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Lessie Young Clay

Lessie Young Clay

Dates alive: 
1907–post 1977
Occupation: 
Household servant; Cook

Lessie Young was the great-granddaughter of Reuben and Susan Scott, enslaved foreman and domestic servant brought to northern Alabama by Jefferson's great-grandson William Stuart Bankhead in 1846.  She, like her ancestors, worked for Jefferson's descendants and, for many years, was cook for Bankhead’s granddaughter Miss Cary Hotchkiss.  Her husband, Elbert Clay, was farm foreman.  Bankhead descendants preserved Lessie Clay’s recipes, heard her talk of her ancestors at Monticello, and recorded her memories in a joint interview with Miss Cary in 1971.

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Interview Information: 

28 Mar. 1971, Courtland, AL
Interviewees: Lessie Young Clay, (Miss) Cary Hotchkiss
Interviewers: Martha Jane McWhorter, Robert McWhorter

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Ancestry: 
  • Jupiter 1743–1800 Suck 1758–post 1796
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  • Susan Scott
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  • Mildred Scott Young 1848–post 1930
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  • Lessie Young Clay 1907–post 1977
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