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William Mitchell Clay, Sr.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Henrico County, Province of Virginia
Death: September 6, 1774 (64)
Point Pleasant, Fincastle County (Present Mason County), Virginia (Present West Virginia) (Killed while hunting deer for Col. John Field's company of independent Rangers.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Charles Clay, Sr. and Mary Clay
Husband of Martha Anne Clay and Martha Anne Clay (Runyon)
Father of Mitchell Clay; Mary Elizabeth Shrewsbury; Mitchell Clay; William Mitchell Clay, Jr.; Elizabeth Belcher and 9 others
Brother of Amey C. Green; Mary Obedience (Clay) Belcher; Henry C. Clay, II; Charles Clay; Martha (Clay) Bass and 4 others

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About William Mitchell Clay, Sr.

William Mitchell Clay was born 1710 in Henrico, Virginia and died 06 Sep 1774 in Point Pleasant, Virginia.

He married (1) Martha Ann Lewis. (2) Martha Runyon on Abt. 1732 in Virginia (3) Martha Green on Abt. 1734 in Henrico, Virginia (4) Mary Belcher on Bef. 1756 (5) Agnes Unknown on Bef. 1768 in Cumberland Co., VA

According to A. S. Withers in his book "Chronicles of Border Warfare", Col. Field, who was under the command of General Lewis, took his company and left the main body or the Army on its march. While detached from the forces under General Lewis, two of Col. Field's men (Clay and Coward) were sent out to hunt deer for Col. Fields company. They were a little ways apart when two Indians saw Clay, and thinking that he was alone, fired at him. As the Indians were about to scalp Clay, Mr. Coward saw what was happening and shot one of the Indians and killed him. The other Indian ran off and escaped.

Although it is not clear why a 64 year old man would be making a 250-mile journey on foot, he earned the dubious distinction of becoming the unit's first casualty. Clay appeared on roster of Charles Lewis's Regiment, with a note that he had been killed, “Death of Soldier named Clay in Col. John Field's Company, 9/10/1774”.

There is some confusion as to the wives of William Mitchell Clay. Many of us know William Mitchell Clay as the father of Mitchell Clay & father-in-law to Phoebe Belcher. William Mitchell Clay, born circa 1708-1710, was married to a woman whose given name was Martha. Some have said that her maiden name was Green while others have said it was Runyon. Both of these theories have been disproved. Another possibility is that she was Martha Lewis, sister to Col. Charles Lewis. Col. Lewis fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant -- the first battle of the Revolutionary War.

On September 22, 1768, a William Clay posted an advertisement in the Virginia Gazette which read: "Whereas my wife Agnes has eloped from my bed, and robbed me of things of considerable value, and I expect will endeavor to run me in debt, I therefore forewarn all persons from dealing with her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting. William Clay"

William and Agnes were either back together by May of 1769 or she was still using his name as she appears in Chesterfield County Court documents dated May 5, 1769. "Agness wife of Wm. Clay being privily examined acknowledged a Deed from the said William to Elam Farmer" (Court of 5 May 1769) Chesterfield County, Virginia, Order Book 4 1767-1771 p. 295 This may have been a different William Clay...and there were several William Clays living in that area at that time.

Includes Notes for William Mitchell Clay: [georgemckinney.ged]

Traditionally considered killed at battle of Point Pleasant, but probably the Clay who was killed by Indians while hunting for deer for Capt. John Field's independent company of rangers.[findem.ged]

[medler.ged]

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Cousin of Henry Clay who served as Secretary of State from 1825-1829.

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William Mitchell Clay. Born about 1710 in Henrico Co Va.

William Mitchell died in Kanawha Valley, WV on September 10, 1774, he was 64.

Occupation: Farmer.

William Mitchell Clay was born between 1708 and 1710 to Henry Clay and Mary Mitchell in Chesterfield County, VA. There has been some speculation that he may have been born prior to the marriage of his parents in 1708; hence the use of his mother's maiden name as his middle name. William was the eldest of six children (in the order as they were mentioned in Henry Clay's will). Martha Clay evidently died sometime between 1764 and 1768, as no other record of her is found after 1764.

William Clay grew up in Chesterfield and Henrico Counties and spent most of his adult life in Goochland and Cumberland Counties before moving west to Bedford County between 1765 and 1768. It is unclear as to when he moved to Bedford County since the indenture between William Mead and William Clay contains the year 1765 in the text, but wasn't acknowledged by the court until 1768.

