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Lee County Iowa


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Cities and Towns

Donnellson -- Fort Madison -- Franklin
Houghton -- Keokuk -- Montrose
St. Paul -- West Point
Argyle (unincorporated)
Denmark (unincorporated)
Abandoned Towns, Villages And Post Offices

 Lee County was the location of the so-called "Halfbreed Tract".

Fort Madison dates to the war of 1812. Large scale European American settlement in the area started in 1839, when members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fleeing persecutions in Missouri, settled in the county. Although Nauvoo, across the border in Hancock County, Illinois became the main center of Latter-day Saints settlement at this time, there was a stake organized in Lee County under the direction of John Smith, the uncle of the prophet Joseph Smith.

County Information

It was established in 1836 and named for a family prominent in the New York Land Company, owners of extensive interests in the Half-breed Tract.
It has two county seats — Fort Madison and Keokuk



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Website updates:
10 Apr 2016:
News Articles: Mrs. Miller
Obituaries/Deaths: Pleasant Cousins
27 Mar 2016:
Cemeteries: Oakland Cemetery
Obituaries/Deaths: Benjamin C. Burt
19 Feb 2016:
Census: 2000 Census Demographics

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Henry County (north)
Des Moines County (northeast)
Henderson County, Illinois (east)
Hancock County, Illinois (southeast)
Clark County, Missouri (southwest)
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