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Sedgwick County

Kansas, USA

 

Introduction

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Introduction

Sedgwick County is located in south central Kansas. Wichita, the largest city and county seat of Sedgwick County, was named for the Wichita Indians who originally inhabited this area. The county was named after General John Sedgwick. Sedgwick County was created on February 26, 1867, and organized in 1870 from Hunter, Otoe and Peketon Counties.

The county has a strong agricultural economy and is home to numerous aircraft industries, earning the title for Wichita of "the airplane capital of the world." The Big and Little Arkansas rivers meet in downtown Wichita, the largest city in the county.

Counties that lie adjacent to Sedgwick are: Harvey County (north); Butler County (east); Cowley County (southeast); Sumner County (south); Kingman County (west); and Reno County (northwest).

 

Gen Tool-Kit

gen tool-kit

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 weve 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 Court Records

        All Departments below can be contacted by clicking the link, by contacting the Phone number below for each department or contacting the County Courthouse at 525 N Main, Room 320, Wichita, KS 67203-3731; Phone: (316) 660-9300. NOTE: The record dates below are from the earliest date to present time.

 

Libraries, Museums & Archives

Derby Historical Museum 
Family History Library Holdings     

Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen-Lambe House 

Kansas Reference & Local History Collection
Great Plains Transportation Museum 

The Hopalong Cassidy Cowboy Museum 

Indian Center Museum 

Kansas Aviation Museum 
Kansas Firefighters Museum 

Kansas State Library 
KSGenWeb Digital Library
 

MHGS Research Library 
Mulvane Historical Museum 
Mulvane Museum     

Museum of the Kansas National Guard     

Old Cowtown Museum 
PERiodical Source Index Search 

Sedgwick County Libraries     

Souder Historical Museum 
Special Collections  Wichita State University
Special Collections  Friends University, Wichita
USGenWeb Archives
      

Historical & Genealogical Societies

Brig. General Albert Pike Camp 1439, Wichita      (Source: Sons of Confederate Veterans)
Clearwater Historical Society 
Eunice Sterling Chapter  Wichita     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Flores del Sol Chapter  Wichita     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Golden Wheat Chapter  American Historical Society of Germans From Russia
Haysville Historic District Committee 
Little Arkansas Chapter  Valley Center     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Martha Loving Chapter  Wichita     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society 
Randolph Loving Chapter  Wichita     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Topeka Genealogical Society 
Valley Center Historical and Cultural Society 
Wichita Chapter      (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Wichita Genealogical Society      (Source: Blue Skyways - Kansas State Library)

 

Historical Places

Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in SEDGWICK County

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

National Park Service

National Historic Landmarks

National Battlefields

National Historic Sites

National Historical Parks

National Memorials

National Monuments

surnames

Researching
by Surname

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

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

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Baker; Elliott; Johnson; Kohler; McVicker; Riley; Ross; Tiffin; Valentine

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Additional information regarding these and other surnames may also be found at:

Surname Locator Resources

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Ancestral 
Gen-Sites

ancestral gen-sites

Map of the County

Family History Notes

Gen-Site Profiles

Map of the county

Map of the County

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

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Family history notes

Family History Notes

 

Around 1871-72, the widowed, Elizabeth (Ross) McVicker and her family moved to Union Township. In June of 1873 she married Smith Riley an early settler of the area. In 1877 John R. McVicker married Ms. Ella Johnson and their first child Minnie was born April 1878 most likely at the McVicker Homestead then in Union Township, now in Park Township. John and Mary produced a total of eight children of which least five of these children were born in here between 1878 and 1889. The 1880 census shows the McVicker family residing in Union Township, in that area around the town of Maize that eventually fell into Park Township. An 1882 plat map of the county shows the farm of John McVicker located in Township 26, South Range, 1 West, Section 28, NW 1/4. Today this property owned by the local government and is located near the Maize Airport at the southeast corner of W 45th St. N and Tyler Road (W 87th St), see maps at our McVicker Image Gallery.

Military Pension records show that John was still living here on June 26, 1890. Subsequently he and his family removed to California. Clyde E. McVicker son of John Robert and Mary Ella (Johnson) McVicker is buried here at Maize Park Cemetery.

David McVicker, son of James and Elizabeth (Ross) McVicker, and his young family, were living at town of Maize in Park Township by the late 1890's. The 1900 Federal census shows the David and his family living in Park Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas with their five children: Theodosia (b. 1886), Lizzie (b. 1891), Edwin (b. 1894), Eugene (b. 1896), and Grant (b. 1899). David who made his living as a farmer was still living in this location as of the 1910 census. Soon thereafter the family removed to Oregon.

