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Our Genealogy Helper for Clay ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Clay (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Clay. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Clay is located in Clay County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of West Virginia's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Braxton, Calhoun, Kanawha, Nicholas & Roane.

Below are the counties that are near Clay. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Clay:

  • Clay County     (The home county of Clay)
    • Hartland [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartland
      • Hartland [Clay County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartland
    • Elkhurst [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkhurst
      • Elkhurst [Clay County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elkhurst have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkhurst
    • Valley Fork [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Fork
      • Valley Fork [Clay County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Fork
    • Harrison [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrison
      • Harrison [Clay County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrison
    • Procious [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Procious
      • Procious [Clay County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Procious
    • Widen [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Widen
      • Widen [Clay County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Widen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Widen
  • Boone County
  • Braxton County
    • Strange Creek [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strange Creek
      • Strange Creek [Braxton County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strange Creek
    • Elmira [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elmira
      • Elmira [Braxton County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elmira have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elmira
    • Clem [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clem
      • Clem [Braxton County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clem
    • Frametown [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frametown
      • Frametown [Braxton County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frametown
    • Wilsie [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilsie
      • Wilsie [Braxton County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilsie
    • Canfield [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canfield
      • Canfield [Braxton County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canfield
    • Little Birch [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Birch
      • Little Birch [Braxton County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Birch
    • Gassaway [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gassaway
      • Gassaway [Braxton County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 816 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gassaway
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gassaway<3>
    • Chapel [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chapel
      • Chapel [Braxton County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chapel
    • Sutton [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sutton
      • Sutton [Braxton County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 969 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sutton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sutton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sutton<3>
    • Exchange [Braxton County]
    • Flatwoods [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flatwoods
      • Flatwoods [Braxton County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 258 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flatwoods have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flatwoods
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flatwoods<3>
    • Heaters [Braxton County]
  • Calhoun County
    • Mudfork [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mudfork
      • Mudfork [Calhoun County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mudfork
    • Stinson [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stinson
      • Stinson [Calhoun County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stinson
    • Walnut [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut
      • Walnut [Calhoun County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut
    • Orma [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orma
      • Orma [Calhoun County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orma
    • Arnoldsburg [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arnoldsburg
      • Arnoldsburg [Calhoun County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arnoldsburg
    • Pink [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pink
      • Pink [Calhoun County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pink
    • Russet [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Russet
      • Russet [Calhoun County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Russet have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Russet
    • Grantsville [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grantsville
      • Grantsville [Calhoun County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 497 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grantsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grantsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grantsville<3>
  • Fayette County
    • Gauley Bridge [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gauley Bridge
      • Gauley Bridge [Fayette County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 545 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gauley Bridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gauley Bridge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gauley Bridge<3>
    • Cannelton [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cannelton
      • Cannelton [Fayette County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cannelton
    • Ansted [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ansted
      • Ansted [Fayette County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,300 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ansted have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ansted
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ansted<3>
    • Clifty [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifty
      • Clifty [Fayette County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifty
    • Smithers [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smithers
      • Smithers [Fayette County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 726 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smithers have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smithers
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Smithers<3>
    • Crescent [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crescent
      • Crescent [Fayette County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crescent have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crescent
    • Montgomery [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montgomery
      • Montgomery [Fayette County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,492 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montgomery
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montgomery<3>
    • Falls View [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls View
      • Falls View [Fayette County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls View
    • Mount Carbon [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Carbon
      • Mount Carbon [Fayette County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Carbon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Carbon
    • Beckwith [Fayette County]
    • Kimberly [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kimberly
      • Kimberly [Fayette County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kimberly
    • Lansing [Fayette County]
    • Dempsey [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dempsey
      • Dempsey [Fayette County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dempsey
  • Gilmer County
    • Shock [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shock
      • Shock [Gilmer County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shock
    • Stumptown [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stumptown
      • Stumptown [Gilmer County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stumptown
    • Cedarville [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedarville
      • Cedarville [Gilmer County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedarville
    • Glenville [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenville
      • Glenville [Gilmer County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,410 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glenville<3>
    • Sand Fork [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sand Fork
      • Sand Fork [Gilmer County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 145 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sand Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sand Fork
  • Greenbrier County
    • Quinwood [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quinwood
      • Quinwood [Greenbrier County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 260 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quinwood
    • Charmco [Greenbrier County]
    • Rainelle [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainelle
