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Clayton, Michigan is a small village in Lenawee County, in the southern Lower Peninsula, spanning Dover and Hudson townships.

Morey Highway (M-156) runs north-south through the village's downtown district and serves as the township boundary line. Although M-156 terminates at its junction with M-34, Morey Highway continues north. Carleton Road (M-34) runs east-west through the southern portion of the village, and Cadmus Road serves as the northern boundary of Clayton. Hudson is 6.4 miles west of Clayton, Morency is 10.4 miles south, Adrian is 12.9 miles northeast, Onsted is 13.1 miles north, Addison is 15.5 miles northwest, and Waldon is 19.2 miles to the southwest.

The area that was to become Clayton was first settled in 1836. On March 8, 1837, a post office was established there, with Levi H. Soper as its postmaster, although the community was then known as East Dover, for its position in Dover Township. In 1843, Reuben E. Bird platted the townsite and arranged to have the village and post office renamed Clayton on July 17, 1849, in honor of the Reverend Clayton, a Presbyterian minister. In the late 1860s, the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad established a station at Clayton, and the community was incorporated as a village in 1870.

At the time of the 2010 census, the village's population of 344 was 24 less what it was when it first appeared on a census in 1880. Its peak population was 505 in 1970, but it then entered a period of decline that lasted for three decades. Clayton is a small, rural village with a few stores and a gift shop.

The focus of this category is on the village of Clayton, Michigan. Topics related to the village itself, or any individuals, businesses, industries, schools, churches, attractions of events within the village, or within the area served by the Clayton post office, are appropriate for this category.

 

 

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