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Caldwell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. Its county seat is Kingston. The county was organized December 29, 1836 and named by Alexander Doniphan to honor John Caldwell, who participated in the George Rogers Clark Native American Campaign of 1786 and was the second Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky.

Caldwell County was originally part of Ray County. The first white settler was Jesse Mann, Sr., who settled one-half mile northeast of the public square of Kingston on Shoal Creek in 1831. The early settlers moved back south in 1832 for better protection during the Black Hawk War uprising.

A few Mormon settlers, who had been evicted from Jackson County, Missouri, moved into the county in 1832, and included Jacob Haun, whose mill on Shoal Creek would become the scene of the bloodiest incident in the Mormon War, known as the Haun's Mill Massacre.

The settlers established Salem, the first town in the county, two miles southeast of Kingston. A larger number of Mormons moved to the county in the fall of 1836. The Missouri General Assembly created Caldwell County in December 1836, with the understanding that it would be dedicated to Mormon settlers. Its county seat was Far West, Missouri. By 1838 Far West reported a population of 4,000.

The major figures of early Mormon history, including Joseph Smith, Jr., Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Edward Partridge, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt and John D. Lee, were included in the migration.

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Website Updates
April 2018 3rd Update
Towns and Cities:
Town Biographies for the following:
Breckenridge transcribed by Peggy Thompson
Davis, transcribed by AFOFG
Fairview transcribed by Sandra Davis
Grant transcribed by Cathy Pagone Williamson
Kidder transcribed by Bev Wooley
Lincoln transcribed by Nancy Washell
Kingston-Koni Proctor
New York township-Koni Proctor
Mirabile-Koni Proctor
Hamilton-Koni Proctor
Gomer township-Koni Proctor
Rockford township-Sandra Davis

Morris M. Hutson transcribed by Brenda Weisner
Lorena Snow transcribed by Brenda Weisner

1890 Veteran Census Schedules for:
Braymer Township transcribed by Cathy Danielson
Davis Township transcribed by Cathy Pagone Williamson and Melody Beery
New York Township transcribed by Cathy Danielson

April 2018 2nd update
Harmon D. Ayers, Wm. Bennett, G. B. Bothwell, Dr. Montgomery Bottom, Hon. Frank H. Broden, Mrs. Missouri Ann Brown, Moses G. Brown, Abraham Brunk, Philip J. Burger, Oliver Chapman, Hiram P. Cole, Jacob Downing,  John Erwin, John F. Finley, Dr. Joseph S. Halstead, Edmund Herbert, Seth B. Holloway, Cassius E. Hoyt, John Koontz, Dr. Albert G. Lewis, Asher W. Lawrence, Robert C. Lauman, Charles L. Mowder, Joseph C. Morton, Robert C. Moorehouse, Chester E. Pitcher, James Plumb, Charles H. Pratt, Allen A. Rial, Henry Roloff, Samuel Russel, Elijah Spurlock, Martin Streeter, Joseph D. Thomson, N.L. Trosper, transcribed and submitted by Robin Line, Heather Holley and Cathy Pagone Williamson

Church Records -  List of Churches in Caldwell County Missouri, transcribed and submitted by Rhonda Dunn

Cemeteries - Updated list of Cemeteries in Caldwell County, Missouri transcribed and submitted by Sandra Davis

April  2018:
Military-1890 Veterans Schedule for Gomer Township,transcribed by J.Mike Kell

Miscellaneous: Contact information for Libraries, Museums and Societies;transcribed by Cathy Pagone Williamson
 Landmarks, transcribed by Dena Whitesell

February 2018
Biographies: Benjamin Holmes; J.J. Hooker; Thomas Hare; Joseph Jones; William C. Fugitt, William Wagonseller, John Parmenter

News-Crimes: Stella Braymer
News-Accidents & Tragedies: G. W. Henderson

April 2017
Obits: Joseph Orr; Katherine Hatfield

  February 2017
Obituaries: E.Dixon; George C. Wilson
News: Comings and Goings: J.F. Cox




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