CENSUSES
FOR
MUSCATINE COUNTY


CIVIL GOVERNMENT FOR TERRITORY AND STATE.

Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Volume I, 1911, pages 18-20

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 County

Des Moines County

Muscatine 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 Muscatine County and surrounding counties:

1836 Map

1837 Map

1838 Map

Another 1838 Map



1838 Wisconsin Territorial Census

Muscatine County

Submitted by Eleanor B. McCleary



1840 Federal Census

All Townships in Muscatine County

Name Index and View Census Pages Images
A big thank you goes out to Kimberly Hanfelt for making this possible.



    FORMATION OF THE TOWNSHIPS according to History of Muscatine County Iowa, Volume I, 1911, page 209:
    January 7, 1842. Montpelier, Sweetland, Bloomington, Cedar, Wapsinonoc, Moscow. In October, 1853, Pike and Seventy-Six were organized and the remainder of the townships as follows: Wilton, February 24, 1857; Fulton, March 4, 1851; Goshen, March 16, 1857; Orono, March 8, 1858; Lake, July 2, 1859; Fruitland, November 9, 1887.



1850 Federal Census

All Townships in Muscatine County

Kathryn Watson Wells transcribed and proofread this census---We all thank her for doing this for us!
After you open this link, the first few files are the index and the other files are the actual transcribed census
(May take time to load----please be patient)

1850 Mortality Census for Muscatine County
transcribed by Cathy Labath



1852 Iowa State Census

All Townships in Muscatine County

Submitted by Constance Diamond.



1854 Iowa State Census

All Townships in Muscatine County

Submitted by Polly Eckles.



1856 Iowa State Census

All Townships in Muscatine County



1880 Federal Census
Muscatine County

1880 Village of Conesville, Orono Township Census
Submitted by Charlene Hixon

1880 Pike Township Census
Submitted by Charlene Hixon



1885 Iowa State Census
Muscatine County

All Townships in Muscatine County
WORK IN PROGRESS



1895 Iowa State Census
Muscatine County

1895 Town of Nichols Census, Pike Township
Submitted by Charlene Hixon

1895 Pike Township Census
Submitted by Charlene Hixon



1900 Federal Census
Muscatine County

1900 Town of Nichols, Pike Township
Submitted by Charlene Hixon

1900 Pike Township Census
Submitted by Charlene Hixon.

1900 Muscatine Township Census
Submitted by Tammy Perryownship.



1905 Iowa State Census
Muscatine County

All Townships in Muscatine County



1925 Iowa State Census
Muscatine County

Index of the 1925 Muscatine County Census

Submitted by the Muscatine County Genealogical Society
Many thanks goes to the Society for working on this hugh project!!



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

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



Volunteers Needed
To Transcribe
Muscatine County Censuses

IAGenWeb's STATE CENSUS PROJECT

USGenWeb FEDERAL CENSUS PROJECT

Check what is available and please volunteer if you are able---Thank you!!



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Page was created August 18, 2002 by Dave Dunston

Page updated August 22, 2013 by Lynn McCleary