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Eve Hardin[1, 2]

Female 1770 - 1858


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  • Born  26 Sep 1770  , , , North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Census: Federal  1820  , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • female >45: Eave Clay [at 50]
      male 16-26 [Peyton Clay at 19]
      female 10-16 [Mahany at ?]
      male <10 [Edmund at abt 10]
      female slave <14
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    Land Lottery  1821  , Captain Williams District, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    was awarded lot 18, district 102, Henry County 
    • She was listed as "Clay, Eve (Wid)."
    Census: Federal  1840  , District 329, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • female 70-80: Eave Clay [at 70 - living alone]
    Pension Application  1850  , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Due to difficulties in proving her marriage to Revolutionary War veteran, her pension was not received until 2 Apr 1855.

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      NC - Clay, David W.6690
      Eva
      B.L.Wt 5001-160-55

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      No. 34,944
      Act of March 3, 1855.
      Received April 2, 1855.
      David Clay
      Capt. Kornegay
      Rev. War
      Warrant No. 5001-160-55
      Thomas N. Beall
      Irwinton Ga.

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      State of Georgia On this the 23rd of Dec 1850 before me the undersigned
      Tattnall County a Justice of the Peace in and for Said County personally appeared Henry Holland aged about 98 years a resident of Said County who after being duly sworn according to Law states that he is a Pensioner of the United States on the Georgia roll at the rate of Fifty Dollars per annum. That he is acquainted with Mrs. Eve Clay of Wilkinson County in this state widow of David Clay who was reported and believed to have been a true whig and a Soldier in the Revolutionary War by his neighbors and acquaintances in North Carolina where he was acquainted with the said David Clay, that he the said Henry Holland was present at the marriage of David Clay and Eve his wife, and that they were married in Warren County near the Shoals of Ogeechee by a Justice of the Peace named John Hatcher. He cannot remember the date, but knows it to be more that fifty-eight years past from the age of his son John who was a sucking infant at the time of David's marriage and is now over sixty years of age. David Clay served through the whole war and was in several battles with said Henry and was discharged at the close of the war near Charlestown by General Green.
      Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23rd day of Decr 1850
      C W Collins Henry (his X mark) Holland
      Joseph Coe JP

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      I certify that I believe the statements made by Henry Holland are just and true, as he is a man of retentive memory, and in good repute for veracity.
      Joseph Coe JP
      Dec 23 1850
      Georgia I do hereby certify that Joseph Coe whose name appears to the
      Tattnall County foregoing is a Justice of Peace in and for Said County whose
      signature is genuine as such. This 24th June 1851
      James B. Smith CSCJC

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      Henry Holland (1850) knows they were married more than 58 years before the time his affidavit was made, knows this from the age of his son, now 60 years old, who was a sucking infant when the marriage occurred. That David Clay served through the whole war & was engaged in several battles with himself.
      Case of P Clayton
      2nd Aud

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      State of Georgia Know all men by these presents that I Eve Clay, widow of
      Tattnall County David Clay who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint George W. Collins of Tattnall County Georgia, my true and lawful attorney, for me and in my name and stead, to prosecute my claim for a Revolutionary Pension against the government of the United States, and to enable him better to understand the claim, and the nature of the evidence already filed in the case, do hereby authorize him or his substitute, fully to examine in my name and stead, all papers filed in the Pension Office of the United States, and to do all other acts and deeds necessary to the procuring of said Pension, or that may be deemed necessary by my said attorney to effect the same.
      Eve (her X mark) Clay
      Widow of David Clay
      Signed Sealed and delivered this 6th of June 1851 in presence of
      Thomas L. Collins
      Joseph Coe Justice of the Peace LS

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      Treasury Department
      Second Auditors Office
      August 29th 1851
      Sir,
      Enclosed I hand you the papers in the case of Eve Clay the widow of David Clay who applies for a Pension for services of her husband in the War of the Revolution. Though the service is not particularly given, I presume from the testimony of the witness that he belonged to the N Carolina Militia. I will write to day to the constable of that state for additional testimony. I have no interest in the case, & whatever I do is at the request of my friend the Hon. R. Novets who

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      represents Mrs. Clay in the matter. Whatever report you may have to make if sent to me, will be communicated to Mr Novets
      Very respectfully
      Yr MMMM
      Hon J. E. Heath P Clayton
      Comr of Rev 2nd Auditor

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      State of North Carolina
      Comptrollers Office
      September 3d 1851.
      I William J. Clarke Comptroller of Public accounts, in and for the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that it appears of record in said office among the payments made by said State to sundry persons, on account of military services in the Revolutionary War, as follows, to wit: Book No. 10 "Payments for 1782 to 18 months drafts David Clay $76.60" Also in Book No. 26 page 89 D. Clay 9 specie
      In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal of office the day and year above written
      Wm J. Clarke Comptrol

