Norton Claypoole was born around 1640 to John and Mary Claypoole or Claypole of Northborough Manor and emigrated to Delaware in America in 1678. Norton, a friend of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania and also a Quaker, was a well-respected man and engaged in many legal positions including Justice of the Peace for Delaware from Christmas Day 1682. He died in 1688 leaving a wife and several children.Claypoole had many siblings and his older brother James, who was born in 1634 and had also converted to Quakerism, sailed out to America a few years later. In 1681 and 1683 he purchased land in Pennsylvania, sending servants to prepare the land with crops and build a small house ahead of his arrival. He arrived with his wife and children in October 1683 and lived there until his death in 1687.
Their brother Edward also emigrated to America, moving on to settle in Barbados.
Many Americans can trace their family back to the Claypooles and proudly associate themselves with the family that once called Northborough Manor their home. Northborough Manor is a private home, but the gatehouse can be booked for holidays or vacations depending on which side of the Atlantic you call your home.
A. Brunk, The Claypoole Family Joiners of Philadelphia: Their Legacy and the Context of Their Work, Chipstone, <http://www.chipstone.org/> [accessed 1 March 2021].