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A desire had long existed among the people to have the name of the county changed from Davis to one more agreeable to the Union sentiment of the county. They did not like the idea of their county having been named after Jeff Davis, who was at that time President of the Confederacy and commander-in-chief of the Rebel army. Two years prior, an effort had been made to have the name changed from Davis to Lyon, in honor of General Lyon, who was killed at Wilson's Creek, and who had taken quite a part in the early settlement of the county. Failing in this, they made another effort in 1864 to have it changed to Lincoln, but in this also, they failed, and so it is that Davis County retains the name of the individual who was placed at the head of the rebellion for the destruction of the Union. 1

Organized in 1855 as Davis County, which name was given for Jefferson Davis--United States Senator and Secretary of war--who became President of the Southern Confederacy. The Legislature changed the name to Geary in 1869, in honor of John W. Geary, who was Territorial Governor of Kansas from 1856 until March, 1857. County seat, Junction City.2

1. William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas
published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL.
2. History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)

Description File Size Date Submitter
Martin, George W. 1841 - 6K Nov 2006 Joy Fisher The Registry
History - Directories
Description File Size Date Submitter
Geary County Medical Directory 1920 3K Feb 2009 Joy Fisher The Registry
Description File Size Date Submitter
Beeler, George Otto 1918 1K Nov 2007 Joy Fisher The Registry
Bradshaw, W. A. January 19, 1954 2K Mar 2007 Bunny Horton
Colwell, William R. Jr February 22, 2005 1K Aug 2007 Oz
Hannan, Karl Francis August 12, 1990 1K Aug 2007 Bettye Short
Vital Records
Birth Records
Description File Size Date Submitter
Watson, Anna Johanna November 9, 1879 2K Oct 2007 Dee Dee SparksThe Registry
Death Records
Description File Size Date Submitter
Ervin, George Marie April 22, 1921 3K Oct 2007 Dee Dee SparksThe Registry

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