Place:Doniphan, Kansas, United States


NameDoniphan
Alt namesDoniphansource: Getty Vocabulary Program
DPsource: Wikipedia
TypeCounty
Coordinates39.8°N 95.117°W
Located inKansas, United States     (1855 - )
Contained Places
Historical inhabited place
Bellemont ( 1855 - 1866 )
Inhabited place
Bendena
Blair
Brenner
Denton
Doniphan
Elwood
Fanning
Highland
Iowa Point
Leona
Moray
Palermo
Purcell
Severance
Sparks
Troy
Wathena
White Cloud
Township
Burr Oak ( 1855 - )
Center ( 1856 - )
Independence
Iowa ( 1855 - )
Marion ( 1856 - )
Union ( 1878 - )
Washington ( 1855 - )
Wayne ( 1855 - )
Wolf River ( 1855 - )

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County of Doniphan

Doniphan is a county situated in the northernmost and easternmost tiers of counties in the northeastern part of the state of Kansas, United States of America. The county seat is Troy. The county is bounded on the north by the state of Nebraska (including the county of Richardson), on the north, east, and south by the state of Missouri (including the counties of Holt, Andrew, and Buchanan), on the south by the county of Atchison, and on the west by the county of Brown. The Missouri river forms its northern, eastern, and a part of its southern boundary, making about 90 miles of river front.

History

Doniphan was one of the first 33 counties erected, on 25 August 1855, by the first legislative Assembly of the territory of Kansas. It was named after Col. Alexander W. Doniphan, a criminal lawyer from Liberty, Missouri, who commanded a regiment of cavalry during the Mexican War.

When the county was first organized on 17 September 1855, it was divided into five townships: Iowa, Wolf River, Burr Oak, Washington, and Wayne. In 1856, the county was reorganized into seven townships with Center being formed out of the western portions of Washington and Burr Oak, and Marion being formed between Washington and Wayne. In 1879, the township of Union was formed out of the territory of Wolf River. The township of Independence was much later formed out of portions of Wolf River and Wayne.

The earliest settlement within Doniphan was the Iowa and Sac Mission, which was opened under the auspices of the American Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church, the work being in charge of Rev. S.M. Irvin, who came to Kansas in 1837 with his wife, and was the first white man to take up permanent residence in the then unorganized territory.

Boundaries

The boundary is defined:

Commencing at a point on the west boundary line of the state of Missouri, where it is intersected by the extended base line or north boundary of the state of Kansas; thence west with said base line, to the corner on said line between ranges 18 and 19 east; thence south with said range line, to the southwest corner of township 4 south, of range 19 east; thence east with the township lines between townships 4 and 5 south, to the range line between ranges 20 and 21 east; thence south on said range line, to the middle of the main channel of Independence creek; thence down said creek in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the former Atchison-Doniphan county line; thence easterly on said former Atchison-Doniphan county line to the former Missouri-Kansas boundary line; thence following said former Missouri-Kansas boundary line in a southerly direction to a point where said former Missouri-Kansas boundary line intersects the township line between townships 56 and 55 north of the Missouri government survey; thence east on said township line between townships 56 and 55 north of the Missouri government survey to the west boundary of the state of Missouri; thence with said western boundary line of the state of Missouri, to the place of beginning. (G.S. 1868, ch. 24, § 21; R.S. 1923, 18-122; L. 1949, ch. 196, § 2; L. 1951, ch. 218, § 1; March 30.)

Population

Census Year 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990
Population 8,08313,96914,25713,53515,07914,42213,43814,06312,93610,4999,5749,1079,2688,134
Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Timeline

Date Event Source
1855 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1855 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1856 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1858 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1896 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Cemeteries

See the category: Cemeteries of Doniphan County, Kansas, United States.

Research Tips


Bibliography

  • Atlas of Doniphan County, Kansas: containing maps of townships of the County. (Des Moines, Iowa: Anderson Pub., 1927). Images. Library of Congress
  • Blackmar, Frank W. Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. (Chicago, Illinois: Standard Publishing, 1912). WorldCat
  • Plat book of Doniphan County, Kansas. (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Northwest Pub., 1904). Images. KansasMemory
  • [Cutler, William G.] History of the State of Kansas. (Chicago, Illinois: Andreas, 1883). WorldCat KanColl
  • Historical plat book of Doniphan County, Kansas. (Chicago, Illinois: Bird, 1882). Images. KansasMemory
  • Tuttle, Charles R. A new centennial history of the state of Kansas being a full and complete civil, political and military history of the state, from its earliest settlement to the present time. (Madison, Wisconsin, and Lawrence, Kansas: Inter-state Book, 1876). WorldCat

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From Wikipedia

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Doniphan County (county code DP) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 7,945. Its county seat is Troy, and its most populous city is Wathena.

History

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Early history

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. Doniphan County was established on August 25, 1855, then organized on September 18, 1855. It is named for the U.S. cavalry commander Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan (1808–1887) of Liberty, Missouri, who played an important part in the Mexican–American War. He was a zealous partisan in the failed effort made to extend slavery into Kansas.

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