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Bates County
Is on the western boundary of the State, near the middle on a north and south line.
The territory now embraced within this county was first settled by Missionaries sent out by the American Board of Foreign Missions in 1818, and "Harmony Mission" where their school and church was located, is shown upon many of the older maps.
(For a full history of the operations of this mission, see "Missouri As It Is," in 1865, page 184).

Bates County is situated upon the dividing ground between the waters of Grand River on the north, and Marias des Cigne on the south.
The prairies are high, rich and rolling; the only poor land in the county being that upon the high limestone ridges, which are covered with timber.  In the North-west portion of the county, the prairies are large. The bottoms along the larger streams are well timbered. Springs are abundant, indications of load and iron. Lands can be purchased here on very reasonable terms
(Source: The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton)

Bates County was organized in 1833.
It was named after the second governor of Missouri, Frederick Bates.
The County Seat is Butler.
Parent County: Van Buren (now Cass)

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Website Updates
April 2018
Biographies: Vantromp Donnell by GT Transcription Team

January 19, 2018
Obituaries- Mrs. D.B. Courtney, Edwin R. Courtney
Marriages- John Courtney-Mamie Swearinger
News-Visiting-Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Courtney, 3 articles,
All of the above submitted by Gwen Rogers

January, 2018
News-Accidents & Tragedies: Wm Spains son bitten by rattlesnake; R.H. Johnson; Mr. Steele loses second child to diptheria
News-Sicklist: Dr. Renick; Mr. Crumly
News-Crimes: Walter Hobbs
Marriage Announcements- Strab-Sage; Ray-Randall; Williams - Buck

March 16, 2017
News-Visiting and Gossip-Mrs. O.L. Ogg
News-Sicklist- Mrs. Jim Speers
News-Comings and Goings- Henry Beaman; John T. Smith
News-Accidents and Tragedies- Walter Murphey; Mr. Webb
News-Birth Announcements- Postmaster Calahan

November 2016
News-Sicklist: Cook family, Mrs. Bard, H.P. Callahan
News-Gossip and Visiting: Peter Crooks, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jackson
Marriages: Zinn-Oldham




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