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Monroe County


Part of the MOGenWeb Project

History of Monroe County

Monroe county was organized on January 6, 1831, from Ralls County. Named for James Monroe. The county seat is Paris.
MONROE, a county in the N. E. part of Missouri, has an area of about 620 square [p.731] miles. It is intersected by Salt  river, and also drained by the Middle fork, South fork, Elk fork, and Long branch, affluents of the first named river, and by  Crooked, Otter, and Indian creeks. The surface is undulating, and consists partly of prairies; the soil is very productive.  Indian corn, wheat, oats, tobacco, hemp, and pork are the staples. In 1850 the county produced 793,145 bushels of corn;  43,669 of wheat; 130,412 of oats, and 629,412 pounds of tobacco. It contained 25 churches, 1 newspaper office, and  1954 pupils attending public schools. Stone coal abounds in several places; the rocks which underlie the county are  limestone and freestone. Many of the streams furnish motive-power for mills. Organized in 1830. Capital, Paris. Population, 10,541, of whom 8493 were free, and 2048, slaves. 
1854  United States Gazetteer

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Click here to visit the Monroe County Cemetery


Monroe County Query Board

Please e-mail me your query; please make sure it pertains to the county and that the name of the county is in the subject line, or I might accidentally delete it.

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Monroe County Resources & Lookup Volunteers

I have listed some of the Monroe County books that are available, although certainly not all. If you own any Monroe County books, whether listed or not, and will do look-ups, please let me know. If you know of any other published Monroe County resources, please let me know this also. As you can see, volunteers are needed.


  • Edwards brothers, Philadelphia. An illustrated historical atlas of Monroe county, Missouri. Philadelphia, Edwards bros., 1876.

  • Ellsberry, Elizabeth (Prather) Monroe County, Missouri: letters, wills, administrations, 1832-1852. Chillicothe, Mo.

  • History of Monroe and Shelby counties, Missouri, St. Louis, National historical company, 1884. xiii, 1176 p.

  • Mallory, Charles Lloyd, 1958-Pioneer families of Monroe County, Missouri / by Charles Lloyd Mallory. Madison, Mo

  • Monroe City Bicentennial Commission. Historical Booklet Committee. Monroe City, Missouri, 1857-1976 : Queen of the Prairie, Gateway to Cannon Dam Monroe City, Mo. : Monroe City Bicentennial Commission

  • Monroe City Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery records / [compiled by Alice Calhoun, Virginia Griggs, & J.A. Buckman

  • Monroe County Mo. Wilson Funeral Records index, 1888-1940. Shelbyville, Mo. : K. Wilham Genealogical Research & Pub., c1989.

  • Ogle (George A.) and Company Standard atlas of Monroe county, Missouri, including a plat book of the villages, cities, and townships of the county. Map of the state, United States, and world...Chicago, 1917.

  • Pike, Leslie Francis. Indian Creek settlement : 150 years, 1833-1983 / Leslie Francis Pike. Columbia, Mo.

  • Woodruff, Howard W., Mrs. Marriage records, Monroe County, Missouri, book "A," 1831-1849, and the death register, 1883-1885 / compiled and published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff.

Feel free to request a look-up from the following books. Please limit your request to one name per request. Please put MONROE COUNTY LOOKUP in the subject line of your request to ensure the message is not overlooked or accidentally deleted. In the first line of the message please put the name of the book in which you are requesting the lookup.

If you request a lookup, don't forget to thank your volunteer for their time.

Monroe County Resource Contact
St. Jude Cemetery Book MaryLynne
  • In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the KentuckyGenWeb project. This grew into the USGenWeb project, and eventually the WorldGenWeb project. At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page.

  • MaryLynne Ellis and Edward Hayden are responsible for Monroe County. If you would like to contribute your information to this page, please let me know. If you would like to host a Missouri county, contact Larry Flescher, the Missouri state coordinator.

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