It is certain that he was living in Bedford County on the Blackwater River in 1770 when he sold some property to his son William Jr. This region of the county evidently became part of Pittsylvania County since later land sales (involving sons Mitchell and Jesse) for sections of the same land are found in that county.

The last known record for William Clay in Pittsylvania County is for sale of land to John Kendall in 1773. It is unknown if William Clay left the county at that time.

Several of his sons were migrating to areas further west at this time. Most notably was Mitchell Clay, who was given a grant of 803 acres in the Clover Bottom area in what is now Mercer County, West Virginia. Mitchell moved his family to this land in 1774, becoming the first settler of the county. David Clay and possibly Ezekiel were also in this region at this time. Jesse Clay apparently moved from Pittsylvania County to Henry County, as several records, including land grants, appeared in the 1780's.

About 1732 when William Mitchell was 22, he married Martha Runyon, in Henrico Co Va. Born about 1715 in Virginia.

They had the following children:

  • i. William (1735-1812)
  • ii. Ezekial, Born about 1737 in Henrico Co Va. Ezekial died in Va in 1777, he was 40.
  • iii. Obediah, Born about 1738 in Henrico Co Va. Obediah died about 1818, he was 13
  • iv. Mitchell (1739-1811)
  • v. David, Born about 1740 in Henrico Co Va. David died in Unknown about 1825, he was 85.

In March 1792 when David was 52, he married Martha Clay, in Amelia Co, Va.

  • vi. Meredith, Born about 1742 in Henrico Co Va. Meredith died in 1806, he was 64.
  • vii. Nancy, Born about 1744 in Henrico Co Va. Nancy died in Unknown about 1835, she was 91

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Quote fron an internet posting by Mary Richardson on 10/28/00. "William Mitchell Clay was part on the unit assembled under Gen. Andrew Lewis traveling to Point Pleasant to participate in the impending battle. He earned the dubious distinction of becoming the unit's first casuality.

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On September 6, Col. Charles Lewis, with his Augusta troops, numbering about 600, were detached to proceed to the mouth of the Elk, and there make canoes for transporting the supplies to the mouth of the Great Kanawha. This body had in charge a drove of 108 beef cattle, and 400 pack-horses laden with 54,000 lbs. of flour. Field's company soon followed this advance. --R.G.T.

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Military: Death of William Mitchell Clay-September 10, 1774

Excerpt: When the army was preparing to leave Camp Union, there was for a while some reluctance manifested on the part of Col. Field to submit to the command of Gen. Lewis. This proceeded from the fact, that in a former military service, he had been the senior of Gen. Lewis; and from the circumstances that the company led on by him were Independent Volunteers, not raised in pursuance of the orders of Governor Dunmore, but brought into the field by his own exertions, after his escape from the Indians at Kelly's.

These circumstances induced him to separate his men from the main body of the army on its march, and to take a different way from the one pursued by it--depending on his own knowledge of the country to lead them a practicable route to the river.[1]

While thus detached from the forces under Gen. Lewis, two of his men (Clay and Coward) who were out hunting and at some little distance from each other, came near to where two Indians were concealed. Seeing Clay only, and supposing him to be alone, one of them fired at him; and running up to scalp him as he fell, was himself shot by Coward, who was then about 100 yards off. The other Indian ran off unarmed, and made his escape.

A bundle of ropes found where Clay was killed, induced the belief that it was the object of these Indians to steal horses; -it is not however improbable, that they had been observing the progress of the army, and endeavoring to ascertain its numbers. Col. Field, fearing that he might encounter a party of the enemy in ambush, re-doubled his vigilance 'till he again joined General Lewis; and the utmost concert and harmony then prevailed in the whole army.[2]

"Chronicles of Border Warfare", pp.165-167 Alexander Scott Withers, 1895, ed. by Reuben Gold Thwaites

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Saturday the 10th, Clay and Coward were sent out to hunt deer for Field's company, on the banks of the Little Meadow. Then occurred the incident related by Withers. The Indian who escaped, hurried on to the Shawnee towns and gave them their first notice of the approach of the army. Alarmed at this incident, Field hurried and caught up with the advance under Charles Lewis. The text reads as though he had hastened back to Andrew Lewis, who had not yet left Camp Union.-- R.G.T."