      State of North Carolina,
      Office of Secretary of State.
      I, William Hill, Secretary of State, in and for the State of North Carolina, do hereby certify, that it appears for the muster-rolls of the Continental line of this State, in the Revolutionary War, that David Clay a private Soldier in Capt. Evans's Company of the tenth Regiment, entered the service on the [space left blank] day of [space left blank] 1782, for the term of eighteen months.
      Given under my hand this 3rd day Septemr 1851.
      W. Hill Secretary of State

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      State of North Carolina
      Comptrollers Office
      September 8th 1851
      I, William J. Clarke, Comptroller of Public accounts, in and for the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that since issuing my certificate of the 3d inst. in the case of David Clay, I have found, among the original Indents or Army Certificates, one issued by the Army Commissioner of Wilmington District, dated December 14th 1781 allowing David Clay the sum of Nine pounds (9) specie for his services in the Militia as returned in PayRoll No. 350.
      In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal of office the day and year above written.
      Wm J. Clarke Comptr

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      Pension Office Sept 8th 1851
      Sir, The application of Eve Clay widow of David Clay for a pension has been examined and filed. The service of David Clay is admitted but the evidence that the applicant is the widow of the Soldier who performed[?] the service[?] is not entirely satisfactory. She must make a declaration as the enclosed form directs, stating the date of her marriage, the day of her husband's death & setting forth according to the best of her knowledge his services.
      Record proof of the marriage is always required where it can be obtained but in case such evidence cannot be procured, the fact my be established by the testimony of one or more respectable persons whose credibility must be vouched for by the officiating magistrate.
      I am respectfully [?]
      Signed, John Wilson Pn Commissioner
      P Clayton Esq Present

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      State of Georgia Be it known that on the 14th day of July 1852 the subscriber a
      Wilkinson County Justice of the Peace in and for said county duly authorized by law to administer oaths personally appeared Eve Clay who being duly sworn says and declares that she is the widow and relict of David Clay late a soldier in the Revolutionary War, now deceased that she was married to him in Warren County in said state by John Hatcher Esq (now dead, that the marriage took place about the year 1792 September 26th day when she was about 14 [the first digit appears to be a "1," but also appears to be smudged or scratched out] years of age.
      Sworn to & subscribed before me the day & year above written.
      Eave (her X mark) Clay
      J T Hagen Test
      Wright Noles JP
      State of Georgia Clerk's Office
      Wilkinson County Superior Court July 14th 1852
      I hereby certify that Wright Noles whose signature appears above is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county and that the above signature purporting to be his is genuine and further that I am personally acquainted with Samuel T. Player the other witness and know him to be a man of good standing and undoubted veracity.
      Given under my hand and seal of office
      A. V. W. Cardil Clerk



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      State of Georgia Be it known that on the fourteenth day of July 1852 before the
      Wilkinson County subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said county duly authorized by law to administer oaths personally appeared William John and Mary John, who being duly sworn declare and say that they have been acquainted with David Clay & his wife Eve Clay for upwards of fifty years, that they were married in the Court of Warren in said state in latter part of the year 1792 that they lived together as man and wife from the time of their marriage up to the time of the death of said David Clay, which was in the year don't know
      William (his X mark) John
      Mary (her X mark) John
      Sworn to and subscribed before me the day above written
      Test William C. Parker
      Daniel McCook JP
      State of Georgia Clerks Office
      Wilkinson County Superior Court July 14th 1852.
      I A.V. W. Cardil Clerk of said court do hereby certify that Daniel McCook whose signature appears above is an acting justice of the peace in and for said county and that his signature above is genuine, and further that I am personally acquainted with the other witness Wm. C. Parker, also the parties signing the above certificate and know them to be persons of good standing and undoubted veracity.
      Given under my hand and seal of office,
      A. V. W. Cardil Clerk

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      Georgia, Wilkinson County Be it known that on the fourteenth day of July 1852 before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said county duly authorized to administer oaths personally appeared Mary Hancock who being duly sworn declares that she was present at the marriage of David Clay deceased, with Eve Clay in the county of Warren deponent cannot state the year but it was before the year 1800. that she has been intimately acquainted with them ever since up to the death of said David Clay which was in the year that she does not know and has been acquainted with said Eve Clay his widow ever since, that they lived together from the time of their marriage up to the time of his death as man and wife.
      Sworn to & Subscribed before me the day above written
      William C. Parker Mary (her X mark) Hancock
      Daniel McCook JP
      State of Georgia Clerk's Office
      Wilkinson County Superior Court, July 14th 1852
      I hereby certify that Daniel McCook whose signature appears above is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county and that his signature is genuine and that I am personally acquainted with the other witness Wm. C. Parker also with Wm. Hancock whose mark appears to the above certificate and know them to be persons of good standing and undoubted veracity.
      Sworn under my hand and seal of office
      A. V. W. Cardil Clerk

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      Irwinton, Wilkinson County
      Georgia May 10th 1853
      Sir, I herewith enclose a Power of Atty from Mrs. Eva Clay to prosecute her claim for a Revolutionary Pension for services rendered by her late husband David Clay. She furnished Mr. J. S. Morrell of Savannah with all the evidence the department required, sometime in the early part of last year, who says he forwarded same to the Commissioner of Pensions, since which time she has heard nothing from the claim. Mr. Morrell was the agent for Paying Pensions in Savannah. I do not know what act she claims under, but as the evidence has been furnished the department, it will be entirely determined what she is entitled to, I wish you to examine the claim at an early a day as you can and inform me the true standing of it, the claimant is very old and cannot survive many years. if she does not get it very soon it will not do her any good.
      Very truly yours.
      To the Admr of Pensions Thomas N. Beall
      Washington, D.C.

