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CLAY COUNTY HISTORY
Established: December 23, 1824


Records show as early as 1818 that a Mr. Elliot laid claim to land in the southeastern part of Illinois now known as Clay County. In 1842, Clay County, named for Mr. Henry Clay, was created from areas of Lawrence, Fayette and Wayne counties with Maysville as the first seat of government. This was most likely due to Maysville’s location on the national road between St. Louis and Cincinnati.

Even though Clay had some early settlers, it wasn’t until the late 1830’s that signs of real growth started showing with the arrival of Judge Apperson, Judge S. Hopkins, Mr. Stanford and Mr. Lee followed by the Tender, McCollum and Cochran families. New development meant changes and amongst them came the relocation of the county seat to Louisville in 1842.

Penetrated diagonally by the Little Wabash River, Clay County is known for its fine Oak & Ash lumber. With over one-half of the county under cultivation, everywhere you look there are fields of Indian corn, flax, tobacco, oats and hay.

Making up the county of Clay are Blair, Bible Grove, Clay City, Harter, Hoosier, Larkinsburg, Louisville, Oskaloosa, Pixley, Stanford, Songer and Xenia Townships. The town of Flora, located in Harter Township, was and is still considered today to be one of the largest trading centers in Clay County.

Please check the time period your Ancestors were in Clay County as the present area, or parts of it, were formerly included in the following Counties (links are provided to each County):

1819–1824
Wayne

1821–1824
Fayette

1816–1824
Crawford

1815–1819
Edwards

1812–1815
Gallatin

1812–1815
Madison

1803–1812
Randolph

1801–1812
St. Clair

1790–1801
Knox, Northwest Territory

Clay County Courthouse
P.O. Box 160
Louisville, IL 62858
(618) 665-3626

Townships of Clay County:

Bible Grove Township
Blair Township
Clay City Township
Harter Township
Hoosier Township
Larkinsburg Township
Louisville Township
Oskaloosa Township
Pixley Township
Songer Township
Stanford Township
Xenia Township



The 1850 Mortality Schedule

Clay County Residents in the Military
All Conflicts!

Clay County Residents in our State Databases
State Databases - Lots of Names and Topics!

State-wide Census and Mortality Schedules

Southern Trails Regional Index
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