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David Henry Clay[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1841 - 1903


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  • Alt. Birth  Abt 1837 
    • 1880 Census: age 43
    Born  1 Apr 1841  , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Census: Federal  18 Sep 1850  , District 50, Lee County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • 1) Sarah Clay, female age 35, $3,000 real estate, born in GA, cannot read or write
      2) John W. Clay, male age 16, labors on farm, born in GA
      3) David Clay, male age 8, born in GA, attended school
      4) Nancy Clay, female age 6, born in GA, attended school
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    County Formation  1856  [6
    Terrell County was created from the east part of Randolph and west part of Lee County 
    Tax List  1856  , Oakville, Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • D. H. Clay was shown as paying 1 poll. He listed 1 child between 8-16, and owned 60 acres planted in pine in Terrell County, district 12, lot 221, valued at $300.00. [David H. Clay was only 15 at the time of this tax digest. However, because his father was deceased, he may have been acting in the capacity of an adult. If so, he was probably the child, aged 8-16 years, listed above. All other known Clay family members have been identified, so it is reasonable to believe this D. H. Clay digest entry is correctly attributed to David Henry Clay, son of Edmond B. Clay.]
    Guardianship Bond  8 Sep 1856  , , Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Georgia, Terrell County.
      KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that we John W. Clay, Lewis Clay, John Powell, David Ford, & Kingen Dail, Securities acknowledge ourselves jointly and severally bound unto Lendwell M. Dennard Ordinary of said County, and his successors and assigns, in the just and full sum of Ten Thousand Dollars to the payment of which, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and the heirs and executors of us, and each of us, jointly and severally, by these presents.
      Sealed with our Seals, and dated this Eighth day of September 1856.

      The Condition of the above bond or Obligation is such, That if the above bound John W. Clay who has this day appointed Guardian of the person and property of David H. Clay and Sarah A. Clay Orphan Child of Edmund B. Clay deceased, who acknowledging of the same by his acceptance of said appointment, and of Letters of Guardianship of this date, shall well and truly maintain, clothe and educate said Orphans according to their circumstances, and shall take good and lawful care of them person and property, according to the laws of this State, and shall annually make a just and true return of all his actings and doings herein, unto the said Ordinary, and pay over all assets that may remain in his hands, when said Guardianship shall legally terminate, then this Obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

      In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.

      Lendwell M. Lennard John M. Clay
      Ordinary Lewis Clay
      S.C. John Powell David Ford Kengen Dail
      Recorded 9th September 1856.
    Tax List  1860  , Oakville, Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • An entry for "Clay, guardian for Nancy and David H. Clay" was listed in this 1860 tax digest. In comparing this entry to the 1856 tax entry, it appears that "Sarah A." is the same person as "Nancy," and that the unanmed Clay is that of Lewis Clay, Nancy and David H. Clay's uncle (brother of their deceased father, Edmond B. Clay). A reasonable explanation for the name difference is that her full given name is Sarah Ann, and that Nancy is a nickname for Ann. In 1850, she was enumerated as "Nancy Clay," aged 6 years, in the household of her mother (also Sarah A. Clay). By 1860, a 17-year old Sarah A. Clay, niece of Lewis, was living in his household in the 1860 census enumeration. Her mother had died less than 12 months prior to this census, so it follows that she moved in with her uncle and guardian.

      Under this guardianship entry in the 1860 tax digest were listed 3 slaves for Nancy, valued at $2,700.00, plus $969.00 in aggregate money and debts; and 3 slaves for David H., valued at $2,200, plus $963.00 in aggregated money and debts.
    Census: Federal  16 Jul 1860  , Oakville, Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • 1) John W. Clay, male age 24, farmer, $1,500 real estate, $2,900 personal estate, born in GA
      2) Augusta A. Clay, female age 26, born in GA
      3) Amanda C. Clay, female age 8, born in GA, attended school
      4) Emond J. Clay, male age 6, born in GA, attended school
      5) Nancy Clay, female age 4, born in GA
      6) James D. Clay, male age 2, born in GA
      7) Laurence Clay, male age 1 month, born in GA
      8) David H. Clay, male age 19, student, $5,000 personal estate, born in GA, attended school
    Military: Civil War  1861-1865  [10
    Private, 13th Regiment, Company H, Georgia Infantry 
    Census: Federal  8 Jun 1880  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • 1) David H. Clay, head, white male age 43, farmer, born in GA
      2) Martha J. Clay, wife, white female age 30, keeping house, born in GA, parents born in GA
      3) Edmond F. Clay, son, white male age 3, born in GA
      4) Estell Clay, daughter, white female age 1, born in GA
      5) Baby Clay, daughter, white female age 1/12, born in May in GA
      6) John Sloan, boarder, single white male age 20, farm laborer, born in GA, parents born in GA, cannot read or white
    Census: Federal  6 Jun 1900  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • 1) David H. Clay, head, white male age 59, married 25 years, born Apr 1841 in GA, parents born in GA, farmer, owns farm #50
      2) Mattie Clay, wife, white female age 51, mother of 5, 3 living, born Feb 1849 in GA, parents born in GA
      3) Fiveash Clay, son, single white male age 23, born Feb 1877 in GA, teamster
      4) Estell C. Clay, daughter, single white female age 20, born Sep 1879 in GA
      5) Nancy S. Clay, daughter, single white female age 16, born Oct 1883 in GA, attended school 2 months
      6) Aaron Tillman, servant, single black male age 20, born Sep 1879 in GA, farm laborer, cannot read or write
    Died  16 Dec 1903  , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  Lane Cemetery, Eldorendo, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    Person ID  I2497  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  7 Jul 2008 

