23 July 2010

Camellas Milton Clay Survived

compiled by Teresa Martin Klaiber July 2010

Crushed By A Falling Tree
Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Kentucky
19 March 1884

Catlettsburg, March 10. -- A sad accident happened near Bolts Fork, in this county, yesterday afternoon in which Camellas Clay was the victim. He, in company with two of his brothers and a young friend, were out squirrel-hunting, and they cut down a tree, and a limb struck Clay on the head, breaking the skull and causing the brains to come out. He still lingers, but is unconscious and will die.

Camellas Milton Clay was born 28 July 1870, the son of John M. Clay and Catharine Lambert Clay. Clay had three older brothers, William, John and James. It is unclear which of the elder brothers he was with that day.

The Ashland Independent has been extracted in the publication Bygone Bylines for the following day, March 20, 1884. There is no mention of the incident.

Camellas Milton Clay did survive the accident. He is listed in the 1900 Carter County, Kentucky census as Milton Clay along with wife [A]merica and two sons. This census says they have been married seven years. No occupation is listed. The family lives next door to a Kiser family.

C. M. Clay became a physician at some point in his life. The Directory of Deceased American Physicians 1804-1929 lists him as C. Milton Clay. It simply says that his type of practice was Allopath and that he died March 1912. This death data is incorrect.

The family is listed in the Pleasant Valley District of Carter County, Kentucky in 1910. The census taker misspells the given name Camellas. This time Clay's occupation is given as a physician in general practice.

Camellas Milton Clay died 19 February 1912 at Pleasant Valley, Carter County, Kentucky. His death certificate is under C. M. Clay, M. D. and does not list his full name. His wife was living at the time of his death. The certificate states that he is buried in Kiser Cemetery.

Today Kiser Cemetery is called Kiser - Gilliam Cemetery. On a beautiful sunny day this past month, prior to the awful flooding that hit the Grahn area this past weekend, my husband and I took a drive to visit the cemetery for photographs. From I64 we took the Carter Caves exit then west on US 60. Manned with directions from the USgenweb Carter County site we had no trouble locating the cemetery. Exactly 1/2 mile on #60 we turned left at the caution light on route 182 towards Grahn. Exactly 2.4 miles on #182 we turned right on Kiser Branch Road. We turned left on Kiser Fork Road and traveled .2 as instructed to the top of a very steep hill. At the very top of the hill we turned right about 200 yards and followed it .2 of a mile where it ended at the cemetery.

We found the cemetery fenced and maintained having been recently mowed.

America Clay died 1 March 1957 and is buried beside her husband in the cemetery.

Son Emil Liscom Clay is also buried next to his parents. Emil was born 2 February 1903 and died 10 September 1922 from a punctured appendix. His death certificate shows that he died in the Grahn district of Carter County.

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