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{{Missouri-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Putnam County, Missouri|Putnam County]]''
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Putnam_County,_Missouri|Putnam County]]''  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Putnam County
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| state = Missouri
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| founded year = 1845
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| seat = Unionville
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| building address = Putnam County Courthouse<br> Main Street #204<br>Unionville, MO 63565<br>Phone: 660.947.2674 <br>[http://www.courtreference.com/Putnam-County-Missouri-Courts.htm '''Putnam County Website'''] }}
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== County Courthouse <br> ==
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Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1878-1903, <br>marriage records from 1854, divorce and court<br>and court records from 1855 and land records<br>from 1848; Probate Judge has probate records from 1848<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Missouri. Page 404 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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<br>See the following:
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/resources/pc-vital-records.html Putnam County Courthouse] (GenWeb)
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
[[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|400px]]  
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[[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Israel Putnam.JPG]]  
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The area that eventually became Putnam County, Missouri was a part of Chariton County when Missouri was admitted to the Union in 1821. Later, this area was a part of Sullivan County. Putnam County was formed from Sullivan County 28 Feb 1845, according to Walter Williams' 1913 history titled ''A History of Northeast Missouri'', but from parts of both Adair and Sullivan Counties according to Wikipedia.
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''Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri'' (1874) also notes that "the Indians left in the summer of 1845." Then, from about 1845 to 1855, "a large number of families, many of them from Kentucky, located in the rich prairie lands and many fine farms were made."
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Earlier settlers, prior to the formation of the county in 1845, are also noted by Campbell in his 1874 gazetteer: "Among the early settlers were James Cochran and Isaac and Clifford L. Summers, who located near the present site of Omaha; Isaac and Jesse Gilstrap, John F., W. G. and Miles Crabtree, and Joseph, Joshua, John and Henry Guffey, who settled on Goshen Ridge, which extends from north-west of Hartford to south-east of Martinstown; James M. Brasfield, who lived near Pleasant Home, besides the families of McCollom, Marshall, Mullinix and Martin." Campbell states that all of these individuals and families arrived prior to 1844.
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The original county seat of Putnam County was Putnamville, located in the northeastern part of the county. The county seat moved to Winchester 6 Jan 1849. Sometime around 1853 this was again moved, this time to Harmony. The name of Harmony was changed "a few years later," according to Campbell's 1874 Missouri gazetteer, to Unionville.
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Originally, the county was divided into the following townships: Cochran, Elm, Grogan, Locust, and Richland.
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The first county court was held 28 Apr 1845 in the home of James Cochran.&nbsp;
  
