Fannie Ellen Eula May Clay

Brief Life History of Fannie Ellen Eula May

When Fannie Ellen Eula May Clay was born on 13 January 1904, in Lewis, Tennessee, United States, her father, William James Clay, was 22 and her mother, Louisa Ellen Victoria Dean, was 22. She married Willis Van Mash on 17 July 1920, in Lewis, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Palestine, Lewis, Tennessee, United States in 1910 and Civil District 6, Lewis, Tennessee, United States in 1920. She died on 14 August 1993, in Maury, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Palestine Cemetery, Hohenwald, Lewis, Tennessee, United States.

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Willis Van Mash
Fannie Ellen Eula May Clay
Marriage: 17 July 1920
James Raymond Leonard Mash
Guy Edward Mash
Newman Springer Mash
Sarah Francis Mash
Jessie Donald Mash
Glen Douglas Mash Sr
Willie Mae Mash

Sources (5)

  • Fannie E Clay in household of James W Clay, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Maye Clay, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Mae Clay in entry for Harold Lee Bell and Frances Mash, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"

World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

1906 · Licencing Butchers

A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.


13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

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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