Place:Bates, Missouri, United States

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Bates County is a county located in the west central part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 17,049. Its county seat is Butler. The county was organized in 1841 and named after Frederick Bates, the second Governor of Missouri.

Bates County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bates County was the only county in the United States to have endured total evacuation during the US Civil War, under Order No.11. It was also the setting for the first black Union soldiers to fight for their freedom during the Civil War. The First Kansas Colored Division fought at the Battle of Island Mound four miles North of present day Rich Hill, MO. A statue commemorating this event has been placed on the North lawn of the courthouse in Butler, MO. seven miles from the battle sight.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1833 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1839 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1841 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1845 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1858 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 3,669
1860 7,215
1870 15,960
1880 25,381
1890 32,223
1900 30,141
1910 25,869
1920 23,933
1930 22,068
1940 19,531
1950 17,534
1960 15,905
1970 15,468
1980 15,873
1990 15,025

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Bates County, Missouri, United States

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