Claysville was incorporated in 1860 and reincorporated as Clay in 1872.
The Ashland post office opened in 1837, was renamed Clay in 1854, and closed in 1865. A Winstead post office, named for its postmaster, operated briefly in 1866. The Clay post office reopened in 1866.
The population in 2020 was 1,034.
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