County Officials

of

Ray County Missouri

COUNTY CLERKS

CIRCUIT CLERKS

RECORDERS

SHERIFFS

SURVEYORS

ASSESSORS

COLLECTORS

         

COUNTY CLERKS

Name

Began

Ended

Notes

Smith, William L. 1821, April 1822, May Also County Circuit Clerk, Appointed by the county and circuit court.
Burch, Jonathan T. 1822, May 1826, February Also County Circuit Clerk, Appointed by the county and circuit court.
Thompson, William P. 1826, May 1826, May Also County Circuit Clerk, Appointed by the county and circuit court.
Woodward, George 1826, August 1835, November Also County Circuit Clerk, Appointed by the county and circuit court.
Morehead, John H. 1835, November 1842, January Elected by the people.
Jacobs, William M. 1842, January 1858, June Elected by the people.
Robison, Jacobs 1848, August 1852, June Elected by the people.
Comer, Humphrey J. 1852, June 1852, September Elected by the people.
Turner, James B., Sr. 1852, September 1864, October Elected by the people.
Turner, James B., Jr. 1864, October 1867, January Elected by the people.
McGee, Geo. N. 1867, January 1875, January Elected by the people.
McCuistion, A.A. 1875, January 1879, Janaury Elected by the people.
Trigg, George W. 1879, January Blank Elected by the people.


CIRCUIT CLERKS

Name Began Ended Notes
Smith, William L. 1821, April 1822, May  
Burch, Jonathan T. 1822, May 1826, February  
Woodward, George 1826, August 1835, May  
Thompson, William P. 1835, May 1835, August  
Williams, Wiley C. 1835, November 1844, April  
Oliver, Benjamin 1844, May 1845, March  


RECORDERS

During the February term, 1870, the Ray County Court "made an order separating the offices of circuit clerk and recorder."

The Governor of Missouri, Governor McClurg, commissioned James T. Harris, February 1870, to serve as recorder till the next general election. James T. Harris was elected for a term of four years.

Name Began Ended Notes
Harris, James T. 1870, February 1871, January  
Harris, James T. 1871, Janaury 1875 January  
Slaughter, Lewis 1875, January    


SHERIFFS

Name Began Ended
Harris, John 1821, Feburary 1822, May
Miller, William 1822, May 1823, February
Edwards, Thomas 1823, February 1824, November
Black, Adam 1824, November 1827, February
Stanley, Larkin 1827, February 1830, November
Cleavenger, John 1830, November 1832, November
Jacobs, Thomas W. 1832, November 1836, November
Holman, Hardy 1836, November 1838, August
Brown, Benjamin 1838, August 1842, August
Holman, Hardy 1842, August 1846, August
Wasson, George I. 1846, August 1850, August
Brown, Benjamin J. 1850, August 1854, August
Carson, George 1854, August 1856, August
Allen, George 1856, August 1860, August
Cates, John C. 1860, August 1862, August
Jacobs, Clayton 1862, November 1865, May
Reyburn, A.K. 1865, May 1868, January
Francis, John W. 1868, November 1872, November
Brown, John C. 1872, November 1876, November
McGinnis, Thomas 1876, November 1880, November
McGinnis, James T. 1880, November  
     
Cates, Elmer 1903 1906


SURVEYORS


NAME BEGAN ENDED
Shields, William 1821, April 1823, January
Riggs, Timothy 1828, March 1827, February
Vanderpool, Meaddors 1827, February 1827, October
Aubry, Thomas N. 1827, October 1835, August
Vanderpool, Meaddors 1835, August 1839, August
Rainwater, Moses A. 1839, August 1843, August
Wilson, Henry 1843, August 1847, August
Oliphant, Alex. 1847, August 1855, August
Searcy, D. H. 1855, August 1857, August
Oliphant, Alex. 1857, August 1868, January
Buchanan, Mannis 1868, January 1873, January
Gibson, Frank G. 1873, January 1877, January
Banister, John T. 1877, January  
     



