Welcome to Ottawa County Kansas Genealogy Research









Main St, Minneapolis KS  1938

 
 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 Ottawa 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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   Ottawa County Data




  Brief History from KSHS:

 Ottawa County, named for the Ottawa Indians, was founded by William Stitt; George Darling; and Seymour Ayers.
 The county was created on February 27, 1860, but was not organized until November 1866. It contains the cities of
 Bennington, Culver, Minneapolis, Tescott and Delphos.

 In 1866 voters selected Ayersville as the county seat, but in 1867 the county seat moved to Lindsey for lack of official
 notification from the state to Ayersville. In 1870 voters moved the seat of government to Minneapolis in a closely contested
 vote. Two disastrous Indian raids in 1868 occurred, one resulting in two women being captured and four men killed. One of
 the women, Mrs. James Morgan, was recaptured by George A. Custer. A grasshopper invasion 1874 almost totally wiped out
 the crops in the county.













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