Clay County, Indiana Genealogy

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County Courthouse

The earliest civil records that were housed in the first county courthouse were lost when the courthouse burned down in 1851.


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The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay (1777-1852).[1]

Parent County

1825--Clay County was created 12 February 1825 from Owen, Putnam, Vigo and Sullivan Counties.
County seat: Brazil [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

November 1851 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories



  1.     <a href=";isa=Category;op=show">Clay County Civil War Veterans</a>
  • Korean War
  1. <a href=";isa=Category;op=show">Clay County Korean War Veterans</a>
  • Revolutionary War
  1. Revolutionary War Soldiers of Clay County (Source: <a href="">Wabash Valley Visions & Voices</a>)
  • Spanish American War
  1. <a href=";isa=Category;op=show">Clay County Spanish American War Veterans</a>
  • Vietnam War
  1. <a href=";isa=Category;op=show">Clay County Vietnam Veterans</a>
  • World War I
  1. Gold Star Honor Roll Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War (Source: <a href="">Genealogy Trails History Group</a>)
  2. <a href="">World War I Draft Registration Cards</a>, 1917-1918 Clay County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • World War II
  1. <a href=";isa=Category;op=show">Clay County World War II Veterans</a>
  2. Clay County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: <a href="">AccessGenealogy) </a>
     (above was copy from Linkpendium)

Civil War

Civil War service men from Clay County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Clay County.

  • <a href="1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery">1st Regiment</a>, Indiana Heavy Artillery, Companies A, I, and K
  • <a href="2nd Regiment, Indiana Cavalry">2nd Regiment</a>, Indiana Cavalry, Company G
  • <a href="6th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry">6th Regiment</a>, Indiana Cavalry, Companies D, and F
  • <a href="10th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">10th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company F
  • <a href="11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">11th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company H 
  • <a href="17th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery">17th Battery</a>, Indiana Light Artillery
  • <a href="20th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery">20th Battery</a>, Indiana Light Artillery
  • <a href="43rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry">43rd Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company A
  • <a href="48th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">48th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company G
  • <a href="59th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">59th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company G
  • <a href="78th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (60 days, 1862)">78th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry (60 days, 1862), Company G
  • <a href="85th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">85th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Companies I, and K
  • <a href="88th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">88th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company I
  • <a href="97th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">97th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Companies B, and D
  • <a href="115th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4)">115th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4), Company D
  • <a href="124th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">124th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company E
  • <a href="133rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864)">133rd Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies B, I, and K
  • <a href="144th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">144th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company K
  • <a href="149th Regiment, Indiana Infantry">149th Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Companies A, B, F, and H
  • <a href="152nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry">152nd Regiment</a>, Indiana Infantry, Company E

Civil War Book


The Brazil Daily Times has obituaries and other archives back to 2003.



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc.

POB 56

Centerpoint, IN  47840-0056


Web Sites


  1. "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).