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Established: Dec. 19, 1821
Parent County: Ste. Genevieve and Washington
County Seat: Farmington
Named After: Saint Francis of Assisi, founded the Franciscan Order or "Friars Minor".
|The first settlement in St. Francois County was in the spring of
1796 at what is now known as Big River Mills by Andrew Baker, John
Ally, Francis Starnater and John Andrews. They each located claims
in 1794 but their families didn't come until 1796. Andrew Baker was
the only one who had a house; the rest lived in camps. Baker, who
built a large home along the north bank of Big River, established a
community there. At one time he reportedly owned 200 slaves and was
one of the wealthiest men in the area. Eventually all his children
married and left the farm which consisted of 740 acres (3.0 km2).
The farm was sold for taxes and later sold for $30 per acre. Several
families settled that same year on Big River; among them were Elisha
Baker, his son Elijah and Joseph Reed from Bois Brule Bottom. In
1798, Solomon George became the first to settle on Little St.
Francois River. source:en.wikipedia.org
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Smith - McCormick
Abbott (Abbitt), Lillie
Giessing & Bro.
Harris, M. F.
Highley, John D.
Highley, John W.
Horn, A. J.
Irvin, W. S.
The Bell Family