Welcome to Atchison County Kansas Genealogy Research


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 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 Atchison County Kansas ancestors.

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 biographies, obituaries, birth, marriage, death info,  grave info, photographs....etc


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 Brief History from Kansas State Historical Society: 

 Named for David Rice Atchison (1807-1886), United States senator from Missouri at the time of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
French explorers and trappers were the first Europeans to journey across what became Atchison County.
 Etienne de Bourgmont, military commander of the French colony of Louisiana, led the first recorded expedition to the
 region in the summer of 1724, although others had probably visited before him. The next recorded explorer was
 Perin du Luc, who reached the area in 1802-1803.

 Perhaps the most famed explorers of Atchison County were Lewis and Clark, whose expedition travelled up the Missouri
 River in the summer of 1804. On the eventing of July 4th, the company discovered a creek in the northeast corner of the
 county, naming it Independence Creek in honor of the holiday.

 Paschal Pensoneau (or Pensinau) was the first settler to take up permanent residence in the county, settling along Stranger
 Creek in 1839. Five years later he opened a trading post and a farm.

 When Kansas Territory was opened for settlement in 1854, the townsite of Atchison was founded by Senator Atchison and
 his friends, and dedicated on July 4, 1854. The town of Sumner, twelve miles to the south, attempted to replace Atchison as
 the county seat in 1858, but the proposal was soundly defeated.


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