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List of Kansas Counties

Bedford | Hudson | St. John

 Homesteading in Stafford County

 Stafford County map
 Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.


According to records of Stafford County most of the settlers were of English or Scotch/Irish descent. The Mormons first settled St. John city (St. John and Ohio townships) and African-Americans also settled in St. John. African-Americans were actually the first settlers in Stafford County.

There were two German settlements in Stafford County also. One settled in West Cooper Township and started the Calvary Baptist Church, which is still in existence. The other settlement was in Hayes Township and the town of Hudson.


 Stafford County Ethnic Map

 Ethnic Areas of Stafford County:

Seward -- Irish Catholic

Hudson -- German Lutheran

St. John -- English, Irish, African-American, Mormon

Neola -- Danish

Antrim -- English

Stafford -- English, Scotch, Irish Catholic


History Book Committee. Stafford County, Kansas, 1870-1990.
Stafford, KS: Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1990.


Contact Us:

Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 249
Stafford, KS 67578
(620) 234-5664


Information from Michael Hathaway 

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Monday,April 21 Forsyth will close at 10 pm because of no electricity

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