    Father  Edmond B. Clay,   b. Abt 1810, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 9 Feb 1843 and 18 Sep 1850, , , Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah A. "Sallie" Jones,   b. Abt 1814, , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1859, , Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Jul 1831  , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F871  Group Sheet

    Family  Martha Jane Fiveash,   b. 27 Feb 1850, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1927, , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Mar 1876  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Children 
     1. Edmund "Fiveash" Clay,   b. 14 Feb 1878, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1947, , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Cora "Estelle" Clay,   b. 16 Sep 1878, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1949, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Julia Petronia Clay,   b. May 1880, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1880, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Nancy Sarah Clay,   b. 30 Oct 1883, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1916, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  8 Aug 2005 
    Family ID  F877  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Apr 1841 - , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 18 Sep 1850 - , District 50, Lee County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax List - 1856 - , Oakville, Terrell County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGuardianship Bond - 8 Sep 1856 - , , Terrell County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax List - 1860 - , Oakville, Terrell County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 16 Jul 1860 - , Oakville, Terrell County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Mar 1876 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 8 Jun 1880 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 6 Jun 1900 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Dec 1903 - , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lane Cemetery, Eldorendo, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
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  • Sources 
    1. [S553] Terrell County, Georgia, "Guardians Bonds 1856-1948, Volume A-B," on microfilm in drawer 134, box 43, Court of Ordinary, (Morrow, Georgia: The Georgia Archives), 1.

    2. [S209] "Lane-Durham Cemetery," database, Rootsweb: Decatur County, Georgia, James A. Wood, (http://www.thegagenweb.com/gadecatur/Cemetery/Lane-Durham.txt), grave marker for David H. Clay, inscription: "David H. Clay, Apr. 1, 1841 - Dec. 16, 1903, A sleep in Jesus! Peaceful Rest, Whose to a King is supremely blest.".

    3. [S266] Historic Georgia Families, L. W. Rigsby, compiler, (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969), G929.2 R., 68.

    4. [S52] The Post-Search Light, Bainbridge, Georgia, on microfilm, (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for Nannie Clay Rich, vol. 6 no. 16, Thursday, 22 July 1920, page 1, 25 Nov 2006.

    5. [S353] 1850 U.S. census, Lee County, Georgia, population schedule, digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), Sarah Clay household, the 50th district, dwelling & family 294, pages 289 & 290; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M432, roll 75.

    6. [S207] "Georgia County Formation Maps: 1758 - Present Day," online, My Georgia Genealogy, Genealogy, Inc., (http://www.mygeorgiagenealogy.com/ga_maps/ga_cf.htm), 1856: Terrell created from east Randolph & west Lee.

    7. [S865] "Terrell County, Georgia, Tax Digests: 1856-7, 1860, 1864" on microfilm in drawer 147, box 1, Court of Ordinary, (Morrow, Georgia: The Georgia Archives), D. H. Clay entry, 1856, Georgia Militia District 811.

    8. [S865] "Terrell County, Georgia, Tax Digests: 1856-7, 1860, 1864" on microfilm in drawer 147, box 1, Court of Ordinary, (Morrow, Georgia: The Georgia Archives), [Lewis] Clay, guardian for Nancy & David H. Clay, entry, 1860, Georgia Militia District 811.

    9. [S205] 1860 U.S. census, Terrell County, Georgia, population schedule, digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), John W. Clay household, dwelling 526, family 521; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M653, roll 137.

    10. [S856] Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System, images online, National Park Service (NPS) and several other public and private partners, (http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html), D. H. Clay entry; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication M226, roll 12.

    11. [S1437] 1880 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Decatur County, (http://ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), T9, roll 143, Pine Hill-Militia District 1188, enumeration district (ED) 18, p. 255D, dwelling 204, family 215, David H. Clay household, accessed 6 Jul 2008, 6 Jul 2008.

    12. [S1261] 1900 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Decatur County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), T623, roll 191, Pine Hill-Militia District 1188, enumeration district (ED) 37, p. 222B, dwelling 133, family 139, David Clay household, accessed 7 Jul 2008, 7 Jul 2008.

    13. [S368] "Decatur County Georgia Marriage Records, 1824 - 1945," database, Decatur County, Georgia Rootsweb, Jordan Dodd, (http://www.rootsweb.com/~gadecatu/Marriage/surindex.html), marriage of David H. Clay & Martha J. Guest, 23 Mar 1876, B-230.