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Established: Nov. 16,
1820, effective Jan. 1, 1821
Parent County: Howard County Seat:
Named After: Chariton River
The Source is: P.M.
Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by
This county is situated on the Missouri River, in the
north central part of the State. The soil and climate of "old Chariton"
may be understood, when we state that this has for some years past been
one of the largest tobacco growing counties in the State. Corn has been
produced so exclusively in years past, as to be dull at ten and twelve and
a half cents per bushel. The spontaneous products of the forests and
prairies furnished an abundance of food for stock, so that there was poor
demand for corn at home or abroad. Coal is abundant in every region of the
county, but only surface veins have yet been opened, except in one or two
(For a detailed history of Chariton county from its
first settlement, description of the coal formation, and the statistics of
various crops grown - too lengthy for this work-see "Missouri As It Is In
1865," pages 217 to 226 inclusive.)
Death Records: Chariton
Deaths 1877 & 1878, transcribed by GT Transcription
Newspaper- Anniversaries and Reunions: Old Settlers of
Chariton Reunion, transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription