An American Family History


Henry Clay


Henrico County was established in 1634 as one Virginia's eight original shires. Its boundaries incorporated an area from which ten Virginia counties were later formed.

Chesterfield County, Virginia was organized in 1749 when the territory south of the James River was separated from Henrico County.

Henry Clay was born in 1711 in Cumberland County (was Henrico), Virginia. He was the son of Henry Clay and Mary Mitchell.

He married Lucy Green about 1735 in Cumberland County, Virginia.

Henry and Lucy's children probably included:

Henry Clay (1736, married Rachel Povall),
Charles Clay (1740, married Phebe Cheatham),
Samuel Clay ( 1743),
Thomas Clay (1745, married Susannah Watkins),
Abijah Clay (1747, maried Sarah Skinner),
Marston Clay (1749, married Elizabeth Williams),
Rebecca Clay (1752, married John Marshall),
John Clay (1754),
Elijah Clay (1759), and
Lucy Clay (1756, maried Richard Jones, Jr.).

When his father died he inherited land.

I give and bequeath to my son, Henry Clay, the land and plantation he now lives on, and two hundred acres of land at Let alone, in Goochland County, it being the Lower Survey belonging to me at the said Let alone, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Henry died about 1764 in Southam Parish, Cumberland County, Virginia..

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.




Halifax County, Virginia was established in May, 1752 from Lunenburg County. The counties of Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania and part of Franklin were formed out of Halifax.

from The Clay Family

Henry Clay, of Southam Parish, Cumberland County, son of Henry and Mary (Mitchell) Clay, of Chesterfield, signed his will March 8, 1764, which was probated October 22, 1764.

He married, in 1735, Lucy Green, born 1717, daughter of Thomas Green and Elizabeth Marston (born November 25, 1672, died August 11, 1759), daughter of Thomas Marston, Justice of Henrico in 1682, and his wife, Elizabeth Marvell. . .

Henry Clay mentions as the legatees of his will his wife, Lucy, and their children.
I. Henry Clay, born, 1736, moved to Kentucky in 1787, died in 1820.
II. Charles Clay, an early emigrant to Kentucky.
III. Samuel Clay, member of the North Carolina Legislature, 1789 - 90
IV. Thomas Clay, of Cumberland County.
V. Abia Clay, Lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army. (He was called also Obia and Abijah.)
VI. Marston Clay, married Elizabeth Williams, of Halifax County.
VII. Rebecca Clay.
VIII. John Clay, a Captain in the Revolution in 1777.
IX. Elijah Clay is mentioned in deeds July 13, 1783, and August 2, 1792, when he sells lands in Cumberland County.
X. Lucy Clay.

July 28, 1750, Thomas Green, of Amelia, deeds to Henry Clay, of Cumberland, two hundred acres of said Green's Patent of February 10, 1748.

November 4, 1760, Henry Clay, senior, and Lucy, his wife, deed to Henry Clay, junior (Doctor Henry, of Kentucky), two hundred acres on the north side of the Appomattox, formerly granted "to my father, Henry Clay, deceased, July 9, 1724, whereon my son Henry now lives."

In deeds of November, 1758, and 1760, Lucy, the wife of Henry Clay, and Martha, the wife of Charles Clay, are identified as the daughters of Elizabeth Green, deceased, whose will was probated January 24, 1760, in Amelia County.


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