Susan Jacob Clay: Ashland as a Place of Joy and Sorrow

YOU ARE HERE -> 1843-1866 Susan (Susannah) Maria Jacob Clay is one of the most important figures in Ashland’s history.  As Henry Clay’s daughter-in-law, she had lived with and was very close to Clay, and after his death served as family historian and Ashland’s mistress.  Ashland became a place of both great joys and great … More Susan Jacob Clay: Ashland as a Place of Joy and Sorrow

Susan Jacob Clay: Ashland as a Place of Joy and Sorrow

YOU ARE HERE -> 1843-1866 Susan (Susannah) Maria Jacob Clay is one of the most important figures in Ashland’s history.  As Henry Clay’s daughter-in-law, she had lived with and was very close to Clay, and after his death served as family historian and Ashland’s mistress.  Ashland became a place of both great joys and great … More Susan Jacob Clay: Ashland as a Place of Joy and Sorrow

James Rebuilds Ashland (part one): “I am successor to its halls and fields.”

YOU ARE HERE -> 1850s Henry Clay’s tenth child, James Brown Clay (1817-1864), was the first descendant to own and occupy Ashland after Clay’s death in 1852.  The enormous legacy of his father hung over every decision he made. In Clay’s final months when the family realized his death was imminent, James reassured his father … More James Rebuilds Ashland (part one): “I am successor to its halls and fields.”