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Lafayette County is a county located in west central Missouri in the United States. Its county seat is Lexington. The county was organized November 16, 1820 from Cooper County and originally named Lillard County for James Lillard of Tennessee, who served in the first state constitutional convention and first state legislature.
Cemeteries of Lafayette County, Missouri are located across the county. Listed here are cemetery records that have been published online.
It was renamed Lafayette County on February 16, 1825, in honor of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de La Fayette, who was then visiting the United States. Lafayette County is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Lafayette County was settled primarily from migrants from the Upper Southern states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. As a result, this part of Missouri, and neighboring counties, became known as Little Dixie.
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