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Clay Settlers-Influence of Natives (Part II)

For the 100 years from the time the Palatines landed on Nutten’s Island until their descendants migrated to Clay, they faced many challenges. Johann Conrad Weiser remarried and had eight more children. His son Conrad, from his first wife, grew rebellious longing for knowledge. He added English to his German, then...


Influence of Natives (Part I)

Probably the largest mass immigration to North American was the Palatine exodus from England. Many of these families settled in Clay - ancestors of present-day residents. The Native influence began before they even arrived. The tale begins with the Palatines being run out of their homes in the Rhineland Palatinate. Germany had endured...


The Sotherden Story Part III



Jacob W. Coughtry


J.W. Coughtry Cigar Company*

Jacob W. Coughtry was born on January 3, 1829 in Albany. His father, John W. also was born in Albany, one of five children, and his mother, Margaret, was born in Herkimer. Jacob was first married to Catherine Ostrander of Herkimer and they had a son, John, named after Jacob’s father. He married a second time to Henrietta Sommers,...


African-American Settlers*

Joseph Lyons was an interesting person. Most records say he was born in 1783; the 1850 Census says in the West Indies (Caribbean); others say New York, England and France. One

explanat ion is that since Joseph was born on the Island of St. Lucia, wh ich was a French colony captured by the British in 1794 during the French...


The Sotherden Beginning Part II


As a mail carrier, Frank bought a farm but continued to carry mail until 1917. The big white farm house is still standing on the corner of Route 31 and Caughdenoy Road.  Before we itemize all his civic,...

Tri-Town Park Plan

Clay Parks Beginning

According to Clay Parks Commissioner, Wayne Morris, there are seven Parks considered Town Parks. However, there are approximately 30 areas considered as neighborhood parks or recreation areas even if only for taking a stroll or enjoying nature. And, of course, there is the Senior Center devoted to Clay’s Seniors. A list of all these areas is...

Henry Clay


Henry Clay – The Town’s Namesake

Henry Clay, Sr. was born April 12, 1777 at the Clay homestead in Hanover County, Virginia in a story and a half frame home. It was an above-average home for ‘common’ Virginia planter with 22 slaves. His ancestors had been in Virginia since approximately 1612 when John Clay arrived from England. Being the seventh of nine children,...


Remembering the Clay Log Cabin Digs*

It doesn’t seem possible it has been 20 years since we were digging up artifacts from the original site on Henry Clay Boulevard. “We” included members of the Clay Historical Association (CHA), teachers and students from ES-M, CNS and Liverpool School Districts, members of churches and Boy Scouts. There were 31 volunteers at...


Log Cabin Digs

Donald Thompson, History Teacher, organized and instructed the digs and acquired funding to excavate the surrounding land with a New York State archaeological grant. He obtained a grant for tools, supplies and display through Michael Bragman’s office. The first archaeological field school was July 13 – July 26, 1996 at the cabin site. Before the...