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African-American Settlers*

Joseph Lyons was an interesting person. Most records say he was born in 1783; the 1850 Census says in the West Indies (Caribbean); others say New York, England and France. One

explanat ion is that since Joseph was born on the Island of St. Lucia, wh ich was a French colony captured by the British in 1794 during the French...


J.W. Coughtry Cigar Company*

Jacob W. Coughtry was born on January 3, 1829 in Albany. His father, John W. also was born in Albany, one of five children, and his mother, Margaret, was born in Herkimer. Jacob was first married to Catherine Ostrander of Herkimer and they had a son, John, named after Jacob’s father. He married a second time to Henrietta Sommers,...

Jacob W. Coughtry

Clay Parks Beginning

According to Clay Parks Commissioner, Wayne Morris, there are seven Parks considered Town Parks. However, there are approximately 30 areas considered as neighborhood parks or recreation areas even if only for taking a stroll or enjoying nature. And, of course, there is the Senior Center devoted to Clay’s Seniors. A list of all these areas is...

Tri-Town Park Plan


Henry Clay – The Town’s Namesake

Henry Clay, Sr. was born April 12, 1777 at the Clay homestead in Hanover County, Virginia in a story and a half frame home. It was an above-average home for ‘common’ Virginia planter with 22 slaves. His ancestors had been in Virginia since approximately 1612 when John Clay arrived from England. Being the seventh of nine children,...

Henry Clay


Remembering the Clay Log Cabin Digs*

It doesn’t seem possible it has been 20 years since we were digging up artifacts from the original site on Henry Clay Boulevard. “We” included members of the Clay Historical Association (CHA), teachers and students from ES-M, CNS and Liverpool School Districts, members of churches and Boy Scouts. There were 31 volunteers at...


Log Cabin Digs

Donald Thompson, History Teacher, organized and instructed the digs and acquired funding to excavate the surrounding land with a New York State archaeological grant. He obtained a grant for tools, supplies and display through Michael Bragman’s office. The first archaeological field school was July 13 – July 26, 1996 at the cabin site. Before the...


Solomon Kittle – Clay Civil War Veteran

Although not a famous hero, Solomon’s life and death show why many soldiers should be called heros who fought and died in that bloody Civil War. He was born in 1828 to James and Cornelia Kittle in Morgan Settlement, a small farm hamlet on the corner of Welzel and...


Nathan Soule, Clay Politician (Part I)

The namesake of Soule Road in Clay lived a very interesting life. Nathan Soule was born in August 1790 in Dover, Dutchess County, New York, the second son of Latten and Lydia Soule. He was one of twelve siblings one of whom was Ephraim Leech Soule who, like Nathan,...


Nathan Soule’s Life in Clay (Part II)

In Clay, Nathan began his political career in 1833 by becoming the second postmaster of the Euclid Post Office in Clay. While in this position, he ran for State Assemblyman for the 23rd District in Clay and won, serving 1837 – 1838. In this position, he introduced a bill...


Nathan Soule’s Later Years in Clay (Part III)

The second reason the opponents of Nathan’s run for New York State Treasurer said he lost was his involvement with his brother, Dr. E. L. Soule of Euclid, in the manufacture of Oriental Sovereign Balm Pills. Many prominent citizens of Clay attested to the fact...