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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wayne_County,_Missouri|Wayne County]]''  
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Guide to '''Wayne County Missouri genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Wayne County
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| state = Missouri
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| founded year = 1818
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| founded date = December 11
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| seat = Greenville
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| building address = Wayne County Courthouse<br> County Courthouse<br>Greenville, MO 63944<br>Phone: 573.224.3011<br>[http://www.ofrpc.org/county/wayne.html '''Wayne County Website'''] }}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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<br>&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1914-1940; <br>Clerk Circuit Court Recorder has Court records, marriage records,<br>divorce and land records; Associate Circuit Court has probate<br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Missouri. Page 407 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
[[Image:Anthony Wayne.JPG|thumb|right|365px]]  
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[[Image:Anthony Wayne.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Anthony Wayne.JPG]]  
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The earliest white settlements in what is now Wayne County are said to have been in 1802, when a few settlers arrived from Kentucky, with more coming into the county from North Carolina in 1806.
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Prior to county formation in 1818, what became Wayne County was a part of St. Francois Township of Cape Girardeau County.
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Missouri Wayne County, Missouri] was organized as a county of Missouri Territory on 11 December 1818 by an act of the territorial legislature. This law became effective 1 November 1813.  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Missouri Wayne County, Missouri]&nbsp;is one of Missouri's oldest counties. Wayne County was organized as a county of Missouri Territory on 11 December 1818 by an act of the territorial legislature. This law became effective 1 November 1813.  
  
 
The county was created from parts of Cape Girardeau and Lawrence Counties. (Most of Lawrence County became part of Arkansas Territory when that territory was created by Congress in March of 1819.)  
 
The county was created from parts of Cape Girardeau and Lawrence Counties. (Most of Lawrence County became part of Arkansas Territory when that territory was created by Congress in March of 1819.)  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_Missouri Greenville] became the county seat in 1819, which was the same year in which the town was incorporated. Missouri was not admitted into the Union until 10 August 1821.  
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_Missouri Greenville] became the county seat in 1819, which was the same year in which the town was incorporated. Missouri was not admitted into the Union until 10 August 1821.  
  
Greenville was originally known as Cedar Cabin. In 1941, the town was relocated because of the construction of Lake Wappapello. The original town site is now located under the lake.
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Greenville was originally known as Cedar Cabin. In 1941, the town was relocated because of the construction of Lake Wappapello. The new town was located about two miles north of the original site, on a higher elevation.
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The first post office opened in Greenville 10 August 1832.  
  
Wayne County comprised a vast area from 1825 to 1831 that is said to have been larger than the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware combined.
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Wayne County comprised a vast area from 1825 to 1831 that is said to have been larger than the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware combined. The county was so large that, at one time, it was known as the "State of Wayne."
  
The county is named after Revolutionary War General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Mad" Anthony Wayne] (1745-1796).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Anthony Wayne,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
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The county is named after Revolutionary War General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Mad" Anthony Wayne] (1745-1796), not because of any connection to the county, but because he was a popular figure of the time.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Anthony Wayne,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*See an interactive map of Wayne County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html border changes] at N2Genealogy.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
The Wayne County courthouse burned in 1854 and 1892. In addition, courthouse records were stolen in 1866.
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The Wayne County courthouse burned in 1853 or 1854, with a complete loss of records. In addition, courthouse records were stolen in 1866. Another fire occurred in 1892, although the extent of damage is uncertain.&nbsp;
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When the 1893-1926 courthouse was in operation, records were scattered in various offices throughout Greenville because of lack of space. Whether this resulted in loss of some records is uncertain.  
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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*The [http://shs.umsystem.edu/index.shtml State Historical Society of Missouri] has information on [http://shs.umsystem.edu/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay.html historical Missouri place names] for all 114 Missouri Counties.
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Cascade | Clubb | Coldwater | Greenville | Hiram | Leeper | Lodi | Lowndes | McGee | Mill Spring | Patterson | Piedmont | Shook | Silva | Wappapello | Williamsville
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Cascade | Clubb | Coldwater | Greenville | Hiram | Leeper | Lodi | Lowndes | McGee | Mill Spring | Patterson | Piedmont | Shook | Silva | Wappapello | Williamsville  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*Wayne County Missouri NEW PROSPECT CEMETERY [http://files.usgwarchives.net/mo/wayne/cemeteries/bounds_k_l.txt]  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=29029 Greenville Cemetery] (Find A Grave)
*Greenville Cemetery in Wayne, Missouri [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=29029]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mo/wayne/cemeteries/bounds_k_l.txt New Prospect Cemetery] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wcmc/ Wayne County, Missouri Cemetery Photographs] (RootsWeb)
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/mo/wayne.htm Wayne County, Missouri Cemetery Records] (Interment.net)
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Missouri}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*Tong, H.F., ''Historical Sketches of the Baptists of Southeast Missouri''. St. Louis: National Baptist Publishing Company, 1888. ([http://books.google.com/books?id=3boNAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA165&dq=%22Wayne+County%22+Missouri&hl=en&ei=Ss2hTcH4KdCftwfr7MiSAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22Wayne%20County%22%20Missouri&f=false Google Books] link with complete text)
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*Cramer, Rose Fulton, ''Wayne County, Missouri''. ([http://books.google.com/books?id=IwQSAQAAIAAJ Google Books])
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*Douglass, Robert Sidney, ''History of Southeast Missouri'', Vol. 1. &nbsp;Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912. &nbsp;([http://books.google.com/books?id=G-AlAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA637&dq=%22Wayne+County%22+Missouri&hl=en&ei=Ss2hTcH4KdCftwfr7MiSAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22Wayne%20County%22%20Missouri&f=false Google Books])
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*Interactive map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Wayne_County Wayne County townships] (Histopolis)
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*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 Wayne County.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://shs.umsystem.edu/newspaper/newspapercatalog/waynecounty.shtml Missouri Newspapers at the State Historical Society: Wayne County] (State Historical Society of Missouri)
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*''[http://www.waynecojournalbanner.com/ Wayne County Journal-Banner]'', Piedmont, Missouri
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*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/missouri/wayne-county.htm Wayne County, Missouri Obituaries] (Newspaper Obituaries)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates Missouri Death Certificates] more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/moser/wayneco.html A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present of Wayne County, Missouri]
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*[http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/moser/wayneco.html A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present of Wayne County, Missouri]  
 
