CLAY, Nancy

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Last Name
 
CLAY
Given Names
 
Nancy
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
5/26/1909
Age at Death
 
69
Place of Birth
 
Henderson, Texas
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Religion
 
Family Tree
  Nancy Clay Family Tree
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Ollie Wideman Smith (granddaughter); Martin Luther Smith (great-grandson)
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Body Identification Number
 
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
4/8/1977
Residence (US)
 
San Francisco, California 94117
Residence (JT)
 
Dorm 2
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
waitress, cook (PT occupation record); food work, some gardening (LJ memo)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
(senior)
Government Income
 
SSA (JT), retirement
Discrepancies
 
PT occupation record says birthdate is 5/9/1909
Remembrances
 
“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