Clay family papers, 1818-1898, 1895-1898

Descriptive Summary

Title
Clay family papers, 1818-1898, 1895-1898
Creator
Clay family.
Extent
1 reel
Subjects
Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903.
Clay, May Lindsay Stoner, ca. 1873-ca. 1972.
Clay, Sidney Green, ca. 1872-1916.
Clay, Sidney Payne, 1800-1834.
Clay family.
College of New Jersey.
Kentucky--Social life and customs.
Scrapbooks
Arrangement
Organized: letters then scrapbook. Arrangement is somewhat chronological.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Sidney Payne Clay (1800-1834) was the son of General Green Clay. He attended Princeton College (Princeton, New Jersey). He was the brother of Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903). Sidney Green Clay (ca. 1872-1916) was the great nephew of the famed emancipationist. He married May Lindsay Stoner (ca. 1873-ca. 1972), daughter of Col. and Mrs. R. G. Stoner of Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1895.
Scope and Content
This collection consists primarily of materials related to the elopement of Sidney Green Clay and May Lindsay Stoner. Several Clay family letters date from 1818 and 1832. The earliest (June 1818) is a letter to his mother, Mrs. Green Clay, from Sidney Payne Clay while he was at Princeton. He describes his daily routine as a student. There is also a letter to his father discussing student life. An 1832 letter from Cassius M. Clay to his brother, Sidney Payne Clay, requests advice about joining a church. A scrapbook dated 1895 to 1898 contains clippings, personal correspondence, telegrams and other miscellaneous material, most related to Sidney and May Clay's elopement. In 1895 the couple eloped to Iowa.

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