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      Know all men by these presents that I, Eva Clay of the County of Wilkinson State of Georgia do hereby Constitute and appoint Thomas N. Beall of Irwinton, my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name to prosecute my claim for any amount of Revolutionary Pension, Increase or Arrears of Pension, that may be due me on right of my late husband David Clay - deceased, And my said attorney is hereby authorized to examine all papers in relation to said claim on file at the department in Washington or elsewhere, and to do all lawful things in relation to said claim that I myself might or could do were I personally present, And I hereby revoke all other Powers of Attorney, made by me to any other Persons to prosecute said claim, witness my hand and seal this tenth day May 1853.
      In presence of Missouri S. Beall Eva (her X mark) Clay
      Sam Beall JIC
      State of Georgia On this tenth day of May 1853 Personally appeared before me
      Wilkinson County the undersigned a Justice of the Inferior Court in and for the county and state aforesaid, Eva Clay who acknowledged the foregoing Power of Attorney to be his free act and does

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      for the purposes therein mentioned
      Saml Beall JIC
      Georgia Wilkinson County I A V M Cardil Clerk of the Superior Court in and for Said County hereby certify that Samuel Beall whose genuine Signature appears to the foregoing acknowledgement is and was at the time of signing the same a Justice of the Inferior Court in and for said county duly commissioned and qualified that all his acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit.
      Given under my hand and official seal of office in Irwinton Ga. this 10th day May 1853
      A V W Cardil, Clk

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      Irwinton, Wilkinson County
      Ga July 28th 1853
      Sir, Sometime in last May I enclosed to you a Power of Atty made to myself from Eva Clay to prosecute her claim for a Revolutionary Pension for services rendered by her husband David Clay - at the same time I requested you to inform me of the standing of said claim. I also wrote to you that the evidence in said claim had been furnished to the department by Mr. Murrell the paying agent at Savannah Ga sometime in the year 1852 as directed by the Hon. E. R. Heath, then Comr. of Pensions. I write you at this time to ascertain if you received my letter and Power of Atty and to gratify the old lady, who is very old and childish.
      Very truly yours
      To the Comr. of Pensions Thomas N. Beall
      Washington, D.C.

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      State of Georgia On this 5th day August A.D. 1853 Personally came before me
      Wilkinson County Mary Hancock a resident of Said County aged seventy-six years who being duly sworn according to the law declares that David Clay deceased and Eva Clay his widow came to John Hatcher a Justice of the Peace in Warren County, where she was then residing and were duly joined in matrimony by said Hatcher, and that according to the best of her recollection and information she was then between twelve & thirteen years of age, that she was well acquainted with David Clay & Eva. his widow after they came to this County, and that it was generally reported and believed that David Clay was a revolutionary Soldier.
      May (her X mark) Hancock
      attest
      Thomas N. Beall
      Sworn to and Subscribed before me the day and year above written, And I hereby certify that the said Mary Hancock is credible and disinterested and of about the age above stated,
      Leroy Fleetwood J. I. C.
      State of Georgia I Samuel Beall deputy - clerk of the Superior Court of said

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      Wilkinson County county and state aforesaid hereby certify that Leroy Fleetwood whose genuine Signatures appear to the foregoing affidavits is and was at the time of Signing the same as Justice of the Inferior Court in and for said county. duly competent and qualified,
      Given under my hand and official seal this 18 day of August 1853.
      Saml Beall D Clerk

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      State of Georgia On this 15th day of August A.D. 1853, Personally came before me William John a resident of said county and state aged Eighty Six years, who being first duly sworn says that while he was going to see his present wife in Washington County and about two years before he was married, in the month of May 1796, he became acquainted with David Clay deceased and his widow Eva, that he knew them to live together as man and wife until the death of said deceased, and that she is still his widow he further declares that he supposes David Clay to have been as much as thirty five years of age at that time.
      attest
      William S. John William (his X mark) John
      Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written And I hereby certify that the said William John is credible and disinterested, and that he is of the age above stated, agreeable to the record of his age in the family Bible.
      Leroy Fleetwood JIC

