Land Records, 1832-1883, by the York family, available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives is part of the Land Records Collection. It includes five deeds and a plat and a description of the York family for land in Clay and Jackson Counties, Tennessee, as follows:
- Luke Pedigo and wife Lavina to Samuel D. York, 1883
- Hayden Turner and wife A. L. to Samuel D. York, 1881
- William York to Meredith York, 1840
- William York to Meridith York, 1840
- Thomas Glenn to Meredith York, 1832
- Plat of C. Purcell's land
- Description of how York family farm was divided in the 1800's
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In looking for land grants of ancestors in the Clay or Jackson County area, it is very important that you understand about the uncertainty of the Tennessee/Kentucky border during certain periods.
Many may not realize that portions of northern Tennessee, including what is now Clay County, were once in Kentucky. For further information, see the excellent report on Walker's Line on the TnGenWeb site. This may affect where you look for Clay County ancestral information. Some researchers have reported finding the same Land Grants in both Kentucky and Tennessee. Some of the Land Grants reported in The Kentucky Land Grants (A Systematic Index to All of the Land Grants Recorded in the State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky 1782-1924) by Willard Rouse Jillison are in fact in what is now Clay County, Tennessee. Some Tennessee counties affected are Clay, Claiborne, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Montgomery, Robertson, Smith, and Stewart.
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Jane Hembree Crowley
Charles Reeves, Jr.,
Clay County Coordinators
This page last updated: 26 July 2000