Mary Elizabeth Clay Belcher

Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Death 4 May 1793 (aged 59)
Wythe County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 148311510 View Source
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Elizabeth Clay was the daughter of William Mitchell Clay and Martha Runyon .

William was a volunteer in Virginia's militia prior to the Revolutionary War. In 1774, Virginia, except along the seaboard, was still a wilderness, especially in the west. Hostilities between the colonists and Indians were escalating daily. The governor, Lord Dunmore, asked the House of Burgess (colonial assembly) to approve and pay the troops to go in and end this. Known as "Lord Dunmore's War", William, 66, became its first casualty. He was killed by an Indian while hunting with a friend, for game, at Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia. Though William didn't live to see it, the coming battle pushed the Indians further west and opened up more land for colonial settlement.

By this time, William's daughter, Elizabeth, was a middle-aged woman of nearly 40 years of age. She had married Isham Belcher in 1759, in Chesterfield (made from Henrico county). At the time of her father's death, their family appears to have started moving west, eventually settling in Wythe, Virginia. Many of their children continued later to move onto Tazewell, Virginia, Ohio, and Tennessee.

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