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Virgina Gazette

Whereas my wife Agnes has eloped from my bed, and robbed me of things of considerable value, and I expect will endeavor to run me in debt, I therefore forewarn all persons from dealing with her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting.

William Clay

William and Agnes were either back together in 1769, or she was living alone but still using his name, since she gave a deposition in the Chesterfield County court on May 5,1769.

Note: William Clay was in Bedford County in 1768. It is entirely possible that this William and Agnes Clay are another couple altogether, as by the late date of 1768 there were several William Clays living in Virginina.

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Virginia Gazette, September 22, 1768, p. 2

November ye 12, 1747. We don a lin betwen Will Clay and timson timson not ther, A lin betwin Will Clay and Henry Cley A lin betwin John Moseley & Watkins & John Moseley, A lin between John Moseley, & John Farmer a lin between John fermer & Eeard Wadkins A lin between Thomas Wadkins & Stev(en) Mallet, Alin betwin Thomas Wadkins & Henry Cley, a lin between Steven Mallit & Henry Clay, A lin betwin John Mosley & J Jinson ts nt Alin betwin Will Clay & John Mosley Alin betwin J Mosley & Thomas Wadkins Alin betwin Thomas Wadkins & John Worley, Alin betwin betwin John Worley & Henry Cley, Alin betwin John Worley & William Worley, Alin betwin John Worley & William rigen Alin betwin John Mosley & John Worley, Alin betwin John Mosley & William rigen Alin betwin Edard Wadkins & Franses Chactune a lin betwin Fransses Cheatone & Morris Hobards we us dun by us Henry Clay, William Clay John Mosely

All the land was bin prosesond in pees only wone bine betwin Merry Robards & timson narrow wone there the parttys by or agreed that We shuld do it all the rest.

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Anglican Church Records, Southam Parish (St. James-Southam) Vestry Book, 1745-1836, pp. 25-26.

Be it remembered that James Dillion William Clay and George Nicholas --- all of the County of Cumberland this day came before us Stephen Bedford & Abraham Sallee Gent. two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the said County and acknowledged themselves indebted to our Sovereign Lord King George the Second in the Sum of forty Pounds Sterling that is to say the said James Dillion in the sum of twenty pounds Sterling & the said William Clay & George Nicholas in the Sum of ten Pounds Sterling each to be levied of their respective Lands & Tenements Goods and Chattels and to our said Lord the King his Heirs and Successors rendered Upon Condition that if the said James Dillion shall make his personal Appearance before his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the said County at the Court House of the said County on the fourth Monday in January next then & there to answer our said Lord the King of & upon a certain felony of which he is accused and shall not depart thence without the Leave of the said Court Then this recognizance to be void else to remain in full Force

Acknowledged this 22d Day of Decr. 1750 before us

  • James Dillon LS
  • Stepn. Bedford Geo. Nicholas LS
  • Abram. Salley William Clay LS

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Cumberland County, Virginia, Loose Papers 1750

Virginia State Library, Archives Division

Yuille v Clay

  • May 1753 Dism.
  • August 19th 1752

George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To the Sheriff of Cumberland County, Greeting. We command you that you take William Clay if he be found within your Bailiwick; and him safely keep, so that you have his Body before our Justices of our said, County Court, at the Courthouse of the said County, on the fourth Monday in August next to answer Thomas Yuille of a Plea of Trespass upon the Case Damage ten Pounds and have then there this Writ. Witness Thompson Swann Clerk of our said Court, at the Court-house aforesaid, the XXVIIth Day of July in the XXVIth Year of our Reign.

Thompson Swann

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Cumberland County, Virginia, Loose Papers 1752 Bond

  • L 8.8.11 3/4 8.8.11 3/4
  • Wm. Clay 8.8.11 ?
  • 16.17.11 1/2

Know all Men by these Presents that I William Clay of Cumberland County am held and Firmly Bound unto John Pleasants Senr & Junr in the Just and full Sum of Sixteen pounds Seventeen Shillings & Eleven pence half penny Virginia Money to be paid unto the said John Pleasants Sen & Junr thir Certain Attorney their Exrs. Admrs. or Assigns to which payment well and Truly to be made I bind my Self my hairs Exrs. and Adms. firly by these presents Sealed with my Seal. and Dated this first Day of April anno Dom. one thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three The Condition of the Above obligation is Such that if the above named Wm. Clay do and Shall well and Truly Cumberland County, Virginia, Original Loose Papers

