CLAY, Joseph, 1741-1804


Guide to Research Collections

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1767-1800, 9 items.
The papers include legal and business papers of Joseph Clay, Sr., including a volume of depositions made before Joseph Clay as senior assistant judge of Chatham County, Georgia. The depositions are from several mariners from the brigantine Bachelor, concerning charges that the brigantine was supplying aid to British troops at Charleston, SC.

Papers: In the Nathaniel Pendleton Papers, 1781-1782, 3 items.
The papers include a letter from Joseph Clay to Nathaniel Pendleton concerning supplies for the Georgia troops and the seizure of British cargo ships.


Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 1765-1923, 2 boxes.
The papers in this collection include five letter books of Joseph Clay dating from 1766-1802. Four of the letter books are published and one book, dating from 1785-1802, has not been published. The letter books relate to Joseph Clay’s business as a merchant and his work as Deputy Paymaster General. There are three folders of letters and papers, including those of his son, Joseph Clay, Jr. and great-great-grandson William Law Clay.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1794, 1 item.
A letter of Joseph Clay.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: In the James Habersham Papers, 1798, 1 item.
A letter from James Habersham to Joseph Clay asking him to deliver twenty-five muskets to Mr. Pendleton.

Papers: In the Charles Pinckney Papers, 1790, 1 item.
A letter from Charles Pinckney to Joseph Clay written on April 6, 1790. In the letter, Charles Pinckney writes concerning the settlement of taxes on the Brewton Estates.


University of Georgia Libraries
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Athens, GA
Microfilm: 1765-1802, 1 volume.
These papers of Joseph Clay are copies of papers in the Georgia Historical Society Library.

Papers: In the Benjamin Hawkins Papers, ca. 1800-1802, 2 items.
The papers include a letter from Benjamin Hawkins to Joseph Clay reporting that a conference with the Creek Indians will be held on May 1st which will be of interest to Georgia and the Indians.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1775, 0.1 cubic foot.
A lease of land in Christ Church, Georgia, by Joseph Clay to Joseph Butler dated January 16, 1775.