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Wayne|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Wayne|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MO/Wayne/ Wayne County Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.e-referencedesk.com/resources/counties/missouri/wayne.html Wayne County History...] (e-Reference Desk)
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mowayne/ Wayne County, Missouri] (GenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mowayne/ Wayne County, Missouri] (GenWeb)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Missouri Wayne County, Missouri] (Wikipedia)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Missouri Wayne County, Missouri] (Wikipedia)  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genealogyInfo.php?locIndex=20758 Wayne County, Missouri Ancestry &amp; Family History] (ePodunk)
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genealogyInfo.php?locIndex=20758 Wayne County, Missouri Ancestry &amp; Family History] (ePodunk)
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/mo/wayne/ Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mo/wayne/ Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy Trails History Group] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/mo-county-wayne.html Wayne County, Missouri History, Records, Facts, Genealogy and Ancestry] (Family History 101)
 
*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/mo-county-wayne.html Wayne County, Missouri History, Records, Facts, Genealogy and Ancestry] (Family History 101)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Guide to Wayne County Missouri genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Wayne County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 11, 1818
County Seat Greenville
Courthouse
Address Wayne County Courthouse
County Courthouse
Greenville, MO 63944
Phone: 573.224.3011
Wayne County Website


County Courthouse


 

County Clerk has birth and death records 1914-1940;
Clerk Circuit Court Recorder has Court records, marriage records,
divorce and land records; Associate Circuit Court has probate
records[1]

History

Anthony Wayne.JPG

The earliest white settlements in what is now Wayne County are said to have been in 1802, when a few settlers arrived from Kentucky, with more coming into the county from North Carolina in 1806.

Prior to county formation in 1818, what became Wayne County was a part of St. Francois Township of Cape Girardeau County.

Wayne County, Missouri is one of Missouri's oldest counties. Wayne County was organized as a county of Missouri Territory on 11 December 1818 by an act of the territorial legislature. This law became effective 1 November 1813.

The county was created from parts of Cape Girardeau and Lawrence Counties. (Most of Lawrence County became part of Arkansas Territory when that territory was created by Congress in March of 1819.)

Greenville became the county seat in 1819, which was the same year in which the town was incorporated. Missouri was not admitted into the Union until 10 August 1821.

Greenville was originally known as Cedar Cabin. In 1941, the town was relocated because of the construction of Lake Wappapello. The new town was located about two miles north of the original site, on a higher elevation.

The first post office opened in Greenville 10 August 1832.

Wayne County comprised a vast area from 1825 to 1831 that is said to have been larger than the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware combined. The county was so large that, at one time, it was known as the "State of Wayne."

The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796), not because of any connection to the county, but because he was a popular figure of the time.[2]

Parent County

1818--Wayne County was created 11 December 1818 from Cape Girardeau County. County seat: Greenville [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

The Wayne County courthouse burned in 1853 or 1854, with a complete loss of records. In addition, courthouse records were stolen in 1866. Another fire occurred in 1892, although the extent of damage is uncertain. 

When the 1893-1926 courthouse was in operation, records were scattered in various offices throughout Greenville because of lack of space. Whether this resulted in loss of some records is uncertain.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cascade | Clubb | Coldwater | Greenville | Hiram | Leeper | Lodi | Lowndes | McGee | Mill Spring | Patterson | Piedmont | Shook | Silva | Wappapello | Williamsville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

  • Tong, H.F., Historical Sketches of the Baptists of Southeast Missouri. St. Louis: National Baptist Publishing Company, 1888. (Google Books link with complete text)

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • Cramer, Rose Fulton, Wayne County, Missouri. (Google Books)
  • Douglass, Robert Sidney, History of Southeast Missouri, Vol. 1.  Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912.  (Google Books)

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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), Wayne County, Missouri. Page 407 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).