Place:Saint Francois, Missouri, United States

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St. Francois County is a county located in the Lead Belt region in Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 65,359. The largest city and county seat is Farmington. The county was officially organized on December 19, 1821. It was named after the St. Francis River. The origin of the river's name is unclear. It might refer to St. Francis of Assisi. Another possibility is that Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit who explored the region in 1673, named the river for the Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier. Marquette had spent some time at the mission of St. Francois Xavier before his voyage and, as a Jesuit, was unlikely to have given the river a name honoring the Franciscans.

St. Francois County is a component of the St. Louis CSA also known as Greater St. Louis and consists of several commuter cities of St. Louis.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1821 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1822 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1822 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1822 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1836 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
1883 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 2,366
1840 3,211
1850 5,313
1860 7,249
1870 9,742
1880 13,822
1890 17,347
1900 24,051
1910 35,738
1920 31,403
1930 35,832
1940 35,950
1950 35,276
1960 36,516
1970 36,818
1980 42,600
1990 48,904

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