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CALDWELL COUNTY HISTORY
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
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.
|Family Bibles and
||Obituaries and Death
April 2018 3rd Update
Town Biographies for the following:
transcribed by Peggy Thompson
Davis, transcribed by
Fairview transcribed by Sandra Davis
by Cathy Pagone Williamson
Kidder transcribed by Bev
Lincoln transcribed by Nancy Washell
New York township-Koni Proctor
Morris M. Hutson transcribed by Brenda
Lorena Snow transcribed by Brenda
1890 Veteran Census Schedules
Braymer Township transcribed by Cathy Danielson
Township transcribed by Cathy Pagone Williamson and Melody
New York Township transcribed by Cathy
April 2018 2nd update
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
Schedule for Gomer Township,transcribed by J.Mike
Miscellaneous: Contact information for Libraries,
Museums and Societies;transcribed by Cathy Pagone
Landmarks, transcribed by Dena
Biographies: Benjamin Holmes; J.J.
Hooker; Thomas Hare; Joseph Jones; William C. Fugitt, William
Wagonseller, John Parmenter
News-Accidents & Tragedies: G. W.
Obits: Joseph Orr; Katherine
Obituaries: E.Dixon; George
News: Comings and Goings: J.F.