Henry Clay1

#1505, b. 14 September 1779, d. 1863
Father*Henry Clay b. 19 Sep 1736, d. 17 Jan 1820
Mother*Rachel Povall b. c 1738/39, d. 27 Jun 1820
     Henry Clay was born on 14 September 1779 Charlotte County, Virginia. He was the son of Henry Clay and Rachel Povall. Henry Clay married Margaret Helm circa 1800 Bourbon County, Kentucky. Henry Clay died 1863 , Bourbon County, Kentucky.
     He History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 801.
[Bourbon County] [Paris and Precinct]

HENRY CLAY, deceased, whose name stands among the list of the first
pioneers of Bourbon County, and who portrait appears in this history,
was born in Virginia, Sept. 14, 1779, and was the son of Henry and Rachael
Clay. He came to Kentucky in 1787 with his parents, who settled in Bourbon
County. He spent his early youth on his father's farm, and acquired such
education as the school system of the time afforded. He engaged in
business for himself at the age of eighteen years at growing tobacco. He
was a very successful financier and energetic worker, and left at his
death a farm to each of his eleven children. He was also extensively
engaged in the stock business. He was a man of strong mind and took more
or less an active part in the political issues of the day, and was honored
by being elected a member of the State Senate of Kentucky. During the war
of 1812 he served under Gen. Harrison as second lieutenant. When eighteen
years of age he was married to Miss Peggy Helm, of Lincoln County, Ky.,
who was the daughter of Joseph Helm, who, with a party of settlers, came
to Kentucky in an early day, and on their way were attacked by a band of
Indians and nearly all killed. Twelve children were born to them, one of
whom died in infancy, viz: Henry, John, Sally, Joseph H., Letia, Henrietta,
Rebecca (died in infancy), Elizabeth, Samuel, Mary, Francis and Matt.
Henry Clay was a man of religious principles and a member of the Primitive
Baptist Church for many years. His death occurred in his 84th year.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/bourbon/clay.h2.txt
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History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 801.
[Bourbon County] [Paris and Precinct]

HENRY CLAY, deceased, whose name stands among the list of the first
pioneers of Bourbon County, and who portrait appears in this history,
was born in Virginia, Sept. 14, 1779, and was the son of Henry and Rachael
Clay. He came to Kentucky in 1787 with his parents, who settled in Bourbon
County. He spent his early youth on his father's farm, and acquired such
education as the school system of the time afforded. He engaged in
business for himself at the age of eighteen years at growing tobacco. He
was a very successful financier and energetic worker, and left at his
death a farm to each of his eleven children. He was also extensively
engaged in the stock business. He was a man of strong mind and took more
or less an active part in the political issues of the day, and was honored
by being elected a member of the State Senate of Kentucky. During the war
of 1812 he served under Gen. Harrison as second lieutenant. When eighteen
years of age he was married to Miss Peggy Helm, of Lincoln County, Ky.,
who was the daughter of Joseph Helm, who, with a party of settlers, came
to Kentucky in an early day, and on their way were attacked by a band of
Indians and nearly all killed. Twelve children were born to them, one of
whom died in infancy, viz: Henry, John, Sally, Joseph H., Letia, Henrietta,
Rebecca (died in infancy), Elizabeth, Samuel, Mary, Francis and Matt.
Henry Clay was a man of religious principles and a member of the Primitive
Baptist Church for many years. His death occurred in his 84th year.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/bourbon/clay.h2.txt.


Henry Clay of Bourbon County, Kentucky
Bounty Land Application
For
Military Service in 1812
Filed in April, 1855
National Archives, Washington, DC

Bounty Land Warrant number 33353
Land Awarded 160 acres

Background:Henry Clay (1779-1863) was the youngest son of Rachel Povall and Dr.Henry Clay III, of Bourbon County, Kentucky. He came to Bourbon County in 1787 with his parents when he was eight years old, and lived there the rest of his life. He married Margaret (Peggy) Helm January 11, 1796. At least 11 children appear to have survived to adulthood. He is referred to in historical and court documentation in Bourbon County and Kentucky as Colonel Henry Clay.

Transcription of Original Document

County of Bourbon
State of Kentucky

On this 3rd day of April , One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Five, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace, in and for the county and state, aforesaid Henry Clay, aged seventy five, a resident of Bourbon County, in the State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law declared that he is the identical Henry Clay, who enlisted at Dayton, Ohio in the Company of Captain Rogers as a Private, that Captain Rogers proceeded with his command from Dayton, Ohio to St. Marys (Ohio) and then his command was reorganized into a Battalion of which Captain Rogers was appointed Major, that he the said Henry Clay, at the same time was appointed Lieutenant of the company, commanded by Captain Stockton, who was promoted to the captaincy of said company in place of Captain Rogers promoted Major in the War with Great Britain, declared by the United States on the 18th of June 1812. That the enlisted said service on the 5th day of September in the year of Eighteen Hundred and Twelve for the term of thirty days and actually served in said war thirty days and was honorably discharged at Urbana (Ohio) on the day October 11, 1812, as will appear by the muster roll of said company, (he was actually discharged on October 12). He states that his discharge has been misplaced or lost. He further states that the troops who served under Major Rogers were Kentucky Militia volunteers called into the same war by a proclamation of General (William Henry) Harrison, then commanding the Northwestern Army that Major Rogers battalion served at (Fort) St. Marys and (Fort) Defiance and Urbana. He makes the further statement that he has not heretofore obtained any warrant for Bounty Land under any law of the United States nor has he made application for the same under any law other than the one hence after referred to. He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining of the bounty land to which he may be entitled under the act approved March 3, 1855.
Signed Henry Clay

We, Alex. M. Brown and L. Kelly as residents of Bourbon County and the State of Kentucky after our oaths declare that the forgoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by Henry Clay in our presence and that we believe by the appearance and statement of the applicant that he is identical person he represents himself to be .
A.M. Brown
L. Kelly


May 23rd, 1856.
The foregoing application and affidavit were sworn to and subscribed before me, on the day and year written and I certify that I know the affidavits to be credible persons, that the claimant is the person he represents himself to be and that I have no interest in this claim.
Wm. M. Samuel
J.P. Bourbon County


On the day May 23rd, there appeared before me aforesaid Henry Clay aged 75, a resident of Bourbon County in the State of Kentucky.
The foregoing did serve and according to him declared he is the identical Henry Clay who enlisted in Dayton, Ohio into the company of Captain Rogers as a Private and that Captain Rogers proceeded with his command from Dayton to St. Marys and then his command

L. Kelly.
R.J. Brown

State of Kentucky
Bourbon County

I, Richard J. Brown, Clerk of the County Court for the county and state above now do hereby certify that Wm. M. Samuel, Esq., before whom the foregoing affidavits were made and whose genuine signature appears above was at the time of the swearing the same and now is an acting Justice of the Peace within and for the county and state aforesaid duly commissioned and know that all his official acts as such are entitled to full faith and that said county court is a court of record having general jurisdiction for testimony where of I have here set my hand and affix my seal of office at Paris
May 26, 1855, County of Bourbon.2

Family of Henry and Margaret

Last Edited=24 Feb 2014

Citations

  1. [S109] Library of Virginia Archives and Manuscripts, online http://lva1.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/F, Clay family Bible record, 1755-1782.; Archives and Manuscript Database. Hereinafter cited as Library of Virginia Archives and Manuscripts.
  2. [S228] Bounty Land Warrant number 33353, US National Archives, Washington, District of Columbia. Note: Transcribed from the original record in the National Archives by Constance Collins, January 19, 2004.