In 1900, John and Rebecca (McVicker) Tiffin, five of their children and two grandchildren were residing in Wichita, Ward 2. Rebecca (McVicker) Tiffin her son Timothy R. Tiffin and daughter Ella Tiffin are buried at Highland Cemetery, located in Wichita Township. Catherine (McVicker) Baker is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery as well as her son William B. Baker, also located here.

The following gen-sites have been identified as places located within this county where our direct ancestors are known to have been, born, married, died or resided.

 

Gen-site profiles

Gen-Site Profiles

Highland Cemetery; Maize; Maize Park Cemetery;

Maple Grove Cemetery; McVicker Homestead

Highland Cemetery

LOCATION: Country: United States; State: Kansas; County: Sedgwick; Township: Wichita (city);

Place: Highland Cemetery; Coordinates/Map: 37.7027915, -97.3011555

Grave of William Eugene Stanley, 15th Governor

of Kansas

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DESCRIPTION: Highland Cemetery is located on Hillside at 9th Street across Hillside from Maple Grove Cemetery. See NE 1/4 Section 15, TWP 27S, R1E, on a Wichita Township plat map.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see history notes above

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Highland Cemetery-Histopolis; Highland Cemetery; Photo Gallery (Highland Cemetery); City of Wichita - Highland Cemetery; Highland Cemetery, Wichita, KS

Maize

LOCATION: Country: United States; State: Kansas; County: Sedgwick; Township: Park

Place: Maize; Coordinates/Map: 37 46′ 23″ N, 97 28′ 0″ W

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DESCRIPTION: Maize is the major population center of Park Township. It is located in south-central Kansas, near Wichita. Maize was founded by Henry Loudenslager in 1886, and incorporated May 17, 1915. The name maize was suggested by the Wichita & Colorado Railroad, as the town was founded along the railroad through the corn belt. Park was the first township in Sedgwick County to be settled. It was in Park Township that the first farm settler, John Ross, built his cabin and where he met his tragic death Park was not organized as a township until May 2nd, 1871. Park is watered by both the Big and the Little Arkansas rivers. It is thoroughly irrigated by the undertow of both rivers, hence at its beginning was a highly productive agricultural economy. In 1883 the population of Park Township was 418, today it is around 2,000.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see history notes above

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Maize, KS (Detailed Profile); Maize, Kansas - Wikipedia

Park Twp., Sedgwick Co., KS (Detailed Profile); Maize City Website;

Maize Park Cemetery

LOCATION: Country: United States; State: Kansas; County: Sedgwick; Township: Union

Place: Maize Park Cemetery; Coordinates/Map: 37 46' 45" N, 97 29' 24" W

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DESCRIPTION: Maize Park Cemetery is located in Union Township, in the northeastern of section 24, township 26 south, range 2 west of Sedgwick county. It is in Union township on 53rd Street North one half mile west of 119th Street West, see map at Image Gallery.

Union Township was first settled by Henry Pate and his four sons, in 1869. The influx of settlers was so rapid that in 1872 all the land in the township had been pre-empted. The township was organized in 1872, by E. A. Dorsey. It is primarily and agricultural community with excellent crop producing qualities, as was abundantly testified by the magnificent farms of the Germans, who settled in the eastern portion of the township. Union Township is the largest in area of any township in the county. It is watered by the Arkansas River, the "Big Slough" and the Cowskin. In 1883 the township maintained post offices in Eldridge and Ferris and had a population, of 1,015. Colwich is the major population center in Union Township. The population of this community was 1,229 at the 2000 census.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see history notes above

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Colwich, Kansas - Wikipedia; 1880 Census (Union Twp.);

Sedgwick Co., KS-Cemetery Registration; Union Twp., Sedgwick Co., KS (Detailed Profile);

Maize Park Cemetery - Histopolis

Maple Grove Cemetery

LOCATION: Country: United States; State: Kansas; County: Sedgwick; Township: Wichita (city); Place: Maple Grove Cemetery; Coordinates/Map: 37.7036248, -97.2953221

 

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DESCRIPTION: Maple Grove Cemetery was established in 1888. It is located on Hillside at 9th Street across Hillside from Highland Cemetery. See NW 1/4 Section 14, TWP 27S, R1E, on a Wichita Township plat map.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see history notes above

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Maple Grove Cemetery - Wichita, Kansas;

Maple Grove Cemetery (Civil War Veterans); Maple Grove Cemetery - Histopolis

McVicker Homestead

LOCATION: Country: United States; State: Kansas; County: Sedgwick; Place: McVicker Homestead; Coordinates/Map: 37-45.934N / 097-26.152W

 

 

Maps of McVicker homestead showing locations of house, barn, and orchard

 

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DESCRIPTION: An 1882 plat map of the county shows the farm of John McVicker located in Township 26, South Range, 1 West, Section 28, NW 1/4. Today this property owned by the local government and is located near the Maize Airport at the southeast corner of W 45th St. N and Tyler Road (W 87th St).

