A history of the family known as
Clay of Piercefield
This WebSite was created to record and make available what is known about the family recorded in Burke's "Landed Gentry" as "Clay of Piercefield".
If this is your first visit, you are invited to read the Introduction, which tells you about this WebSite, what it contains, and "navigation tips" - perhaps the most useful is that, if you follow a Link (red, underlined, not Bold), then it opens a new Tab; remember to kill that Tab to go back to where you were - otherwise you may end up with lots of open Tabs ! Bold Links replace your present Tab.
On the Menu on the left, one tab mentions "1 Jospeh" - the number refers to the sequence of generation and birth - he was the first-born of the first generation that we know about. Another tab mentions "12331 Henry" - that Henry was (working backwards through the numbers) the eldest son of the 3rd son of the 3rd son of the 2nd son of - "1 Joseph"; i.e. there are four digits - four generations - below "1 Joseph". In the Family Trees, those numbrs increase from left to right; and the number of digits increases from top to bottom as you go down the page.
If you haven't read it, you might like to read The Family's Origins, for the first records we have found show the family at Merrybower just South of Derby. In 1751 the family moved to Burton-on-Trent; Piercefield was bought in 1861, and all the family had scattered from Staffordshire by 1926 -though there MAY be other branches as yet undiscovered!.
This WebSite tells the stories of dead Clay males and their wives and children - down to