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I have recently completed a book detailing Clay County Kentucky family histories (including Goins, Jones, Smith, Allen, Hounchell, Reid, House, Lyttle, Johnson and others). Anyone interested in detailed history of these and other families in Clay County might want to check out www.pubthis.com. Clay was Kentucky’s most troublesome and unique county owing to the unusual mix of people who started coming into the area in the late 1790s after substantial salt springs were discovered. When the agendas of powerful salt families (White, Garrard, Bates, Reid etc.) coincided with the unruly Scotch/Irish settlers’ proclivities to settle disputes by the gun the county’s woes were the subject of national headlines for decades.