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Clay County is a county located in Northwest Missouri in the United States. Its county seat is Liberty. The county was organized January 2, 1822 and named in honor of U.S. Representative Henry Clay from Kentucky, later member of the United States Senate and United States Secretary of State.
Cemeteries of Clay County, Missouri are located across the county. Listed here are cemetery records that have been published online.
Clay County was settled primarily from migrants from the Upper Southern states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Clay was one of several counties settled mostly by Southerners to the north and south of the Missouri River.
Many members of the Latter Day Saint movement found refuge in Clay County in November 1833. In 1836 mobs drove the members of the church from the county. Leaders of this church, most notably President Joseph Smith, Jr., were imprisoned for some months in Clay County in the jail at Liberty.
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