ASSESSORS

NAME BEGAN ENDED
Martin, Zadoc 1821, April 1822, January
Gragg, Benjamin 1822 January 1822, May
Snowden, Lovell 1822, May 1823, February
Downey, William 1823, May 1825, February
Pritchard, Robert 1825, February 1827, February
Black, Adam 1827, February 1828, February
Edwards, Thomas 1828, February 1829, February
Jordan, James 1829, February 1830, February
Newlin, Jesse 1830, February 1831, February
Jordan, James 1831, February 1832, February
Newlin, Jesse 1832, February 1833, February
Williams, Wiley C. 1833, February 1834, February
Ralph, Rowland 1834, February 1834, August
Harwood, A. M. 1834, August 1835, February
Aubry, Thomas N. 1835, February 1836, February
Adamson, Jacob 1836, February ~, February
Beachamp, A.B. 1840, ~ 1842, ~
Tisdale, William P. 1842, ~ ~
Metcalf, R. 1846, ~ 1850, ~
Quarles, William P. 1851, ~ 1859, ~
Parker, William B. 1861, ~ ~
Comer, Humphrey J. 1861, ~ 1862, ~
Jacobs, Clayton 1862, ~ 1863, ~
Allen, Markland 1863, ~ 1865, ~
Spencer, Anderson 1865, January 1867, January
Albertson, John 1867, January 1869, January
Sargent, George W. 1869, January 1871, January
McLaughlin, Lilburn 1871, January 1873, January
Craven, A. P. 1873, January 1875, January
Craven, A. P. 1875, January 1877, January
Flournoy, John S. 1877, January 1879, January
Flournoy, John S. 1879, Janaury 1881, January
Sanderson, George 1881, January ~
     

From 1823 to 1825 the county was assessed by townships, each township having an assessor.

William Downey was assessor for Crooked River township; Henry Brown, for Bluffton township, and Nehemiah Woolsey, for Missouriton township.

In 1859 a law was passed providing for the assessment of the county by ranges; and the county court appointed, to serve for two years: William Berry, for Range 25; John S. Flournoy, for Range 27; William H. McGaugh for Range 28; Mathano Brown, for Range 29.

William P. Parker was removed for incometency and Humphrey J. Comer appointed by the county court to replace Comer.


COLLECTORS

NAME BEGAN ENDED
Allen, Shubael 1821, April 1821, December
Gilliam, Jesse 1821, December 1822, May
Scott, John 1822, May 1823, February
Miller, William S. 1823, February 1825, February
Martin, William B. 1825, February 1825, May
Miller, William S. 1825, May 1826, February
Morgan, William 1826, February 1827, February
Vanderpool, Meaddows 1827, February 1827, October
Elliott, John 1827, October 1828, February
Snowden, James Sr. 1828, February 1829, February
Pritchard, Robert 1829, February 1830, February
Darcey, Patrick M. 1830, February 1831, February
Martin, Andrew 1831, February 1832, February
Jacobs, Maurice 1832, February 1833, February
Harwood, A. M. 1833, February 1834, February
Winburn, Henry R. 1834, February 1835, February
Brown, Benjamin J. 1835, February 1836, February
Marczey, W. W. 1836, February ~
Fowler, Thomas B. 1873, January 1875, September
Fowler, Allen M. 1875, September 1879, Janaury
Davis, James A. 1879, January ~

In 1836 the office of collector was abolished. The sheriff was made collector of state and county revenue, and so continued until 1873.

In 1872 the general assembly of the state passed an act separating the offices of sheriff and collector and in November of that year Thomas B. Fowler was elected to the collectors office, to begin the following January. He died September 16, 1875 and his son, Allen M. Fowler was appointed to serve till the next general election, at which time the people chose him as his own successor.

James A. Davis' term expires January, 1883.


The above is taken from Ray County History 1881.

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