Dunklin County, Missouri

  • Dunklin County was formed in 1845 from Stoddard County;
    the county seat is
Kennett in Dunklin County Mo

  • Kennett the county seat, 41 miles south of Dexter, had about 250 inhabitants, with one church, one family grocery store and 4 dry goods stores. The court house was burned in 1871.
    (**Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 200.)

    Kennett was laid out in 1846, near a village of the Delaware Indians, under the Chief Chilliticoux, by which name it was known until 1849, when the Legislature changed it to Butler. About 1850-51, the name was changed to Kennett...The first court house was a log building, erected on the public square in 1847. It was destroyed during the Civil War, and about 1870 a large frame building was begun. It was scarcely completed when it was burned with all its contents.

    The first store was opened in a house on the north side of the public square, by Elbert C. Spiller, who remained for several years, but finally returned to Illinois from which state he came.
    (**Hist. of Southeast Missouri, pp. 473, 474.)

    It covers several sections in Twp. 18 & 19, R 9 E, at the junction of Highways 84, 25, VV, west of Z.

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Dunklin County Mo

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