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Lawrence County, Arkansas Genealogy and History

     Welcome to Lawrence County, Arkansas Genealogy and History!!  My name is Judy Wallis White, I adopted this county because my husbands White, Dodson and Harkness ancestors were from this area.  Please use our contact form to submit information or ask questions. 

     By the Legislative Act of Missouri Territory, January 15, 1815, Lawrence County was formed from New Madrid Co., Missouri. Arkansas County was the first county and Lawrence County was the second county formed in what is now called the state of Arkansas. From Lawrence County thirty-one other counties were formed. Thus called "Mother of Counties". Lawrence county was named for Captain James Lawrence, a naval commander who was killed in the War of 1812. When Lawrence County was formed, Davidsonville, which was first named Lawrence, was the county seat. In 1829, the county seat was moved to Jackson. In 1837, Smithville became the county seat. Powhatan became the county seat in 1869. At the completion of the Iron Mountain Railroad, the county seat responsibilities was shared by Powhatan, for the western county seat, and Walnut Ridge for the eastern county seat. The dual county seats ceased in 1963, when a single county seat was put into effect, which is the present day Walnut Ridge. With Strawberry River, Black River, Spring River, Lake Charles and the many creeks, water sports are a favorite attraction for tourists. Lawrence county is surrounded by: Randolph county to the north; Greene county to the northeast; Craighead county to the southeast, Jackson county to the south; Independence county to the southeast; and Sharp county on the west.

Lawrence County Census, Mortality and Tax Records

1830 Index 1840 Index 1840 Census
1850 Index 1850 Piney Fork Township 1860 Census Index  A - B
1860 Census Index  C - F 1860 Census Index  G - I 1860 Census Index  J - L
1860 Census Index  M - P 1860 Census Index  Q - S 1860 Census Index  T - Z
1850 Mortality List 1850 Piney Fork and Richwoods Townships
1829 Tax List 1860 Federal Census - Washington Township
LDS 1880 Census: Every Name Index

Birth, Death, Marriage and Cemetery Records

Marriages (Reader Submitted) ..1800-1848 Marriages
Lawrence County Marriage Records Index 1820-1850
Index of Brides In Marriage Record Book "A" - 1821-1837
Index of Grooms In Marriage Record Book "A" - 1821-1837
Western District Cemeteries, Lawrence County

I can't say enough about the following sites, they are the best for Lawrence County

Nancy's Lawrence County Corner

Cemeteries Obituaries Birth Announcements
1821 - 1837 Grooms 1821 - 1837 Brides 1836 - 1851 Grooms
1836 - 1851 Brides History of Ravenden
Early History of Lawrence County

The Original Arkansas GenWeb

The Story of Imboden Lawrence Co Query Page
Lawrence Co. Arkansas and the Civil War
Original Arkansas Genealogy Page

The Helms and Fultz Family's

Historical Society Journals Index
So much information here you can't afford to miss these pages!
Churches of Lawrence County
The 1850 Lawrence County Arkansas Slave Schedule New Hope Baptist Church
The 1870 Lawrence County Census Black surnames
The 1880 Lawrence County Census Black surnames
Goodspeed's 1891 Biographical and Historical Memoirs for Lawrence County

More Lawrence County Resources

Family Histories Published Books Family Researchers
County Land Records The Times Dispatch 1895 County Map
1936 County Map County Resources Look-up Volunteers
County Townships and Map Arkansas State Penitentiary 1918-1920
Unknown School Cozat Family Holloway-Waldron Family
Leonard (Buster) Maple Clark Livery Stable Cemeteries of the Western District

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Lawrence County Message Board
Lawrence County Mailing List
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