 
The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Missouri "Putnam County, Missouri,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Missouri "Putnam County, Missouri,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
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For additional information regarding the history of Putnam County, see the following:
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*"Putnam County" chapter in Walter Williams, ed., [http://books.google.com/books?id=pJFfcJtFdaUC&pg=PA525&dq=Putnam+County,+Missouri+1845&hl=en&ei=baQ-TuT4JOilsAK70K0H&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Putnam%20County%2C%20Missouri%201845&f=false A History of Northeast Missouri], Vol. 1, 1913 (online text in Google Books)
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*"Putnam County" section, [http://books.google.com/books?id=8YpBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA459&lpg=PA459&dq=Putnamville,+Unionville+Missouri&source=bl&ots=Xc4pZ8R71m&sig=GqfTNfUw9RT5j0HJydD6qyhN86M&hl=en&ei=Jps-TqvoOMOLsQLNsqE7&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBwQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Putnamville%2C%20Unionville%20Missouri&f=false Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874] (online text in Google Books)
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1843--'''Putnam County was created 22 February 1843&nbsp;from [[Linn County, Missouri|Linn]] County. '''County seat:''' Unionville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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Putnam County was formed in 1845 from Sullivan County. '''County seat:''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unionville,_Missouri Unionville] <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Putnam County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html border changes] at N2Genealogy.
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According to Campbell's 1874 Missouri gazetteer, the size of Putnam County was "greatly reduced" as a result of "the difficulty between Iowa and Missouri" (see "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_War The Honey War]" in Wikipedia). The same source notes that Putnam County was enlarged to include the former Dodge County in the spring of 1853.
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For more information on Putnam County boundary changes, see an interactive map of Putnam County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html border changes] at N2Genealogy.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*Lemons: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemons,_Missouri Wikipedia]
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*Livonia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livonia,_Missouri Wikipedia]
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*Lucerne: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucerne,_Missouri Wikipedia]
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*Martinstown
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*Powersville: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powersville,_Missouri Wikipedia]
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*Unionville: [http://www.city-data.com/city/Unionville-Missouri.html CityData.com] |&nbsp;[http://missouri.hometownlocator.com/mo/putnam/unionville.cfm HomeTown Locator] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unionville,_Missouri Wikipedia]
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*Worthington: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worthington,_Missouri Wikipedia]
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====== Additional places listed in historical sources:  ======
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*Ayresville (20 miles west-northwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Central City (12 miles west of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Hartford (10 miles east of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Holbrook (10 miles north of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Howland (AKA Mendota; 6 miles north of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Mendota - see Howland
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*Newtown (25 miles southwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Omaha (12 miles east-northeast) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Pleasant Home (20 miles east-southeast of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Prairie (4 miles south of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Putnamville (already "fallen to decay" by 1874) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*St. John (15 miles northwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Shoneytown (14 miles northeast of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Terre Haute (15 miles southwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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*Winchester (already "fallen to decay" by 1874) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
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====== For additional information on Putnam County populated places and townships, see:  ======
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*"Putnam County" section, [http://books.google.com/books?id=8YpBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA459&lpg=PA459&dq=Putnamville,+Unionville+Missouri&source=bl&ots=Xc4pZ8R71m&sig=GqfTNfUw9RT5j0HJydD6qyhN86M&hl=en&ei=Jps-TqvoOMOLsQLNsqE7&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBwQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Putnamville%2C%20Unionville%20Missouri&f=false Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874] (online text in Google Books)
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/townships/pc-township-history.html Township Formation History] (GenWeb)
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Cason Family Cemetery (FHL book 973 V3g, film 599835 item 2; Vol. 5, pg. 214)  
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====== General:  ======
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/cemeteries/pc-cemetery-project.html Putnam County Cemetery Project (GenWeb)]
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====== Specific cemeteries:  ======
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*Cason Family Cemetery (FHL book 973 V3g, film 599835 item 2; Vol. 5, pg. 214)
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Missouri}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/resources/pc-churches.html Putnam County Churches (GenWeb)]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Genealogies and Biographies  ====
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/photographs/pc-early-photographs.html Putnam County Early Photos]&nbsp;(photos of individuals) (GenWeb)
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/resources/pc-fgs-project.html Putnam County Family Group Sheets] (GenWeb)
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/resources/pc-registered-surnames.html Putnam County, Missouri Registered Surnames] (GenWeb)
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records] (land patent data for Putnam County, including document scans, can be searched online; searching for Putnam County without entering a personal name yields 205 pages of hits)
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
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*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Putnam_County Putnam County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
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*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Putnam_County Putnam County townships] (Histopolis)<br>  
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*[http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx?type=boolean;view=thumbnail;c=platic;rgn1=platic_ti;corig=platic;start=1;size=20;sort=platic_ti;q1=putnam Plat Book, Putnam County], undated (estimate late 1920s-early 1930s; click on "other views" for additional pages) (University of MO Digital Library)
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/maps/putnam-county-map.html Putnam County Township Map] (GenWeb)
  
*The [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/ University of Missouri Digital Library] has digital copies of [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx/cgi/i/image/image-idx?sid=7474c95ce6e68ec22a63efb27869515c;page=index;c=platic Missouri county plat books] {{nowrap|(ca. 1930)}} for all Missouri counties including Putnam County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
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==== Military  ====
  
==== Military ====
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/military/vet_memorial.html Putnam County Veterans] (GenWeb)
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==== Miscellaneous ====
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/photographs/unionville-postcards.html Old Postcard Pictures - Unionville] (GenWeb)
  
 
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====== Current:  ======
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*''[http://unionvillerepublicanonline.com/v2/content.aspx?IsHome=1&MemberID=1815&ID=15339 Unionville Republican]'' (est. 1865), Unionville
  
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/resources/pc-historical-societies.html Putnam County Historical Society] (GenWeb page)
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*[http://putnamcl.lib.mo.us/ Putnam County Public Library]
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/resources/pc-library.html Putnam County Public Library] (GenWeb page)<br>
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
 
