Joseph Clay

Brief Life History of Joseph

When Joseph Clay was born in 1816, in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, George Clay, was 40 and his mother, Ann Marsden, was 11813. He married Ann Midgley in 1840, in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Passaic, New Jersey, United States in 1860.

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Joseph Clay
Ann Midgley
Marriage: 1840
John Clay
George Clay
Elizabeth Clay
Jessie Clay
Emma Clay
Henry Clay
Mary Ann Clay
Eliza Ann Clay
Mary A. Clay
William Clay

Sources (13)

  • Joseph Clay, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Joseph Clay, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • George, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"

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Historical Boundaries 1837: Passaic, New Jersey, United States


A battalion of volunteers from New Jersey assisted during the Mexican-American War. They were active from 1847 to 1848 and divided among four companies. The battalion assisted during the Battle of Contreras and the Battle of Churubusco.

Name Meaning

English (Midlands and Yorkshire): from Old English clǣg ‘clay’, applied as a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of clay soil, a habitational name for someone who lived in a district known as (the) Clay, such as the one in east Notinghamshire, or as a metonymic occupational name for a worker in a clay pit (see Clayman ).

Americanized form of German Klee .

History: The relatively common English name Clay had several American forebears in the 18th century. Henry Clay, born in Hanover, VA, in 1777, secretary of state for President John Quincy Adams, was descended from English ancestors who came to VA shortly after the founding of Jamestown. The revolutionary war officer Joseph Clay, also a member of the Continental Congress, was a native of Yorkshire, England, who emigrated to GA in 1760 and was a founder of the University of Georgia.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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