Clay Genealogy Books

Southern Clays – brick wall Clays first recorded in the colonies or United States below NJ, PA and OH

  • Adventurers of Purse and Person by John Frederik Dorman. Copyright 2004 and published 1005, 2007 & 2009, this is the “go to book” for Southern Clays. It has a Clay section edited by Robert Young Clay, who was a curator at Library of Virginia. He was also a founding member of the CFS and you’ll see his name referenced many time on this website. This book is published in 4 volumes (Volume 1 Part A: A-Ch, Volume 1 Part B: Cl-F, Volume 2: G-P and Volume 3: R-Z. Volume 1 Part B contains the Clay family. Usually available on Amazon for about $50.
  • The Clay Family by Honorable Zachary F. Smith and Mrs. Mary Rogers Clay. Published in 1899, this book is in two part: The Mother of Henry Clay (the Senator) and The Genealogy of the Clays, which records Clay descendants of John Clay(e) who is first recorded in Virginia in 1613.
  • The Georgia Branch of the Virginia Clay And Their Celebrated Cousins by L. W. Rigsby. Publish July 4, 1926, this book contain information on early Clays not found in other books.
  • Early Settlers of Alabama (Clay section only) by Col. James Edmonds Saunders. Published in 1899, this book has been edited to contain only The Clay Family pages that record Clay descendants of John Clay(e) with emphasis on Alabama Clays.

New England Clays – brick wall Clays first recorded in the colonies or United States above WV, MD and DE

  • History and Genealogy of The Clay Family by Hiland H. Clay. Published in 1916, this book records Clay descendants of Jonas Clay (c.1617 – c.1663), who was likely born in England and is first recorded in Wenham, MA in 1643.

England Clays – brick wall Clays first recorded in England or the UK

  • The Family of CLAY of New castle, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Cecil Clay. Published in 1895, this book records Clay descendants of Robert Clay (1657 – 1737), who was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England and died in Yorkshire, England. His only son Robert Clay (1688 Chesterfield, England – 1716) had 4 children in Philadelphia, PA before he was lost at sea while in command of the ship TRIUMPH off Liverpool, England.

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