Welcome to Seward County Kansas Genealogy Research


Cowboys bathing in pond circa 1891-1912

 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 Seward 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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   Seward County Data

  Brief History from Kansas State Historical Society:

 Seward County was organized on June 17, 1886, by Arthur L. Edmunds; A. D. Lamberson; John N. Kneeland; Sam Jones;
 Henry Larrabe; I. E. Thomas; and B. B. Gant. Containing the towns of Kismet and Liberal, the county was namded for
 William H. Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln.

 Each year for more than 60 years on Shrove Tuesday (which falls somewhere between mid-March and early April depending
 upon the Easter dates) women of Liberal compete in a timed pancake race between them and their sister city of Olney,
 England. Contestants must run a course flipping the pancakes along the route.

 The first church was the Liberal Presbyterian, founded in 1888. The first school district was formed in Liberal in 1888.

 John W. Baughman settled in the county in 1872 and began to amass large landholdings in both Kansas and Colorado. When
 he died in 1954 he had accumulated over 300,000 acres in the two states in addition to other interests in oil, cattle and feedlot
 operations. His son, Robert W. was president of Baughman Farms until his death in 1970. Long interested in history, Robert
 was the author of Kansas in Maps, 1961, Early Day Postoffices, 1961, and in 1963 he published the book Kansas in
for the Kansas Historical Society.

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