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Chautauqua County, therefore, lies in the most southerly tier of counties in the State, the north line of the Indian Territory forming its southern boundary, while on the east lies the county of Montgomery, Elk on the north and Cowley County on the west. The county is twenty-one miles from north to south, and thirty-one miles from east to west; having an area of 651 square miles, or 416,640 acres.1.

Organized in 1875. County seat Sedan. Created out of a portion of what was first Godfrey county, named after "Bill" Godfrey. a noted trader among the Osages; then Howard county in honor of Major-General O. O. Howard, for his efforts in behalf of the Union. Chautauqua county N.Y., was the former home of Hon. Edward Jaquins, a member of the Kansas Legistature in 1875 from Howard county, who introduced the bill which divided Howard into Chautauqua and Elk; hence, from his native place this county derives its name. The name originally given (in 1855) to Howard was Godfrey, and the name changed to Seward in 1861. In 1867 the Legislature, ignoring former names, created the county of Howard.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)

Cemeteries
History - Directories
Description File Size Date Submitter
Chautauqua County Medical Directory 1920 2K Feb 2009 Joy Fisher The Registry
History - Other Records
Description File Size Date Submitter
Chautauqua County Kansas Farm Directory 1956 33K Jul 2007 Joy Fisher The Registry
Chautauqua County Kansas Farm Directory 1962 24K Jun 2007 Joy Fisher The Registry
Obituaries
File Description File Size Date Submitter
Brown, David Greenville 1 kb Mar 1999 Jerry Nelson
Brown, Julia Eliza (Wells) 1 kb Mar 1999 Jerry Nelson
Brown, Alvy G. 1 kb Mar 1999 Jerry Nelson
NICHOLAS, Lulavown, 2002 2 kb Nov 2002 Joann Brazee
Ramsey, Clara B. (Ward) February 21, 1979 4K Sep 2010 Valerie (Johnson) Freeman The Registry
Ramsey, Jewel "Clyde" November 13, 1975 3K Sep 2010 Valerie (Johnson) Freeman The Registry

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