University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Nestor and Tacitus Clay Papers, 1802, 1832-1860, 1962



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clay, Nestor
Creator: Clay, Tacitus
Title: Clay, Nestor and Tacitus Papers
Dates: 1802, 1832-1860, 1962
Abstract: The Nestor and Tacitus Clay Papers include original correspondence and deeds, transcripts of wills, legal documents, biographical information, and family trees of the Clay and Johnson families.
Accession No.: 62-086
Extent: 7 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Nestor Clay (1799-1835), an early settler of Texas, was born in Kentucky, the son of Mary Jane "Polly" (Dawson) and Thomas Clay, a captain in the Revolutionary War. He moved to Texas in 1822, but returned to Kentucky one year later, to marry Nancy Wilson Johnson (1806-1834). In 1824 they returned to Texas together and had three children. Nestor Clay represented Washington County at the conventions of 1832 and 1833. Both Nestor and Nancy Clay have been reinterred in Austin’s Pioneer Cemetery (now Texas State Cemetery). Nestor’s brother Tacitus completed the construction of Clay Castle, started by Nestor, in 1836.

The Clays’ son, Tacitus Clay (1824-1868), named for his uncle, was an influential businessman, Confederate army officer, and mayor of Independence, Washington County, Texas.

Sources: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Clay, Nestor," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/fcl20.html (accessed July 6, 2010).

Texas State Cemetery. "Nancy Wilson Johnson Clay." http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form.asp?pers_id=1 (accessed July 6, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Nestor and Tacitus Clay Papers, 1802, 1832-1860, 1962, include original correspondence and deeds, transcripts of wills, legal documents, biographical information, and family trees of the Clay and Johnson families. The papers relate to family genealogy and land papers of the Clay and Johnson families, as well as the re-interment of Nestor and Nancy Clay.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Clay, Nestor, 1799-1835--Archives.
Clay, Tacitus T., 1824-1868--Archives.
Clay, Nancy Johnson, 1806-1834
Davis, David G.
Johnson, Cleopatra
Johnson, James W.
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Slavery--Texas
Wills--Texas
Estates--Texas
Places
Independence (Tex.)
Milam County (Tex.)
Washington County (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nestor and Tacitus Clay Papers, 1802, 1832-1860, 1962, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chester Kielman, July 1962.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2C449 Papers, 1802, 1832-1860, 1962