Can anyone tell me when Washington County was established as such?Was it ever considered a part of Missouri? AR was admitted to the Union as a state in 1836.I am looking for an ancestor who was born either in Missouri or Arkansas in 1824.Three census records show Missouri as her birthplace and one shows Arkansas. I have read an account that states that she was born in Washington Co. AR in 1824, At that time was AR considered a part of the Missouri Territory?I found in Territorial Papers a Josiah Bell in Washington Co. who was a Township Justice in Belle Vue Twp.I did not write down the year, but I think it was just prior to 1815 because in that year he is listed as a J. P. in the same county.Also in the Territorial Papers 1819 - 1825 I found a John Bell residing in Washington County. Can anyone tell me how I might find the families of these two men?Specifically, I am looking for Julia Ann Bell who married Henry Barlow Hutchins before 1844.They lived in Texas until 1866 when they moved with their children to Crawford County where they died and are buried.I do know there were other Bell families in Washington County because the papers listed others.One was Mordeca and another was Philip. Maybe a Daniel. Thanks.