History from Kansas State Historical
Jefferson county was one
of the original 33 counties created by the
Territorial Legislature. It was organized
on March 27,
1856, by Daniel Morgan Boone (son of
Daniel Boone); William and George Dyer;
Henry Zen; Henry Chubb; William B.
Wade; Sidney Stewart; Aaron Cook; R.
P. Beebe; Jefferson Riddle; and J. T.
Wilson. It contains the cities of Valley
Winchester, Perry, Nortonville,
Oskaloosa, Ozawkie, Meriden, and McLouth.
The county was named for Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson County was part
of the long struggle during the free-state
controversies because of its location.
After a series of
raids, and "squatter" settlements,
Missouri pro slave supporters drove voters
from the polls during the first county
During 1856 the trouble culminated
in the Battle of Hickory Point and a raid
on Grasshopper Falls (now Valley Falls).