Mary Obedience <I>Clay</I> Belcher

Mary Obedience Clay Belcher

Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 2 Dec 1770 (aged 59–60)
Deep Creek, Chesapeake City, Virginia, USA
Burial Deep Creek, Chesapeake City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 141136701 View Source
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Mary Obedience Clay Belcher
Mary Clay Watkins Belcher
Mary Clay
Mary Margaret Clay
Mary Clay Belcher
Mary Obedience Clay Belcher

Obedience was never used in the few public documents that exist. Our family knew her as Mary Obedience.

My g-great grandmother


Henry Clay (1672 - 1760)
Mary Mitchell Clay (1693 - 1777)

Richard D Belcher (1710 - 1963)
Thomas Watkins

The Belcher and the Clay genealogies extend back to the very beginning of English settlement in the United States.

Mary "Obedience" Clay married Richard D Belcher in 1732.

She is generally believed to be the daughter of Henry Clay and Mary Mitchell

Family land transactions of the time show, the Belchers lived at Deep Creek, Virginia. Deep Creek was a small settlement on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Deep Creek still exists, and is located on the original route of U.S. Highway 17 (the Ocean Highway). Richard called his home a plantation and grew tobacco, among other crops.

1754 Richard to Peter Blankenship 100 acres.

1758 son Isham buys 100 acres on Deep Creek from Thompson, "part of land Richard now lives on"

Inventory of Richard 23 Oct 1763 and Aug 1763 William Clay is granted admin of estate of Richard deceased.

17 March and 24 Feb 1764 Richard (Jr) and Isham sell land on Deep Creek to Thomas Moore.

28 March 1749 Henry Clay sells to son William land on Deep Creek where Richard Belcher now lives



1. Isham E Belcher SR

born 1732, Chesterfield Co., VA.
d. Jan 1823,
m. Elizabeth Clay, b. 1734, d. 1793.

Daughter of Henry and Mary Clay on 2 Jun 1759 in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Isham and Elizabeth Belcher had 3 children

Spouse 2: Winifred Royall
marriage: 1 June 1789
Bristol Parish, Chesterfield, Virginia


2. Richard Belcher, Jr.

b. 1734 in Henrico County, VA.
Married Mary ?.
d: 1814


3. Elizabeth Anne Belcher,

b. 1740, Chesterfield County, VA.
d. 1820, Tazewell County VA. Married Richard Bailey,
b. 1735 in Lancaster, England,
d. 1818 in Franklin County, VA or Tazewell County, VA, at Tazewell Dale parish in Chesterfield, VA.

Spouse: Richard Payton Bailey


4. Phoebe Belcher

b 15 Apr 1742 in Franklin County, VA.
d. 20 July 1809 / 26 July 1810
Pearisburg, Giles County, VA
Married Mitchell Clay,
b. Abt. 1736 in Franklin County, VA,
d. Apr 1811 in Pearisburg, Giles County, VA,
in Apr 1760 in Franklin County, VA, son of William Mitchell Clay and Martha Anne Lewis.

Born: 1740 Bedford Co, Virginia
Died: 20 July 1809 Pearisburg, Giles Co, Virginia
Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg, Giles Co, Virginia

Spouse: Mitchell Clay Sr

Phoebe was the wife of Mitchell Clay, a veteran of the Battle of Point Pleasant (Lord Dunmore's War) and of the Revolutionary War. They were the first settlers of Mercer County in what is now West Virginia. They owned the property known as Clover bottom where they lost three of their children in the Shawnee massacre. There is a monument commemorating the event situated at the Mercer County Court House known as the "Agony In Stone". After the deaths of their children, Phoebe and Mitchell returned to Pearisburg where they lived out their lives. The complete story of their lives at Clover bottom can be found in most histories of Southwestern Virginia


5. Thomas Belcher

b. 1744 Chesterfield, Virginia
d. December 22, 1796

listed in Chesterfield County, VA according to the Tithables of 1762, Russell County VA, 1787 Census and 1788 Russell County Census.


6. Robert Belcher (Belsher)

b. 1746 Henrico County, Virginia
d. 11 May 1783 Russell County, Virginia


7. William Belcher

b.1748 Chesterfield Co, VA
d. 22 Dec 1796 when will was proven. Book 5 page 329.


8. Benjamin Belcher, Sr.

b. 1749.
Benjamin served with the 4th Regiment at Annapolis Md. in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted for the duration of the war. Not exactly sure when he enlisted but brother William enlisted on 5 October 1775. He probably enlisted the same day. He was listed on roll calls for 10 Sep, 1781 and 13 Oct 1781.

a.Benjamin Belcher, Jr.
b. 12 Oct,1779,
married Sarah (Sally) Jones,
b 17 Jun, 1800, on 22 Jun, 1823.


9. Henry Belcher

b. 1750 Chesterfield County


10. John Belcher

b. 1752 Virginia
d. 18 June 1839 Orange County Indiana
m. 1794 Martha

He moved to Wilson County Tennessee around 1800
then to Greenfield, Orange County Indiana in 1817

According to the History of Orange County Indiana
Earliest settlers of Orange County Indiana were:

Lewis Allen June 1815
James Rawlings 1816
Daniel Allen 1816
Abraham Riley 1816
John Dixon 1817
Joseph Wells 1817
Cloud Bethel 1817
John Belcher 1817
John Broadwell 1818
Henry Broadwell, 1818
Isaac and John Eastridge 1819-20
James Belcher


11. Elizabeth Belcher

b. 1753 or 1757

Married: Jeremiah Lumsden of Georgia.


12. Jesse Belcher

b. 1754 Chesterfield County

Other Possible Belcher Children


Obediah Belcher

b. 1736 Chesterfield County


Ann Belcher

b. 1730 Henrico County
d. 1766 Goochland, Virginia

Spouse: Peter Blankenship Sr.


Prudence Belcher

b. 1730 Chesterfield County


Note 1:

Chesterfield County was made from Henrico County in 1749, so some researchers say Chesterfield County and some Henrico

Brothers and Sisters:

1708-1774 Amey Clay Green
1708-1774 William Mitchell Clay
1710-1770 Mary Obedience Clay Belcher
1711-1764 Henry Clay
1713-1744 Martha Clay Bass
1716-1789 Charles Clay
1718-1761 John Clay

Bio By: Roberta F Jenkins, Bobbi
GGreat granddaughter


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