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John Esdale Plaintiff against In case William Clay Defendant

This day came as well the Plaintiff by his Attorney as the Defendant in his Person and the said Defendant saith that he cannot deny the Plaintiffs action for then Pounds thirteen Shillings and eight Pence Therefore It is considered by the court that the said Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant the said Sum together with his Costs by him in this behalf expended And the said Defendant in Mercy &c (Court of 27 March 1764)

Land Deeds: Cumberland County, Virginia, Order Book 1762-1764

This Indenture made this ?? day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and seventy one, this is to Sartefy the William Clay of Pittsylvania County and Colony of Virginia do give unto Mitchel Clay one hundred Acres more or less beginning at a red oak Corder runing South Six degrees East one hundred and fifty poles to a white oak South Seventy and a half degrees East ninety poles to a white oak on the said River and thence up the Stream as it meanders to the first Station hickory of the old line on the north Side North Twenty degrees East forty six poles to a black Walnut North fifteen degrees west twenty poles to a hooptree oak thence new lines to the first Station will all houses Edifices orchards Gardengs waters Ways and all other Profits Commodities and Hereditaments Whatsoever to the Same belonging To have and to hold the said Granted Land and Premisses and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtinances unto the Said Michael Clay, to his heirs and assigns forever to the only use and behoof of him the said Michael Clay his heirs and assigns forever and the Said William Clay doth warrant and forever Defend the within Granted land from him the said William Clay his heirs and assigns and from all other persons Whatsoever unto the Said Michael Clay his heirs and assigns forever In Witness Whereof the Said Clay hath hereunto Set his hand & affixed his Seal the day and year above written.

his James Dillon Jesse X Dillon William Clay LS mark his Danl X Ward Jesse Heard mark

At a court held for Pittsylvania County on the 29th day of Augt 1771 The within Indenture was by the within named William Clay ackd to be his Act and Deed and the same was Ordered to be Recorded By the Court.

Test Will. Tunstall CP

More About William Mitchell Clay:

  • Date born 2: Bet. 1708 - 1710, Bedford, Henrico Co/.VA.[1336], [1337]
  • Burial: Probably At The Battle Of Point Pleasant. [1338], [1339]
  • Died 2: 10 Sep 1774, Battle Of Point Pleasant-Fincastle (Mason) Co., VA (Kanawha Valley, WV). [1340], [1341]
  • Record Change 1: 26 Nov 2001 [1342]
  • Record Change 2: 16 Jan 2004 [1343], [1344]

More About William Mitchell Clay and Martha Runyon:

  • Marriage: Abt. 1732, Virginia.[1344]

More About William Mitchell Clay and Martha Green:

  • Marriage: Abt. 1734, Henrico, Virginia.[1345]

More About William Mitchell Clay and Mary Belcher:

  • Marriage: Bef. 1756 [1346], [1347]

More About William Mitchell Clay and Agnes Unknown:

  • Marriage: Bef. 1768, Cumberland Co., VA.[1348], [1349]

Children of William Mitchell Clay and Martha Runyon are:

  • 1. Ezekial Clay, b. Abt. 1737, Henrico Co, VA [1350], [1351], d. Abt. 1777, VA [1352], [1353].
  • 2. Obdiah Clay, b. Abt. 1738, Henrico Co, VA [1354], [1355], d. Abt. 1818 [1356], [1357].
  • 3. Jessie Clay, b. Abt. 1745, Cumberland Co., VA [1358], [1359], d. Abt. 1824, Jasper Co., GA [1360], [1361].
  • 4. David Clay, b. 1740, Henrico, Virginia [1362], d. Aft. 1825 [1363], [1364].
  • 5. +Elizabeth Clay, b. 17 Apr 1735, Henrico, Virginia [1365], d. Aft. 1793 [1365].
  • 6. Judith Clay, b. Abt. 1737, Amelia Co., VA [1366], [1367], d. Abt. 1809, Giles Co., VA [1368], [1369].
  • 7. Meredith Clay, b. 1742, Henrico, Virginia [1370], d. Abt. 1806 [1371], [1372].
  • 8. Mitchell Clay, b. 1739, Henrico, Virginia [1373], d. 20 Mar 1811, Giles, Virginia [1373].
  • 9. Nancy Clay, b. 1744, Henrico, Virginia [1373], d. Abt. 1835 [1374], [1375].
  • 10. William Clay, b. 1735, Henrico, Virginia [1376], d. Oct 1810, Franklin, Virginia [1376].

