Clay, Green (1757-1828) Papers, 1780-1834

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Clay, Green, 1757-1828 

Title:  Papers, 1780-1834 

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Scope and Content Note 

Papers consist of correspondence, 1799-1834, land papers, 1780-1833, legal papers, 1830-1833, and accounts, 1780-1834, concerning land in the Jackson Purchase region of Ky. A complete list of the heirs of Green Clay, living in 1833, is given in a summons. 

Biographical Note 

Green Clay was born in Powhatan County, Va. in 1757. He was a second cousin of Henry Clay, and brother-in-law of Kentucky Governor James Garrard. Clay speculated in Ky. lands and moved to Madison County, Ky. in the 1780s. He held many political offices, served in the 

Kentucky legislature and fought in the War of 1812. He was a very prominent landowner with more than 40,000 acres of Kentucky lands. In 1795, he married Sallie Lewis who bore him several children including Cassius Marcellus, and Brutus Junius Clay. Green Clay died on October 31, 1826, and was buried in the Richmond Cemetery. 

Folder List 

Box 1 

1 Correspondence, 1799-1828.

2 Correspondence, 1830.

3 Correspondence, 1831.

4 Correspondence, 1832.

5 Correspondence, 1833-1834.

6 Accounts and receipts, 1820-1833.

7 Legal papers, 1830-1833.

8 Land papers, 1780-1796.

9 Miscellaneous land papers, 1781-1833.

10 Miscellaneous, 1820.