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Putnam|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Putnam|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/ Putnam County GenWeb]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=20613 Profile for Putnam County, Missouri] (ePodunk)
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*[http://putnam.mogenweb.org/ Putnam County GenWeb]  
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mo/putnam/ Putnam County, Missouri] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/usa/MO/Putnam/ Putnam County, Missouri] (RootsWeb)
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*[http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-county-putnam.html Putnam County, Missouri Genealogy, Facts and Records Resources] (n2genealogy)
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/mo/putnam/ Putnam County, Missouri Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Revision as of 01:57, 28 February 2013

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Online Records



Putnam County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1845
County Seat Unionville
Courthouse
Address Putnam County Courthouse
Main Street #204
Unionville, MO 63565
Phone: 660.947.2674
Putnam County Website


County Courthouse


Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1878-1903,
marriage records from 1854, divorce and court
and court records from 1855 and land records
from 1848; Probate Judge has probate records from 1848[1]


See the following:

History

Israel Putnam.JPG

The area that eventually became Putnam County, Missouri was a part of Chariton County when Missouri was admitted to the Union in 1821. Later, this area was a part of Sullivan County. Putnam County was formed from Sullivan County 28 Feb 1845, according to Walter Williams' 1913 history titled A History of Northeast Missouri, but from parts of both Adair and Sullivan Counties according to Wikipedia.

Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri (1874) also notes that "the Indians left in the summer of 1845." Then, from about 1845 to 1855, "a large number of families, many of them from Kentucky, located in the rich prairie lands and many fine farms were made."

Earlier settlers, prior to the formation of the county in 1845, are also noted by Campbell in his 1874 gazetteer: "Among the early settlers were James Cochran and Isaac and Clifford L. Summers, who located near the present site of Omaha; Isaac and Jesse Gilstrap, John F., W. G. and Miles Crabtree, and Joseph, Joshua, John and Henry Guffey, who settled on Goshen Ridge, which extends from north-west of Hartford to south-east of Martinstown; James M. Brasfield, who lived near Pleasant Home, besides the families of McCollom, Marshall, Mullinix and Martin." Campbell states that all of these individuals and families arrived prior to 1844.

The original county seat of Putnam County was Putnamville, located in the northeastern part of the county. The county seat moved to Winchester 6 Jan 1849. Sometime around 1853 this was again moved, this time to Harmony. The name of Harmony was changed "a few years later," according to Campbell's 1874 Missouri gazetteer, to Unionville.

Originally, the county was divided into the following townships: Cochran, Elm, Grogan, Locust, and Richland.

The first county court was held 28 Apr 1845 in the home of James Cochran. 

The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[2]

For additional information regarding the history of Putnam County, see the following:

Parent County

Putnam County was formed in 1845 from Sullivan County. County seat: Unionville [3]

Boundary Changes

According to Campbell's 1874 Missouri gazetteer, the size of Putnam County was "greatly reduced" as a result of "the difficulty between Iowa and Missouri" (see "The Honey War" in Wikipedia). The same source notes that Putnam County was enlarged to include the former Dodge County in the spring of 1853.

For more information on Putnam County boundary changes, see an interactive map of Putnam County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Additional places listed in historical sources:
  • Ayresville (20 miles west-northwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Central City (12 miles west of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Hartford (10 miles east of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Holbrook (10 miles north of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Howland (AKA Mendota; 6 miles north of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Mendota - see Howland
  • Newtown (25 miles southwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Omaha (12 miles east-northeast) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Pleasant Home (20 miles east-southeast of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Prairie (4 miles south of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Putnamville (already "fallen to decay" by 1874) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • St. John (15 miles northwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Shoneytown (14 miles northeast of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Terre Haute (15 miles southwest of Unionville) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
  • Winchester (already "fallen to decay" by 1874) (Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874)
For additional information on Putnam County populated places and townships, see:

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

General:
Specific cemeteries:
  • Cason Family Cemetery (FHL book 973 V3g, film 599835 item 2; Vol. 5, pg. 214)

Census

For tips on accessing Putnam County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.

Church

Court

Genealogies and Biographies

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Current:

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Missouri. Page 404 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Putnam County, Missouri," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).