Jewell County, Kansas History and Genealogy

Jewell County is located in the northernmost tier of counties, 150 miles from the Missouri River. The county is thirty miles square, divided into twenty-five Congressional townships, and contains 900 square miles, or 576,000 acres of land. The county is among the first in the State in agricultural resources. Its central portion is rolling, and in places somewhat broken, but contains many fine farms and much good pastureland. The valley of Marsh and Buffalo Creeks – a tract embracing the southeast quarter of the county is, next to the White Rock Valley, the finest, richest and most densely settled portion of the county. It is about fifty or seventy-five feet below the central portion, and is exceedingly fertile, and just rolling enough to afford proper drainage.

Jewell County Resources

  • Location and Natural Features
    Jewell County is located in the northernmost tier of counties, 150 miles from the Missouri River.
  • Census Statistics
    Population by Township, this is not by person census.
  • Criminal Matters
    In 1871 Guy Whitmore and Jake Hanes, noted horse-thieves, were arrested at Grand Island, Neb., by William Stone, the Sheriff of Jewell County
  • Political Organization
    In July 1870, Col. E. Barker and Orville L. McClung presented a petition to Governor Harvey, asking for the organization of the county.
  • More Statistics
    The Assessors of Jewell County, in their returns for 1882, give the following statistics, which fairly exhibit its wealth and prosperity
  • Railroads
    The main line of the Central Branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, built by the Union Pacific, extends along the southern boundary of the county, a branch of which runs up the valley of the Buffalo to Burr Oak, on White Rock Creek

Additional Kansas Resources

History of Kansas
One of the best Histories of Kansas, taken from Kansas and Kansans

Kansas Indians
The Indian Linguistic families represented in Kansas may be separated into two principal divisions or heads

Kansas Biographies
Over 2100 biographies specific to Kansas in the 19th and early 20th century have been added to a searchable database.


Source: Jewell County, Cutlers History of Kansas, 1883

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