My Adopted Son and Church



clay55Yesterday, I spent $2,052 dollars of my Trust my late uncle, Vincent Rice, left me and many of my kindred. I had $2,534 dollars left of the original $27,000 I received almost two years ago. I spent this money for the burial of my late friend, Hollis Williams, who would have been disposed of as a pauper if I had not intervened. No relative of Hollis has been located.

As if sent by God, I got a letter saying I would receive more monies from this Trust the very day I, and two women from HUD-VASH, met with Bob from Musgrave. I signed a document that says I am Hollis’ adopted father. We left believing Hollis would be buried a pauper. After I was asked to check with Selco for an insurance policy, I went to my garage where Hollis’ things are stored to get his file box. I also checked my mail which I had not done in days, and found a slip from UPS. I rushed over at 4:30 to see if the Trust monies I was awaiting for six months had arrived. It had! Thank God!

I have no access to Hollis’ bank account of which he had $116 dollars on . He was expecting a SS1 check on the frist, and possibly another $2,000 for back payment – after attorney fees. I am waiting for a death cirtificate I paid for to me sent to me so I can take it to Selco. These monies will go to any next of kin that can be found. I believe I can put these monies in escrow.

Contacting my Trustee, he told me I could pay for my friends burial from the Specials Needs Trust. The next day I met with Musgrave and paid in full the funereal costs usually paid by a family member. I was given an American flag that I will pass around tomorrow at the Memorial, because Hollis has a large extended family.

This Gift from God, and my diseased uncle, is the permission I have long been waiting for to found my church and begin my ministry. This church will be named after Hollis Lee Williams. Hollis means “holly tree” or “with the holly” Lee means “glade in the woods”. William means “protector of the realm or kingdom” I see Hollywood in Hollis’ name. Holly is a Christmas symbol of crown of thorns. Add it all up, and this is the name of my church………


Hollis’ father utterly rejected his son after he came home from the Army. He did not let him into his new family that he born three children to: Rossetta, Elizabeth, and Anthony. Hollis was born in Louisville Kentucky. Thanks to Hollis, his late father and his half sibling will forever be in my Family Tree that includes Lucretia Hart Clay the woman who brought thoroughbreds to the Blue Grass State, and thus the name ‘Blue Bloods’. Hollis is now a Blueblood! His station in life, and death, has been elevated just about as high as you can go in America. Lucretia was given the title ” a national woman”.

Just after I posted this, Hollis’ friend, Pat, found a number for Eliabeth, Hollis’ sister, who last saw H when she was six years of age. She will inform Rossetta that their brother is dead. They want photos of the memorial, and, that is that.

Under ancient Judaic laws I am Holli’s Go’el Redeemer.

Jon the Nazarite

Soon after their marriage Mr. Clay entered public life, and Mrs. Clay became what is now termed a national woman, the wife of one of America’s greatest statesmen.

Lucretia Hart Clay was a daughter of Col. Thomas Hart and Susanna Gray. The Hart family was established in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1690. The only son of a pioneer was Thomas Hart, who married Susanna Rice, and their oldest son was Col. Thomas Hart, who was born in 1730 and accompanied his mother and the other children to North Carolina in 1760. He became prominent in the Colonial and Revolutionary history of North Carolina, being a member of the Provincial Congress at New Bern of August 25, 1774, also attended the Convention of April 4, 1775, and was a delegate to the Assembly at Hillsboro August 21, 1775. He was an officer in the Revolutionary army, and was a member of the famous Transylvania Company. His brother, Captain Nathaniel Hart, was killed by the Indians near Boonesboro, Kentucky in 1782, and it was Susanna, daughter of Capt. Nathaniel, who married Col. Isaac Shelby, first governor of Kentucky. Col. Thomas Hart reared in his home his orphan niece, Ann, who became the wife of Jesse Benton, and her oldest son was the famous Thomas Hart Benton, the distinguished United States senator from Missouri.

Lucretia Hart Clay’s mother was Susanna Gray, an heiress, only child of Col. John Gray and granddaughter of John Gray Sr., who came to this country with Governor Gabriel Johnston in 1734 and settled in North Carolina. His son, Col. John Gray, was born in 1724 and died in 1775. He was a loyalist and is said to have opposed the marriage of his daughter on the ground that Colonel Hart was a rebel.

