Welcome to Ness County Kansas Genealogy Research


Ness City, KS circa 1900

 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 Ness County Kansas ancestors.

 I would appreciate any contribution that you would like to make  to this site:
 biographies, obituaries, birth, marriage, death info,  grave info, photographs....etc


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 Brief History from Kansas State Historical Society:

 Ness County, which contains the cities of Bazine, Ness City, Ransom, Utica, and Brownell, was named for Noah V. Ness, a
 member of Company G, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, who was killed at Abbeyville, Mississippi, during the Civil War. The
 county was originally organized on October 23, 1873, by S. G. Rodgers; J. E. Farnsworth; Charles Maguire; Edward Haydin;
 and John Lee; however, one of the first officers claimed fraud on the population count, and when the charge was substantiated,
 the governor "disorganized" the county. The county was reorganized on April 14, 1880.

 The arrival in 1873 of a Chicago Settlement Company under the leadership of S. G. Rodgers began the first settlement of the
 county. The fraudulent population situation mentioned above continued to plague the county settlement for nearly eleven
 years. A group of influential cattlemen did not wish the county officially organized and prevented it by exposing the
 population count and placing obstacles in the way of formal organization.

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