CLAY, Joseph, (grandfather of William Henry Stiles),
a Delegate from Georgia; born in Beverly, Yorkshire, England, October 16, 1741;
immigrated to the United States and in 1760 settled in Savannah, Ga., where he engaged in the general
commission business; elected a member of the council of safety June 22, 1775; delegate to the
Provisional Congress which met in Savannah July 4, 1775; major in the Georgia Line of the
Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; appointed by the Continental Congress deputy
paymaster general in Georgia with the rank of colonel August 6, 1777; elected to the Continental
Congress in 1778, but did not attend; original trustee of Franklin College, Athens, Ga.; elected
treasurer of Georgia in July 1782; judge of the United States Court for the District of Georgia
1786-1801; died in Savannah, Ga., November 15, 1804; interment in Colonial Park Cemetery.
BibliographyClay, Joseph. Letters of Joseph Clay,
Merchant of Savannah, 1776-1793. [Savannah, Ga.: The Morning News, Printers, 1913].