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Sumner County was formed in 1867:

 "Another act provided for the division into counties of all the unorganized part of the state east of range line 26 west; the counties to be organized when they should have the requisite population. The counties created by this act were: Montgomery, Howard, Cowley, McPherson,Sedgwick, Sumner, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Rice, Reno, Harper, Smith, Osborne, Russell, Barton, Stafford, Pratt, Barbour, Phillips, Rooks, Ellis, Rush, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Norton, Graham, Trego, Ness, Hageman, Ford, and Clark. By the same act Seward disappeared, and the boundaries of Greenwood, Butler and Marion were changed. Butler took its final form. The south line ofGreenwood was pushed nine miles south, to the north line of township 30. Marion was confined to one tier of townships on the south, taken from Butler (id. pp. 51-57)."

From "Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, Vol. VIII. 1903-1904";
edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary.

Topeka: Geo. A. Clark, state printer, 1904.

Prior to 1867, the land that is now Sumner County was in Butler County. For information prior to that, also search in Butler County records.

No history of Sumner County, or all of the southern border of Kansas for that matter, can be complete without talking about The Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association. Founded in 1883 in Caldwell, Kansas.


Sumner County Links

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I know everyone's in a hurry to find Aunt Jane (so am I), but after you look for her here, check out some of the other links, especially the census transcriptions. Because of the difficulty I had in reading the handwriting (and the uniqueness of some of the census takers' spelling), it may be necessary to look at the actual census rather than doing a search. The links are below.

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Census Transcriptions

1870 Sumner County Census

transcription with follow-up research by Della Shafer 

1875 Sumner County Census

transcription by Della and Melvin Shafer

Index to the 1895 Sumner Co. State Census

transcription by Harriette Jensen
All the major towns and cities [ Argonia,Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Geuda Springs, Hunnewell, Mulvane, Oxford, South Haven and Wellington ] are now online. I will be transcribing the rest of the census as it becomes available from the Kansas State Historical Society.


Sumner County Family Reunions

If you have a family reunion planned that includes people from Sumner County and you would like your reunion information posted here, please contact Billie Walsh



Sumner County Family Photos

If you are interested in posting some of your family photos here, contact Billie Walsh and I will tell you how to go about it.

Found Photos
If you have found photos relating to Sumner County and want to return them to their families, contact me at Billie Walsh.


Memories of Corbin, KS
Jerry Niebaum's recollections of growing up in Corbin, along with some historical photos



EllaCalhoun's Autograph Albums  


Lots of New Pictures!
Methodist Ministers in Sumner County
Primitive Baptist Churches in Sumner County
Kansas Churches by City
Wellington Churches in 1895


Not all the citizens of Sumner County were good guys....

SumnerCounty's Worst

DanfordBank Scandal


Who's Who in Sumner County Updated

This page contains bios of famous (and not-so-famous residents). If you would like to contribute to this, click here.

Cutler's History of Kansas

Contains linked list of biographies in the Sumner County chapter.

Reference Materials

Books on Sumner County 

SumnerCounty Newspapers Available on Microfilm 

Ordering Births,Death,and Marriage Information

SumnerCounty Marriages

Additional Sumner County Links and Addresses

Postcards from Sumner County

OldMap of Sumner County(1880)
From theKansas Collection

Sumner Co. Towns, Post Offices and Stations
Includes ghost towns, and other locations that no longer exist.

SumnerCounty Railroads.
The railroad maps have also been updated to include a larger picture of Sumner County railroads.


Sumner County Cemeteries on Find-a-Grave



SumnerCounty sites on the National Register of HistoricPlaces

SumnerCounty Histories
at the Kansas State Historical Society.


Other Kansas Links

If you have information that you would like to contribute, comments to make, or time to volunteer, please contact Billie Walsh

We would like to thank Harriette Jensen and Jared Scheel for all of their years of hard work in maintaining and adding to this website.

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