1803, the Louisiana Territory, which has belonged by turns to both France and Spain, was
transferred by the former to the United States. Out of that territory, in 1812, was
carved the territory of Missouri. On March 6, 1820, an act of Congress was passed
authorizing the inhabitants of the territory to form for themselves a constitution and
state government, and looking to its admission into the Union as a state. On the
19th day of July, 1820, a constitution was formed, and on the 2d day of March, 1821,
Missouri was admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States.
From 1812 to 1816, St. Charles County comprised all
this portion of Missouri. In 1816, the County of Howard was created out a part of
St. Charles, and it included this as well as many other Countries.
On the 16th day of November, 1820, the County of Ray
was formed. It included all that part of Howard County west of Grand river to the
boundary line of the State. All that portion of county north of Ray County to the
Iowa line "was attached to the County of Ray for all civil, military and judicial
purposes". That act provided that when a division of Ray County should become
necessary, the Missouri river should be its southern boundary, the range line between
ranges 25 and 26 should be its eastern, the township line between townships 55 and 56
should be its northern, and the range line between ranges 29a nd 30 should be its western
boundary. As thus designed Ray County would have included the southern tier of
townships in this county.
In the the year 1818, the Untied States Surveyors
penetrated the southern part of this County and surveyed the townships of Davis, Lincoln,
and Grant. The balance of the Country was not surveyed until 1823. At that
time there was not a single white settler within the borders of the County. The
County was inhabited by Indians and infested by wild beasts. At intervals, its
solitude was broken by the rifle of some adventurous hunter in search of game, or the loud
whoops of the Indians they surrounded their prey.
Crosby Johnson, An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Caldwell County, Missouri.
1876. Edwards Brothers