Monroe County, Missouri Genalogy & History
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County Information
Established: Jan. 6, 1831
Parent County: Ralls
County Seat: Paris
Named After: U.S. President James Monroe.

Cities and Towns
Florida * Holliday * Madison * Monroe City * Paris * Santa Fe * Stoutsville




It was Motley who demonstrated that all real history is of necessity a "story," and it can be said without any resultant charge of provincialism that the history of Monroe county is peculiarly so. The history of the establishment of Anglo-Saxon-Celtic civilization in the valley west of the great river teems with romance, but in no instance is the romance in question more real, more virile or more alluring than in connection with the settlement and development of Monroe county.
Monroe county was settled by the Virginia-Kentucky-Tennessee strain, which had a genius for war, politics and story-making, and no county in the state has so preserved its racial solidarity or more effectually kept to its traditions. Most of its people came from half a dozen counties in Kentucky - Clark, Boyle, Madison, Jassamine, Woodford and Mercer - and their descendants for the large part occupy today the fat prairies and the fine woodland farms their grandsires subjugated, repelling unconsciously alien intermixture, and emigrating, as in the case of Texas and Oklahoma, only to return. They have, of course, been modernized, all the towns and the country as well being abreast of twentieth century civilization, but the Brahmin instinct persists despite.
A Kentucky or Virginia pedigree is still the highest social guarantee - the best that earth affords, though others are not despised. It is one of the typical Bourbon counties imbued with an essentially modern spirit.
Source: A History of Northeast Missouri; Walter Williams, 1913
[Transcribed by: Candi H.]

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Surrounding Counties
Shelby County (north)
Marion County (northeast)
Ralls County (east)
Audrain County (south)
Randolph County (west)

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