History and Genealogy of Lee County Iowa

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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:
17 Oct 2018:
Biographies: George W. Kite; Minerva Taylor
12 Oct 2018:
News Articles: Accidents - Albert Hosier
News Articles: Crimes - Effie Cook
News Articles: General News - Food For Love
24 Sept 2018:
News Articles: General News - Bodies of Five Children
20 Mar 2018:
Obituaries/Deaths: Joshua Monroe Shaffer

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