CLAY, Nancy

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Given Names
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Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Henderson, Texas
Family Tree
  Nancy Clay Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Ollie Wideman Smith (granddaughter); Martin Luther Smith (great-grandson)
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Remains claimed by next of kin; burial location unknown
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
San Francisco, California 94117
Residence (JT)
Dorm 2
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Waitress (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26f); food work, some gardening (LJ memo); Cook, farmer (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ppp)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
(senior); Sandwich maker (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ppp)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
SSA (JT), retirement
PT occupation record says birthdate is 5/9/1909
“Nancy Clay was the grandmother of Ollie Wideman and the great-grandmother of Ollie's son, Martin Luther Smith, born in June 1978. Luckily for us, this relationship was mentioned to Edith Roller by Joicy Clark in June 1978 on the occasion of Martin's birth, or I wouldn't have known that Nancy had any family in Jonestown, as it was not on our family tree, but IS now. And that is just so Joicy, to know exactly who to tell!! Thank you, Joicy! Nancy was tall and benevolent, with dignified bearing and eyes that shone with goodwill, though she seldom spoke. In Jonestown, she was a sandwich-maker. Edith Roller also had Nancy as a student in her Reading Class, where 40 students, mostly seniors, were learning to read. In April '78, Nancy was helped by Chuck Beikman to form letters, which was frustrating her. It was very rewarding for Chuck to be able to help her, as he was deeply embarrassed by his inability to read, and had been directed to take the class by Jim Jones. Two months later, Nancy's progress in reading, writing and spelling was so good that Dick Tropp speculated she must have once known how to read, and forgotten. (ERJnl 3-6/1978.) ” - Kathryn Barbour