December 31, 2007

Short History of the Clay Family

When I first undertook genealogy, I didn't understand the importance of documenting sources, so many of the bits of photocopied data in my files are incognito, as is this, a single page from some possible self-published history. It could have come from the Huxford histories.
I mentioned the Clay family when Eddie Hunter wrote about the family of General Lucius Clay. Here's a bit about the Clays in South Georgia.

5th Line 1Aa7'
Edmund B. Clay, 7' above, was evidently the youngest sone of David and Eve (Harden) clay. (Records of Wilkinson County show that Robert Clay, as his guardian, paid tuition to his teacher, David S. Pearce (Query. Was he a relative?) He married Sallie or Sarah Jones, a daughter of John Lawrence Jones and Lucy Taliaferro Jones, who was a sister of Judith Jones, who married Lewis Clay, to Nancy Jones who married Peyton Clay, and to Richard Jones, who married Obedience Hatcher, a granddaughter of David Clay and Eve (Harden) Clay.
Note: this is why researching these people are so difficult. They married each others' kin and used the same names over and over.
Edmund Clay moved to Lee County, GA., toghter with Lewis , where he died, leaving children, as follows:
A' David Clay
B' John W. Clay
C' Nanny Clay
The administration of the estate of Edmund B. Clay was begun in Lee County, GA., but was finally disposed of in Terrell County, after Terrell County was made from territory embraced in Lee County.
David Henry Clay, identified as A' above, was born in Wilkinson Coutny, Ga., April 1, 1841, and died Dec. 16, 1904, in Decatur County, Ga., and was buried oin Durham cememtery situated in the Northwestern part of the county. He married in 1876, Mrs. Guest, who was the widow of James Guest. Mrs. Guest before her marriage was Miss Martha Jane Fiveash, a daughter of John Fiveash and his wife, Nanny (Knight) Fiveash.
Not mentioned in this account is that John Fiveash and Nanny Fiveash are also buried in the Lane-Durham cemetery, which is now at the edge of a huge irrigated field having been sold out of the families. It is fenced and a flag flies above the lot. Burials of family kin still take place there.

David Henry Clay was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, a Master Mason, and was wounded in the Confederate service. Their children were:
a' Edmund Fiveash Clay, b. Feb 14, 1877, m. Roberta Lane. Res. West Frostproff, Fla. Children: David Hay Clay, b. June 14, 1916, and Earl Fiveash Clay, b. June 12, 1918.
b' Cora Estelle Clay, b. Sept. 16, 1878, m James B. Lane (on) Jan 10, 1904, res. Brinson, GA.
c' Nancy Sarah Clay, b. ct 30, 1883 m Homer Powell. Mrs. Powell is deceased, but her husband lives near Brinson, Ga.
I date this to have been written years before 1960.

d'Julia Petronia Clay, died quite young, Sept. 23, 1880.

John W. Clay, identified as B' above married twice, first to Gusta Ann Powell a sister of Jesse Powell, who married Nanny Clay, second a Mrs. Helms.
Nanny Clay, identified as C' above, was born Feb. 9, 1843, died 1920, married first, Charles Haynes, Feb. 1864, second, Jesse H. Powell, 1863.
The page contains an aside to Powells, which I will leave to another time. There are many families of Powells in this community, interesting how they all fit together.


kenju said...

My husband has been doing his family's geneaology for about 10 years, and he and his brother have been working on it for the last three days. It is exhausting, if you do it right!

OhioMom said...

Documentation of sources is a must, you will never remember where info came from without it :)

After 30 years, I laid mine to rest except for the occassions some distant cousin contacts me, then I add another layer.

searchingsusie said...

Any chance we could be related? My birthfather is Charles Monroe Clay born 5-5-1920 Sherman, TX ?

Jean said...

Susie, the snippet of information that I posted is pretty much all I know about the Clays. I never heard any of the 'old folks' mention any Clays who went West. There's nobody left whom I could ask, now.

You might look in a libarry with large genealogical holdings for a set of books by a man named Huxford and for a history of the Sassers. Those two have extensive histories of associated families.

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