Clayton County History

The Beginning
November 30, 1858
The county was formed from parts of Fayette and Henry Counties.  This was part of the home of the Creek Indians.  Uniquely situated along the Flint River this made ideal living conditions.  In 1823 today's county seat now named Jonesboro, though in 1823 named Leaksville, was founded and became a major stop on the railroad that ran  from Macon to Terminus (which was later named Atlanta) - it connected  the SE to the Port of Savannah.  Clayton was the 125th county created in Georgia and was named such in honor of Augustine Smith Clayton |1783-1839| who was a judge and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  This was part of the home of the Creek Indians. Uniquely situated along the Flint River this made ideal living conditions.  In 1823 today's county seat now named Jonesboro, though in 1823 named Leaksville, was founded and became a major stop on the railroad than ran from Macon to Terminus (which was later named Atlanta) - it connected the SE to the Port of Savannah.

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