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Welcome to the Arkansas County, ARGenWeb Project site!  This county is adoptable. Please email the State Coordinator if you are interested in adopting this county.  

While visiting the site I hope that you will find valuable information to aid in your research for families in Arkansas County.  This site is part of the ARGenWeb Project & USGenWeb Project. All information on this site is under copyright and FREE for your personal use.   To submit information please consider adopting this county.

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Brief History of Arkansas County

Parent Counties:  Arkansas County is an original county
Organized:  December 13, 1813
County Seats:  DeWitt (Southern District) & Stuttgart (Northern District)

Arkansas County has rich history and is the oldest county in Arkansas.  Arkansas County was the only area west of the Mississippi (1873) to have an American Revolutionary battle take place (e-Reference Desk, Arkansas County).  There are two county seats in Arkansas County, DeWitt which is over the Southern District and Stuttgart which is over the Northern District and has the oldest records for the county at the Stuttgart courthouse.  These older records date back to 1796 and are written in Spanish.

Arkansas County is the parent county of the following counties:  Chicot, Clark, Drew, Hempsted, Phillips, Parts of Desha, Independence, Jefferson Co, Lincoln, and Monroe counties.

December 31, 1813, the county of Arkansas was created by act of the legislature.  The boundaries are North by the south line of the county of New Madrid, east by the main channel of the Mississippi, south by the thirty-third degree of north latitude or north boundary of the state of Louisiana, west by the western boundary line of the Osage purchase, thence in direct line to the main source of the Ouachita River, thence south to the northern boundary line of the state of Louisiana.  In 1814, the population was 827, and as entitled to one member in the legislature in the Missouri assembly. Col. Alexander Walker represented the county.
"Arkansas is named for the Arkansa Native American tribe. The namesake of the state of Arkansas was named after the Quapaw, for they were called "Akansea" or "Akansa," meaning "land of the downriver people" by other native tribes and eventually by the French explorers Marquette and Jolliet" (e-Reference Desk, Arkansas County).


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