Nestor  Clay

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Nestor Clay
Born in Kentucky
January 6, 1799
Died in Austin's Colony
October 31, 1835

His Wife
Nancy W. (Johnson) Clay
Born in Kentucky
March 30, 1806
Died in Austin's Colony
July 11, 1834

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Conventions of 1832 - '33
"Nestor Clay, more than any
other man,was the master spirit
of the convention of 1833"
Robert M. Williamson
Full Name: Nestor  Clay
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:S  Number:11
Reason for Eligibility: Delegate, Conventions of 1832 and 1833; Veteran, Republic of Texas 
Birth Date: January 6, 1799 
Died: October 31, 1835 
Burial Date:  
CLAY, NESTOR (1799-1835). Nestor Clay, pioneer, son of Thomas and Mary Jane "Polly" (Dawson) Clay, was born on January 6, 1799, in Daviess County, Kentucky. His father was a captain in the Revolutionary War, and Clay was a cousin of Henry Clay of Kentucky. Nestor Clay came to Texas in 1822 as a single man. In 1823 he returned to Kentucky to marry sixteen-year-old Nancy Wilson Johnson; the two returned to Texas in 1824 and settled near Independence, Washington County. Before leaving Kentucky, Clay had been a member of the Kentucky Senate, and he was a representative at the conventions of 1832 and 1833 in Texas. He is not listed among the Old Three Hundred but received a Mexican land grant in Washington County on March 18, 1831. By 1834 he held title to 25,000 acres. The Clays had three children before Nancy died in 1834. Clay died in 1835 from wounds received during an Indian raid on Clay Creek in Milam County. Both he and his wife have been reinterred in Austin's Pioneer Cemetery. Clay's residence, known as Clay Castle, was completed by his brother, Tacitus, in 1836.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Nestor and Tacitus Clay Papers, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Betty Cantrell Plummer, Historic Homes of Washington County (San Marcos, Texas: Rio Fresco, 1971). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Gracey Booker Toland, Austin Knew His Athens (San Antonio: Naylor, 1958). Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.

James L. Hailey

"CLAY, NESTOR." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Wed Feb 26 18:15:45 US/Central 2003].
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