Indiana (territory) -- Perry (county)

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County Seat: Tell City

County Name: Named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

Boundary Changes
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01 NOV 18141629Created from Gibson and Warrick counties



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Perry County was formed on 01 November 1814 by An Act for the formation of two new counties out of the county of Warrick and part of Gibson county [click here for more information]. The county's boundaries would not change 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


Perry County in 1814


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  • History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana, from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Interesting Biographical Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, Etc. Chicago: Goodspeed Bros. & Co., 1885.
  • Bookmark (Firm), H. W. Gardner, Benjamin G. Shinn, Cecil E. Beeson, Thomas B. Helm and L. H. Newton. 1861 Atlas by Townships from the Map of Perry County, Indiana Complete New Index to Landowners Showing the Townships, Sections, Divisions, & Farm Lands, with the Owners Names and Number of Acres, Compiled and Drawn from the Congres[Sic]Ional and Original Surveys, the Public Records, & Surveys Made for the Purpose, Together with Roads, Rivers, Creeks, Railroads. microform. Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1975.
  • De la Hunt, Thomas James. Perry County : A History. Indianapolis: W.K. Stewart, 1916.
  • Dorrel, Ruth. Perry County, Indiana Index of Names of Persons, and of Firms. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1979.
  • Eastridge, Richard, Roberta Toby and Crawford County Historical and Genealogical Society (Ind.). Ccc : Crawford County, Indiana Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 2583, Camp F-9 & (Camp F-5 - Perry County, Indiana). Indiana: Crawford County Historical and Genelogical i.e. Genealogical Society, 2007.
  • Sandage, Frank D. Civil War Veterans of Perry County, Indiana : 1861-1865. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2011.
  • Southwestern Indiana Historical Society. Southwestern Indiana Historical Society Annals. 4 vols. Evansville, IN: Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, 1920.
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An Act for the formation of two new counties out of the county of Warrick and part of Gibson county, 1814

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 November next, all that part of the county of Warrick, which is included within the following boundaries, shall form and constitute a new county, which shall be known and designated by the name and style of the county of Posey: that is to say begining on the Ohio river, where the range line passing between the tenth and eleventh range strikes or intersects the said Ohio river, north with the said range line passing between the said tenth and eleventh ranges, to its intersection with the line dividing the counties of Gibson and Warrick, thence west with the said line dividing the said counties of Gibson and Warrick to the western bank of the Wabash river, thence down the western bank of the Wabash river with the line of the Illinois Territory to its junction with the Ohio river, thence up the Ohio river with the meanders thereof to the beginning.


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