Children of William Mitchell Clay and Martha Green are:

  • 1. Hannah Clay.
  • 2. Judith Clay, b. Abt. 1737, Amelia Co., VA1377, 1378, d. Abt. 1809, Giles Co., VA1379, 1380.
  • 3. William Clay, b. 1735, Henrico, Virginia1381, d. Oct 1810, Franklin, Virginia1381.
  • 4. +Elizabeth Clay, b. 17 Apr 1735, Henrico, Virginia1381, d. Aft. 17931381.
  • 5. Ezekiah Clay, b. 17371381, d. 17771381.
  • 6. Pearce Clay, b. 1738, Henrico, Virginia1381.
  • 7. Obediah Clay, b. 1738, Henrico, Virginia1381.
  • 8. Mitchell Clay, b. 1739, Henrico, Virginia1381, d. 20 Mar 1811, Giles, Virginia1381.
  • 9. David Clay, b. 1740, Henrico, Virginia1381, d. Aft. 18251382, 1383.
  • 10. Meredith Clay, b. 1742, Henrico, Virginia1384, d. Abt. 18061385, 1386.
  • 11. Nancy Clay, b. 1744, Henrico, Virginia1387, d. Abt. 18351388, 1389.
  • 12. Mary Clay, b. Abt. 1755, Henrico, Virginia1390.

Children of William Mitchell Clay and Mary Belcher are:

  • 1. Mary Clay, b. Abt. 1755, Henrico, Virginia [1390].

Notes for William Mitchell Clay: [1Clay.ged]

William Mitchell Clay:

Married and settled in Bedford Co., VA now Franklin Co., VA

He is listed by David Johnston in his history of Middle New River Settlement, page 396

Tradition says he was killed in 1774 at "The Battle of Point Pleasent" (governor Dunsmore's last fight against the Indians). According to researchers on this line his wife Agnes deserted him for no wife appears on deeds from 1771 "on". He lived in Henrico, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Bedford, and Pittsylvania Counties, Virginia.

More About William Mitchell Clay:

  • Fact 1: Killed in the Battle of Point Pleasent [2078]
  • Fact 2: He lived in Henrico, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Bedford, and Pittsylvania Countie [2078]

Uncle of Henry Clay of Kentucky (The Great Compromiser, US Senator, US Representative, Secretary of State)


William was killed by an Indian while he and another soldier (named Coward) were hunting deer to feed their militia comrades. One Indian was shot by the second militiaman, and the other escaped; the Indians had not seen him. Clay and Coward were in Col. John Field's Company of Independent Rangers, part of Gen. Charles Lewis's Regiment. These men were among the elite Virginia militia assembled by Lord Dunmore against the numerous attacks by Indians against Virginia settlers.

William was the first casualty of his unit, and they would shortly engage in the Battle of Point Pleasant (Oct 10, 1774). This battle is considered the only major battle, as well as the final one, of Lord Dunmore's War. This war was waged between the colony of Virginia and several united Native American nations, but many West Virginians have considered it the first battle of the Revolutionary War. Virginia won, and the Indians lost the rights formerly granted by treaty for hunting in the lands bordering the Ohio River, yielding these rights in a new treaty. The frontier in Kentucky and what eventually became West Virginia then opened up for more settlement by the colonists. As friction between the Colonies and Britain grew, the British allied with the defeated Indians against the settlers on the western frontier. Under these considerations, and in the ongoing debate about the status of the battle with these two wars, William's death marks a turning point toward the Revolution. The general interpretation currently is that Dunmore's War was the final conflict of the Colonies. By any definition of the Dunmore War, the shooting of William Mitchell Clay has historic significance.


http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2455073&id=I310

Marriage 1 Martha Anne LEWIS

Marriage 2 Martha RUNYAN

Marriage 3 AGNES


http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/clay/3604/

Husband: William Mitchell Clay#8985 Born: about 1710in Henrico County, Virginia Died: October 10, 1774in Point Pleasant, Virginia Buried:in Point Pleasant, Virginia Occupation Soldier, Farmer Father: Henry Clay #8981 Mother: Mary Mitchell #8982 I have an alternate birth place of Chesterfield County, Virginia.

