Since Clay County was not formed until December of 1870, the first Census of Clay County as such was the 1880 Census which is available for $10 (order # 9913) in printed form from Sistler and Associates. The Putnam County Library also has Clay County, Tennessee 1880 United States Census transcribed from the microfilm by Dayton Birdwell. For the time period before the 1880 Census, you will need to check the censuses of Clay County's parent counties, Jackson and Overton.
For tips on making the best use of Tennessee census records 1880-1920, please click here.
For those listed in the 1890 Union Veterans Census click here.
In addition, there is the 1891 enumeration of male inhabitants, of twenty-one years of age and upward as of January 1, 1891 for Clay County.
There is also a 1900 Federal population census for Clay County published by the National Archives. This is on microfilm. Roll # T623-1562. The 1910 census is Roll # T 624-1493.
Check library catalogs for availability and possibility of interlibrary loan. Your nearest LDS Family History Center can also assist you in ordering microfilms of soundex indexes and census.
An Index of all available on-line Tennessee census records (thanks to Brenda Hay for this one).
Kay Bittorie provided the following transcribed 1930 census records:
2nd Civil District (Pt) Enumeration District 14-2, Supervisors District No. 5
2nd So State Hwy Enumeration District #14-3 Supervisor's District # 5
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Jane Hembree Crowley
Charles Reeves, Jr.,
Clay County Coordinators