Indiana (territory) -- Jackson (county)

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County Seat: Brownstown

County Name: Named for Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.

Boundary Changes
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01 JAN 1816649Jackson County created from Clark, Jefferson, and Washington counties



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Jackson County was formed on 01 January 1816 by An Act for the formation of a new County out of the counties of Washington and Jefferson [click here for more information]. The county's boundaries would change two times before statehood.

The following map shows the original size of the county at its founding (in red with yellow border) superimposed on a modern map


Jackson County in 1816


(click on the title of the following works to learn more about life in the area; for those items not available online, check with your local library for availability)

  • History of Jackson County, Indiana; from the Earliest Time to the Present. Chicago,: Brant & Fuller, 1886.
  • Beldon, Roy H. History of Grassy Fork Township : Jackson County, Indiana : For Its Schools. Brownstown, Ind.: Banner Print, 1914.
  • Beldon, Roy H. The Pioneer Cemetery of Grassy Fork Township, Jackson County, [Indiana]. Indiana ,, 1944.
  • Boley, Edwin J. The First Documented History of Jackson County, Indiana, 1816-1976. 2 vols. Limited 1st ed. Seymour, Ind.: E.J. Boley, 1980.
  • Chadwick, H. W. Early History of Jackson County Hardships and Privations Endured and Encountered with the Indians by Pioneer Settlers, Reminiscences of David Sturgeon, an Old Pioneer. microform. Bountiful, UT: AGII Inc., 1980.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Fort Vallonia Chapter. Historical and Genealogical Records Pertaining to Jackson County, Indiana : Volume I. Indiana: Fort Vallonia Chapter DAR, 1952.
  • Hanneman, John W. The Ruddick Family in America : A History and Genealogy of the Ruddick Family, Including Biographical Sketches of Other Pioneer Families of Jackson County, Indiana. Oakland, Calif.: J.W. Hanneman, 1993.
  • Jackson County History Center. "Echoes of Jackson County, Indiana." v. Brownstown, Ind.: Jackson County History Center.
  • Indiana State Library. St. Paul United Church of Christ, Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana History ; Communion, Confirmation Records, 1871-1883. microform. S.l.: s.n., 1980.
  • Noblitt, Loren W. The Composite History of Jackson County, Indiana, 1816-1988. Bicentennial ed. Paducah, KY: Turner Pub. Co., 1988.
  • Noblitt, Loren W. The Composite History of Jackson County, Indiana, 1816-1991. Dodrasoquicentennial ed. Paducah, KY: Turner Pub., 1991.
  • Noblitt, Loren W. Military Records of Jackson County, Indiana Volunteers in the War between the States, 1861-1865. Brownstown, IN: Jackson County Historical Society, 2000.
  • Noblitt, Loren W. A Pictorial History of Jackson County, Indiana. Brownstown, IN: Jackson County Historical Society, 2002.
  • Phelps, Edna Mae. History of the Christian Churches in Jackson County. 1976 ed. Indiana: County Board of Christian Churches, 1976.
  • Pohlmann, F. W. Geschichte Der Deutschen Evang.-Luth. Ersten St. Johannes-Gemeinde in Jackson County, Indiana, Vom Jahre 1840-1890. St. Louis,, 1890.
  • Randall, George A., J. A. McClellan and B. A. Nay. An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Jackson County, Indiana. Kokomo, IN (3405 Zartman Rd., Kokomo 46902): Selby Pub., 1986.
  • Richards, Aute. The Descendants of the Richards Families of Jackson County, Indiana. Tucson, Ariz.: s.n., 1961.
  • Smith, Blanche Maddex. A History of the Colored People in Jackson County, Indiana. Seymour, Indiana: J.A. Shields, 1956.
  • Smith, Edna. '76, Star Spangled Days : A Bi-Centennial Commemorative of Jackson County, Indiana. Indiana?: s.n., 1976.
  • Smith, Robert M. The Saltcreek Colony of Egypt : Recollections and Characterizations and Old Times around Freetown. Carmi, Ill.: Carmi Times Print, 1955.
  • Thompson, William Lester. "A History of the Churches of Christ in Jackson County, Indiana : The Frontier Period." B.d., Butler University, 1946.
  • United States. Work Projects Administration. Indiana. Jackson County, Indiana Index of Names of Persons and of Firms. Indianapolis: s.n., 1942.
  • Windmill Publications Inc., W. H. Stairs, George A. Randall, J. A. McClellan, B. A. Nay and American Map and Atlas Co. "Combined 1858 Wall Map and 1878 and 1900 Atlases of Jackson County, Indiana." In The Heritage collection. Illustrated atlas. Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992.
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An Act for the formation of a new County out of the counties of Washington and Jefferson, 1815

SEC. I. BE it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of January next, all that part of the counties of Washington and Jefferson, which is included in the following bounds, shall form and constitute a new county, that is to say. Beginning at a point on the east fork of White River where the line dividing sections four and five, in range two east, town three north crosses the same; thence due north to the Indian boundary line; thence with said boundary line eastward to the point where said line intersects the northern boundary line of the Grouseland purchase ; thence with the last mentioned line eastwardly to the point where the line dividing ranges seven and eight east, crosses the same; thence with the last mentioned line south, to the point where the line dividing townships three and four north, crosses the same; thence with the last mentioned line west, to the east fork of Muscacketuck river; thence down the said river, with the meanders thereof, to the junction of Drift fork of White river; thence down the same with the meanders to the place of beginning.


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