Mr. Alanson Clay

Mr. Alanson Clay, of Unionville, N.Y., died Feb. 2 aged 74 years.  He is survived by a wife and two children: Theodore, of Suffern, and Eber, of Rahway, N.J. 

The funeral was held in the M.E. church at Unionville, Thursday, at 1 o’clock.  Interment in Laurel Grove.

Source:  Port Jervis Evening Gazette, February 6, 1897. 

Alanson Clay

Alanson Clay, an aged citizen of Unionville, died on Tuesday morning after a brief illness from pneumonia. He was aged 73 years and 19 days and leaves a family. The funeral was held Thursday at one o’clock p.m. at the M.E. church. Interment as Port Jervis.—Deckertown Record. The deceased was the father of Conductor Theodore Clay, of the New York Division of the Erie, for many years a resident of Port Jervis.

Source: Port Jervis Tri-States Union, February 11, 1897

Mr. Alanson Clay

Mr. Alanson Clay, of Unionville, N.Y., died Feb. 2 aged 74 years. He is survived by a wife and two children, Theodore of Suffern, and Eber, of Rahway, N.J.

The funeral was held in the M.E. church at Unionville, Thursday, at 1 o’clock. Interment in Laurel Grove.

Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, February 6, ,1897.

Mrs. Eunice C. Clay

An Invalid for Eight Years, Widow of Late Amzy Clay Passes Away

Mrs. Eunice C. Clay, relict of the late Amzy Clay, died at her home in Ellington, Tuesday afternoon, May 19, 1908, in the 69th year of her age.

She was born June 15, 1839 and came to Michigan with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hiller when only seven years of age, living near Flint until she was sixteen, then removed to Tuscola county. August 9, 1859 when 18 years she married Amzy Clay and resided in Fairgrove township until 27 years ago when they moved to Ellington.

She leaves four children; Henry M. of Portland, Oregon; Ida E., Grant S., Annie C. Clay all of the home township. Mrs. Grace Loomis and Harry D. Hunt of Indianfields are grandchildren, and there are five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lavina Wright of Saginaw, Mrs. Rosina E. Molonzo of Ellington are sisters and Walter N. Hiller of Almer is a brother.

A rearing a family of five children of her own, she took three motherless grandchildren to whom she was a mother until they arrived at maturity and was ever ready to give unsparingly of her strength and skill in caring for the sick and needy.

For eight years she was an invalid, although confined to her bed but two weeks at the last, when her sufferings were so intense she prayed that they might be taken away.

Rev. R.L. Cope assisted by Rev. Wm. Hutchinson conducted funeral services Thursday afternoon, and the remains were buried besides those of her husband in Ellington cemetery.

Source: Tuscola County Advertiser, May 29, 1908.

Untitled (Henry Clay & Adella McCallum)

Henry M. Clay, of Portland, Oregon, the eldest son of Amzy Clay and wife, who went to Washington thirteen years ago last spring has written his parents announcing his marriage on the first of June to Miss Adella M. McCallum, of Portland. Mr. Clay was well known around here and his many friends unite in congratulations and best wishes for future happiness.

Source: Tuscola County Advertiser, August 5, 1904.

Stephen H. Wood

Stephen H. Wood died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edna Decker, near Sussex, of complication of diseases. Mr. Wood was born near Amity, N.Y., June 23, 1836, a son of Isaac and Jane Miller Wood. September 22, 1866, he was united in marriage to Sarah S. Clay, of near Sussex, who died December 27, 1922. They began housekeeping in Vernon where he was farming and remained there until April, 1902, when they moved near Sussex. Mr. Wood was a good business man and a kind father. Early in life he united with the Methodist church at Vernon. He was also a member of the Wantage Grange and Sussex County Pomona Grange. He is survived by five children, Christopher H. Wood, residing at home; Margaret, wife of George McCloud, of Franklin; Ida, wife of Harry White of Libertyville; Grace, wife of Edward Hockenberry, of the Clove, and Mrs. Edna F. Decker, of near Sussex. He is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from his late home near Woodbourne Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Papakating cemetery.

