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Established: January 5, 1833
Parent County: Cooper
County Seat: Versailles
Named After: Daniel Morgan, a Revolutionary War general 

The settlement of this area began in the 1820s. The county was organized on January 5, 1833. Morgan County's first courthouse in Versailles was a log building that was purchased and reconstructed on the square in 1836. It remained in use until 1843, when it was removed for the construction of a more permanent building. Construction was completed in 1844. It was a rectangular, two-story, brick building. The voters agreed to the building of a new courthouse in 1884. While under construction, the old courthouse was destroyed by fire.

The norther half of the county is prairie land while the southern half is wooded hills and bottomlands. The county consists of 594 square miles and has an approximate population of 20,000. The economy of Morgan County was altered by the construction of the Bagnell Dam (1929-1931) and the formation of the Lake of the Ozarks along its southern border.

Townships and Communities
 Richland Township

 Mill Creek Township (originally called Willow Creek Township)
 Syracuse *  Akinsville

 Haw Creek Township
 Versailles (part) *  Stover * Glenstead * Pyrmont

 Moreau Township
 Versailles (part) * Barnett * Excelsior * Marvin

 Buffalo Township
 Proctor * Boylers Mills

 Osage Township
 Gravois Mills * Laurie *  Rocky Mount

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Census Records

Tax Lists

Church Histories / Records

County Records

Death Records

Family Bibles and Records

History Topics

Marriage Records

Miscellaneous Data

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Obituaries and Death Notices

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
March- 2018
Taxes- 1865 Tax List
Obituaries: Francis Runyon; Wm. Marriott; Loran Cooper; Mrs. E.C. Morrison, all transcribed and submitted by Kristin Vaughn

December 2017
Obits and Death Notices: James Cooksey; Thomas Houser
News-Marriages: Judge Neville and Annie Rutherford
News-Visiting & Gossip: Mrs. John Brokmeyer





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 You may find these addresses helpful in your research of Morgan County, Missouri.

Morgan County Courthouse
100 E. Newton St.
Versailles, Missouri 65084
(573) 378-5436
Note: The original courthouse burned in 1887, but the records were saved.

Morgan County Library
600 N. Hunter St.
Versailles, Missouri 65084
(573) 378-5319
Hours of Operation: Tue - Fri: 9AM - 5:30PM; Sat: 9AM - 1PM
Note: They have a small section for local genealogy.

Morgan County Historical Society
120 N. Monroe St.
Versailles, Missouri 65084


Adjacent Counties
Cooper County (north)
Moniteau County (northeast)
Miller County (southeast)
Camden County (south)
Benton County (west)
Pettis County (northwest)

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