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     Lee County is Arkansas's 72nd county, formed alongside St. Francis and Phillips counties on April 17, 1873, and named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Initially, most settlements, such as Walnut Bend (post office established in 1838) and Council Bend (1846), were confined to the Mississippi River, but within a few years, settlers moved into the interior. In 1848, Walnut Ridge (changed to Marianna in 1852) was founded along the L'Anguille by Colonel Walter H. Otey. In 1855, Moro was founded west of Marianna. LaGrange, south of Marianna, established a post office in 1856. About 1858, Marianna moved three miles south to a point where the L'Anguille was declared navigable year-round. After the war, Confederate veterans returned. At least two prominent Confederate generals owned plantations in the future Lee County — Daniel Chevilette Govan and Gideon Pillow. By 1870, Marianna's population had grown to at least 150, and the town was vying to be the seat of a new county.


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Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

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Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
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  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
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15 Easr Chestnut St.
Marianna, AR 72360
Phone (870)295-7710
Fax (870)295-7712
County Clerk
15 East Chestnut St.
Marianna, AR 72360
Phone (870)295-7715
Fax (870)295-7783
Tri-County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 580
Marvell, AR 72366

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