Other CLAY Families
Of course there are "other" CLAY Families, for the surname is not unique.
Surnames came into use gradually -
Sometimes a person would be referred to as the son of someone, hence the names Stevenson, Robertson, Johnson, etc.
Sometimes by the person's trade - Baker, Butcher, Clark, Wainwright, Smith
Sometimes by the person's location - Hill, Dale, Marsh
And doubtless the surname CLAY arose similarly.
These surnames would have sprung up independently all over the country, so - just because someone shares your name does not mean they are related at all. Though they might be !
Another(?) Clay family is very well documented here. That family also has Derbyshire connections, so might well be related, before "our" record on this WebSite - which does not start until Jospeh of Merrybower, who was married in 1682. He was probably born around 1660, but we do not know where.
Our Joseph had a son Joseph baptised in Barrow in 1688.
That other WebSite records a Josph Junior having a son Joseph baptised in St. Werburgh, Derby, in 1690.
And on that same Page are these tantalising consecutive entries:-
1695. The Will of William Clay of St. Werburgh parish. Derby, brick maker. Wife - Margery. Sons- William Clay, Joseph Clay, Samuel Clay. (Lichfield Record Office).
1695. The Will of Joseph Clay of Derby, brick maker. Wife - Elizabeth. Sons - William Clay and Joseph Clay. Brother -William Clay, his father William Clay left him land in Derby. (Lichfield Record Office).
Joseph was a brick maker, and had a brother William - was this the preceding William ? Or - was the preceding William actually Joseph's father ?
Both Joseph and William had sons named William and Joseph !
And at the very bottom of that WebPage appear these entries - definitely "ours" : -
Miriam 1682, Sarah 1683, Mary 1685, Joseph 1688, Thomas 1698.
Walter Baskerville Mynors " 34 Son in Law Rector and JP. Born Old Radnor.
Arthur Baskerville Mynors " 3 Grandson Born Langstone.
Evelyn Baskerville Mynors " 0 Grandaughter " "