Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy

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County Courthouse

History

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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.

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 original town site is now located under the lake.

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 is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[1]

Parent County

1818--Wayne County was created 11 December 1818 from Cape Girardeau County. County seat: Greenville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

The Wayne County courthouse burned in 1854 and 1892. In addition, courthouse records were stolen in 1866.

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

  • Wayne County Missouri NEW PROSPECT CEMETERY [1]
  • Greenville Cemetery in Wayne, Missouri [2]

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).