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      State of Georgia On this 15th day August AD 1853 Personally came before Me,
      Wilkinson County Mary Johns, a resident of Said County and State aforesaid aged Eighty-three years who being duly Sworn Says that she was well acquainted with David Clay deceased and his widow Eva, that they came into the neighborhood of her father soon after they were married, that she waited on Mrs. Clay with her first three children, before she married herself, which was in May 1796 and knew them to live together as man & wife until the death of David Clay. I first knew David Clay & his widow Eva in Washington County & afterwards we all moved into this County where he lived until his death. She further declares that to the best of her recollection, it was about five years before she married that she became acquainted with David Clay & his widow Eva, that the names of her first three children were Robert, Pearse and Sarah
      Mary (her X mark) Johns
      Attest
      William S John
      Sworn to and Subscribed before me the day & year above written. And I hereby Certify that the Said Mary Johns is Credible and disinterested, and that she is of the age above Stated
      Leroy Fleetwood J I C

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      State of Georgia On this seventeenth day of August AD 1853
      Wilkinson County Personally appeared before the Inferior Court of Said County at chambers, Eva Clay a resident of Wilkinson County and State aforesaid, aged [space left blank] years. who being first duly Sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain benefit of the provisions of the act of congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled "An Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows." That she is the widow of David Clay deceased. who was a private in the army of the United States, (here she only states from the best of her recollection), in the company commanded by Captain Hall. in the regiment commanded by Genl Green in the Revolutionary War that her said husband enlisted from Duplin County North Carolina on the [space left blank] day of [space left blank] AD for the term of five years or during the war, and continued in the Service for the term of seven years was at Wilmington (where he had the measles) was at Charleston & Beach Island, was discharged at Kingston N Carolina, received a written certificate of discharge, which has been destroyed, he was discharged at the close of the war, She further declares

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      that she was married to the Said David Clay on the twenty-sixth day of September AD 1792 by one John Hatcher a Justice of the Peace in Warren County, Georgia, that her said husband the aforesaid David Clay died in Wilkinson County State of Georgia on or about the [space left blank] day of August AD 1818 that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the Service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January Seventen hundred and ninety four viz at the time above stated She further swears that she is now a widow, and that she has never before made application for a pension except through Mr. J S Morrill of Savannah.
      Eve (her X mark) Clay
      Sworn to and Subscribed before us in Open Court the day and year above written and we hereby certify that the aforesaid Eve Clay is very old and her recollection considerably impaired.
      Attest Saml Beall J I C
      T N Beall Clk Wm OBeall J I C Leroy Fleetwood J I C

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      State of Georgia I Thomas N. Beall Clerk of the Inferior Court of Said County

      Wilkinson County hereby certify that the foregoing is a true record of the proceedings of Said Court in the case of Eva Clay widow of David, who is making application for a Pension under the act of 7th July 1838.
      Given under my hand and official seal this 17th day August 1853
      Thomas N. Beall Clk

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      State of Georgia On this 17th day of August AD 1853. Personally appeared
      Wilkinson County before me Mr. Peyton Clay, Son of David Clay deceased and Eva his widow, aged about fifty years a resident of said county who being duly sworn according to law declares that there is no record of the marriage of his father and mother, in the clerk's office in the county where they were married, or church registry or family record of their marriage, or record of the birth of her children, in his knowledge, and that his father could not write.
      Paten Clay
      Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written And I hereby certify that the said Peyton Clay is a credible, and worthy citizen, and Planter residing in the neighborhood.
      Leroy Fleetwood JIC
      Georgia
      Wilkinson County I Samuel Beall deputy clerk of the Superior Court of said county hereby certify that Leroy Fleetwood whose genuine signature

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      appears to the foregoing affidavit is and was at the time of signing the same a justice of the Inferior Court of said county, duly commissioned and qualified
      Given under my hand and official seal this 17th day August 1853
      Saml Beall D Clerk

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      Ordinarys Office Warren County Georgia November 10th in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty Three.
      I do hereby certify that the marriage of David & Eva Clay is no where on record in the Ordinarys office of Warren County Georgia Given under my hand and Seal of Office The day and date above named
      Arden R. Marshon Ordinary

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      Irwinton Wilkinson County
      Ga November 15th 1853
      Dear Sir, I again address you in relation to the claim of Eva Clay widow of David for a Pension under the act of 7th July 1838. In your letter to me of 3rd Oct[?] you state that the claim cannot be admitted until the date of the marriage and the service has been shown agreeable to the requisition heretofore made. That David Clay served in the Revolutionary War is admitted I refer you to several letters received from the Pension office, In a letter dated Pension office Sept 8th 1851 addresseth P. Clayton Esq. this sentence occurs "The service of David Clay is admitted but the evidence that the applicant is the widow of the soldier who performed the service is not entirely satisfactory. She must make a declaration &c. In a letter addressed to J. S. Morrell Esq. dated Pension office Sept 23rd 1852. The same admission is made in these words, "It is admitted that service was performed by a David Clay but there is no evidence to show that he was the husband of the applicant. That it is only necessary to show that she is the widow

