|History of Caldwell County,
As written in the 1876 Atlas
of Caldwell County Missouri
Burning of Records
l9th day of April, 1860, the Court House at Kingston was burned. The Circumstances seem to
indicate its destruction was the work of an incendiary, but who the guilty party was has
never been ascertained. It was suspicioned by some that it was done by parties under
indictment for crimes, who hoped in that way to escape punishment by a destruction of the
evidence against them. Be the motive for the destruction what it may, it was a great
misfortune to the people of our County, as it left the origin of many land titles in
doubt. Lucky were those who had preserved the old deeds to their lands.
The records of both the
circuit and county court were wholly destroyed. The records of deeds and mortgages were
also destroyed. In fact all records except those of the probate court were destroyed. The
probate court was established in 1857, and Judge Boggs had its records at his residence,
and thus they escaped the destruction that befell the rest of the records.
Crosby Johnson, An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Caldwell County, Missouri.
1876. Edwards Br