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French and Indian War

The French and Indian War was between France and England from 1754 to 1763 over control of the colonies and territories. It was part of larger global war called the Seven Years War.  It started when the colony of Virginia claimed land in present day Pennsylvania occupied by the...

Remembering Clay:  Carl Sotherden's Memoirs

March is almost here and thoughts of spring and planting are even stronger, so let’s do some more remembering with Carl of his life on the dairy farm on Caughdenoy Road. I thought it would be fun to think back and tell about some of the trials and tribulations of the Sotherden family as far as I can remember. I do not wish to imply that we...


Reminiscing with Carl Sotherden


Now that the holiday season of 2018 is over and we are almost at the end of January of 2019, thoughts go to planning for...


Clay Sauerkraut History

Around 1900, the original company was owned and named for Jacob Weller, who dismantled the building located in North Carolina and set up his sauerkraut cannery on Route 31 in Clay at 8599 Weller Canning Street, still in existence. It was located behind the Clay Hotel. Another cannery owned by Ward Moulton of Phoenix joined him near by a...


Clay Settlers-Influence of Natives (Part II)

For the 100 years from the time the Palatines landed on Nutten’s Island until their descendants migrated to Clay, they faced many challenges. Johann Conrad Weiser remarried and had eight more children. His son Conrad, from his first wife, grew rebellious longing for knowledge. He added English to his German, then...


Influence of Natives (Part I)

Probably the largest mass immigration to North American was the Palatine exodus from England. Many of these families settled in Clay - ancestors of present-day residents. The Native influence began before they even arrived. The tale begins with the Palatines being run out of their homes in the Rhineland Palatinate. Germany had endured...

Jacob W. Coughtry


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,...


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...

Tri-Town Park Plan

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...

Henry Clay


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,...