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Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Joseph Clay, Patriot

 
 
Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker
Inscription.  A native of Yorkshire, Joseph Clay (1741-1804) settled at Savannah at the age of nineteen. His uncle, James Habersham, declared that his "industry" was "highly commendable" and "his Abilities for Trade unquestionable." Fulfilling his early promise, Clay prospered in Georgia as a merchant and rice planter.

He was a staunch supporter of American rights, served on the Council of Safety and in the Provincial Congress, and took part in the celebrated raid on the Royal Powder magazine at Savannah in 1775. During the Revolutionary War, Clay rendered efficient and faithful service to the American cause as Deputy Paymaster General of the Continental Army for the Southern Department. His career in the Revolution was distinguished by "Virtue & fortitude," said General James Jackson, who also paid high tribute to Clay's wife Ann (whose remains also lie here) for her beneficent care of the American wounded after the Battle of Camden.

In the years following the Revolution, Joseph Clay held several positions of importance, including State Treasurer and Judge of the Inferior Court. He was one of the first trustees for the State College that
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later became the University of Georgia. He died December 15, 1804. Joseph Clay's published letters (1776-1793) constitute a valuable historical source work for the period.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-50.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1877.
 
Location. 32° 4.525′ N, 81° 5.417′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker can be reached from East Oglethorpe Ave.. Located in the Colonial Park (Cemetery). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major John Berrien (a few steps from this marker); Colonial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Gwinnett (within shouting distance of this marker); William Scarbrough (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Vallence Bevan (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh McCall (1767-1823) (within
Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Greene Malbone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker for Colonial Park (Cemetery)
 
Also see . . .
1. Joseph Clay. Clay was appointed by the Continental Congress deputy paymaster general in Georgia. (Submitted on February 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Joseph Clay. Short biographical sketch. (Submitted on February 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker
Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, September 11, 2011
4. Joseph Clay, Patriot Marker
Button Gwinnett marker can also be seen in the background.
Joseph Clay gravesite image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
5. Joseph Clay gravesite
View of Colonial Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
6. View of Colonial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,269 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on February 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on February 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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