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Lewis County
Missouri, USA


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Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 10,494. Its county seat is Monticello. The county was organized in 1833 and named for explorer and governor of the Louisiana Territory, Meriwether Lewis.  Counties that are located adjacent to Lewis are: Clark County (north); Hancock County, Illinois (northeast); Adams County, Illinois (southeast); Marion County (south); Shelby County (southwest); Knox County (west).

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All Departments below are in the Lewis County Courthouse located at P.O. Box 97, Monticello, MO 63457; Telephone: (573) 767-5440 , unless otherwise noted below.

Lewis County has records of genealogical interest available: Recorder of Deeds: Index to deeds, 1833-1889; Deed records, 1833-1895; Quitclaim deeds, 1842-1891; Mortgage deeds, 1872-1907; Deeds of trust, 1872-1887; Patent records, 1920-1969; Index to marriage records, 1833-1848; Marriage records, 1833-1919. Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and Chancery Court: Chancery records, 1834-1856. Clerk of the County Court: Permanent record of births, 1883-1887; Register of births and stillbirths, 1883-1887; Permanent record of deaths, 1883-1887; Register of deaths, 1883-1887. Clerk of the Circuit Court: Circuit court records, 1833-1888. Clerk of the Probate Court: Index to probate records, 1833-1971;Probate records, 1833-1887; Administrator’s/executor’s letters, bonds and records, 1833-1914; Inventories, appraisements and sale bills, 1855-1893; Settlement records, 1857-1887; Index to will records, 1833-1976; Will records, 1833-1917. The Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1910-Present.


There are a few online databases for Court, Land and Probate Records which include:Missouri

 Marriages, 1766-1983, Missouri Marriages to 1850, Missouri Marriages, 1851-1900. You may also search the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or Land Patents: 1831 - 1969. Many pioneers and settlers bought land from the government instead of individuals.

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·         Missouri State Genealogical Association, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833

·         State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry Str., Columbia, MO 65201-7298; (573) 882-7083, [EMAIL]

·         Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, P.O. Box 1715, Columbia, MO 65205-1715; (573) 443-5946

·          Lewis County Historical Society, 112 North Fourth Street, Canton, MO 63435-1313, (573) 288-5713

·          Center for Living History Preservation, Route 2, Box 226-A, Canton, MO 63435, (573) 288-3995

·          Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1574, Hannibal, MO 63401-1574, (573) 288-5713,



Canton Public Library, 409 Lewis Street, Canton, MO 63435

Labelle Branch Library, 425 State, Labelle, MO 63447

Lagrange Branch Library, 114 S. Main, Lagrange, MO 63448

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Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in Lewis County

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The following are names of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Gardner;   Johnson;   McChesney

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


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Highland Township;   Union Township

Highland  Township

LOCATION:   Country: United States;  State: Missouri; County: Lewis;   Coordinates: 40° 0′ 24.53″ N, 91° 42′ 57.5″ W;  Map Link


DESCRIPTION: Highland township was organized in March, 1838.  At the March term of the county court, in 1866, the county court organized Lewis county into eight municipal townships, named Canton, Lyon, Reddish, La Belle, Dickerson, Union, Highland and Salem, and these townships have continued as then fixed.   


ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: Disbury Johnson and his family is listed in the 1860 Federal Census as living at this location. 


INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Highland township, Lewis County, MO Detailed Profile


Union Township

LOCATION:   Country: United States;  State: Missouri; County: Lewis;   Coordinates: 40° 0′ 26″ N, 91° 31′ 22″ W;  Map Link

DESCRIPTION: In July, 1831, the Marion county court created Union township, which was bounded as follows: Commencing at the mouth of the Wyaconda river, thence up the main channel to the north side of the tract of land owned by Stephen Cooper; thence west to the dividing ridge between Wyaconda and Durgans creek; thence west to the ridge to range line between ranges 9 and 10; thence south to the township line between townships 59 and 60; thence east to the Mississippi river.  The first election in Union township was held at the home of John Bozarth, below the town of La Grange, which had been designated as the temporary seat of justice. Court was convened on Wednesday, June 5, 1838. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Gardner, Nancy Lucynthia (Gardner) Johnson died here on 09 Jan 1883.  Her husband Disbury Johnson soon followed her in death on 25 Feb 1883.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Union township, Lewis County, MO Detailed Profile

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The Red Star in the map designates the location of the seat of government for this county.  Yellow Stars designates county seats in adjacent counties.   A Purple Dot shows the location of identified ancestral Gen-Site(s).

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The links below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place within this locality at which these events may have occurred. 

Canton;   Durham;   Ewing;   La Belle;   La Grange;   Lewistown;   Maywood;   Monticello;   Steffenville; Williamstown

A Directory of Places, Lewis County, Missouri

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·         University of Missouri Extension - Lewis County

·         A Directory of Places, Lewis County, Missouri




The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.


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Lewis County court house, Monticello, Missouri


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