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My name is Scot Stout and I'm your Clay County coordinator. Everything I have on Clay County has been posted. I do not live in or near Clay County and cannot answer specific research questions. Please send any questions or comments to me at the address below.
Clay County, first called Clayton County, was formed in 1873 with Corning as the county seat. It was formed from parts of Greene and Randolph Counties with Western Clay County being formed from Randolph County and Eastern Clay County being formed from Greene County. There seems to be some controversy over which Clayton was the namesake of Clayton County in the beginning. It may have been John M. Clayton or his brother, Powell Clayton. Henry Clay was the person honored when the name was changed in 1875.
John M. Clayton
TWO County Seats?
According to History and Traditions of Clay County, compiled by Robert T. Webb, edited and indexed by Frank Cochran, the people moved the county seat from Corning to Boydsville in 1877. Most of the people lived in the eastern part of the county and it was difficult to travel through the bottoms to Corning. Changing the county seat did not change the difficulty of crossing the bottoms, but only transferred it to the people in the Western part. In 1881 the county was divided into two districts with Boydsville the Eastern county seat and Corning the Western county seat. In 1888 the people voted to move the eastern county seat to Piggott. More detailed information may be found here.
Archives (contains information on 1880 census, obituaries, publication indices, and much more)
Books For Sale
1940 Census Maps
Cherokee Bay Post Office
Clay County Courier Excerpts
Clay County Home
Clay County Court Records
Clay County Courthouses
Clay County Genealogy & Historical Society
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Elected Officials who have served Clay County, AR
Land Transfers and Deeds
Message Board (Ancestry)
Message Board (GenForum)
Neighboring and Related Counties
New Madrid County, MO (Parent County for Lawrence County, AR.)
Lawrence County, AR (Formed from New Madrid County, MO in 1815.)
Obituaries in the Piggott Banner 1942-1969
Personal Web Pages
Piggott Mayors, 1891 to Present
Photo Album including "Fallen Leaves"
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Updated 7 Sep 2012
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