in the eastern part
what is now the Commonwealth of Virginia and stayed in the Richmond
area for some
Captain John Clay came to Jamestown, Virginia aboard the "Treasurer,"
1613. A soldier in the British army, John gained the rank of
Captain by the age of 21 and was sent to Virginia to control
problems developing in the area. Clay, known as, "The English
Grenadier" was put in charge of the fifty
Musketeers aboard Captain Samuel Argal's ship, the Treasurer which was
sent to protect the settlers in Jamestown. Captain Clay
eventually became sympathetic to the cause of the settlers and resigned
his military post (Library/history/Nova Scotia/h.htm).
The Clays migrated to what is now the Wyoming County area of West Virginia. For more on my ancestors in this family please see Neale's Green and Farley family information.
of Derbyshire, son John
Claye of Gloucester, born about 1558.
John Claye of
Claye Esq. born about 1588 and died about 1632.
about 1588 and
died about 1632. He married Mary Carlton. Their son
John Clay was born about 1587 in
England. In Hotten's, In "List of
Emigrants To America 1600-1700", a "muster of inhabitants to Virginia, includes, "a
of inhabitants of Jordan's Journey, Charles City, the 21st of
January 1624". The section contains the muster of John
Clay, noting Clay arrived in Jamestown, Virginia aboard the
"Treasurer" February 1613 and his wife Ann arrived on the ship, "Ann",
August 1623. John's servant, William Nicholas arrived on the "Dutie" in
Patent 210 granted John Clay twelve hundred acres in Charles Citie County, Virginia. The lands were granted by order of the Court of Francis Hooke. Up to the head of Ward's creek and bounded on the north by James River. one hundred acres to him as an old planter before the government of Sir Thomas Dale and the other eleven hundred for the transportation of twenty two persons by the West July 13, 1635, Ledger 1 page 230. These lands were near the present day City Point, a few miles from what is now Chesterfield County, Virgina. (Notable Southern Families, the Clay Family, by Frances Powell Otken, The Lookout).
Ann died before 1645. John then married Elizabeth, born 1615 and died 1686 in Charles City, Virginia.. John Clay died about 1654 in Charles City, Virginia.
John married first Ann(e) (Nichols) about 1612 in England and had four children:
Charles Clay, born in 1638, in Charles City, Virginia. He married Hannah Wilson born 1642 and died 1706, daughter of John Wilson, Jr. and Hannah Jones. Charles Clay died 01 June 1686 Henrico, Virginia.
Children of Charles and Hannah:
Henry Clay I, was born 02 August 1672 in Henrico, Virginia. He died 03 August, 1760 in Nattles, Chesterfield, Virginia. He married, about 1708 in Henrico County, Virginia, Mary M. Mitchell born 16 January 1692, Chesterfield, Virginia and died 07 August 1777 Chesterfield, Virginia.
Their children were:
William Mitchell Clay1 was born about 1710/1711 in Henrico County, Virginia. He married Martha Runyan in 1729. He married, secondly, Martha Ann Lewis, in 1732 in Bedford County. Martha Ann died in 1764. Thirdly, he married Agnes __ after 1764. William died in 10 September 1774, he was killed at the battle of Point Pleasant, Gov. Dunmore's last fight against the Indians in 1774. Clay appeared on roster of Charles Lewis' Regiment.
William Mitchell Clay and Martha Ann Lewis' children
Mitchell Clay1 was born about 1735/1736 in Bedford, Virginia. He married, April 1760, Franklin, Virginia, Phoebe Belcher born 15 April 1742, a daughter of Richard Belcher. Mitchell died in Parrisburg, Virginia in 1811.
Mitchell Clay and Phoebe Belcher had the following children:
Mitchell Clay, Jr.1 born 05 January 1772 Bedford, Virginia and he married Judith Clay born about 1770. He was the progenitor of the Clay's in Raleigh County, West Virginia and Logan County, West Virginia and what is now Wyoming County, West Virginia. Their children were: John T. Clay; Amey Clay; Meridith Clay born 1812; Bartley Clay born 27 July 1799; Charles Lewis Clay born 6 January 1801, Montgomery, Virginia. Mitchell died 1851 in Raleigh, Virginia.
Their children were:
Marston Clay was born 4
January 1749 in Cumberland Co.,Virginia. He married Elizabeth Williams
29 March 1771 in Halifax County, Virgina. Elizabeth was born abut
1747 in Halifax County,Virginia she was the daughter of John Williams
and Diane Coleman. Marston wrote his will 29 December 1806 in
Henderson Co., Kentucky. and it is thought he died in 1807. They
had the the following child: Marston Greenville Clay, Jr.
When Marston married Elizabeth in 1771 in Halifax County,Virginia he
signed the bonds omitting the "r" in his name, after that he became
Maston, Mastin or Matson. In 1799 he owned a mill called Clay's
Mill in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Marston Greenville Clay Jr.,
was born 1772 and died after 1815. He married Jane, surname
unknown. They were the parents of Henry J. Clay born 23 January
1807 om Chesterfield County, Virginia and Marston Green Clay born about
1812 and died after 1849.
Henry J. Clay, was born 23 January 1807 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Henry J. died on about 1890 Wyoming County, West Virginia. He married Mary (Polly) Anderson born about 1820 in Virginia and died 01 December 1885 Wyoming Co., Virginia. They are buried in Jackson Curve (Cook) Cemetery, Pineville, West Virginia.
Their children were:
Hiram Clay was born in 1836 in Wyoming County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Mullins. daughter of John S. Mullins and Ollie Short, who was also born in Pike County, Kentucky in 1843. He was a Confederate soldier. Hiram died 24 August 1892 Rock Castle, Wyoming County, West Virginia.
Hiram and Elizabeth's children were:
Lucy and Thomas had three daughters:
Volga Farley was born on 16 June, 1915 in Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia. She married Buford James Clifton, son of Claude Granville and Nuni St. John Clifton, on 20 April 1935 in Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia. Volga died on 6 November 1965 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Volga and Buford had one child, Lassister Neale Clifton.
Lassister Neale Clifton is still alive and kicking and attempting to put this thing together with great help from his wife, Katherine Williams Clifton!
Please Note: 1 William Mitchell Clay and Mitchell Clay, Jr. are not the part of direct line for Henry J. Clay who married Mary (Polly) Anderson. Henry J. Clay was born 23 January 1807, Chesterfield County, Virginia. His ancestors were: Henry Clay II and Lucy Green. Their son was Marston Clay. Marston Clay's son was Marston Greenville Clay, Jr.; this is my mother's direct ancestry.
However: Mitchell Clay's daughter, Mary Polly Clay married Ralph Stewart and their daughter, Catharine Stewart, married William Cook. His daughter, Rebecca Jane Cook, married Enoch Wills. His daughter, Mary Frances Wills, married John Henry Farley . His son, William Thomas Farley, married Lucy Alice Clay. The result was my mother, Volga Farley, who married my father, Buford J. Clifton.
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