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Rachel Clay (Povall)

Also Known As: ""Polly""
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Goochland, Goochland, Virginia, United States
Death: April 27, 1820 (80)
Clintonville, Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Clay Family Cemetery, Bourbon Co., KY
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Povall and Tabitha Povall
Wife of Dr. Henry Clay, III
Mother of Elizabeth Povall Bruce; John Henry Clay; Rebekah Finch; Rachel Martin; Sarah Martin and 8 others
Sister of Lucy Hudspeth; Elizabeth Povall; John Povall; Richard Povall; Patty Patsey Moseley and 6 others

Managed by: Tim Stamps
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About Rachel Clay


Rachel Povall Clay was also born in Cumberland County, Virginia. The Povalls were originally from the Henrico County area and there are interesting stories about her ggrandparents Robert Povall and Elizabeth Hooker. Both are said to have been kidnapped, and brought to the Colonies as indentured servants when they were children. Later it is said that Elizabeth was identified as the daughter of a Lord Hooker in England and inherited money from her father's estate. Lord Hooker has never been found in England but Elizabeth may have received a legacy as she married Robert Povall and they owned an estate called Malvern Hills, in Henrico County. The site of this estate which is named after an area in England remains a historical landmark in modern Henrico County.

Rachel's parents remain a mystery. Most genealogies list her as the daughter of Richard Povall and Tabitha Hudspeth. However Richard and Tabitha's marriage took place in Cumberland County in 1751 when Rachel was 12. Richard Povall gave consent for Rachel's marriage in 1753, and names Rachel Clay as his daughter in his will but there is no information on her mother. There are Clay descendants working on the Povall line and perhaps there will be a breakthrough by the next Clay Gathering.

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Rachel Clay's Timeline

November 15, 1739
Goochland, Goochland, Virginia, United States
January 13, 1755
Age 15
Cumberland Co., VA
February 29, 1757
Age 17
Cumberland Co., VA
March 17, 1759
Age 19
Cumberland, Virginia, USA
June 19, 1763
Age 23
Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
Age 24
North Carolina, United States
November 16, 1765
Age 26
Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
November 15, 1767
Age 28
Cumberland, Virginia, United States
March 10, 1770
Age 30
Charlotte, Virginia, USA