LOUISA COUNTY, IOWA

CIVIL GOVERNMENT FOR TERRITORY AND STATE.

After the "Black Hawk Purchase" immigration to Iowa was rapid and steady, and provisions for civil government became a necessity. Accordingly, in 1834, all the territory comprising the present states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, was made subject to the jurisdiction of Michigan territory. Up to this time there had been no county or other organization in what is now the state of Iowa, although one or two justices of the peace had been appointed, and a postoffice was established at Dubuque in 1833.

In September of 1834, therefore, the territorial legislature of Michigan created two counties on the west side of the Mississippi river--Dubuque and Des Moines--separated by a line drawn westward from the foot of Rock Island. These counties were partially organized. John King was appointed chief justice of Dubuque county and Isaac Leffler of Des Moines county was appointed by the governor.

In October, 1835, General George W. Jones, in recent years a citizen of Dubuque, was elected a delegate to congress. April 20, 1836, through the efforts of General Jones, congress passed a bill creating the territory of Wisconsin, which went into operation July 4th of the same year. Iowa was then included in the territory of Wisconsin, of which General Henry Dodge was appointed governor; John S. Horner, secretary; Charles Dunn, chief justice; David Irwin and William C. Frazer, associate justices. September 9, 1836, a census of the new territory was taken. Des Moines county showed a population of 6,257, and Dubuque county 4,274.

1836 Wisconsin Territorial Census
Dubuque and Des Moines County

Louisa County land was then in Des Moines County

Alpha Sort of Heads of Families
from Dubuque and Des Moines Counties in 1836

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Various Maps of Louisa County and surrounding counties:

1836 Map

1837 Map

1838 Map

Another 1838 Map



1838 Wisconsin Territorial Census

Land which later became Iowa Territory ~ Name Index for Louisa County Residents



1840 Federal Census
Name Index ~ All Townships in Louisa County



1846 Iowa Territory Census
Louisa County



1847 Iowa State Census
Louisa County



1850 Federal Census
Mortality Schedule for Louisa County



1852 Iowa State Census
All Townships in Louisa County



1854 Iowa State Census
All Townships in Louisa County



1856 Iowa State Census
All Townships in Louisa County



1860 Federal Census
Mortality Schedule for Louisa County



1870 Federal Census
Mortality Schedule for Louisa County



1880 Federal Census
Mortality Schedule for Louisa County



1895 Iowa State Census
Roll of Honor



National Archives 1940 Federal Census images for Louisa County ~ off site

Ancestry.com has 1940 Federal Census Index of Surnames by State Access is free.
http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census



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