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      of the soldier to entitle her to the Pension will be admitted. I believe this has been done, and refer you particularly to the evidence of Henry Holland on this point. Mr. Holland's testimony was among the first papers filed in the case by P. Clayton Esq. The reason why I refer you to his evidence particularly is that he testifies to the service of the deceased, and also to the marriage of the claimant with the soldier, thus connecting the claimant with the soldier, that the services are not particularly set forth, either in Mr. Holland's testimony or Mrs. Clay's declaration is admitted, but that the husband of Eva Clay did serve in the war of the Revolution is clearly established by the testimony of Mr. Holland (according to my recollection of his testimony) I think the law only requires the widow to connect the soldier & herself where the service is proven or admitted. To require her to prove the services more fully at this late point would at once exclude her. That the marriage of the applicant to David Clay took place in Warren County State of Georgia previous to the first of January Seventeen hundred and ninety four I refer you to the testimony of Mr. Johns who gives the

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      date of her own marriage which took place in 1796 and that she waited upon Mrs. Clay with her three first children, previsions thereto corroborated by that of Mr. Johns & Mrs. Hancock as to the date that the marriage took place, and I think also by Mr. Holland who was present who all agree that it took place in 1791 or 1792. These persons are all certified to be credible & disinterested. I herewith enclose you the certificate of the ordinary of Warren County "that the marriage of David & Eeva Clay is not on record in his office," And there being no record in existence "the testimony of one or more respectable persons will be admitted" This being the case the marriage is clearly established by the testimony of four respectable persons including the applicant and to have taken place before the year Seventeen hundred and ninety four. Having established all the requirements of yours of the 3rd Oct, I submit the matter into your hands believing you will do an old and afflicted woman justice.
      The Hon. J. P. Waldo Very truly yours
      Comr of Pensions, Washington Thomas N. Beall

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      State of Georgia On this twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord
      Wilkinson County One thousand eight hundred and fifty four, Personally appeared before us Samuel Beall Leroy Underwood & William O Beall Justices of the Inferior Court for the County of Wilkinson in the State of Georgia, John Hoover aged sixty five years a resident of the county of Wilkinson in said state, who being duly sworn in open court according to law, declares that he knew David Clay and Eva Clay, and that he knew them to live together as man and wife, and to be so reported, that they lived together up to the time of the death of the said David Clay. He further declared that they raised a family, and that he is not interested in the claim, or does he expect to receive any reward or compensation for filing this affidavit, that he is a resident of the county and state aforesaid.
      John Hoover
      Sworn to and subscribed before us the day and year above written
      Saml Beall JIC
      Leroy Fleetwood JIC
      Wm O Beall JIC
      Attest A Carswell
      W Beall

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      State of Georgia On this twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord
      Wilkinson County One thousand eight hundred and fifty four, Personally appeared before us Samuel Beall Leroy Fleetwood and W O Beall Justices of the Inferior Court for the County of Wilkinson in the State of Georgia. Wz Mary Hancock aged seventy seven years a resident of the county and state aforesaid who being duly sworn according to law in open court declares that she was personally present and saw David Clay and Eve Harden married, that they were married at the house of her uncle John Hatcher, and to the best of her recollection in the year seventeen hundred and eighty-eight or nine. that she distinctly recollects that her uncle John Hatcher a Justice of the Peace for Warren County in the state aforesaid performed the marriage ceremony, that they lived together as man and wife and raised a family and lived together up to the time of the death of the said David Clay, that they resided in the county of Wilkinson

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      for a number of years, that Mrs. Eve Clay was the widow of David Clay deceased. David Clay and Eve Harden were married in the county of Warren, state aforesaid, that she is not directly or indirectly interested in the Pension claim of Mrs. Eve Clay, nor does she expect to receive any reward as compensation for filing this affidavit
      Sworn to and subscribed by Mrs. Mary Hancock Mary (her X mark) Hancock
      making her mark before us the day and year above written
      Saml Beall JIC
      Leroy Fleetwood JIC
      Wm O Beall JIC
      attest
      Wm Taylor
      N. A. Cardwell

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      State of Georgia On this twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord
      Wilkinson County One thousand eight hundred fifty four, Personally appeared before us N. A. Carswell Wm Taylor WW Broll[?] before us Samuel Beall Leroy Fleetwood & W O Beall Justices of the Inferior Court for the county of Wilkinson State of Georgia N. A. Carswell aged thirty years and Wm Taylor aged sixty five years W.W. Broll aged thirty five years residents of the county and state aforesaid who being duly and severally sworn depose and say, that they saw John Hoover and Mary Hancock - sign the aforegoing affidavits by John Hoover's writing his name and Mary Hancock by making her mark in open court and were severally and duly sworn according to law to the same. Deponents declare that said John Hoover and Mary Hancock are residents of the county and state aforesaid, and that they are not interested in the claim.
      Sworn to and subscribed before us in open court the day and year above written.
      N. A. Carswell