      • Rainelle [Greenbrier County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,516 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainelle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainelle<3>
    • Rupert [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rupert
      • Rupert [Greenbrier County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 880 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rupert
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rupert<3>
  • Jackson County
    • Romance [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Romance
      • Romance [Jackson County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Romance
    • Kentuck [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kentuck
      • Kentuck [Jackson County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kentuck
    • Kenna [Jackson County]
  • Kanawha County
    • Clendenin [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clendenin
      • Clendenin [Kanawha County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,098 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clendenin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clendenin<3>
    • Falling Rock [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falling Rock
      • Falling Rock [Kanawha County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falling Rock
    • Three Mile [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Three Mile
      • Three Mile [Kanawha County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Three Mile
    • Youngs Bottom [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Youngs Bottom
      • Youngs Bottom [Kanawha County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Youngs Bottom
    • Elkview [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkview
      • Elkview [Kanawha County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elkview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkview
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elkview<3>
    • Pinch [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinch
      • Pinch [Kanawha County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinch
    • Pratt [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pratt
      • Pratt [Kanawha County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 552 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pratt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pratt
    • Handley [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Handley
      • Handley [Kanawha County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 309 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Handley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Handley
    • Aarons [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aarons
      • Aarons [Kanawha County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aarons
    • Cedar Grove [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Grove
      • Cedar Grove [Kanawha County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 897 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Grove
    • Coal Fork [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coal Fork
      • Coal Fork [Kanawha County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coal Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coal Fork
    • East Bank [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Bank
      • East Bank [Kanawha County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 857 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Bank have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Bank
    • Glasgow [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glasgow
      • Glasgow [Kanawha County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 823 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glasgow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glasgow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glasgow<3>
  • Nicholas County
    • Zela [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zela
      • Zela [Nicholas County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zela
    • Dixie [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dixie
      • Dixie [Nicholas County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dixie
    • Muddlety [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Muddlety
      • Muddlety [Nicholas County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Muddlety
    • Beech Glen [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beech Glen
      • Beech Glen [Nicholas County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beech Glen
    • Summersville [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summersville
      • Summersville [Nicholas County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,225 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summersville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summersville<3>
    • Birch River [Nicholas County]
    • Morrison [Nicholas County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morrison
      • Morrison [Nicholas County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morrison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tioga [Nicholas County]
    • Beaver [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaver
      • Beaver [Nicholas County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver
    • Craigsville [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Craigsville
      • Craigsville [Nicholas County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Craigsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Craigsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Craigsville<3>
    • Nettie [Nicholas County]
    • Odell Town [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Odell Town
      • Odell Town [Nicholas County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Odell Town has also been known as:
      • Odell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Odell Town
    • Snow Hill [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snow Hill
      • Snow Hill [Nicholas County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snow Hill
  • Putnam County
    • Poca [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poca
      • Poca [Putnam County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 963 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poca have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Poca<3>
  • Roane County
    • Pigeon [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pigeon
      • Pigeon [Roane County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pigeon
    • Roxalana [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roxalana
      • Roxalana [Roane County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roxalana
    • Cicerone [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cicerone
      • Cicerone [Roane County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cicerone
    • Spencer [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spencer
      • Spencer [Roane County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,989 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spencer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spencer<3>
    • Triplett [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Triplett
      • Triplett [Roane County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Triplett have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Triplett
    • Flint Town [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flint Town
      • Flint Town [Roane County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flint Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flint Town
    • Reedy [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reedy
      • Reedy [Roane County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 159 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reedy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reedy
  • Webster County
    • Camden-on-Gauley [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camden-on-Gauley
      • Camden-on-Gauley [Webster County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 143 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camden-on-Gauley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camden-on-Gauley
    • Erbacon [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Erbacon
      • Erbacon [Webster County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Erbacon
    • Cowen [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cowen
      • Cowen [Webster County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 463 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cowen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cowen<3>
    • Welch Glade [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Welch Glade
      • Welch Glade [Webster County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Welch Glade
    • Addison [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Addison
      • Addison [Webster County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 660 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Addison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Addison
    • Hacker Valley [Webster County]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Clay, see our County-by-County Page for Clay.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Clay ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clay.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Clay. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Clay and those printed in the larger area surrounding Clay.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km] of Clay.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Clay:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from West Virginia