I have an alternate birth place of Bedford County, Virginia.

Traditon says he was killed in 1774 at "The Battle of Point Pleasant" (Gov. Dunsmore's last fight against the Indians).

I have an alternate death date of September 16, 1774.

William Mitchell Clay died on September 10, 1774, while hunting deer for Col. John Field's company of independent Rangers. He was part of the unit assembled under Gen. Andrew Lewis travelling to Point Pleasant to participate in the impending battle. Though it is not clear why a 64 year old man would be making a 250 mile journey on foot, he earned the dubious distinction of becoming the unit's first casualty.

According to researchers on this line his wife Agnes deserted him, for no wife appears on deeds from 1771 "on".

1765, He found on deed in Bedford County, Virginia buying land from William mead.

In 1768, William Clay placed an advertisement in the Virginia Gazette stating that "...my wife Agnes has eloped from my bed, and robbed me of things of considerable value and I expect will endeavor to run me in debt, Itherefore forewarn all persons from dealing with her on my account as I will pay no debts of her contracting" William and Agnes were either back together in 1769, or she was living alone but still using his name, since she gave a deposition in the Chesterfield County court of May 5, 1769.

He lived in Henrico, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Bedford and Pittsylvania Cos. VA.

His Last deed was recored in 1773 in Pittsyvania Co., Virginia.

Wife: Martha Runyan#8986 Married: 1730in Henrico County, Virginiahis age: 20her age: 17 Born: 1713in Henrico County, Virginia Died: January 1, 1764in Cumberland County, Virginia

Father: Harvey Runyon #15204 Mother: Mary Stottz #15205 Her father was born 1812 in Floyd, now Pike County, Kentucky and died 1879 in Greenup County, Kentucky. They were married Apri 15, 1831 in Pike County, Kentucky. Her mother was born 1808 in North Carolina.

Martha's grandparents: Henry Runyon born 1788 in Montgomery County,Virginia and September 11, 1859 in Prestonburg, Floyd County, Kentucky. He married Hannah Collins, February 1, 1810 in Tazewell County, Virginia. Hannah was born 1790 Tazewell County, Virginia and died March 5, 1857 in Pike County, Kentucky.

Martha's great-grandparents: John Runyon born 1761 in Frederick County, Maryland and died 1840 in Pike County, Kentucky.He married Elizabeth Runner, 1786 in Montgomery County, Virginia.

Martha's great-great-grandparents: Adam Runner born 1731 in Virginia and died 1795 in Wythe County, Virginia.Adam married Elizabeth Penner born 1770 in Virginia and died 1800 in Virginia.

Isaac Runyon born 1738 in Middlesex County, New Jersey and died 1820 in Tazewell County, Virginia.He married Charity Hageman, 1754 in Maryland. Charity was born 1740 in what became Pike County, Kentucky and died 1819 in Floyd County, now Pike County, Kentucky

F Child 1: Elizabeth Clay#8991 Born: April 17, 1734in Bedford, Henrico County, Virginia. Died: before 1789in Chesterfield County, Virginia Spouse: Isham Belcher#8992b. 1732d. 1798 Married: June 2, 1759in Chesterfield County, Virginia

Wife: Martha Ann Lewis#8987died at age: 55 Married: about 1732in probably Henrico County, Virginiahis age: 22her age: 22 Born: 1710in Died: about 1765in probably Cumberland County, Virginia Father: John Lewis II #8989 Mother: Elizabeth Warner #8988 Martha Clay evidently died sometime between 1764 and 1768, as no other record of her is found after 1764.

Information received from Patricia Reed" January 1, 1764.

M Child 1: William Mitchell Clay, Jr.#9118 Born: March 24, 1736in Henrico County, Virginia Died: March 20, 1811in New River, Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia Spouse: Milly ?#9119 Married: about 1759in probably Cumberland County, Virginia

His will was probated October 5, 1812 in Franklin County, Virginia.

He lived in Henrico, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Bedford, Pittsylvania and Franklin Counties, Virginia.