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      Saml Beall JIC W. W. Beall
      Leroy Fleetwood JIC
      Wm O Beall JIC
      State of Georgia We the undersigned Justices of the Inferior Court do
      Wilkinson County hereby certify that Mrs. Mary Hancock and Mr. John Hoover who have filed the aforegiven affidavits are known to us to be credible citizens of the county and state aforesaid and are believed to be of the ages stated in the aforegoing affidavits. We further certify that W W Beall William Taylor and N. A. Carswell who have filed affidavits as witnesses to the execution of the aforegoing affidavits are also credible residents of the county and state aforesaid. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seal at Irwinton in the county aforesaid on the twenty fourth day of August eighteen hundred and fifty four.
      Samuel Beal LS
      W O Beall LS
      L Fleetwood LS

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      State of Georgia I George W Tarpley Clerk of the Superior Court for the County
      Wilkinson County of Wilkinson in said State do hereby certify that Samuel Beall, William O. Beall and Leroy Fleetwood are Justices of the Inferior Court for the county of Wilkinson in said state duly commissioned and sworn under law at the time of signing their names to the aforegoing affidavits and certificate duly authorized to administer oaths, that their signatures to the same are genuine, that all their official acts are entitled to full faith and credit, and the aforesaid court is a court of record.
      In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court at Irwinton in the county of Wilkinson this 24th day of August One thousand eight hundred and fifty four.
      Geo W. Tarpley Clk Supr Court W C

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      Irwinton Ga Nov 16th 1854
      Sir, will you have the kindship to call in the Pension office and get me a copy of the payments made to David Clay for military services in the Rev War as obtained from comptrollers office N. C. and filed by myself. The dates and books with pages &c well [noted] so that the comptroller at Raleigh may turn to them without having to search through all the books.
      Your complyance will much oblige
      address Thos N. Beall, Irwinton Ga.

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      State of Georgia On this 29th day of March 1855
      Wilkinson County Personally appeared before me the Subscribers a justice of the Inferior Court within and for the County aforesaid, duly authorized by law to administer oaths, Eva Clay aged about 83 years a resident of said county and state aforesaid, who being duly Sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of David Clay deceased who was a private in the Company commanded by Capt. Kornegay in the War of the Revolution, That she does not know the precise date of her husbands entering the Service nor time of discharge but refers to Certificates of Pension granted to him by R. McClellan Secretary of the Interior, dated 21st March 1855, Numbered 11,747 9,595 & 6,325 Recorded in the Pension Office in Book D vol. 10 page 327. Book A Vol 2nd page 72 and Page 209 Vol 3rd for further proof of service, marriage, death of her husband & c. She further states, that she was married to the said David Clay in the County of Warren & State of Georgia, on or about the 22nd day of September 1792 by one John Hatcher a justice of the Peace, that her name before her marriage was Eva Hardin that her said husband died in Wilkinson County State of Georgia on [space left blank] day of August 1818, and that she is still a widow, She makes this

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      declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled under the act approved March 3rd 1855 Never having received bounty land under this or any other act nor made any other application for bounty land except this present
      Eva (her X mark) Clay
      We William OBeall and Mary Fleetwood residents of the County and State aforesaid upon our oaths declare that the foregoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by the above Eva Clay in our presence and that we declare she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that she is still a widow, and that they have no interest in this claim
      Wm OBeall
      Mary Fleetwood
      The foregoing declaration and affidavit were Sworn to a subscribed before me on the day and year above written, and I certify that I know the affiants to be credible persons, that the claimant is the person she represents herself to be, she having exhibited to me her pension certificate above named, and that I have no interest in this claim
      Leroy Fleetwood J I C

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      Georgia I George W. Tarpley Clerk of the Superior Court in and for said
      Wilkinson County County and State aforesaid hereby certify that Leroy Fleetwood whose genuine signature appears to the foregoing declaration and affidavit is and was at the hour of signing the same a justice of the Inferior Court in and for said county duly commissioned and qualified to administer oaths.
      Given under my hand and official seal at office in Irwinton Ga this 29th day March 1855
      Geo W. Tarpley Clk

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      Irwinton Wilkinson County Ga
      March 29, 1855
      Sir, I enclose the application of Eva Clay widow of David for County Land under act of March 1855
      Thomas N. Beall
      To the Comr on Pensions
      Washington, D.C.

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      Eva Clay
      Widow of David
      Georgia
      Admd July 7 1838
      Cmest 23 orpri $23.53
      per annum from
      4 March 1836
      2 years excepter.
      "
      "
      Cert to Hon. P. C. Clayton
      Present

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      11,747
      Georgia
      Eva Clay, widow of David Clay who died on the Augt. 1818 of on the State of who was a private in the Revolution for 6 mos & 23 days
      Inscribed on the Roll of Savannah at the rate of 23 Dollars 53 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1836.
      Certificate of Pension issued the 21st day of March 1855 and Sent to Hon. P. C. Clayton Present
      Revolutionary Claim,
      Act July 7th, 1838
      Recorded by G. Y. Letty Clerk
      Book D Vol. 1. Page 327

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      9,595
      Eva Clay, widow of David who was a private in the Revolution
      Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 23 Dollars 53 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1843.
      Certificate of Pension issued the 21 day of March 1855 and sent to Hon. P. C. Clayton Present
      [Acts of March 3, 1843, and June 17, 1844.]
      Recorded in Book A Vol. 2 Page 172

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      Georgia 6,325
      Eva Clay widow of David Clay, NC, who served in the Revolutionary war, as a Private Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 23 Dollars 53 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1848 Certificate of Pension issued the 21st day of March, 1855 and sent to Hon. P. C. Clayton Present Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under act February 2, 1848, Page 209, Vol. 3.

