocotalyo Twp., Beaufort [ now Hampton] Co., SC, Roll M593_1485, p. 238A, PN 15, 147/147, enumerated 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Clifton W G 35 M W Farmer     South Carolina
_______ A E 30 F W Keeping House     "      " 
_______ Mary 14 F W at Home     "      " 
_______ Amelia 12 F W at Home     "      " 
Listed next to W.J. & Susan WILLIS (see next source).  Where is son, William James?

4b.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 16):  Gardners Corner P.O., Prince William Parish, Pocotalyo Twp., Beaufort [now Hampton] Co., SC, Roll M593_1485, p. 238A, PN 15, 148/148, enumerated (nd) 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Willis W J 50 M W Farmer   148.00 South Carolina
______ Susan A? 45 F W Keeping House     "      " 
______ Cornelia  5 F W at Home     "      " 
______ Ella  3 F W at Home     "      " 

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #32 of 96):  Peeples Twp., Hampton Co., SC, Roll T9-1231, p. 115D, PN 32, SD 2, ED 120, enumerated 10/11 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 13 21 22 23 24 25 26
289 306 Clifton Wm G W M 44     / Farmer       SC SC SC
    _______ Susan W F 15 Dau /   Keeping house /     SC SC SC
    _______ Cornelia W F 13 Dau /     / / / SC SC SC
    _______ Ella W F 11 Dau /     / / / SC SC SC
    _______ Martha W F  9 Dau /     /     SC SC SC
    _______ Louisa W F  6 Dau /           SC SC SC
    _______ Wm G W M 18 Son /   Field hand /   / SC SC SC
Where did all these children come from?  Has he adopted the two WILLIS children who were next door in 1870?  Are Martha and Louisa also WILLIS children?  Listed next to John CLIFTON (æ 83, b. SC, miller) and his wife, Annie (æ 66, b. SC), whom I would have taken for our subject's parents, but secondary sources say, no.

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Mattie CLIFTON (æ 28, b. 1872, SC) is living in Peeples Twp., Hampton Co., SC (p. 186A), with her married sister, Loula PRIESTER (æ 22, b. 1877, SC), her husband, Brook PRIESTER (æ 27, b. Sep 1873, SC), and their children.

8.  Death Certificate:  William James CLIFTON (21 Aug 1861 - 15 Mar 1915), s/o William CLIFTON & Mary An  RICHARDSON, Peeples Twp., Hampton Co., SC (online at Ancestry.com).

9.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com). 

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