Source: Sussex Independent, February 2, 1923.

News from Cass City, MI

Amzy Clay had the pleasure of receiving a letter from a brother last week living at Unionville, Orange Co., N.Y., from whom he had not heard for several years. (Cass City Chronicle, May 10, 1895)

Highway Commission Chas. Schrader has been doing some good work in placing a railing at the brink of the river where it cuts into the road at the point at the ox-bow opposite Amzy Clay’s. This has been a very dangerous place for several years. (Cass City Chronicle, May 4, 1906)

Amzy Clay is on the sick list. (Cass City Chronicle, October 25, 1907)

The Misses Ida and Anna Clay hear the story is going around that they are going to move away. Such has not been their intention, and they will not go off the place. This is the last summer they can spend in the old home, and they wish to spend it all there. So if they go it will be pure compulsion–nothing else, without it should be fear for their own well being which would be the same thing. (Cass City Chronicle, June 4, 1909)

Harry D. Hunt visited with his aunts, the misses Ida and Anna Clay, Sunday. (Cass City Chronicle, September 17, 1909)

The writer received a letter from Henry M. Clay of Portland, Oregon, the eldest son of the late Amzy Clay, that his wife who had been poorly for the last two years was very ill and had been for some time. For the last three weeks before he wrote that he had not been able to work because she was so ill. Dannie, his little son, was not well and he himself at the time of writing had been taken with lumbago, and old standby of his. (Cass City Chronicle, January 27, 1911)

Another Pioneer Gone

Died, at his home in Ellington of heart failure on Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m., Amzy Clay, an old pioneer of Tuscola county.  He was born in Orange county, New Jersey, October 17, 1828.  In 1852 he moved with his parents to Michigan locating on land in Town 13 NR 8 E where he lived for some time.  Then he moved to Ellington where he has since resided.  He was the youngest of eleven children, all of whom have gone before.

He leaves to mourn his death a wife and four children, Henry M., of Portland, Ore., Ida, Grant and Annie, who reside at home, and three grandchildren; also five great grandchildren.  He has been the correspondent in Ellington for the county papers for a number of years.  The funeral was held Sunday at two p.m. and interment made in the Ellington cemetery.

Source:  Cass City Chronicle, November 1, 1907.

Eunice Hiller Clay

Mrs. Eunice C. Clay was born in the state of New York, June 15th, 1838, and departed this life May 19, 1908, at half past four o’clock. She has been a great sufferer for eight years, ever bearing her afflictions patiently. She came to Michigan with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hiller, when about six or seven years of age. They settled near Flint where they remained several years. She came to Tuscola county when about seventeen years of age, her parents having preceded her to this county. She was married on August 9, 1857, to the late Amzy Clay when eighteen years of age, in Fairgrove township, where they resided until twenty-seven years ago when they took up their residence in Ellington township. After their five children had grown to manhood and woman hood she took three of her grandchildren into her home and carried for them. She was always known as a very kind and helpful woman, ever ready to help a friend or neighbor who needed assistance. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Revs. R.L. Cope and Wm. Hutchinson and her remains laid to rest in Ellington cemetery. She leaves to mourn four children, Henry M. Clay of Portland, Oregon; Grant C. Clay, and Ida and Annie, of Ellington; three grandchildren, Mrs. Grace V. Loomis of Ellington, Mrs. Daisy L. VanHorn of Indianfields, and Harry D. Hunt of Ellington; also two sisters, Mrs. Lavina Wright of Saginaw, and Mrs. Rose E. Molonzo of Elllington; and one brother, Walter M. Hiller of Almer. Thus one by one the old pioneers are passing away.

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Elizabeth Clay & John P. Wilber

The first marriage that was solemnized in the town [Fairgrove], was that of Miss Elizabeth Clay to John P. Wilber, son of Zephaniah Wilber, at the house of the bride’s brother, Amzy Clay, November 2, 1853, the ceremony being performed by Lucius S. Marvin, Esq.

Source:  History of Tuscola and Bay Counties, Michigan. 1883.  Chicago: H.R. Page & Company.