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      Act July 7 1838
      Brief in the case of Eve Clay widow of David of Ga. Declaration
      widow of David, a soldier of the Revolution
      married in 1792
      Mary Hancock says they were married prior to 1800. How does she know?
      Wm & Mary Johns have known David & Eve Clay upward of 50 years & know they were married in 1792 - no collateral circumstances given
      Henry Holland knows by the age of his son that they were married more than 58 years ago, and that David Clay had the reputation of having been a soldier of the Revolution
      Certificates of Comptroller of N. C. & Secy of State showing service
      Must make proof of marriage & identity
      Letter & form sent Sep 23 1852 Triplett[?]

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      State of North Carolina Comptrollers Office
      I Geo W. Brooks Comptroller of the Public Accounts in and for the state aforesaid, do hereby certify that it appears of record in my office among the payments made by said state to sundry persons for military service in the Revolutionary war as follows
      Viz. David Clay, a private
      Book 26 Page 89 9" - specie by certificate which was returned to the Public Treasury by Sheff Sampson Co.
      " W1 Page 3 Entry 201 9 specie allowed by auditors Wilmington District
      " 10 No. certificate 90999 $76.60 allowed in 1782 to 18 months drafts, receipted for by C. Ivey
      I further certify that Pay Roll 220 shows the said David Clay belonged to Capt. Jacob Kornegay's Company also that Henry Holland belonged to the same c[covered by tape?] as per said Pay Roll
      As witness whereof I hereunto subscribe my name and affix my seal of office this 10th of March 1855
      George W. Brooks Comptr

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      Brief in the case of Eva Clay widow of David
      County and State of Georgia
      acts July 7th 1838
      Claim, ("original")
      Record proof of service, with which her husband is identified by Henry Holland who is a pensioner and who served with him and the certificate of the controller of No. Ca. show that the soldier who received Indents for his services was of the same District in which Clay lived
      Point[?] proof of marriage, Mary Johns was married in 1796 and she swears that she nursed three of her (claimants) children before she was married.
      Henry Holland, in 1850, had a son 60 years old. He swears that when this son was a "sucking infant" Eva & David Clay were married. It was necessary to show that the marriage took place occurred before 1794. It has been shown that no record of the date of marriage can be furnished.
      Hon. P. C. Clayton Present Thornton Triplett, Examining Clerk

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      War Department
      Office of the Quartermaster General
      Washington
      In replay refer to QM 293 A-C David Clay
      December 19, 1924
      The Commissioner of Pensions,
      Washington, D. C.
      Dear Sir, In order that a headstone may be provided for the grave of the decedent appearing below, The Quartermaster General requests that the correct military service and the spelling of the name be supplied this office from the records of the Pension Bureau:
      Pvt. David Clay
      Rev. War.
      Served 7 yrs. as Pvt. in N.C. Continental Line,
      Under Capt. Evans. 10th Regt. 1782.
      Died August 1818.

      Very truly yours,
      R. P. Harbold,
      Major, C.M.C,
      Assistant.
    Census: Federal  15 Sep 1850  , District 93, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • 1) Sarah Hatcher, female age 56, farmer, $1,000 real estate, born in GA, cannot read or write
      2) James Hatcher, male age 23, farming, born in GA
      3) Sarah Sheuholster, female age 19, born in GA
      4) Georgianer Sheuholster, female age 21, born in GA
      5) Edmund Hatcher, male age 18, farming, born in GA, attended school
      6) Harrietta Hatcher, female age 12, born in GA, attended school
      7) Evey Clay, female age 80, born in GA
    Died  24 Jul 1858  , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "According to legend, Eve Clay's exploits combined with an ungovernable temper resulted in her being labelled 'a witch'. She travelled about the State, especially Army camps telling fortunes and making prophesies. She was accompanied by a servant and they rode horseback. Her husband, David, maintained homes in both Washington and Wilkinson and when conditions got out of hand he moved along from one to the other. After David's death, Eve was reported to have married a man named Thomas Wynn. Some say he was a Pearson. She turned on him and it is told he left the country and returned to England."

      pages 186-187: THE WELSH WITCH WOMAN

      "Sept. 26, 1792, Eve Hardin was married to David Clay in Warren County, Georgia. Presumably she was living at that time either with her brother Adam or her Uncle Isaac. Very little is known of her married life except that which is included in The Georgia Branch of the Virginia Clays and Their Celebrated Cousins" but what we do know is rather unfavorable. She had a violent temper, was self-willed and could not be reasoned with when her temper was aroused. David Clay was a man of
      considerable property and owned a plantation in Washington County and one in Wilkinson County. When when she was overcome with one of these rages he quietly removed himself to his Washington County Plantation until the storm blew over when all was quiet until the next time.