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see history notes above

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):

populated places

Researching
by Location

Gazetteer of Places

in This County

Link to State-Wide Resources

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?

gazetteer

Gazetteer of Places

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

 

Map of Sedgwick County Kansas

Sedgwick County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features

Sedgwick County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Sedgwick County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

Profiles for 158 cities, towns and other populated places in Sedgwick County Kansas

 

Links To Populated Places Within This County

Incorporated cities

Wichita; Derby; Haysville; Park City; Bel Aire; Mulvane; Valley Center; Goddard; Clearwater; Maize; Cheney; Sedgwick; Colwich; Kechi; Mount Hope; Garden Plain; Eastborough; Andale; Bentley; Viola

 

Unincorporated places

         Anness

         Bayneville

         Berwet

         Clonmel

         Furley

         Greenwich

         Greenwich Heights

         Murray Gill

         Oaklawn-Sunview, a census-designated place

         Peck

         Prospect

         St. Marks

         St. Mary Aleppo

         St. Paul

         Schulte

         Sunnydale

         Trails View (formerly Spasticville)

         Waco

         Wego

Townships

Afton - 3736′10″N 9737′54″W / 37.60278N 97.63167W / 37.60278; -97.63167

Attica - 3740′44″N 9732′16″W / 37.67889N 97.53778W / 37.67889; -97.53778

Delano - 3743′2″N 9725′13″W / 37.71722N 97.42028W / 37.71722; -97.42028

Eagle - 3751′48″N 9732′26″W / 37.86333N 97.54056W / 37.86333; -97.54056

Erie - 3731′24″N 9744′51″W / 37.52333N 97.7475W / 37.52333; -97.7475

Garden Plain - 3740′25″N 9739′47″W / 37.67361N 97.66306W / 37.67361; -97.66306

Grand River - 3740′6″N 9745′14″W / 37.66833N 97.75389W / 37.66833; -97.75389

Grant - 3750′55″N 9720′23″W / 37.84861N 97.33972W / 37.84861; -97.33972

Greeley - 3752′21″N 9739′17″W / 37.8725N 97.65472W / 37.8725; -97.65472

Gypsum - 3736′26″N 9712′34″W / 37.60722N 97.20944W / 37.60722; -97.20944

Illinois - 3735′54″N 9731′53″W / 37.59833N 97.53139W / 37.59833; -97.53139

Kechi - 3747′35″N 9719′14″W / 37.79306N 97.32056W / 37.79306; -97.32056

Lincoln - 3752′35″N 9711′53″W / 37.87639N 97.19806W / 37.87639; -97.19806

Minneha - 3741′11″N 9711′25″W / 37.68639N 97.19028W / 37.68639; -97.19028

Morton - 3737′24″N 9746′33″W / 37.62333N 97.77583W / 37.62333; -97.77583

Ninnescah - 3730′51″N 9731′28″W / 37.51417N 97.52444W / 37.51417; -97.52444

Ohio - 3731′56″N 9725′21″W / 37.53222N 97.4225W / 37.53222; -97.4225

Park - 3746′26″N 9726′13″W / 37.77389N 97.43694W / 37.77389; -97.43694

Payne - 3746′58″N 9712′22″W / 37.78278N 97.20611W / 37.78278; -97.20611

Riverside - 3734′56″N 9718′22″W / 37.58222N 97.30611W / 37.58222; -97.30611

Rockford - 3731′55″N 9714′47″W / 37.53194N 97.24639W / 37.53194; -97.24639

Salem - 3732′23″N 9720′11″W / 37.53972N 97.33639W / 37.53972; -97.33639

Sherman - 3747′23″N 9738′4″W / 37.78972N 97.63444W / 37.78972; -97.63444

Union - 3746′55″N 9732′8″W / 37.78194N 97.53556W / 37.78194; -97.53556

Valley Center - 3751′22″N 9724′10″W / 37.85611N 97.40278W / 37.85611; -97.40278

Viola - 3730′41″N 9739′3″W / 37.51139N 97.65083W / 37.51139; -97.65083

Waco - 3736′35″N 9724′57″W

 

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

 

Links to More About This U.S. State

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For more information about the U.S. State in which this county is located click on these LINKS:

 

Where in the world

Where in the World
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All of the records and databases weve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription. We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records. We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.

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Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
Reference Library

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 Americas wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.

 

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Image Gallery

During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities. Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

 

First Pizza Hut opened 1958 in Wichita, Kansas

 

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