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The Territorial Legislature of 1855 organized Breckinridge County, attaching it to Madison County for civil, criminal and military purposes. It was named to honor Vice-President Breckinridge. The county seat of Madison County was Columbia, situated one and a half miles southeast of Emporia, and founded during this year by the first settler in Breckinridge County, Charles H. Withington, assisted by T. S. Huffaker and Wm. D. Harris, the other two incorporators.1.

Organized in 1860. County seat, Emporia. Named by the first Legislature, Breckenridge, in honor of John C. Breckenridge, United States Senator from Kentucky, and who became Vice-President of the United States in 1856. Name changed to Lyon, in honor of General Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed while in command of the Union Army at the battle of Wilson's creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861.2.

1. William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas
published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL.
2. History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)

Census
Filename Description File Size Submitter Date
indx-a-k.txt| indx-l-z.txt Breckenridge, KS 1860 Federal Census Indexes 120 kb
each
Regina Falcetto 12/13/99
notes.txt Breckenridge, KS 1860 Federal Census Notes 1 kb Regina Falcetto 12/13/99
pg00001.txt Breckenridge, KS 1860 Federal Census Page 1 100 kb Regina Falcetto 12/13/99
pg00024.txt Breckenridge, KS 1860 Federal Census Page 24 100 kb Regina Falcetto 12/13/99
pg00046.txt Breckenridge, KS 1860 Federal Census Page 46 100 kb Regina Falcetto 12/13/99
pg00068.txt Breckenridge, KS 1860 Federal Census Page 68 90 kb Regina Falcetto 12/13/99

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