Welcome to Allen County Kansas Genealogy Research

 My name is Bob Jenkins
and I created this website to provide genealogy
 information and links to genealogy information  to assist people in researching
 their Allen County Kansas ancestors.

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 Brief History from wikipedia:

 In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized. Allen County is one of the 33 counties established by the first territorial
 legislature in August 1855, six years before Kansas statehood in 1861. It was named in honor of William Allen, a United
 States senator from Ohio. At the time of its creation, Charles Passmore was appointed probate judge; B.W. Cowden and
 Barnett Owen were appointed county commissioners, and William Godfrey was appointed sheriff. The appointments were
 temporary until the general election in 1857. The four men were authorized to appoint the county clerk and treasurer thus
 completing the county organization.

 Richard J. Fuqua and his family are considered the first white settlers in the county, arriving in the valley of the Neosho River
 January 1855. Fuqua established a post for trading with the neighboring Indian tribes which became quite popular with the Sac
 and Fox Indians. B.W. Cowden and H.D. Parsons arrived in March of the same year and selected claims in the valley of the
 Neosho River, near the mouth of Elm Creek. The next settlement was made near the mouth of Deer Creek (so named for the
 abundance of deer in the area) by Major James Parsons, and his two sons, Jesse and James, and a Mr. Duncan. The population
 grew rapidly through the spring and summer of 1855, most of it located on or near the Neosho River.

 Many of the early settlers were pro-slavery, but few slaves were actually brought into the county. The anti-slavery population
 expressed such antipathy toward their pro-slavery neighbors that slaves within the county there were either freed or taken
 elsewhere in Kansas by their masters. Immigration continued during the summer and fall of 1856, though in reduced numbers.

 The first town and county seat was Cofachique. In the spring of 1855 pro-slavery settlers from Fort Scott laid out the town in a
 hilly area east of the Neosho River and south of the mouth of Elm Creek. The territorial legislature passed an act in July 1855
 incorporating the Cofachique Town Association. It was the only town in Allen County for nearly two years and as such was
 quite successful; but in 1857 other towns were constructed and Cofachique began to decline almost immediately. One of the
 reasons for decline was accessibility, the other was a lack of good well water. Another possible contribution to the town's
 decline involved tensions between the pro and anti-slavery settlers. With the development of neighboring towns Humboldt and
 Iola the town of Cofachique all but disappeared by 1859. The county seat went briefly to Humboldt in 1857 where it remained
 until 1865, but with the election of that year Iola took the county seat and has retained this designation to the present.

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