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John Thomas Clay VI (abt. 1587 - abt. 1656)

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Capt. John Thomas (John Thomas) Clay VI
Born about in Monmouthshire, Wales, Englandmap
Brother of and
Husband of — married in London, London, Englandmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died about in Charles City, Virginiamap
16 May 2016
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John Thomas Clay was born in 1587/88 in Monmouth, Wales. He died Apr. 7, 1655 - 60 in Charles City, Virginia.[1] He was known as CAPTAIN JOHN CLAY, "the English Grenadier" (hired soldier in the King's army) .John was the earliest American ancestor of the Clay family to come to Virginia. He arrived in Jamestown with his two younger brothers in the 'TREASURER", FEB. 1613 according to the muster on the 'Treasurer'. [2] The Treasurer, sent to protect the settlers in Jamestowne, was commanded and partially owned by Captain Samuel Argall, who was a brother of Elizabeth Argall Filmer, ancestress of Martha & Lucy Green Clay (wife of Henry Clay 1711-1764). [3] It is stated in his muster that he (John Clay) was a planter before the government of Sir Thomas Dale. [4] [5] He paid for the importation of 32 people on the good ship 'West' which arrived July 13, 1635 for which he was granted 1200 acres of land 13 July 1675 at the head of Wards Creek. John had married before leaving England and left his wife Anne behind. She arrived on the 'ANN", August 1623. [6] [7] In 1624 they were living in Charles City, Virginia, along the banks of the James River where John had been granted 1200 acres in the County, beginning at the lands granted by order of Court to Francis Hooke, up to the head of Wards, his creek, and bounded on the north by the James River. Due 100 acres to him as an old planter before the government of Sir Thomas Dale, and the other 1100 for the transportation of 21 persons by the "west"., July 13, 1635. These lands granted John were near the present City Point, only a few miles from what is now Chesterfield County, and no other settler of the name is mentioned in any record in this section. [8]

Clay, John, an ancient planter, came to Virginia in 1613 and his wife Ann in 1623. He patented lands in 1635 on Ward's creek, in what is now Prince George county. [9]


  1. some sources indicate John Clay may have been born in England and not Wales
  2. There is no evidence that John Clay(e) had a middle name. Middle names were not commonly in use at that time, and there is no primary source for that usage. It is thought that the middle name of "Thomas" came from a mis-reading of a record of a later John Clay, who signed his name within a written document with a "J," which, at the time was equivalent to today's "I". This, in turn, was mis-read/represented by a transcriber as a "T," and a later reader decided that "Thomas" would be a possible name.

DNA Match

  • There is 8 segment auDNA match for a total segment size of 47.4 cM between kit T824570 (David Douglas) GEDCOM ID:1537834 and kit T783064 (*Ross) GEDCOM ID:6638451


  1. Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Deaths [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001. <> <>
  2. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s,p 67. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.<>
  3. The First Republic in America" by Alexander Brown, pg 282
  4. Kinard, June. comp., Early Immigrants to Virginia from the 1500s and 1600s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data Published by The Researchers, PO box 39063, Indianapolis IN. 46239-0063. < >
  5. Hotten book 8a from the Musters of the Inhabitants in Virginia 1624/1625 chapters, pages 201 thru 265, which list the muster captain, and what ship the individual arrived on
  6. John Camden Hotten: London, 1874. Reprint by Empire State Book Co., New York.
  7. THE CENSUS OF VIRGINIA IN 1624; Ann Claye, wife of John Claye
  8. Richmond Critic, 1888
  9. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, page 212

See also:

  • Charles City County court orders, 1655-1658 [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2004.
  • Charles City County court orders, 1655-1658. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1961.
  • Clay Family Source Information Colonial Families of the United States of America, Volume V [database on-line].
  • Ancestor Lineages of Members Texas Society/National Society Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century [database on-line].
  • Lineage of Members Source Information Lineages of Members of the National Society of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Vol. III [database on-line].
  • Abstracts of Land Patents - Charles City County
  • Foley, Louise Pledge Heath. Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep and Tangled Branches. Volume II (Charles City County-Prince George County, Virginia). Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.

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  • Thank you to Teresa Abram for creating Clay-1180 on 20 Oct 13.
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  • Clay-1464 was created by John Floyd through the import of James-W-Justice-ancestors.ged on Aug 30, 2014.

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On August 12, 2015 at 17:59GMT David Douglass wrote:

Cleaned up profile and sources. Corrected some HTML coding errors. Bio needs additional development.

On July 4, 2015 at 16:36GMT William Foster wrote:

Clay-1829 and Clay-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same child, matching dates of birth/death.

On January 18, 2015 at 02:32GMT John Floyd wrote:

Cleaned up the Biography/profile/apperance and removed any duplicate sources for John Clay. Please review and edit if necessary.

On December 7, 2014 at 14:47GMT John Floyd wrote:

Clay-10 and Clay-1464 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same person, because they have the same birth and death date and other vital information look the same.

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