Place:Clay, Texas, United States

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NameClay
Alt namesClaysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates33.767°N 98.217°W
Located inTexas, United States     (1857 - )
See alsoCooke, Texas, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,752. The county seat is Henrietta. The county was founded in 1857 and is named in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.

Clay County is part of the Wichita Falls, metropolitan area in North Texas.

Several railroads once served Clay County, including the Wichita Falls Railway, one of the properties of Joseph A. Kemp and his brother-in-law Frank Kell, along with twenty-nine other stockholders. The Wichita Falls Railway linked Henrietta with Wichita Falls. Built in 1894-1895, it was sold in 1911 to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy. The original eighteen miles of track was abandoned in 1970.

The Wichita Falls rancher, oilman, and philanthropist Joseph Sterling Bridwell owned a ranch in Clay County, among his multiple holdings.

Clay County is represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican James Frank, a businessman from Wichita Falls.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1830 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1873 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1873 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1874 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 109
1870 0
1880 5,045
1890 7,503
1900 9,231
1910 17,043
1920 16,864
1930 14,545
1940 12,524
1950 9,896
1960 8,351
1970 8,079
1980 9,582
1990 10,024

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