Clay is the son of John & Serena Georgie Carpenter Keeney. His family emigrated to Washington Territory from Arkansas & Texas about 1880. Clay is living in Columbia Co., in 1887 & 1889. He has 4 brothers: James Irvin, Gus, Lee Hezekiah & Robert Allen; & 6 sisters: Sarah Ellen, Ann, Harriet, Kate, Bertha, & Viola, as well as a half-sister Mary Jane. Sarah Ellen & Kate also died at a young age & are buried in Bundy Hollow & Highland Cemeteries respectively. Clay's family moved to Latah Co., Idaho after 1894.