      Her husband died before 1820 and more minute part of this sketch begins with her widowhood.

      After her husband's death she remarried but the marriage was not happy. Her second husband sent her to my grandfather's on the pretext that he was sick. He was living at that time in what is now Terrell Co. and Eve was living in Wilkinson. She went horse back carrying a negro woman with her. When she returned
      home she found that her husband, negroes and mules had disappeared. She was left with lands, a horse and one negro. She immediately set out in pursuit of her husband and slaves and followed them to some place either on the Gulf near Port St. Joe or Savannah. The family are not exactly agreed as to the place, but wherever it was her husband and negroes had taken ship and that was the last she ever knew of either. Whether this deranged her mind or whether she had been of the same disposition all along I do not know but now began a peculiar kind of life.

      In personal appearance she was of medium size with gray eyes and at the time of which I write her hair was white. It was probably auburn in earlier life. She was restless, filled with boundless energy, without shame and of a most determined disposition and violent temper.

      She had a great store of Welsh superstitutions and of Scotch Closeness. She united these and practiced the profession of Palmistry and "fortune-telling." In this she traveled considerable distances, usually going horseback and carrying her
      serving woman with her. The practice of her profession proved profitable and she was accustomed to have in her possession considerable amounts of silver. She went as far as Savannah, and even to the Gulf Ports and wherever she went her art was in demand. Her temper, and rather uncanny skill in foretelling or rather guessing the coming future events, built for her quite a reputation. This with her age and appearance and perculiar conduct soon attracted to her the appelation of "The Witch Woman".

      Her children disapproved of this kind of existence and every effort was made by them to get her to abandon her fortune telling and these excursions but without avail. The struggle between Eve and her children over this, was long and persistent, with Eve continuing to do as she pleased. The children finally scattered out and Peyton Clay built Eve a house near his home. Here she lived for a number of years all alone and it was here that Mrs. Susie Gilbert knew her. Her serving woman appears from the scene no more and from now on we find Eve travelling on foot. Peyton Clay was wealthy and it is presumed that there was a deliberate attempt made to prevent these excursions, but to no avail. She was too independant to ask for a horse or to be carried and on more than one occasion traveled from Wilkinson County to Sumpter and Terrel Counties on foot. Her children would send her back when her time was out."
    Person ID  I2490  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 

    Family  David Clay,   b. Abt 1759, , , Duplin (later Sampson) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 3 Apr 1816 and 18 Aug 1818, , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  26 Sep 1792  , , Wilkes County (later Warren), Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    • Rigsby's "Historic Georgia Families" and an affidavit given by Eve Harden Clay in her widow's pension application papers claim David Clay and Eve Harden were married 22 or 26 [the records show both dates on different affivats] Sep 1792 in Warren County, GA. Warren County was not formed until 19 Dec 1793. It is probable that David and Eve married in what became Warren County a year after their marriage.
    Children 
     1. Robert Clay,   b. Between 1793 and 1794, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840
     2. Sarah Clay,   b. Abt 1794, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Lewis Clay,   b. Abt 1794, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1874, , , Randolph County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Pierce Clay,   b. Between 1795 and 1804, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Adam Clay,   b. Abt 1796, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Peyton Clay,   b. 25 Dec 1800, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1880, , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Mahany Clay,   b. Between 1804 and 1810, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Edmond B. Clay,   b. Abt 1810, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 9 Feb 1843 and 18 Sep 1850, , , Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F872  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Sep 1770 - , , , North Carolina Province, Colonial America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Sep 1792 - , , Wilkes County (later Warren), Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1820 - , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Lottery - was awarded lot 18, district 102, Henry County - 1821 - , Captain Williams District, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 1840 - , District 329, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPension Application - 1850 - , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 15 Sep 1850 - , District 93, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jul 1858 - , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S575] Pension application of Eve Harden Clay, Wilkinson County, Georgia, Series M805; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication 193, image: 29, file W6690/BLWT5001-160-55.

    2. [S266] Historic Georgia Families, L. W. Rigsby, compiler, (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969), G929.2 R., 55, 186-188.

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    5. [S1578] 1840 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Wilkinson County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2004), M704, roll 53, District 329, p. 311, Eave Clay household, accessed 12 Jul 2008., 12 Jul 2008.

    6. [S1533] 1850 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Georgia, Wilkinson County, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), M432, roll 87, District 93, p. 366, dwelling 413, family 413, Sarah Hatcher household, accessed 12 Jul 2008, 12 Jul 2008.

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