Lafayette County, Missouri 

 

Summary

Located south of Missouri River in west-central part of state.1 Settled by 1816.2 Name changed from Lillard Co. to Lafayette Co., 1825, to honor the Marquis de Lafayette.3 County seat, Lexington.4 Jackson Co. created from western part of Lafayette Co., 1825.5 Population in 1821 about 1,300; in 1830 about 2,900; and in 1840 about 6,800.6 Oliver Cowdery and Ziba Peterson started missionary labors in area, 1831.7 Some Saints fled Jackson Co. into Lafayette Co. during mob persecutions, Oct.–Nov. 1833, but were soon forced to flee again.8