Western NC Genealogy Resource Center
for Clay County

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
704-389-0087

Clay County Heritage Book

Clay County Heritage Book Committee
Mary Nichols
Route 1, Box 164
Hayesville, NC 28904

Clay County Heritage - North Carolina Vol. I

This is the first history of this most Western North Carolina county. Endorsed by the Clay County Board of Commissioners, and coordinated by a local steering committee, the book features a surname index. Over 320 family genealogies, histories and photo highlight the book, along with stories of Churches, Clubs and Communities. This 9X12 hardbound book is a part of the NC County Heritage series and contains more than 150 pages. Copies are available at the Clay County Public Library in Hayesville or by mail.

Clay County Resources:


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