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WV RootsWeb Archives

List of All WV County Courthouses

Family Histories

Town Histories

Clay Co. Churches

Clay Co. Cemeteries


The Golden Delicious Apple

Hickory and Lady Slippers Publications

Clay County Historical Society Publications

Surname Lookup Volunteers

Clay County Family Website Links

Don Norman's Central WVa. Family Files

West Virginia Map

Friend's Fort

Names From the Past - Widen & Dille

Clay County Road Building

Capt. Jonas Friend at the Battle of Point Pleasant



First Queries - Apr. - 97

Queries - May - 97

Queries - June - 97

Queries - Jul/Aug - 97

Queries - Sept-Dec 97

Queries - 98

Queries after July 1, 2001



Please Visit our WV county neighbors

Braxton County

Calhoun County

Fayette County

Kanawha County

Nicholas County

Roane County


Clay County Census Records Online

1860 Census records online

1870 Census records online

1870 Detailed Census

1880 Census records on line

Other Census Sites


Clay County Soldiers

Clay Co., Civil War Soldiers

Spanish American War Soldiers

World War I Soldiers

World War II Soldiers

Korean War Soldiers

Vietnam War Soldiers

Clay Co., Soldiers Killed in Action





Clay County Courthouse 1907

The county was originally named Henry then Marshall.   Clay County was formed in 1858 from parts of Braxton, Kanawha, and Nicholas Counties and was named in honor of Henry Clay, a Kentucky statesman. We declared out statehood in 1863.

The county area is 346.1 square miles. Approximately 10,200 lived in Clay County in 1910 while the 1990 census indicated a drop in population to 9,983. 

The mean annual temperature is 55 degrees and the mean annual snowfall ranges from 22 to 40 inches. The variation is due to mountain terrain. Two thirds of the county lies at elevations of 1000 feet above sea level.   The county seat and only municipality, is in the Town of Clay ( formerly known as 'Clay Courthouse').  It has a Mayor/Council form of government with the Mayor being the Chief Executive Officer. Town Council consists of 5 members, one recorder and the Mayor. It is located 42 miles from the State Capitol, Charleston. Henry Clay 

1960 - 11,942
1970 -   9,330
1980 - 11,265
1990 -   9,983
2000 - 10,700 (projected)

 There are 2,346 workers living in the county. Of that 1,241 work inside the county while 1,016 work in another county and 1.7% ( 40) have jobs in another state.

A three member county commission governs the county.  The County Commission has the primary budgetary and administrative responsibility for the operation of county government.

Clay County is served by two newspapers. The Clay County Freepress which is published weekly and The Communicator and is published bi weekly. There are no television stations in the county. The county is served by four cable TV companies. Telephone service is provided by Citizen's Telecom.

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Brenda Vaughn and Herschel Shamblin, Clay County Coordinators
Les Shockey, West Virginia State Coordinator
Valerie Forren-Crook, Asst. State Coordinator

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Last Updated: March 19, 2008