Farmer and stock- raiser; Floyd Township, Warren County, (postoffice Cameron); is such a prosperous and well-to-do citizen as fitly represents the pos sibilities of the Middle West for those who, armed with industry and integrity and assisted by good judgment and general thriftiness, would achieve creditable success in life.
He was born in Cold Brook Township, February 22, 1851, a son of Sewell and Elizabeth (Howe) Clay, natives respectively of Vermont ancl Pennsylvania. He was educated in the district schools near his home, reared in the Methodist faith and carefully instructed in the principles of the Republican party. His father removed from Vermont to New York, and from there by wagon in 1844 to Cold Brook Township, where he improved a farm, which he later sold to remove to Galesburg. Thence, after some years, he went to Missouri, where he bought a farm which eventually he traded for another in Floyd Township, where he lived until 1888, when, on his way to Galesburg with his wife, he was killed by a runaway horse,
Mrs. Clay receiving injuries which made her an invalid until her death in 1892. Mr. Clay was a man of prominence in local affairs, and for some years held the office of school director. Mrs. Clay was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mlllard F. Clay, after he attained his majority, worked for his father for some time, then spent two years in east ern Illinois engaged in farming, when he returned to the home farm and lived upon it until his father's death. He now owns half of a section in Floyd Township, one of the best farms in his vicinity, and is a leader in the important affairs of his community; has filled the office of Road Commissioner three terms and been a school director thirteen years
. He married, in Iowa, September 22. 1881, Carrie C. Kelly, and they have three children named Glenn E., Earl Sewell and Mabel J. Mrs. Clay- was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, September 30, 1854, a daughter of William W. and Sarah Ann (Demotte) Kelly, natives of New York State, who early settled near Burlington, Iowa, whence they afterwards moved to the vicinity of Danville, Iowa, where they are still living, aged respectively eighty-two and seventy-three years.
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