Clay County, Arkansas Genealogy
|Clay County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||March 24, 1873|
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
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.
For more information, see www.argenweb.net/clay/earlyhistory.htm
For information on the Western District courthouse, see http://www.argenweb.net/clay/corningcourthouses.htm.
- 1873--Clay County was created 24 March 1873 from Randolph and Greene Counties. County seat: Piggott 
The Western District courthouse burned in 1881 with total record loss.
The Eastern District courthouse burned on January 11, 1893 with total record loss.
Societies and Libraries
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).