Cemeteries Near Clay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clay.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Clay covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Reed - Stephenson Cemetery
  • King Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the King Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the King Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on King Cemetery
  • Triplett Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Triplett Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Triplett Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Triplett Cemetery
  • Blue Knob Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Blue Knob Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Blue Knob Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Knob Cemetery
  • Woods Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Woods Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Woods Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woods Cemetery
  • Mullins Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mullins Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mullins Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mullins Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Davis Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Davis Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Davis Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Davis Cemetery
    • Pierson Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pierson Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pierson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pierson Cemetery
    • Pleasant Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hill Cemetery
    • Grose Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Grose Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Grose Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grose Cemetery
    • Bogg Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bogg Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bogg Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bogg Cemetery
    • Little Laurel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Little Laurel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Little Laurel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Laurel Cemetery
    • Phillips Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Phillips Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Phillips Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phillips Cemetery
    • Tanner Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tanner Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tanner Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Tanner Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tanner Cemetery
    • Hively Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hively Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hively Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Hively Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hively Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

While we didn't find Clay in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Clay.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Clay, with the one closest to Clay listed first.

  • Valley Fork [Clay County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Fork
    • Valley Fork [Clay County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Valley Fork had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Fork
  • Gould [Clay County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gould
    • Gould [Clay County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gould had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gould have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gould
  • Harrison [Clay County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrison
    • Harrison [Clay County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrison
  • Procious [Clay County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Procious
    • Procious [Clay County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Clay
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Procious had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Procious
  • Pigeon [Roane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pigeon
    • Pigeon [Roane County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pigeon
  • Ira [Clay County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ira
    • Ira [Clay County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ira had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ira have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ira
  • Continue List ...
    • Lizemores [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lizemores
      • Lizemores [Clay County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lizemores had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lizemores have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lizemores
    • Newton [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newton
      • Newton [Roane County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 104 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Newton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newton
    • Apgah [Kanawha County] - Historic
      • While Apgah was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apgah
      • Apgah [Kanawha County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Clay
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Apgah had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Apgah have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Wattsville [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wattsville
      • Wattsville [Clay County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Clay
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wattsville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wattsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wattsville
    • Strange Creek [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strange Creek
      • Strange Creek [Braxton County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Clay
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 76 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Strange Creek had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strange Creek
    • Amma [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amma
      • Amma [Roane County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Clay
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Amma had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amma
    • Gazil [Kanawha County] - Historic
      • While Gazil was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gazil
      • Gazil [Kanawha County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Clay
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Gazil had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gazil have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Oka [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oka
      • Oka [Calhoun County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Clay
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Oka had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oka have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oka
    • Gilboa [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilboa
      • Gilboa [Nicholas County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Clay
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gilboa had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gilboa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilboa

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Clay. See our List of 1890's Communities around Clay.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Clay ...

While our initial data about Clay came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Clay in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Clay.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Appalachia & Piedmont
Written by: Walker, Mike
Published by Steam Powered Video (SPV), 2004
(Available from Amazon.com)

Shell Oil Road Map for West Virginia (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found Clay in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Clay for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Clay. See our Misc Page for Clay for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Clay County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Clay. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clay) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Clay. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ClayOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clay. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4610, Longitude: -81.0847    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Clay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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