Cleveland County, Arkansas
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Cleveland County

 Cleveland County was first known as Dorsey County

Cleveland County was organized August 17, 1873. The Arkansas legislature established Dorsey County as Arkansas' 71st county. It was named for Stephen W. Dorsey, a United States Senator from Arkansas. He was indicted for defrauding the Post Office and the county renamed it on March 5, 1885 for newly elected President Grover Cleveland.
The county seat is Rison

Kingsland ~ Rison

Census-designated places
New Edinburg ~ Rye ~ Staves ~ Woodlawn


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Cleveland County Data


Birth Records

Census Records

Church Histories / Records

Family Bibles and Records

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Nov 2017:  Now Mobile Friendly!   County Description and Organization.  Gossip news for O'NEILL, MOSLEY, HARRISON, FENFROW.  obits for DUNCAN, JOHNSON, ROGERS.  Marriage notices for BUSSEY-THOMASSON; FLETCHER-SWEASY



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Surrounding Counties
Grant County (northwest)
Jefferson County
Lincoln County (east)
Drew County (southeast)
Bradley County
Calhoun County (southwest)
Dallas County (west)

The Cleveland County Courthouse is located at:
P. O. Box 348
Rison, AR 71665-0348

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