Hugh Lawson Clay


Born:January 24, 1823, Alabama
Died:December 28, 1890, Huntsville, AL
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL
Brother of:Clement Claiborne Clay
Son of:Clement Comer Clay
Brother of:John Withers Clay
Son of:Susanna Claiborne Withers Clay


•  Hugh was married to Harriet Celestia "Celeste" Comer (1835 - 1902) from Macon Georgia, daughter of Major Anderson Comer and Mary Louise Sanders. - Family Tree Maker

•  "Hugh Lawson Clay attended the Univ. of Virginia, 1839-40, and was a lawyer in Huntsville, AL." - JHBL Family

•  "He served as captain in the Mexican War" - JHBL Family

•  "He served as adjutant general on the staff of Gen. E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A." - JHBL Family

•  Clay "was a close friend of both Secretary of War Leroy Pope Walker and President Davis." - Parks

•  At Lynchburg, Colonel (later to became General) Kirby Smith and Major Hugh Lawson Clay became roommates. "Equally devoted to the Confederate cause and devout members of the Episcopal Church, they soon became most intimate friends." - Parks

•  Virginia Clay Clopton wrote her memoirs and when telling stories related to Celeste, Hugh's wife, she referred to her as her sister. Hugh was the brother of Virginia's first husband, Clement Claiborne. Sisters by marriage, we presume. - Virginia's Memoirs

•  "Gentleman of much talent"

Related Links:

•  Family Tree Maker - Genealogy

•  Find a Grave - Page created by Graveaddiction

•  JHBL Family - Genealogy

•  Parks - General Edmund Kirby Smith, S. C. A. by Joseph Howard Parks, © 1982, p. 122.

•  Virginia's Memoirs - A Belle of the Fifties: Memoirs of Mrs. Clay of Alabama, Covering Social and Political Life in Washington and the South, 1853 - 1866 Put into narrative form by Ada Sterling, © 1905, pp. 166 & 191

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Clement Claiborne Clay
•  Clement Comer Clay
•  John Withers Clay
•  Susanna Claiborne Withers Clay