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Stevens  County

Kansas, USA

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     Stevens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas.  Its county seat is Hugoton.[3] The county is named for the Reconstruction era Pennsylvania politician Thaddeus Stevens.

     Stevens county boundaries were formed from Indian Lands in 1873, however the 1880 federal census showed there were only a few people actually living within it's borders, so the county was merged with Seward county in 1881. Then came the land boom. By 1886 there were some 2,600 inhabitants and they petitioned the state to re-establish Stevens county. After a bitter struggle between two towns, Hugoton won out over Woodsdale and was made the permanent county seat in February of 1887 by the State Legislature. After the great settlement boom and subsequent bust, the population declined, and by the 1900 census there were only 620 people left in the county. With the coming of the railroad in 1913 and the discovery of the Hugoton natural gas field about 1918 and its later development, the county again began to grow, reaching 4,665 by 1950. The population has remained stable and today is a little over 5,000.

     Today Stevens County is divided into six townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

     The following counties are adjacent to Stevens: Grant County (north); Haskell County (northeast); Seward County (east); Texas County, Oklahoma (south); Morton County (west), and Stanton County (northwest).

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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. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines. To find out more about each surname listed click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families  (MMPS)


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families (BPQR)


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families  (DKPS)

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Family History Notes

     In 1907 John and Lydia moved from Maries County, Missouri along with the families of their grandson John Alton Jones and granddaughter Martha O. (Jones) Cox.  They settled in the Voorhees Township. area of Stevens County, Kansas with plans farm and grow watermelons and sell the seed.  Records show that John obtained a patent for 160 acres of land located in the Southwest Quarter of section 20, Township 34, Range 38.

     During the time in Stevens County two children were born to John Alton Jones and his wife.  They were Veda Jones was born in 1908 and her brother James Monroe Jones born in 1912.  During the winter if 1913, Lydia contracted pneumonia fever.  Several weeks later, on March 15, she passed away at the home of her granddaughter Martha O. (Jones) Cox.  Lydia was buried at the nearby Barden Cemetery in, Texas County, Oklahoma.  Within days of Lydia’s internment John Moreland sold his property and prepared for his return to Maries County, Missouri.  On his way back to Missouri he visited with his son William then living on a farm in Beaver County, Oklahoma located about 75 miles southeast of Voorhees Township.  John also visited his daughter-in-law Mary Etta (Pinnell) Moreland and grandson Jeremiah F. Moreland at their home in Woodward County, Oklahoma located about 115 miles southeast of Stevens County.

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Map of the County

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John P. Moreland Homestead;  Barden Memorial Cemetery

John P. Moreland Homestead

LOCATION:  Country: United States;  State: Kansas;  County: Stevens;  Coordinates/Map: N 37.43.2, W 101.29 ;   Directions: West from Hugoton on U.S. Route 56.  Turn left at Feterita onto State Route 25 south.

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: Voorhees Township; Section 20 (SW ¼); Twp. 34; Range 38

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ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see Family History Notes above.  


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Barden Memorial Cemetery

LOCATION:  Country: United States;  State: Oklahoma;  County: Texas;  Coordinates/Map:  36.9789160 N, -101.5401603 W   

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: Barden Cemetery was established in 1906, and contains at least 114 identifiable grave sites. It is located in Township 6 North, Range 14 East, Cimarron Meridian.  The following populated places are found close to Barden Cemetery: Hough 7.7 mi. S; Straight 8.7 mi. SE; Mouser 10.2 mi. SE; Rolla (Rolla Twp., Morton Co., KS) 11 mi. NW; Hovey 11.1 mi. SW; and Midway 12.4 mi. SE.     Other nearby cemeteries are: Camp 5.3 mi. SW; Lee 10.1 mi. S; Trinity Lutheran 10.8 mi. S; Rolla (Rolla Twp., Morton Co., KS) 11.3 mi. NW; Kuhn 12.3 mi. W; and Wilburton (Cimarron Twp., Morton Co., KS) 15 mi. NW.

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ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: Lydia Ann (Brown) Moreland was buried here, March, 1913.  See Family History Notes above.  


INTERNET WEB LINK(S): Barden Memorial Cemetery (in Texas County, OK);  Barden Memorial Cemetery, Texas Co., OK;  Find A Grave: Barden Memorial Cemetery

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


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Profiles for  04 cities, towns and other populated places in Stevens County, Kansas

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Stevens County, KS, United States

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Links To Populated Places Within This County

Incorporated cities: Hugoton, 3,722 (county seat);  Moscow, 255

Unincorporated community: Cave;  Woodsdale

Townships: Banner;  Center;  Harmony;  Moscow;  Voorhees;  West Center

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Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Streams, and Trails

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this LINK to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

STEVENS COUNTY: Map(s) and descriptions of Historical Boundary Changes

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20 Mar 1873 - STEVENS created from Non-County Area (6); STEVENS not fully organized, attached to FORD "for judicial purposes."

18 Mar 1879 - STEVENS boundaries redefined [no change].

20 Feb 1881 - STEVENS remained attached to FORD "for judicial purposes."

22 Feb 1883 - STEVENS lost all territory to SEWARD; STEVENS eliminated.


20 Feb 1886 - STEVENS re-created from SEWARD with slightly different boundaries from the STEVENS abolished 22 Feb. 1883.

26 Feb 1886 - STEVENS attached to FINNEY "for judicial purposes."

03 Aug 1886 - STEVENS fully organized, detached from FINNEY.

23 Mar 1887 - GRANT attached to STEVENS "for judicial purposes."

09 Jun 1888 - GRANT fully organized, detached from STEVENS. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


County History

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National Register of Historic Places listings in Kansas

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Libraries, Museums & Archives

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Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·         Hugoton, Voorhees, Frisco 1887

·         Stevens County 1895 U.S. Atlas

·         Stevens County 1975

·         Stevens County 1978

·         Mayetta, Claflin, Potwin, Woodsdale, Hoyt, Adelaide, Colaw's Subdivision... 1887

·         Stevens County 1981

·         Stevens County Gazetteer

·         Stevens County Post Offices

·         Stanton, Grant, Haskel, Morton, Stevens, Seward counties, Kansas 1887

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County Records


·         The Stevens County Courthouse is located at 200 East 6th Street, Suite 1, Hugoton, KS 67951-2655; Phone: (620) 544-2541.