Posted By:Mona Knight
Subject:Re: D. Monroe Clay; NC: born March 1865
Post Date:May 30, 2008 at 21:24:35
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Forum:Cabarrus County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I'm not related but looked at the census. Yes, the 1900 census taker couldn't spell very well. But the 1910 census is clearer; enumerated 26 April, Bethel Church district, Cabarrus County, NC:

Dwelling 132:
Clay, Monroe, head, age 45, male, married once, this marriage for 21 years, b. NC, parents both born NC, farmer
Clay, Martha, wife, age 40, gave birth to 9 children, 8 survive, b. NC, parents both born NC
Clay, Ramond, son, age 18, b. NC
Clay, Florence A., daughter, age 16, b. NC
Clay, Pearl H., son, age 10, b. NC
Clay, Earl H., son, age 10, b. NC
Clay, Henry J., son, age 7, b. NC
Clay, Loma M., daughter, age 4, b. NC
Clay, Robert M., age 1 yr 4 mo., b. NC

Living at dwelling 129 is their oldest son, who is married by the 1910 census:
Clay, Simeon, head, age 20, married 0 years, b. NC, farming
Clay, Minnie, wife, age 17, married 0 years, b. NC

The 1900 census enumerates them as Daniel M. Clay, Martha M. Clay, Simial Mc. Clay, Henray R. Clay, Flourice A. Clay, Purl H. Clay, and Erl H. Clay. Obviously the census taken wasn't too hot at spelling!

In the 1880 census, D. Monroe Clay is living with his parents in the Bethel Church Dist. of Cabarrus Co., father W. H. Clay, age 52, mother Sarah (or Darah) Clay, age 43. D.M. Clay is age 14 in this census.

Looking for a Martha Hartsell who D. Monroe Clay later married, I find in the 1880 census that Adam and Mary
M(atilda) Hartsell are in Mecklenberg Co., but there is no daughter named Martha in their household. On the 1900 census, Martha (Hartsell) Clay says she was born in January 1870, so she should be age 10 or so in the 1880 census. When I check that 1880 census for a Martha Hartsell (Hartsill) I find these girls:

1880, Cabarrus Co., NC, Bethel Church dist:
J.M. Hartsill, age 40, father
Mary Hartsill, age 50, mother
Madison Hartsill, age 13, son
Martha Hartsill, age 11, daughter
Amanda Hartsill, age 9, daughter

and this one:
Hiram Barbee, age 37, head
Jane Barbee, age 36, wife
M. A. Hartsill, age 10, female, "ward"

Either of these girls -- Martha Hartsill, age 11, or the M.A. Hartsill, age 10, could potentially be the girl that would know and later marry D. Monroe Clay. Clearly, these two girls at least lived in the same district and church area as D. Monroe Clay, and it's more likely to be one of these two who he married.

Could the M.A. Hartsill, age 10, actually be the daughter of Adam Hartsell and was a ward of Mr & Mrs Barbee for some reason?

The M.A. Hartsill girl, age 10, certainly fits into the age to be a child of Adam Hartsill of Mecklenberg County. In the 1880 census, there is a gap between his children, Mary E. age 12, and William Luther, age 9, that this M.A. Hartsill girl would fit into, but it's all speculation at this point.

Another researcher at states that Martha M. Hartsell who married Daniel Monroe Clay was the daughter of Francis Hartsell and Della Sprinkle. So checking the 1880 census for that, I find in Bethel Church district again, F.M. Hartsell, head; D. E. Hartsell, wife; and a daughter (among other children), M.B. Hartsell, age 12. (If this is Martha M., then the census taker wrote it as M.B. instead.) In the 1870 census, she is enumerated as M. B. Hartsell, as well, so I doubt this M.B. is the right girl.