Clay County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Clay County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Founded March 24, 1873
County Seat Piggott

County Courthouses

According to History and Traditions of Clay County , compiled by Robert T. Webb, edited and indexed by Frank Cochran, the people moved the county seat from Corning to Boydsville in 1877. Most of the people lived in the eastern part of the county and it was difficult to travel through the bottoms to Corning. Changing the county seat did not change the difficulty of crossing the bottoms, but only transferred it to the people in the Western part. In 1881 the county was divided into two districts with Boydsville the Eastern county seat and Corning the Western county seat. In 1888 the people voted to move the eastern county seat to Piggott.

Early History of Clay County Seats

Western District Courthouse History


Parent County

  • 1873--Clay County was created 24 March 1873 from Randolph and Greene Counties. County seat: Piggott [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

The Western District courthouse burned in 1881 with total record loss.

The Eastern District courthouse burned on January 11, 1893 with total record loss.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Hopewell Baptist Church, near Reyno


(Western District)
Clay County Clerk's Office
Western District
800 W 2nd St
Corning AR 72422

(Eastern District)
Office of the County Clerk
PO Box 306
Piggott AR 72454-0306


Local Histories


Township Maps



Piggott Times
PO Box 59
Piggott AR 72454

Clay County Courier
810 N Missouri Ave
PO Box 128
Corning AR 72422-0128

Clay County Democrat
PO Box 366
Rector AR 72461



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


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