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CLAY COUNTY


The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton

Established: Jan. 2, 1822
Parent County: Ray
County Seat: Liberty
Named After: Henry Clay, Kentucky congressman

 

Is situated in the west north-west part of the State, on the Missouri River. The face of the country is somewhat broken, and generally well timbered, with small prairies in various portions of the county. The soil is remarkably fertile, and the county well watered. This county is noted for its fine farms and wealthy, intelligent farmers and stock growers. According to a recent census, Clay was one of the most productive agricultural counties in the State; notwithstanding which, there were at that time 142,661 acres of unimproved land in the county. Clay was foremost to organize teacher's institutes, and the citizens have always manifested more liberality and enterprise in the support of schools, than any other county in the State in proportion to her population. There are several first class ably conducted seminaries in the county. Farmers, manufacturers, mechanics and business men of all classes, will here find fertile soil, a healthy climate, abundance of timber and building materials, good prices and a ready market for all products either agricultural or mechanical, and an honest, industrious, and hospitable people.

 

 

Other Clay County Resources

Clay County Archives Clay County Museum & Historical Society Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives
Smithville Historical Society Northland Genealogy Society  

 

 

 

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County Updates

 
February 2014
4 Birth Announcements
20 Obituaries
5 Death Announcements
2 News Articles
 
September 2013
Contributed Marriages
 
June 2013
County Officials
Timeline
Early Lawyers
Women in WWI Effort
WWI Roster of Soldiers
The James Boys
19 graveyards transcription added
Marriages 1850-1870

February 2013
Baker-Evans Graveyard Additions
Big Shoal Graveyard Additions
Buxton Graveyard Additions
Cameron Graveyard Additions
Chandler Graveyard Additions
1883 Pensioners
Hart Graveyard Additions
Hall Graveyard Additions
Graddy Graveyard Additions
Elishi Cameron Graveyard Additions
Davidson Graveyard Additions
Bios: Gilliam
Howdershell Graveyard Additions
Hymer Graveyard Additions
John R. Keller Graveyard Addtions
Marion Crowley Graveyard Additions
Martin Graveyard Additions
 

 

 

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