|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1781|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1855|
Obituary, Religious Herald 12 Apr 1855
March 10th, 1855, at his residence in Chesterfield, Mr. Phinehas Clay in the 74th year of his age.
Brother Clay made a profession of religion very early in life and united with the Baptist Church in which he continued a consistant member to the time of his death, a term of 56 years. His Christian course was steady and unwavering. He manifested a deep concern for the welfare of his fellow creatures, and consequently, often exhorted them to make their peace with God. He was blessed with noble traits of character; a kind husband, the best of parents, and a good neighbor. He had distributed the larger portion of his estate among his children and they were all provided with an ample living. In his death the community has lost a valuable citizen.
The subject of this notice was a regular attendant at the meetings of his church, whether business or worship. And from his age and experience the brethren always looked to him as a guide and counsellor; and, therefore, he generally took the lead at church meetings. At the last meeting of this kind, which he attended, he made some very impressive and pointed remarks directed particularly to the younger members of the church. And on the next day, during the communioun service he was deeply affected, notwithstanding perhaps as his brethren dreaded that it would be the last time that he would commemorate with them on earth the sufferings and death of Christ. He will be greatly missed by the church.
Our brother's last sickness was short. He retained however his reason to the very last. A day or two before his death a cloud of gloom came over his mind, but it soon passed away, and all was clear and bright. He bore his illness with meekness and Christian submission, while he seemed anxious to depart and be with Christ. He repeated the following passages of Scripture, with confidence: "I know that my Redeemer liveth." "Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for my eyes have seen thy salvation."
Our venerable brother was taken sick on Lords-day afternoon, after returning from the services of God's house; to which reference has been made, and died on Saturday afternoon following. On the next evening his funeral services were performed, the discourse being founded on the expression of Paul, which he had long selected for the occasion. "I have fought a good fight" &c.
One Sabbath he enjoyed the privilege and blessings of the lower sanctuary; the next those of the upper.
His remains were deposited in the vault which he had prepared for the purposes.
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
Eleazer Clay (1744 - 1836)
Frances Wilkinson Turpin Clay (1796 - 1853)
Jane Francis Clay Walthall (1814 - 1886)*
Charles Henry Clay (1818 - 1919)*
Anne Clay Russell (1771 - 1817)*
Jane Elizabeth Clay Trabue (1776 - 1845)*
Samuel Clay (1779 - 1831)*
Phinehas Clay (1781 - 1855)
Matthew Clay (1783 - ____)*
Created by: rachel
Record added: Feb 18, 2009
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