Christopher Layton

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Christopher Layton
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Personal details
Born (1821-03-08)March 8, 1821
Thorncote Green, Northill, Bedfordshire, England
Died August 7, 1898(1898-08-07) (aged 77)
Kaysville, Utah, United States
Resting place Kaysville City Cemetery
41°02′42″N 111°55′34″W / 41.045°N 111.926°W / 41.045; -111.926 (Kaysville City Cemetery)
Spouse(s) 10 wives
Children 60 children
Parents Samuel Layton
Isabella Wheeler
Signature of Christopher Layton

Christopher Layton (March 8, 1821 – August 7, 1898) was a Mormon colonizer and Patriarch who founded the cities of Kaysville, Utah, Layton, Utah, and Thatcher, Arizona. Layton, Utah is named after him.

Layton was born at Thorncote Green, Northill, Bedfordshire, England. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842 and a year later emigrated to the United States.

In 1846, Layton joined the Mormon Battalion. In 1852, he moved to Kaysville, Utah Territory.

In 1866-1867 Layton was a member of the Utah Territorial legislature.

From 1883 to 1898, he served as president of the St. Joseph Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thatcher, Arizona.