Found your ancestors on the federal census records but still don't know what part of the county they lived in?
The Township Maps below will give you a better idea if you have copied down the township name listed at the top of their census page....and you can see the townships that were nearby. You might want to look at these in relationship to the changing township and range maps under Land Records on this site.
The images below, approximate locations of townships in 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and Current, are courtesy of the Van Buren County Historical Society in Clinton, Ar.
Below the images you will find the township names for the 1900's census' courtesy of Vicky Dennis
and below those, the history and creation dates for all townships taken from the Arkansas Township Atlas
1850 Van Buren County Townships
1860 Van Buren County Townships
1870 Van Buren County Townships
1880 Van Buren County Townships
1900 Van Buren County Townships
|Archey Valley||Name changed from Panther Bluff Twp. Between 1870-80||Barnett||Created from part of Bradley in 1906||Bloodworth||Created from part of Union in 1906; annexed back to Union between 1910-20||Bradley||Created in 1878 from part of Davis; part to Barnett in 1906||Cadron(Cadion)||Created in 1846; part annexed to Cleburne Co., in 1883||California||Created in 1854; annexed to Cleburne Co. in 1883; not in 1870 census||Cargile||Created from parts of Davis and Sulphur Springs between 1890-1900||Choctaw||Created between 1880-90; part to Culpepper between 1890-1900||Cleveland||Created between 1880-90; part to Mountain between 1890-1900||Craig||Created in 1842; part to Culpepper and Mountain between 1890-1900||Culpepper||Created between 1890-1900(1896) from parts of Choctaw, Craig & Griggs||Davis||Created in 1852; part to Bradley in 1878; part to Cargile and Sulphur Springs between 1890-1900||Giles||Created before 1836; annexed to Cleburne Co. in 1833||Griggs||Created before 1836; part to Washington between 1860-70; part to Culpepper between 1890-1900||Grove||Created in 1905 from parts of Liberty, Wheeler and White Oak||Hartsugg(Hartsuggs)||Created in 1844; part to Washington between 1860-70; part to Mountain between 1890-1900||Holly||Created in 1860; from part of War Eagle and part to Washington between 1860-70||Independence||Created in 1850; annexed to Pope County in 1853||Liberty||Created in 1852; part to Grove in 1905||Linn Creek||Created from part of Washington in 1908||Mountain||Created in 1860; annexed to Cleburne County in 1883; new township created between 1890-1900 from parts of Cleveland, Craig and Hartsugg||Panther Bluff||Created after 1870; name changed to Archey Valley between 1870-80||Peter Creek||Created in 1860; annexed to Cleburne County in 1883||Piney||Created in 1858; annexed to Cleburne County in 1883||Red River||Created before 1836; part to Sulphur Springs between 1890-1900||Sugar Loaf||Created in 1838; annexed to Cleburne County in 1883||Sulphur Springs||Created 1890-1900 from parts of Davis & Rd River; part to Cargile 1890-1900||Turkey Creek||Created in 1854; annexed to Stone County in 1873||Union||Created in 1839; part of War Eagle annexed in 1860; part to Bloodworth in 1906. Bloodworth annexed back between 1910-20||Valley||Created in 1858; annexed to Cleburne County in 1883||War Eagle||Created in 1844: parts annexed to Holly and Union in 1860||Wahington||Created 1860-70 from parts of Griggs, Hartsugg & Holly; part to Linn Creek 1909||Wheeler||Created between 1880-90; part to Grove in 1905||White Oak||Created between 1880-90; part to Grove in 1905|