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Jeff Kemp,  West Virginia State Coordinator
Linda Fluharty, Asst. State Coordinator

Family Histories
Town Histories
Clay Co. Churches
Clay Co. Cemeteries
The Golden Delicious Apple
Births, Deaths and Marriages: Searchable
West Virginia Map
Photos of Clay County Schools
Names From the Past - Widen & Dille
Clay County Road Building
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
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Braxton County
Calhoun County
Fayette County
Jackson 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

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Clay County Courthouse 1907


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 our statehood in 1863.

The county area is 346.1 square miles. Approximately 10,200 lived in Clay County in 1910 while the 2020 census indicated a drop in population to 8,341. 

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
2010 - 10,300
2020 - 8341

 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. Part of the county is served by 1 cable TV company. Telephone and internet service is provided by Frontier Communication.

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Last Edited: 02/27/23
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