Clay-Russell family papers, 1788-1929

Descriptive Summary

Title
Clay-Russell family papers, 1788-1929
Creator
Clay family
Extent
2 reels of microfilm
Subjects
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852--Family.
Clay, John Morrison, 1821-1887.
Clay, Lucretia Hart, 1781-1864.
Erwin, Eugene, d. 1863.
Russell, William Henry.
Russell, Robert Spottswood.
Russell, Robert Spottswood--Family.
Agriculture--Kentucky.
Politicians.
Account books.
Reminiscences
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator. Henry Clay was a famous Kentucky statesman. Josephine Russell, daughter of William Henry Russell and granddaughter of Robert Spottswood Russell, married Clay's grandson, Eugene Erwin. Erwin died at the battle of Vicksburg in 1863. Three years later, Josephine married Clay's son, John M. Clay.
Scope and Content
These are the microfilm copies of the letters of the families of Henry Clay and Robert Spottswood Russell and their descendants. The papers that relate to Henry Clay deal primarily with agricultural interests. The are also a few letters to Clay from friends which discuss politics and several letters written by Clay to his wife, Lucretia, about family matters. The remainder of the collection consists of Russell family letters, a farm account book of Clay's, a letterbook belonging to Josephine Russell Erwin Clay, and three historical sketches written by unidentified members of the family. The latter include a biographical sketch of Lucretia Hart Clay, the history of two Russell family homes in Lexington, and reminiscences of life at Ashland.

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