Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
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 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 was so large that, at one time, it was known as the "State of Wayne."
The Wayne County courthouse burned in 1854 and 1892. The 1854 fire resulted in a complete loss of records. In addition, courthouse records were stolen in 1866.
Places / Localities
Cascade | Clubb | Coldwater | Greenville | Hiram | Leeper | Lodi | Lowndes | McGee | Mill Spring | Patterson | Piedmont | Shook | Silva | Wappapello | Williamsville
Societies and Libraries
- A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present of Wayne County, Missouri
- Family History Library Catalog
- Wayne County, Missouri (GenWeb)
- Wayne County, Missouri (Wikipedia)
- Wayne County, Missouri Ancestry & Family History (ePodunk)
- Wayne County, Missouri History, Records, Facts, Genealogy and Ancestry (Family History 101)
- "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).