Largest city: Flora
County Seat: Louisville
Clay County was formed in 1824 out of portions of Wayne, Crawford, and Fayette counties. Its name is in honor of
Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary
of State in the 19th century. Clay was an unsuccessful candidate for President in the year the County was named.
It is located in South Central Illinois.
The first settler in the county was John McCawley. He is said to have traveled the Vinsans
Trace, as the old Vincennes, St. Louis & Kaskaskia Indian and buffalo path was known in the early days. The
next documented settlers were Philip Devore, Seth Evans and a Mr. Circles. Mr. Circles' given name is unknown,
but he was remembered well by the very early settlers, because of the fact the he put up a horse mill east of Flora,
and for some time furnished bread, or the means of grinding their own corn. Many more settlers arrived--some
stayed others moved on further West. Those who stayed all made their marks on the county, and on the towns
within the county.
Cities, Towns and CDP's
* Clay City * Iola * Louisville * Sailor Springs * Xenia
Clay County is divided into these twelve townships:
* Bible Grove * Blair * Clay City * Harter * Hoosier * Larkinsburg
* Louisville * Oskaloosa * Pixley * Songer * Stanford * Xenia
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