View of a common stone wall and pasture in the English Midlands. [Photo courtesy]

Clay Family Gathering 2018

IT'S TIME! The Clay Family Society Gathering 2018 is set for June 25-29, at Thoresby Hall Hotel, Nottinghamshire, England.

We have a number of folk from the US and England joining in for our second international meeting. Last meeting, in Glade Springs, West Virginia, we were blessed with the presence of Dave and Christine Clay from Mansfield, Notts. Dave is a renouned researcher as well as a great entertainer.

This year in Notts, we are going to have Dave and his gang, as well as two other Clays with us.  Much fun and exercise await!

Report after we return, and!



New Clay Book

Our Mothers' Dresses

    Member Leontyne (Clay) Peck, of Charlottesville, Virginia, has completed her second book on the Clays and it is available for purchase.

     Leontyne's first book, Silver Children-The African American Family of Henry Clay looked at the family and origins of Henry Clay, a free man of color in Madison County, Virginia.

     Today, she takes us a step or two further with her journey to find her DNA ancestors -- African, European, and American.  Our Mothers' Dresses carries forward from Silver Children and also introduces us to her "found cousins" in the Clay Family.  Many photos of "our mothers" appear in the book, and yes, their dresses!

     For an autographed copy, email Leontyne or order from her publisher at:

 Get yours now!


The Ninth Gathering of the Clay Family Society at the Resort at Glade Springs June 9-12, 2016

was an amazing success. Over fifty members, plus a few guests, took the trek to West Virginia to investigate the Mitchell and Phoebe (Belcher) Clay family, as well as a great program for Clay genealogy in general and DNA in particular. Thanks to Mary (Frost) Akers for putting together this Gathering, and to David and Christine Clay (from Mansfield, Notts, England) for gifting us with their presence, talent, and humour. Thanks to Jennifer Zinck, a professional genealogist specializing in DNA, for her incredible knowledge and willingness to share with us. Read some of her blogs here.

   We are planning several changes in our DNA project, and in this website! Stay Tuned.