Henry C. Clay, known as H. C. Clay, was born in 1839, a nephew of the Henry Clay (Kentucky Senator and Statesman). He was also related the Grimes family of Grimes Mill (and later married one of the Grimes’ cousins). In 1880, he became one of the principals in the distilling partnership of Stoll, Clay & Company (that built the Commonwealth Distillery). During 1885, the partnership was dissolved because of his financial problems. He also secured a note to C. W. Foushee, whiskey broker, with the gristmill on Boone Creek, at Grimes Mill Road. The mill was later sold to cover the debt.[i] He continued in the distilling business owning the Grimes Distillery.
[i] Enoch, page 89 – 90.