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Clay Co., NC USGenWeb Genealogy 9, 2014
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  • About Clay County
  • Clay County Queries, page 1
  • Clay County Queries, page 2
  • Clay County Queries, page 3
  • Clay County Heritage Book
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    About Clay County

    Clay was formed in 1861 from Cherokee. It was named in honor of Henry Clay. It is in the western section of the State and is bounded by the state of Georgia and Cherokee and Macon counties. The present land area is 214.30 square miles and the 1990 population was 7,155. Commissioners were directed to hold their first meeting in the Methodist Church near Fort Hembree. Special commissioners were named to select a site for the courthouse and lay out a town by the name of Hayesville. Hayesville, named in honor of George W. Hayes, is the county seat.

    For Vital Records:
    Clay County Register of Deeds
    P.O. Box 118
    Hayesville, NC 28904

    Clay County Heritage Book


    Cherokee County, NC
    Macon County, NC
    Union County, GA
    Rabun County, GA


    In 1935, Mrs. John C. Campbell (founder of John C. Campbell Folk School) compiled genealogy (2200 names) of the Brasstown (Clay County and Cherokee County) North Carolina area, and she inventoried 2 cemeteries. For descriptions and photos of this project, click on . The gedcom file link is at the lower part of the Web page, in the table.

    Check out both pages to see the old Courthouse and the beautiful new building!

    Photographed and contributed by Virginia Turnbull

    Photos of the Old Ledford Chapel Cemetery

    Photographed and contributed by Bobby Ledford


    Article and photos by Marie Benge Craig Roth

    Edward William Waldroup
    in the 1914 volume of Agromeck,
    the yearbook of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
    in West Raleigh, NC


    The Family History Center is in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peachtree Community on Highway 141.

    Hours are Tuesday 9-3; Wednesday 9-1; Thursday 9-3.
    Closed in August, Thanksgiving week, and 2 weeks at Christmas.


    There is a genealogy study group that meets monthly for instruction, sharing, and friendship. Those attending are from many areas. There are several who have ancestors in Clay County.

    Clay County Photo Gallery

    Clay County Census Records

    1870 Census  (Uploaded Apr. 16, 2005)
    1880 Census  (Uploaded June 17, 2006)
    1900 Census  (Uploaded Dec. 23, 2006)
    1910 Census  (Uploaded May 5, 2007)
    1920 Census  (Uploaded Oct. 4, 2007)
    1930 Census  (Uploaded Dec. 7, 2008)


    Need to find a public library in North Carolina?

    Clay County, NC WebRecords Project

    An ongoing compilation of information contributed by visitors to the Clay County, NC USGenWeb site and the subscribers to the Clay County, NC Listserv. Click here and check back often!

    Index to Obituaries in the Cherokee Scout (Cherokee County, NC) Newspaper Including Clay County, NC Surnames and Individuals Buried in Clay County, compiled and contributed by Glenn Teffeteller
    NOTE: This is a large table and will take several minutes to load, so please be patient...

    Other References

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    A list of NC county post offices, complete with names of postmasters and postmistresses plus pictures of postmarks and stamps.  For a PDF file of information specific to Clay County, click here.

    Taneya Koonce, webmaster of the North Carolina  USGenWeb site writes a blog about interesting topics in genealogy.  Click here for some great reading!

    North Carolina Yearbooks compiled by Taneya Koonce

    Two great sites by Mike Gora featuring history and maps: The Hiwassee River Basin Directory: The Area Around Hayesville, NC and Hayesville, NC & The Hiwassee River Basin.

    Visit the Home Page of the Nantahala Regional Library in Murphy, NC.

    Cemetery Surveys, Inc. has photos and descriptions relevant to Clay County (and other beautiful offerings as well)

    Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society

            Brigham Young University Family History Archive

            Three Copyright Links
                 When U.S. Works Pass Into the Public Domain by Lolly Gasaway
                 Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
                 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained by Brad Templeton


    The genealogy page of Phillip Y. Hogsed, Sr. is the work of a native of Clay County with ancestors who were among the first settlers.

    Sandra Ratledge's Valley River page on RootsWeb features surnames of Adams, Arrowood, Blair, Blythe, Davis, Dockery, Graves, Hampton, McDonald, McKeehan, Nipper, Palmer, Parker, Patterson, Sylvester, Tucker, Walls, and Welch. All have roots in Valley River; most are common names of residents still there today. A major empasis are the descendants of Jonathan and Annie Blythe. She died at Valley River.

     NC Sons of Confederate Veterans


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    Brasstown, Cherokee County, NC
    (Dec. 26, 1932 - Sep. 18, 2004)