M Child 2: Ezekiel Clay#9248died at age: 30 Born: about 1741in Henrico County, Virginia Died: 1771in Montgomery County, Virginia I have an alternate birth date for him of 1737 and an alternate death date of 1777.

In 1785, David Clay was named "Heir at Law for Ezekiel Clay, Killed by the Indians in 1771".Source: Montgomery Co., Virginia Court Records.This was probably his nephew, son of Mitchell Clay and Pheobe Belcher.

F Child 3: Judith Clay#9249died at age: 67 Born: 1737in Henrico Co., Virginia Died: 1804in possibly Giles Co., Virginia Spouse: Thomas Buery Farley#9250b. October 27, 1730d. 1796 Married: about 1754in Chesterfield Co., Virginia Information from Patricia Reed" in Amelia County, Virginia.

M Child 4: Obediah Clay#9268died at age: 77 Born: about 1738in Henrico Co., Virginia Died: about 1815in Lunenburg Co., Virginia Spouse: Mary Chappell#9269 Married: about 1763in Lunenburg Co., Virginia He will was dated and signed March 31, 1814 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia.The will was probated November 9, 1815 in "Cumberland Parish", Lunenburg Co., Virginia.

M Child 5: Mitchell Clay, Sr.#9123 Born: 1739in Henrico Co., Virginia Died: March 20, 1811in Giles Co., Virginia Spouse: Phoebe Belcher#9122b. about 1740d. 1810 Married: 1760in Bedford County, Virginia I have an alternate birth date for him of 1735.

He was granted 803 acres of land on Clover Bottom, Bluestone Creek, in what was then Fincastle County, Virginia.

They lived in Clover Bottom from 1775 to 1783.After the Indian raid in 1783, Pheobe refused to live in the house at Clover Bottom, so Mitchell moved his family to where the Celenese Plant now is in Giles County, Virginia.

From - Mon Jan 12 13:31:05 1998 From: CATEACH SC Subject: Re:Clay Genealogy

My Clays come from Mitchell Clay, a Virginian, who became the first settler of Mercer County, now WV.There is a statue of his family on the courthouse lawn in Princeton, WV, because of an Indian attack that killed and captured serveral of their children.Mitchell was out hunting with an older son when the attack occurred.The Wyoming County Clays all come from this line as well as many of the Stewarts as the second settler of Wyoming, Ralph Stewart's second wife was Mary Clay, one of Mitchells daughters.Mitchell Clay's wife was a Belcher.Another Belcher girl married a Bailey, also of Mercer, who relocated to Wyoming.Cathy

F Child 6: Hannah Clay#9443 Born: about 1743in Henrico Co., Virginia Died:in probably Burke Co., Georgia Spouse: Gideon Thomas#9444 Married: June 15, 1762in Cumberland Co., Virginia This family moved to St. George's Parish, Georgia about 1765. (This later became Burke Co., Georgia.)

M Child 7: Jesse Clay#9445died at age: 79 Born: 1745in probably Henrico County, Virginia Died: 1824in Jasper County, Georgia Spouse: Marium Royal#9446 Married: about 1767in Cumberland County, Virginia He lived in Henrico, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Bedford, Pittsylvania and Franklin Counties in Virginia prior to moving to Wilkes Co., Georgia.

Jesse received commendation as a patriot for his generosity in supplying food, for troops during the Revolutionary War.

There was a land grant in Georgia in 1784.

He lived in Wilkes, Greene, Oglethorpe and Jasper Counties in Georgia.

Jesse died at his plantation in Jasper County, Georgia, An inventory of the estate of Jesse Clay was filed in 1825.

F Child 8: Mary Elizabeth Clay#9407 Born:in Died:in Spouse: Jeremiah Solesbury#9408 Married:in

Wife: Agnes ?#8990 Married: about 1768in probably Cumberland Co., Virginia.his age: 58 Born:in Died:in Father: Mother:

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William Mitchell Clay, Sr.'s Timeline

1710
January 15, 1710
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
1734
March 20, 1734
Age 24
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
1735
April 17, 1735
Age 25
Chantilly, Fairfax County, Province of Virginia
1735
Age 24
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
1736
May 27, 1736
Age 26
Henrico County, Virginia, United States
1737
1737
Age 26
Raleigh Parish, Amelia County, Province of Virginia
1737
Age 26
Henrico Co., VA
1738
1738
Age 27
Henrico Co, Virginia