Col. Thomas Hart lived in North Carolina until 1780, when he moved to Hagerstown, Maryland, where his daughter, Lucretia, was born March 18, 1781. In 1794 he removed from Hagerstown to Lexington, Kentucky, where he died in 1808. He was the father of three sons and four daughters. His son, Capt. Nathaniel Hart, commanded the Lexington Light Infantry in the War of 1812, and was wounded and taken Prisoner at the battle of the River Raisin and massacred by the Indians. His oldest daughter married Dr. Richard Pindell, a surgeon in the Revolutionary army. The second daughter married Samuel Price, a lawyer, and she was the mother of Mrs. Marshall, wife of Chief Justice Thomas A. Marshall, of Kentucky. The third daughter married James A. Brown, United States senator from Louisiana and afterward minister to France during two administrations.

Lucretia Hart received her education in Hagerstown to the age of fourteen and afterward in Lexington where there were better educational advantages than in most other inland towns. In a letter written by Colonel Hart to a friend in 1796 he speaks of his youngest daughter: “Lucretia, our first rylander, is now fifteen years of age, a fine, sprightly, active girl, and pretty well accomplished in her education. She was married to Henry Clay in 1799 at the age of eighteen. At this time she was a slender, gracefully formed young girl with beautiful hands and feet, her complexion was fair, her features delicate, her eyes blue, and she had a wealth of beautiful auburn hair.

Soon after their marriage Mr. Clay entered public life, and Mrs. Clay became what is now termed a national woman, the wife of one of America’s greatest statesmen. For some inexplicable reason the public has an erroneous idea of her, and now, having given her antecedents, I will speak more particularly of herself. I knew her before my marriage, and intimately, from 1843, when I became her daughter-in-law.

Next of kin, and, hence, redeemer. Owing to the solidarity of the family and the clan in ancient Israel, any duty which a man could not perform by himself had to be taken up by his next of kin. Any rights possessed by a man which lapsed through his inability to perform the duties attached to such rights, could be and should be resumed by the next of kin. This applied especially to parcels of land which any Israelite found it necessary to sell. This his go’el, or kinsman, had to redeem (Lev. xxv. 25). From the leading case of Jeremiah’s purchase of his cousin Hananeel’s property in Anathoth (Jer. xxxii. 8-12) it would appear that in later Israel at any rate this injunction was taken to mean that a kinsman had the right of preemption. Similarly, in the Book of Ruth the next of kin was called upon to purchase a parcel of land formerly belonging to Elimelech (Ruth iv. 3). It would appear from the same example that another duty of the go’el was to raise offspring for his kinsman if he happened to die without any (ib. 5). This would seem to be an extension of the principle of the Levirate Marriage; hence the procedure of “ḥaliẓah” was gone through in the case of Naomi’s go’el, just as if he had been her brother-in-law. The relative nearness of kin is not very definitely determined in the Old Testament. The brother appears to be the nearest of all, after whom comes the uncle or uncle’s son (Lev. xxv. 49).

Another duty of the go’el was to redeem his kinsman from slavery if sold to a stranger or sojourner (Lev. xxv. 47-55). In both cases much depended upon the nearness or remoteness of the year of jubilee, which would automatically release either the land or the person of the kinsman from subjection to another.

As the go’el had his duties, so he had his privileges and compensation. If an injured man had claim to damages and died before they were paid to him, his go’el would have the right to them (Lev. v. 21-26 [A. V. vi. 1-7]). The whole conception of the go’el was based on the solidarity of the interests of the tribe and the nation with those of the national God, and accordingly the notion of the go’el became spiritualized as applied to the relations between God and Israel. God was regarded as the go’el of Israel, and as having redeemed him from the bondage of Egypt (Ex. vi. 6, xv. 13). Especially in Deutero-Isaiah is this conception emphasized (Isa. xli. 14; xliii. 14; xliv. 6, 24, et passim).

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Thanks to all Veterans who fought for the right of a Free Press, and the Right to vote.

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